Actually being able to fly freely, in my opinion, is a great accomplishment for free MMORPGs and it's not something you see very often. You will seldom ever hit the edge of the map because they are so large, and the different areas in space can look substantially different from each other.
|I could look at this all day...oh wait, I'm getting shot it. *SIGH*|
After finishing the prologue, you're thrust into the actual MMO part of the game, where two factions war against each other. You pick one side and swear to kill the crap out of the enemy side as much as possible and for no particular reason. Aside from that, your ship changes to the model of the side you chose, which is a nice change of pace. As a side note, pressing V let's you look out from the cockpit of your ship. This view was shown in the trailer, but it's very unnecessary, and the game isn't really made for that view. But it looks really cool!
|Would be cooler if it was used for something, but meh.|
Of course, I call this game an RPG for a reason. After finishing the prologue, you are given access to several "Specials" that can "buff" your ship temporarily. Doing missions and killing people gives you "XP" which you use to "Level Up" and input "Skill Points" into whatever area you want, so you can equip better stuff. Really though, most of the game will come down to you trying to aquire better equipment, and I would argue that that's more the main focus of the gameplay. To emphasize some things, let's now turn to what the game does...
The game doesn't do a lot wrong, but some things nagged me quite a bit. Starting with the somewhat slow movement speed, which is the other reason you will likely never touch the boundaries of a map. The game doesn't do that well with even the illusion of speed, and while battles tend to be intuitive, they also tend to be a bit slowly paced. The missions in the game also tend to space targets far away from each other, and having to spend so much time travelling is never fun. This large amount of space also tends to turn the game into a mostly single-player game, despite the genre "MMO".
Black Prophecy also features absolutely no walking, running, or any movement from your character whatsoever besides customizing them, which would explain why you only customize the face, but does not explain why there are so many in-door areas you see but never travel inside of (all the stations).
|Rest assured, you will never explore any of this area.|
The game is visually appealing and nicely structured, and while the prologue is nice, the game turns into almost an entirely new game after it ends. The gameplay is addicting, but fun in it's own right. There isn't really a reason not to play this.
4 out of 5
Without the prologue I would've only rated this a 3.5, but the cutscenes and characters actually impressed me a little.