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Knight Online World

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In the ever-expanding and competitive realm of MMORPGs, Knights Online has a sturdy reputation for offering the most for free. A heavily-populated game, with nearly 300,000 people online when we played, Knights provides a familiar fight-and-quest medieval milieu that encourages interaction with other players but doesn't demand it.

For a free download, the graphics are top-rate. As you acquire weapons and armor, your character's physical appearance changes to reflect both the new implement of death being swung and the new pants you're wearing. The POV changes are fairly smooth and occasionally disorienting for it. There also is a paid upgrade version that opens up a community that allows you to sell items at a higher rate and more power.

The user subscription has another benefit: consistent access. The game is so popular that free players are blocked during peak hours. There are the usual drawbacks of cheaters and complaints about customer support, but the biggest problem we encountered was the installation. On top of the massive install file, we were required to add 13 patches with absolutely no documentation; it was only from the Web site's player forums that we learned about them.

All that being said, it's a fun game that can magically obliterate your free time--and leave you happier for it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "this would be a great game for kids"

    December 6, 2011  |   By mcleodf853

    Version: Knight Online World 1.506

    Pros

    but
    the scammer are unreal

    Cons

    just wish there was some way to stop the crap on these pvp games

    Summary

    good game but the scammer take it out of u really

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  • 1.0 stars

    "HACK CENTRAL"

    March 13, 2011  |   By justDAfactsMAAM

    Version: Knight Online World 1.506

    Pros

    Great PVP, good friend network

    Cons

    Hackers everywhere,illegal ingame coin selling sites advertised ingame, illegal item selling sites advertised in game, PK ruined by hackers, exp ruined by hackers,private chat areas invaded by hackers selling illegal items and coins,

    Summary

    the lack of developer support and producer involvement has left what could have been an incredible experience into a wasteland of dishonor and corruption.

    Not a game for the faint of heart, as anyone with even and ounce of integrity will be sick to thier stomach at the actions of the "typical" user within the game.

    Unless you are one of those loser types that can't do anything on your own without some type of hack or cheat, I do not recommend this game for any new players.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "ugly very ugly"

    February 7, 2011  |   By fatboy1946

    Version: Knight Online World 1.506

    Pros

    no pros pros no

    Cons

    No cons cons no

    Summary

    program contains a trojin

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Good, Not Great"

    January 20, 2011  |   By Rilriia

    Version: Knight Online World 1.506

    Pros

    It's a free MMO.
    Runs on Windows 7 fine.
    Not bad on resources (runs fine on boyfriends 512 RAM w/XP 32)
    Nice scenery and buildings.
    Midboss kill quest monster fights aren't ungodly difficult.
    Item Upgrade/Mining easy to figure out.

    Cons

    Faulty Update program in Dutch.
    Party system causes items to go into partner's inventory randomly.
    Cannot Trade/drop items in beginning.
    Double-click doesn't always atk.
    Char graphics are so so (disproportionate and awkward).
    Chests vanish quickly.

    Summary

    The website doesn't tell you how to manually patch it when it ultimately locks up on file 1855.zip (did on mine -Win7 64- and on boyfriend's -XP 32-). The update package instructions are here: http://forums.gamersfirst.com/index.php?showtopic=113899 The forums, of course, do not appear in Google searches and the topic is not a sticky...? Should be on game page, not forums!

    Overall, not bad. Not great but not bad. Not as good as I expected it to be after watching trailers and gameplay vids on YouTube. But it's free and easy to figure out (once you get past updating it.......). Mage class has great range, but that makes it difficult to get to chests on time. (Haven't gotten an AOE spell yet.) Not as visually appealing as games like ASDA Story, but not as system intensive.

    Standard four character classes equally unimpressive. Would like to see better skill options. And the item transfer to party members' inventory needs to be fixed. Either that or put in Trades at lvl 1 please. It deprives the party of equipping everyone equally and to the best of their skills, lvl, and class.

    Eh... we play it. For now. Is it worth the cussing when you can't attack because double-click doesn't work? That's for you to decide. This *could* be a great game. But there's a lot that simply detracts in both enjoyment and usability. Would not recommend for newbs or kids. And oh, to the KSing jerks, stop ruining game fun and giving gamers a bad name.

