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Drift City
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Developer(s) NPLUTO
Publisher(s) NHN Corporation
Distributor(s) Hangame (Korea)
ijji (USA)
Bigpoint (Germany)
License Freeware
Engine GameBryo
Native resolution 768p (720p and 1080p are not supported)
Version NA0.19c (February 24, 2010)
Platform(s) Windows
Release date(s) NA August 1, 2007[citation needed]
Genre(s) Nonlinear driving game, RPG, action-adventure
Mode(s) Online Multiplayer
Media download
System requirements Microsoft Windows
  • Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7
  • Pentium 4 1.8 GHz or Athlon XP 1800+
  • 256MB of RAM
  • GeForce 4 64 MB
  • 1GB HDD space
  • Broadband internet connection
Input methods Mouse & Keyboard

Drift City is a Korean-developed nonlinear driving MMO-RPG game published in the United States on August 1, 2007 by NHN.

Contents

Plot

A screenshot of several players at Cras City in Drift City.

The game takes place in the near future, during a worldwide oil shortage, where a material dubbed Mittron is discovered on an island in the North Pacific, where an Organization for Mittron Development (OMD) is set up to manage the resource. Mittron quickly becomes the preferred fuel for transportation, with cars using it running for longer than their petrol-fueled counterparts, with less emissions, and greater speed.

However, unmanned 'HUVs' (High-Tech Unmanned Vehicles) begin to appear around the island, terrorizing the local population, leaving them unable to walk outside for fear of attack. As a result, the OMD begins drafting in professional drivers in order to destroy the HUVs, and uncover the mystery behind their sudden appearance.

Gameplay

Players earn experience points and 'Mito' (the in-game currency) by completing missions and deliveries, as well as bounties for destroying HUVs.

When driving, players can choose from a variety of vehicles in different classes, with the ability to purchase upgrade parts for their vehicle for increased performance so long as a sufficient level is reached. These parts can then be further enhanced by 'Mittron Enhancements' to boost their performance.

Through driving, or destroying HUVs, players can also earn "coupons" to unlock cars or parts by completing certain in-game requirements, similar to the Trophy system used in the Burnout series'. The unlockable items can range from fuel for the car to car parts.

Players also have the option to join or form "crews," as well as impromptu "parties" for extra experience, or to trade items with one-another. Each crew is assigned a rank based on their collective points score (S, A, B or C). These ranks are displayed by colored crew names, with the 'Special' class being gold, A being red, B being blue, and the lowest class C being white.

Mittron Island

Mittron Island consists of four accessible cities: Moon Palace, Koinonia, Cras, and Oros, along with a city called Chinatown, an area inaccessible to players in free roam. Players start in Moon Palace and work their way into Koinonia, Cras, and then Oros by completing storyline missions and reaching certain levels (Many players recommend transfering to the next city every twenty levels). Once these cities have been opened, players can travel between them at any time using the highway system, divided by toll booths.

When playing online, each server hosts a central hub known as the Driver Dome where drivers can converse with each other. The Driver Dome contains several buildings, which include the Battle Zone where drivers can challenge each other on preset courses, the Auction House, where players can purchase items that others have posted for sale through an in-game browser, the Dealership, where players may purchase new vehicles, the Parts Shop, where players may purchase new parts from an NPC or sell obtained items, the Garage, where players can switch between each of the vehicles they own, and the Crew Center, where players can create a crew or participate in or spectate crew battles. The Driver Dome also has an underground level only accessible by players who are level 31 and higher, containing the same buildings, but providing a much darker atmosphere.

