Silk Games' NEStalgia can be compared to World of Warcraft meets Dragon Warrior.
A new free-to-play online RPG recently launched that takes the MMOs of today and swaps out their 3D graphics for the 8-bit sprites of the NES. NEStalgia looks just like Dragon Warrior or Final Fantasy, but can be played online with other people and has a feature set like that of modern games.
Players start by choosing a class. These include the ranger, soldier, cleric, and wizard. You can customize the look of your 8-bit character, choosing sex, hair color, head type, body type, and the colors of your clothing. Subscribing for $9 a year, or $20 for life, gives extra features like fast travel, more customization options through masks and dyes, and extra classes like the ninja and warlock.
The player begins as a newbie that teleports into the world. Mysteriously, you become the target of assassins right away. Go figure. NEStalgia's battles are turn-based, with players attacking and casting spells against 8-bit enemies.
The game has plenty of quests that send players to kill "X" amount of foes, but additionally some involve capturing crabs or fetching items. There are tons of rare items to collect, including varied types of weapons and armor. Players will also have to solve puzzles and can play mini-games.
Not only is teaming up with others possible, but players can create their own guilds just like in MMOs such as World of Warcraft. If you want to play by yourself, that's okay too.
NEStalgia is definitely a great online title for the nostalgic gamer. With a ton of content and a charming 8-bit world, you just can't go wrong.