    It's not about kills. It's not about levels. It's about fun and if you're lucky, finding great members of the gaming community and making new friends.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Great PVP, Bad Customer Support"

    July 14, 2010  |   By r4ymond8

    Version: Knight Online World 1.506

    Pros

    Fun gaming community at times. Great potential for a great PVP environment

    Cons

    Terrible customer service
    No Hacker Prevention.
    Very Expensive game
    Time consuming.
    Fair players always lose.
    Game is full of vulgar language and obscene images.
    No GM to monitor the gameplay or regulate rules
    Unfair bans and lack of bans both

    Summary

    I love the idea of this game. If it had one hint of proper management it would really be a great game and the developer would have the most popular game ever made. Everybody loves a nice sportscar; however, put a small child behind the wheel of a finely tuned machine and that car is going to head 150mph towards disaster. This game is the sports car. K2/Gamersfirst is the small child. This game has awesome PVP arenas, as well as weekly wars where players can test their skills against others from across the globe. It is moderately easy to level up, although almost unbareably time consuming. To get the jist of the Customer Support for this game, hackers reached the level cap within just 1 month while they were off doing something else. Bots prevailed for the greater half of 2009 and 2010. Any one reporting a hacker was ignored and told that cheat reporting would be disabled until a better way of automated detection was developed. Well 1 year later and cheating has finally diminished, although it still exists. Now customer support has resorted to banning several legit players due to the quality of the items they've spent years collecting and upgrading. With this game you are encouraged to strive to be the best. Heed this warning! Stop while you are ahead because you can only get so good before Gamersfirst or K2 decides you have too much an advantage and blocks your account reguardless of how loyal a customer you have been to them. This being said, I'd highly recomend people to just stay clear of this game as it will only rob you of your life and leave you with nothing to show for the time and money you've spent on it. Thanks for reading, and I hope you make a wise choice

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Please Play Something Else Because (please please read)"

    March 17, 2010  |   By Angmarr

    Version: Knight Online World 1.506

    Pros

    Yes its a MMORPG (quests, skills, monsters, items, multiplayer ... etc)

    Cons

    So many Cheats and Bugs (yes they do fix some ... but its worse than other games)
    UNLESS YOU PAY ... after about lvl 30-40 there is NOTHING to do (No real dungeons, No group activity, No cool items)

    Summary

    If you need a Awesome FREE GAME: Play RAPPELZ, CABAL, PERFECT WORLD, DUNGEON RUNNER, RUNES OF MAGIC ... etc.
    This Game is only worth playing up to a few lvls as a FREE GAME
    IF you want to PAY and play this game PLAY something else (WOW or something, there are so many other better games for which you should pay)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Graphics!"

    February 3, 2010  |   By grandma-records

    Version: Knight Online World 1.506

    Pros

    Also the prices for Gold Premium are stupid $25 a month... you can pay $15 a month for WoW.

    Cons

    The world design is horrible, the skills are totaly messed up...

    Summary

    Graphics- The graphics on this game are great for a free downloadable game. The weapons are the best looking thing on the game. The enchants that u get for them look so cool. Alot of the armor looks good too.

    Sound- The sound on this game isnt that great, but that doesnt really matter.

    The game is plagued and has been plagued by this problem for years. Until recently I checked the KO main site they only recently started permanantly banning hackers and dupers and anyone that uses 3rd partly programs. But still this remains the #1 problem of KO, you can buy the membership and play fair but it doesnt mean the people you battle will do it the same. All the top clans know how to use these exploits and easily excercise the use of them in game often skyrocketing the ingame market and destroying the base user in game experience below that of a base mmorpgh.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Find something else"

    January 28, 2009  |   By Wonka007

    Version: Knight Online World 1.506

    Pros

    the game its self is ok for a bit.

    Cons

    TONs of cons hacks/bots.. K2network only wants your money and give nothing back...if you run into problems they will see in every way to make it worse for you for some odd reason.Not a cleaver way to keep customers.

    Summary

    Bottom line is this if you want to play a game where you MUST spend money and use risky hacks in order to get anywhere and have no support when problems arise then go ahead.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Once an Enjoyable Game, Bugs/Poor Management Killed It"

    December 7, 2008  |   By blubbityblub

    Version: Knight Online World 1.506

    Pros

    Challenging and fun party based Pk system, that's about it nowadays sadly.

    Cons

    Unban for cash/35 dollar month fee or half xp/No Free2Play except off hours

    Many events no longer/rarely offered

    Many game areas no longer function/bug ridden

    Bugs constantly added to game

    Population loss across all servers

    Turkish main language

    Summary

    Many events no longer/rarely offered.

    Game events which used to draw thousands of people around the clock while running such as cursed santa/snow man events, cursed gobble events either are canceled, or no longer offer rewards of value. GM boss events, heck GM's period are very rare across all servers.

