Vendetta Online

8.3
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Vendetta Online
  • Link
    Vendetta Online
  • Platforms
    OUYA, Android, PC, Mac, Linux
  • Player
    Multiplayer
  • Release date
    Already released

EVE Online for OUYA ... just kinda better

I have a confession to make: I’m a MMORPG nerd. Regardless of the setting if it’s MMO I’m playing it. That’s why I’ve also had a few run-ins with EVE Online.

Therefore when I first saw footage from Vendetta Online I was quite skeptical. “Another EVE clone?”. After some playing time however, I realized it’s only similar to EVE.

The gameplay is pretty straightforward. You’ve got your spaceship and you can choose between being friendly or hostile towards others. Friendly personas can mine asteroids for precious metals or engage in trading. Alternatively you can choose to be a soldier for your nation.

The soldier part is where Vendetta differs GREATLY from EVE Online. Your ship reacts in real time. When you press left it flies… left! This makes dog fights with other vessels much more interesting. Now your skills in maneuvering your ship are much more put to a test than in EVE.

Furthermore all players play in the same universe regardless of whether you’re playing on OUYA, Android, PC, Mac or Linux. So instead of waiting for players to populate the OUYA version you can fight with grim bandits from other systems instantaneously.

Because of that massive battles between all sizes of vessels up to planet-sized destroyers are possible from the very beginning. However, you can still have your peace in the beginning as n00b.

As of writing this VO has a problem with the billing API from OUYA. You have to register/pay for your account via the Play Store or the game website. This is fairly simple actually and you can still test the OUYA version for 8h (total playing time) for free.

Vendetta has also been developed for over 15 years now, so you expect a smoothly running game with no major bugs.

Rating

Tom
Graphics
9.0
Sound
8.0
Fun
8.0
Concept
8.0
Long-term fun
8.0
Overall
8.2
Tim
Graphics
9.0
Sound
8.0
Fun
9.0
Concept
8.0
Long-term fun
8.0
Overall
8.5

Conclusion

I really, really love Vendetta Online. For me games like VO are a drug and I need to be very careful. VO has a high addiction level due to the amazing concept and the graphics are awesome.

VO had the big advantage of having a version that’s already optimized for the Tegra 3 chip and Guild Software only had to do a few ‘minor’ adjustments. Minor meaning probably more code than I’ll ever be able to code but that’s why I’m the guy on the Internet telling you how minor the changes were ;)

Overall Vendetta Online is the counterpart to all those casual games on OUYA. The depth of this game is so breath-taking and it’s a game every MMO nerd should check out. If you’re not into MMO this is not your game. Everybody else will love it.

Make sure to watch the trailer in HD!

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About Tim von Janssen

Tim has started playing PC Games at the tender age of 8 (ca.1990-1991) on monochrome screens and hasn’t stopped ever since. Due to that love for video games that has developed very early Tim also knows why older games very successful despite mediocre graphics. One simple reason: gameplay. Tim feels that with the development of the OUYA and the stronger focus on indie game studios is the right step towards better gaming experiences that rely more heavily on unique game concepts and better gameplay in general. Tim at Google+

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