Most of the websites we look at here are so, well, serious. It’s all about form and function, with fun an afterthought rarely thrown into the mix. Here, however, we see a website that was designed for your humanity-saving, zombie-killing enjoyment.
Website Reviewed: deadfrontier.com
The MMORPG (an impossibly long acronym) is sure to be all the rage soon because it offers a brand that no zombie killing gamer will be able to pass on. The home page features a video of game play, while a bar on the right make it easy for newcomers to join. More information on the game is present at the bottom as well. The website has made sure that people who stumble upon the landing page have no reason to leave.
The website is visually interesting as well, which is important for a gaming website. Who wants to play a three-dimensional game created by someone without basic artistic skills? Me neither.
The color scheme functions as the real mood setter here. In earthy brown and red, the images are relevant without being overboard or having a dirty feeling. These colors are used throughout the website as well to relate constantly to the game being advertised here. The message is that this is a dark game but a technologically advanced and modern one.
Creativity: 4 stars. You don’t get much more creative than zombies lining the home page, even if is a rather gruesome image. There are other creative elements as well, such as information and links placed in splatters of blood. This matches well with the brand and the logo design. However, the creativity doesn’t really extend itself to the programming. When you strip away the art, this is a very basic website.
Ease of use: 5 stars. The website is very easy to navigate, with the links to game play and more information at the side of the homepage where they can be easily located. However, if there is a chat room we can’t find it. Adding this detail would not be difficult, but it would make it easier and more fun for players to interact outside of gameplay.
Functionality: 5 stars. This MMORPG has a presence in all of the major social networking sites, making it easy for fans to get more information and to interact with the brand outside of the game itself. This will make it easy for the creators to expand the game and the business when they decide to.
Content: 5 stars. The text is well written and appealing to people who enjoy first person shooter games with a horror twist. It explains the benefits of the game and that there is no reason not to try it due to the fact that it is free.
Appropriateness: 5 stars. The website is creepy, dark, and completely appropriate to its genre.
Overall: 4.8 stars. Dead Frontier is sure to be attractive to people who enjoy playing this type of game. If it adds chat and other networking aspects, it has the potential to gain some of the huge followings seen with other MMORPG’s.