A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this game is targeted toward the young teen market and includes such social bonding systems as in-game character weddings. Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) games, with their quick reward systems and the ability to chat online with friends, can be very compelling. Players can be drawn into an online world and lose track of time while playing. Although free to download and play, this game can get expensive if players frequently use real money to buy items in the online mall or cash shop. Unfortunately, all items purchased either are consumables or have an expiration date where they will vanish from your inventory. Fiesta also has a "goodie bag" feature called Remi's Rare Finds that can tempt players to spend real cash for a chance to win a fantastic treasure.
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What's it about?
FIESTA ONLINE draws you in with impressive, crisp graphics. As a massively multiplayer online role-playing game set in a fantasy world, you select from four classic character types: the healer, the mage, the archer, and the warrior. You can develop and save four different characters, so you can try out all of them.
Creating your character is simple, as you only have one face and three hairstyles and colors to choose from. You can pay a "cosmetician" in the game cash-shop to change your appearance, and earn equipment as you play to differentiate your character. Movement is via point-and-click with the mouse or by using the WASD keys. Fighting is done by targeting creatures through a click and pressing or clicking the attack and skill hotkeys. A mini-map makes navigating through town and the surrounding areas easy and there is a "warp home" button available to players. As you play, your character can develop friendships, including selecting a mate to marry.
Is it any good?
Characters start off with crafting recipes available to them and gamers can easily play this game without investing any real cash to buy health potions and scrolls. Players looking for more than a hack-and-slash game will find things to do in this game like the crafting and harvesting as well as quests for acquiring those skills. Like many games of this genre, players will find Fiesta Online a "grind fest" where they must repeat combat behaviors so as to make their character more powerful, and that achieving levels above level 10 is hard to do. This is not to say that the game isn't fun and engaging, just that progress slows down very quickly. Players will also find that some classes seem to level faster than others. Many quests in Fiesta requires players to work together to succeed, and the quests benefit the town and the townfolk.
Like many free-to-play online games, Fiesta Online often employs in-game as well as out-of-game events and competitions to keep things lively and interesting for players, as well as frequent updates and added content.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why a game that is free to play can be expensive. Why do developers create games with this model of making money? Would you rather just pay a fee upfront and then have access to all of the game's assets? What do you do if another player says something inappropriate to you. Do you know how to use the "ignore" function?
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