Cities

  • Moon Palace - The city where rookie OMD drivers are deployed. Moon Palace is a seaside metropolis with a wide open road system. The east of the city also houses a portion of the island's industrial district, where Mittron is refined into fuel. There is an airport on the west side of this city that is shared with Oros.
  • Koinonia - Mittron Island's industrial and commercial center, which also features a seaport. It is located on the Eastern side of Mittron Island.
  • Cras - A hilly city with a small beach containing several facilities where Mittron is mined. The city also has a tunnel that leads the player directly back to Moon Palace without having to pass through Oros or Koinonia.
  • Oros - A desert city and a hotspot for Mittron development. Its main facilities are a space center similar to those of NASA[citation needed] and a secret military installation named "Area 71", a play on the military research centre Area 51 in America, where the HUVs are manufactured, though their production is not seen in-game.
  • Chinatown - A city based on the real-world location of Taipei, Taiwan. It first appeared in the Taiwanese edition of Drift City, and is slowly being added to other clients. Players are unable to access the city in free roam mode; instead, a single track can be raced on in the Battle Zone.

Cars

The cars are organized by classes ranging from V1 to V9, with V9 being the best performing. Cars in lower classes can be upgraded by purchasing cash items from the area called the Drift Shop (Accesable by pressing F4 or by clicking the icon in the lower left corner), in which you can upgrade a V1 vehicle to V2. In this case, the car is then refered to as an R2. In order to drive cars of each specification, the player must have reached a certain level and attained a certain amount of Mito. Most of the cars also require the player to have previously discovered a "coupon" which unlocks it for purchase.

While most of the cars are fictionally branded (With manufactures such as Mitron Motors or OMD Motors), yet modeled on their real-life counterparts, a number of vehicles from Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep have been licensed for the game; most prominently, the fourth-generation Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe and the sixth-generation Dodge Charger. Some other examples of vehicles in the game are the Cielo, based on a fifth-generation Nissan Skyline GT-R, and the Natura, which is based on a Porsche Carrera GT.

Rush Time

Rush Time is a new feature of Drift City where all players can join a massive "Boss HUV" chase, which consists of chasing one of five large HUVs, with significantly increased HP and different abilities. The event can begin once at least 10 players are within a 'Rush Time circle'. Larger Rush Time events occur at scheduled times.

Users gain items by crashing into the boss HUV. The user who touches the boss last will receive a big prize: 3 Mittron Enhancers and an amount of Mito. Except for scheduled Rush Time events, the Boss HUV is rarely defeated within the ten-minute limit. However, participating in Rush Time is the only way to obtain the highest level parts in the game, and many players participate in smaller Rush Times so they can obtain these rare parts to use or sell via the Auction House.

Parts enhancing

Parts can be enhanced (upgraded) by using Mittron Enhancers. All parts are divided into 3 branches, Normal parts (level 1 through level 25 parts), Super parts (level 31 through level 55 parts) and Hyper parts (level 60 through level 80 parts). Since the Stage 2 update, each branch requires a corresponding Mittron Enhancer to enhance the part (e.g. H Mittron Enhancer is needed to enhance Hyper parts). However, old Mittron Enhancers are unimpeded by these limits, and can be still obtained by various ways (e.g. Rush Time). The cash item "Mittron Enhancer Booster" can be used to double the effect of Mittron Enhancers. Attempting to enhance has a chance to fail, or even break the part, so it can only be repaired using a repair kit, that will remove all enhancements. The more enhancements a part has, the higher the chance of a subsequent enhancement failing.

Stage 2 features

Sticker feature

By uploading up to 5 images per day, players can customize their cars using stickers bought in Mito, with the adhesive used to apply them to the car costs at least 10 G Coins, which much be purchased outside of the game.[1]

Glossy paints

Paints with a special, reflective finish that adds stat points, that cannot be removed from the car until it expires. New players can choose a free, unlimited glossy paint, but with no associated stat bonus.[2]

Undercity

Undercity is an instance dungeon where a party of players may participate in multiple HUV chasing events for items and money.[1] Completing one round of Undercity earns the player a coupon for the V4 Monster, a large truck with a high durability stat, built to destroy HUVs, and based on a Dodge Ram with large tires and a tuned suspension system, giving it the appearance of a monster truck, hence the name.

