As the cliché goes, “They don’t make ’em like the used to,” and much like Guile’s Theme, this can apply to anything. Readers have no doubt come across dozens of editorial articles online condemning the current state of gaming and reminiscing about better times, when games were “hardcore” and developers weren’t money-hungry sell-outs. Well, it seems the recently launched NEStalgia was designed to evoke that very feeling of nostalgia and gaming lost.
As you can see from the trailer below, NEStalgia is a free-to-download multiplayer online RPG, very clearly inspired by the 8-bit console RPGs of old, even boasting a turn-based combat system. NEStalgia isn’t quite “massive,” instead promising smaller scale and closely-knit player communities. Nonetheless, players will find much of what they would expect from a fully-fledged MMORPG in NEStalgia: multiplayer-focused PvE, balanced PvP gameplay, plenty of loot to find (and an auction house to trade in) a respectable quest system, and even the ability to join a guild.
NEStalgia is completely free to play. The game does offer an optional subscription, granting subscribers four additional classes (which are balanced to be on-par with the non-subscription classes), the ability to create a guild (as opposed to only joining them), quick-travel routes, cosmetic dyes and a few other bonuses. However, these extras only enrich the gameplay, and are not designed to give subscribers a notable gameplay advantage over non-subscribers.
Interested? Then head on over to the official NEStalgia website and sign up with the BYOND gaming community (it’s free) to start your 8-bit adventure.