About New World
New World – Danger and Adventure Awaits Around Every Corner
Explore a Magical New Island, Doing Whatever It Takes to Survive
Welcome to the Start of Your New Life
New World is a buy-to-play fantasy MMO developed by Amazon Games. It tosses players into the mid-17th century where you take on the role of colonizing a new mystical island known as Aeternum. The open-world game is only playable on Microsoft Windows.
Build a New Life, Battle Fantastical Creatures
In a New World, you find yourself in a new land that’s filled with mystery and magic. The magic has long altered the creatures on the island from the plant life to the humans that used to live there that have been transformed into powerful beings.
It’s up to you to not only build your new life and settlement but to figure out this dark history of the island.
You join up with one of three factions: Marauders, Syndicate, or Covenant. These factions are filled with non-player characters as well as other players, and with the game’s PvP elements, you can join up or form groups to fight against others and take over different territories and settlements.
The overall narrative has its high points as the magical element and the various factions seem cool and fun to play around with. However, there isn’t much story told within the game to make it easy to fully immerse into the story.
Concept Rating: 3/5
A Bright New World
There’s nothing completely unique about the graphics in a New World, but the look of the game is appealing and fits with the overall mood of the game.
This has nice, vibrant coloring when needed to highlight the magical and exciting elements of finding a new world to colonize. It has a classic appeal to it with some modern graphics thrown in to make it interesting and fun to look at.
Even the audio works well with bold sound effects during every battle that can help pull you into the fight.
Again, there is nothing new to bring home about how a New World looks, but it simply works for the genre at hand.
Graphics & Audio Rating: 3/5
Gather, Build, Battle, and Grind, Grind, Grind
Anybody who has ever played an MMO should have some idea as to how this game will play out. At the start, you’re given some standard beginner’s quests until you get to your settlement, this is where New World truly kicks off.
You can customize how your character looks as well as work on developing your skills. There are numerous quests, side quests, resource gathering, and battles to face. You’ll fight numerous different animals, monsters, and other players.
However, much of this starts to feel a bit like grinding after a while. You can max out your skills with a particular weapon the more you use it, but it seems like it takes such a long time to do that. In fact, you’ll find yourself playing for hours yet still not reaching the cap on any single weapon.
You can view the whole map from the beginning, so there isn’t anything that’s exactly surprising when you play.
Another thing to keep in mind is that there are no mounts in this game. Yes, it takes place in a pre-technological world, but there are no horses or anything to ride. So, you get to every place by walking/running.
There is a fast transport feature, but it will cost you to use it each time. Some players may get a bit … distracted while waiting for their players to run from point A to point B each time.
Gameplay Rating: 2/5
A Time-Killer of a Game
If you’re looking for some mindless MMO to pass the time, then a New World can fit the bill. It doesn’t put much of a spin on these types of games, and the story element doesn’t truly exist much to get invested in it.
Still, for people who enjoy this, it may be worth checking out. Just know that it can get cumbersome at times from getting to different places on foot as well as the constant grind for everything from leveling up to finding resources.
Replay Value: 2/5
New World embarks players on a journey to build a new settlement on a mystical island, combining PvP with world-building without diving too deep into the story behind it all.