    Many game areas no longer function/bug ridden.

    Bifrost, a simultaneousy pk, monster killing event where monsters drop fragments that can be traded for random and sometimes valuable items has been totally disabled for months now with timetable promises to restore it broken. Other top events are bugged badly or have been disabled for up to 6 months at a time. Many in game quests are currently non functional as well.

    No Free2Play except off hours

    The game is CLOSED to non premium players anytime the number of players goes over an increasingly shrinking population cap (shrinking as the game becomes less popular over the last year+).

    Bugs constantly added to game

    The game is constantly degraded by new bugs on the part of MGames, who releases patches and game updates for K2 enterprises. Repairs to bugs can take weeks/months/years/ or never be fixed at all. Some of the bugs are highly detrimental to game-play, other bugs are downright annoying, or allow exploits which technically are bannable if caught, but with the low number of online Gm's, many players continue to successfully abuse bugs new and old to the detriment of the rest of the community.

    Population loss across all servers.

    Lack of proper advertising or commitment to what K2 deems to be an older game and not high priority, mixed with a Free2Play being changed to a pay to connect philosophy has led to decline in population across all game servers. Most servers have very few people pking at all in pk zones nowadays.

    Turkish main language.

    Turkey has been the only nation K2 has been able to advertise this game with true success. As such, excepting a new and mostly empty english/spanish speaking server CWEST- all servers are in my estimation 90-95% Turkish speaking. This makes it very difficult for new English speaking players to party, find clans, etc. with others. In addition there is a lot of animosity between Turkish and non Turkish speaking players in this game.

    35 dollar month fee or half xp

    Thats right, the top premium in this game costs a whopping 35 dollars US! There are also options to pay as little as 10 dollars a month, but almost nobody does, because who wants to xp at half the speed of anyone else? Top premium gives double xp speed making it a must for grinders, as this is a typical Korean xp grinding game.

    I left out many other problems, such as massive duping in the past ruining the competitiveness of many older servers; long periods of game downtime; to uber items never acquirable in the game being held by certain players (rare uniques or certain lvls of weapon defenses not dropped in game for that item exist on certain players accounts giving rise to accusations of Gm corruption within the community); to massive macros running rampant a couple months every year before attempts are made to ban/patch against them; to lasting speed hacks, autoheal hacks etc which are used in pk by cheaters and ignored by the company for gosh 18 months? its been too long to remember;; to much more but I am running out of lines.

    PERHAPS WORST OF ALL, K2 AND GAMERS FIRST (THE COMPANIES WHICH HOST THIS GAME) HAVE JUST ANNOUNCED (DEC 3, 2008) THAT ALMOST ALL PEOPLE BANNED FOR CHEATING CAN PURCHASE PREMIUM IN EXCHANGE FOR UN-BAN, WITH A WARNING THAT THEY MAY "POSSIBLY" REMOVE ANY DUPED, OR ILLEGALLY OBTAINED ITEMS, LEVELS OR PK POINTS AcQUIRED BY ANY OF THESE PLAYERS. THEY HAVE MADE NO PROMISE TO DO SO, THE GAME COMPANY IS NOW LITERALLY UNBANNING PLAYER ACCOUNTS FOR MONEY.

    I have played this game since April 2005, I have lvl 70+ chars and played one of the oldest servers Diez. I loved this game for it's pk, comboing system which started as a glitch but turned out to be the best thing this game ever came up with, and for fun events like Kill cursed gobblers on each server every 30 minutes 24/7 around Thaksgiving for xp and chance to get rare items, bifrost zone! and just because i generally love the game and made friends in it. But the game has always been flawed mainly by poor programming and poor management. Sadly the game seems to have hit the dumpster with more things disabled then enabled, and the game has lost its free playing population long ago, all that is left is basically a dwindling population of long time players who complain daily about the game but are unable to let go of something they once enjoyed so much (I was one of these people till this summer :/ pains me to write all this about the only MMORPG I really loved). There are still ways to have fun in this game, but they are dwindling. And the ineptitude of K2 and MGames has been really disappointing- for this had the making of a really good game, and sometimes even approached it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Well,Well what do we have here a trash...."

    October 9, 2008  |   By Genius_Scientist

    Version: Knight Online World 1.506

    Pros

    I've trie many game rakion atlantis silkroad well they are all sucks,AND THIS IS THE SUCKIEST@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@#!##!$!@$%^&&*U

    Cons

    THEY ARE MANIFESTED BY CROOKED HACKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Summary

    I RECCOMEND YOU THIS GAME Dungeon runners than this one...

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