The GIA is a console gaming site; as a rule, our upcoming coverage is focused
exclusively on upcoming titles for home and portable console systems. PC games, for
better or for worse, are overlooked completely. Every so often, however, a PC title
comes along so revolutionary, so breathtakingly daring in its design and intent, that
even a console-focused site must sit up and take notice. The Dogma 2001 compliant Unlit Room was one such mind-shatteringly original title.
Now, add Progress Quest to
this short list of "can't miss" PC gaming.
At its heart, Progress Quest is a Massively Multiplayer Online RPG; but to brand it
solely with that label sells its genius short. The developers of Progress Quest
clearly had one goal in mind when creating their title: to create the ultimate
dungeon hack, the definitive online RPG. They took a look at existing RPGs like
Everquest, Asheron's Call, and Dark Age of Camelot, and asked themselves: what works?
And more importantly, what doesn't? The result of their streamlined efforts is a
title that drills to the core of the RPG experience, offering all of the benefits of
the genre while minimizing or removing entirely the negatives.
Progress Quest's gameworld is fully featured, offering all of the standard features
RPG fans have come to expect: an in-depth character creation system with a variety of
original races and character classes, a detailed backstory and in-game scripted
sequences, an endless supply of enemies with random item drops, a robust spell list
with upgradeable spell levels, a complex equipment system, nd a series of
intelligently generated quests that feed into the overall narrative. Watching your
character slowly climb up the global rankings, competing against other players, is undeniably
What Progress Quest eliminates is the repetitive, mind-numbingly boring gameplay that
has defined this genre for so long. Clicking your left-mouse button until your
fingers burn from carpal tunnel syndrome, camping out for hours waiting for a single,
elusive enemy to respawn, starting a new character only to find yourself hopelessly
outclassed by higher level characters who play for twelve hours a day - all of these
flaws that plague other MMORPGs have been addressed with a single, brilliant stroke
of Progress Quest's revolutionary gameplay paradigm. Progress Quest's soon to be
emulated "fire and forget" technology places all gamers on equal footing, keeping the
game balanced and enjoyable for gamers of all skill levels and dedication levels.
Whether you only play Progress Quest and hour a day, or decide to quit your day job
and "Powergame" for fourteen, there is a place for you in the world of Progress
Currently, the latest version of the Progress Quest client can be downloaded from the
official website. In stark contrast to
other online RPGs, both the Progress Quest software and online play are completely
free of charge. Though future versions of the client promise even more
functionality, the game as stands is already a masterwork. A supportive community has already sprung up to help ease new players into the game. Though no console port
has been announced, Progress Quest appears to be extremely portable, and the
possibility of versions for next-generation consoles should not be discounted. By
taking traditional RPG conventions an adding a unique gameplay paradigm, Progress
Quest has overnight revolutionized a genre infamous for its stagnation. No RPG fan
should pass up this chance to experience the future of the medium.
Review by Andrew Vestal, GIA.
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