At the final stage of an Undercity session, the party must defeat a Boss HUV within a time limit. Each city has a different Boss HUV, with each player receiving up to three items for its defeat, depending on how well they did. The game mode can give parts from special part sets that give additional stats if all of the parts are equipped, and the part sets available from Undercity also differ between each city.

The currently available Undercity missions are in Moon Palace, Koinonia, and Cras, with different cities having missions of different difficulty levels.

Real Match

A balanced team race where every player drives the same car, the Duel, based on the Bugatti Veyron 16.4[citation needed]. Winning 100 Real Match races earns the player a coupon that they can use to purchase their own Duel. Currently, Real Matches are only available during scheduled times, with races offering high Mito prizes, but no experience points.[1]

Lap Time

Similar to the style of racing found in Trackmania, players compete for the best time around a track, and may earn parts and part enhancers depending on their position.[1]

Update

In April, a new patch was released by IJJI, including new vehicles, such as the Dew car, available through purchase of 'G-coins' outside of the game. The update also included a new interface, and repeatable missions in Moon Place and Koinonia, offering rewards of Mito, experience points, Repair Kits and 'Mittron Powder' Both offers rewards of mito, exp, MKII Quick Battle Repair kits, and Mittron powder (used to exchange for items at the trade centers). In addition, there is a new license and rank system. Players are able to acquire licenses, which they could put on the profiles for others to see, by completing the requirements, such as creating a set number of highly-tuned parts for their vehicle. In the Battle Zone, there are now ladder ranks for players.[3]

References

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Drift City
Box artwork for Drift City.
Developer(s) NPLUTO
Publisher(s) NHN, Arario, Unalis
Japanese title ドリフトシティ
Engine Gamebryo
Latest version 0.15f
0.02e?
0.10b
0.981d
0.10b
Unknown
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Racing, RPG
System(s) Windows
Players MMOG
Media Download
System requirements (help)
CPU clock speed

1.8GHz

System RAM

256MiB

Disk space

1GiB

Video RAM

64MiB

DirectX version
Version 9.0c
Website http://drift.ijji.com/
http://skidrush.hangame.com/
http://www.driftcity.jp/
http://www.dco.com.tw/
http://dco.u1game.com/
http://driftstreet.vplay.in.th

Drift City (Skid Rush in the original Korean version) is a GT-style Racing MMORPG in which players play the role of drivers for the Organization of Mittron Development, or OMD for short. Driving takes place throughout an urbanized island, restricted only to streets, and is enhanced by the usage and need for the ability to drift around intersections.

The game's graphics take on a cell shaded style similar to Jet Set Radio. Music is available in game; players can change tracks, play their own MP3 music, or turn it off at any time. Much of the gameplay can be compared to that of Crazy Taxi or Grand Theft Auto III. Uncommon in MMO games, Drift City has a linear storyline that progresses through missions for the OMD government, available at the station the player is currently assigned to.

Physics in the game have been altered, making the game feel much faster and less prone to hazards than a racing game focused on realism. Players can smash through objects such as trees, fire hydrants, and street lights without breaking their cars. Since much of the game is within the streets of Drift City, traffic is always present. Thus, collisions with other cars have also been altered where the damaged vehicle will often go flying rather than stopping the player's car dead in its tracks.

The game appears under three different names, but all iterations have the same core content. The Korean version hosted by Hangame uses "Skid Rush" and all international versions including the ijji and Arario versions take the name, "Drift City" except the Thai version hosted by VPlay, which is called "Drift Street."

On October 14, 2009, a European IP block went into effect for Ijji players as a result of contractual rights that now denied them from providing the game to the region.

Story

Large supplies of Mittron, a newly discovered energy source, have been found on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. This island has been named Mittron Island, and the OMD was formed to act as a governing body for the island. The OMD is trying to make Mittron a viable alternative to gasoline, but strange vehicles have showed up to disrupt this process. The director of the OMD called these vehicles High-Tech Unmanned Vehicles, or HUVs for short. In response, many drivers have been recruited to combat the HUVs and protect the citizens of Mittron Island.

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