After one of the shortest beta periods in history, FreeRealms, the mixture of some of everything MMO from Sony is being opened to the entire public on Tuesday, April 28th (the same day I'm writing this, although due to world time settings you may need to check your own local time, I'm at GMT -5).
The game has had me completely hooked lately.
I've been so addicted to it, I have had to be careful not to burn out during my previous time in Closed Beta.
I really love the game. There is just so much to do in it. So many jobs you can take. So many mini games. So much interaction!
There are some parts that will be pay to play only, but since I will be subscribing the instant it lets me, that shouldn't be a problem for me :D
There is so much to do, it's hard to know where to start.
When you first enter, you may think there isn't that much to combat. And while there really isn't to the first "brawler" job you start as, that is just one of the various combat jobs you can pick. There are ninjas, archers, wizards, medics (the later three are for paying people only tho), and more. You can play them all on a single character, switching between them whenever you like instantly.
You don't have to go back to some base to change classes, you just click a button. You also can carry all the different equipment for every job in your inventory, and when you switch to a new job / class, it instantly will change into your last worn outfit for your different class.
The clothes sort really easily and nice, so you can have it show only what you can wear on your current job or everything, depending on what you want to see at the moment. So even tho you have an inventory full of tons of stuff for every job in the game, it's still very easy to just see what you can use at the moment.
And yet, there is so much to do besides combat, I've spent less time fighting in this game than any I've ever played.
A lot of jobs you do have you playing certain mini games in order to advance in them. In order to harvest plants and herbs for cooking, you play a certain type of matching game. In order to actually cook, you play this cooking mini game that has you mimicking knife movements. tenderizing meats, adding the right ingredients to the pot, and either stirring them up or watching them fry and making sure you flip them at the right time.
As a pet trainer, you will trace certain movements on screen in order to teach your pet to do tricks, and the pet itself will get better and perform differently depending on what it's trick level is and how well you trace the trick too. That isn't all tho, you scrub up and clean the pets, feed them, and generally try to keep them happy.
There's an in game Card Game that is a lot like Magic The Gathering. You can find tons of NPCs to play against or enter a game lobby to play against other players. The Card Game gets pretty deep. It's actually linked to a real life FreeRealms Card Game that's being released very soon too.
You can race a cart, Mario Kart style, or go into a demolition derby.
You can be a Blacksmith, a Miner, a Postman (even the Postman job has various skills you learn as you level up, long range throwing of deliveries, bones to drop for dogs that chase you, etc).
As you walk around you also find other mini games around on tables in the game. There are a number of Tower Defense games that are pretty good, Chess, Checkers, etc.
There ends up being so many different things to do in game, you can stay on this one game all day and have tons of different types of gameplay experiences.
I'm so addicted to the game, it's going to be very popular. I rarely say that about a new game coming out, but it just has so much to draw you in, so much to do, it does so much different and actually does it well. That is to say, there is depth to most of the mini games that you are playing. It's not just a bunch of shoddy hastily thrown together mini games, they all are done well, they play well, and there is so much to find to do in the game nearly everybody will find something to like about it.
The graphics obviously look like they are for a younger audience, but it does fit the whole game world and experience once you are playing. It plays through a browser but don't let that fool you, games these days that launch through browsers can be very beautiful still. If at first it looks blurry to you, remember to go change your resolution settings :D I play in 1440 x 900 and it looks really nice. Yes, my character is cartoony, but she is also very pretty and fun (I am playing a Pixie for now).
For people who like to compete with others, you can do nearly everything in the game against other people. For people who don't, you can do everything in the game against NPCs instead. You can also go for leaderboards, which some hardcore people may be trying to get the highest score on leaderboards for all the different games and things you can do.
There are new additions coming into the game all the time. You have pretty good control over what you look like. Not to the depth of what some games with sliders for each part of the face let you do, but you still do have a lot of different look options and they are adding a lot more as I write this.
It's a game where casual people can meet hardcore players. You can delve into one or two aspects of the game, or all of them. Be warned, it is extremely addicting and they are adding more jobs, styles, expanding the current jobs, etc like mad right now so the game is only going to grow.