Have you ever played Grand Theft Auto and tried to play the game like a normal, stand up citizens on the right side of the law? Me neither! It breaks me within 30 seconds because some guy walked in front of my car and decided to fight me. This used to be the case for most of GTA’s gameplay. But now, there is a game mode where you can simulate roleplay, in which players have selected roles or professions, instead of the chaotic world of having a tank role through the middle of the interstate. My point is that people are starting to take interest in role-playing on GTA rather than its intended ‘Here’s a gun and some money, go nuts’ standard mode.
Dev: Killerwhale Games, Germany
Well, some clever clogs in Germany at Killerwhale Games have decided to make their own role-playing games. Imagine the Sims but with a side of steroids. The game is called RAW; a Sandbox MMO.
RAW is a Triple A indie title, currently being supported through Kickstarter. Killerwhale Games has received inspiration from a number of sandbox and MMO’s alike, such as Rust, GTA and Arma Life. At the time of this review, it’s currently over £152,000, with pledges and goals to further improve game mechanics and graphics. Here’s what we can expect from RAW:
Attention to realism
It seems like all the stops have been pulled out to make this as realistic as possible. In terms of mechanics, graphics and actions you take in the game, it seems that realism is at the forefront of the developer’s mind. RAW then can be classified more of a simulator than just another role-playing game, with an attention to detail being one of their top priorities. The game is called RAW because when the game starts, there is nothing but vegetation and surrounding resources. Players will need to elect a governor to begin the construction of towns cities and general expansion. Realistic game play also means, and I quote
“…as close as possible to the same processes in real life.”
This means that vehicles and other items will need to be maintained, as any items degrade and wear down the more they are used.
Generally, this is the case with most MMO’s anyways; having one large map to navigate with plenty of space for players to settle down and explore, and RAW is no different. Arid deserts, jungles, mountains, marshes, there’s a lot of environment and landscape to cover, discover or even create a safe haven for yourself. Although hard to judge how big the map really is, the different locations and breadth from the trailer footage paint a nice image to start with. These areas and many more can be explored by a number of vehicles; land, sea and air.
A game for players, run by players
Across the Map there are towns which can be managed, run and sustained by players. Within RAW, there are settlements and towns, all of which have a running economy, jobs to fill and even governed by players. Players can help boost a towns economy by taking on a role in a business, making resources and trading in other towns or with other players to make a profit. Other jobs include public services which players can take on contracts to earn a nice income. Contracts seem to play an important part within RAW. No matter what the job is, Contracts can vary from private ones made by players to high risk high reward State Contracts, regardless of what the job is. All of the work put in by players can contribute to the town’s growth and wellbeing, and therefore offer even more jobs and potential opportunities within them.
Running the place
A town has got to have some sort of order involved though, right? Someone to listen to the cries of its citizens and a founder to expand? That’s where the position of Mayor comes into play. Each player will have a chance to become a mayor, which can provide a huge variety of bonuses for towns, such as more resources and income, expansion, improve infrastructure such as services, hospitals or ports. However, with this power comes at a price. Breaking pledges or not appealing to the public can potentially cause a revolt, and see you getting yourself kicked out of your own town.
Just because you have to work to provide for yourself in this world, doesn’t mean you have to be a good. In fact, breaking the law or felicitating in illegal activities, such as the production and dealership of drugs, robbery and burglary, raids and bank robbing, are all possible and profitable ways of making your ends meet, just as long as you don’t get arrested or caught by other players acting as the law.
If working for the government doesn’t seem like your cup of tea, there are other areas which you can work into boosting your own pocket and the economy. Players can produce their own resources by opening up a factory, with warehouses that can store any resource that is mined, bought, stolen, scavenged or otherwise. Players can trade these resources with other players and also to third party marketplaces, such as supermarkets, car dealerships and more. Players can even have the chance to own their own fuel. Finding an oil rig will allow players to produce and sell their own fuel at their own gas station.
Home sweet home
Resources have other uses other than being sold for profit; Resources can be used to build properties on. From Shack to Condo, you can build your dream home practically anywhere in the world. Homes can come in all shapes and styles, some even have built in car garages within them, if you fancied a personal touch. Lands can be bought to build houses onto them, even while islands can be purchased.
Whether you are alone or in a group of friends, there are a ton of activities you can partake in. Being in a group definitely has its benefits, considering how Players can find themselves in tough and difficult situations. There is a chance that players will find themselves arrested at the police station, or run out of fuel in the middle of nowhere, or even injured and incapable of recovering themselves. You will be dependent on the services and people around you just as some people will depend on you.
We hope to see a lot of traction with RAW and I do hope it succeeds. The niche role of a MMO role-playing game might put some individuals off, but for others could this be exactly what people are looking for. The game currently has no release date as of yet, and is looking to be a PC release with the potential of going onto Consoles later on.