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Eligium: Closed Beta Preview

BillMurphyBillMurphy Managing EditorBerea, OHPosts: 2,369MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

We've spent some time with Frogster's Eligium: The Chosen One in its closed beta phase.  Does this Action-MMO import have what it takes to capture your attention? Read on to find out.

I try not to judge games in their Closed Beta phase too harshly, I really do.  But Eligium: The Chosen One just isn't really my bag.  That's not to say it's "bad", so much as it is to say it's not for me.  From Shanda Games and Goldcool and published by Frogster, I was expecting something as polished and refined (though derivitive) as Runes of Magic.  What I got instead as an Action-MMO that's still badly in need of some translation work to make its grindy nature worth enduring.  It's on par with many other F2P imports, and in some cases it surpasses others, but I guess I've come to expect more from Frogster of late.

Read the rest of our Eligium: Closed Beta Preview.

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  • MmorpgeriusMmorpgerius LappeenrantaPosts: 48Member Uncommon

    Judging from the last picture, I'm not expecting much.

  • bobfishbobfish SouthamptonPosts: 1,688Member

    Wish I'd been invited, I quite like action-MMOs.

  • VryheidVryheid Baltimore, MDPosts: 469Member

    Japanese panda warriors? Who could have possibly thought of THAT before? *sarcasm*

  • ekifekif fisher, WVPosts: 9Member

    The game was just too lazy for me. I could auto-walk to my target, attack a mob, alt-tab and browse the web. Come back in a min or so to see if the mob was dead. Rinse and Repeat.

    I was hoping for a game that was at least on par with RoM but this game is something much less.

  • 32style32style DobrzykowPosts: 24Member

    Another reason that Chinese shouldn't make MMORPG's. IMO

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  • UsulDaNeriakUsulDaNeriak SindelfingenPosts: 640Member

    standard F2P mainstream asian-style. i have seen nothing, no gamemechanic or feature, which concerns me to even consider to play this game.

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  • DakeruDakeru Posts: 1,653Member Uncommon

    I only played the game for 30 minutes. I was especially shocked about the combat system.

    You click on the mob for an auto-attack, then press the hotkey to use your skill which will cancel the auto-attack. So you click the mob again - meanwhile your skill is ready again and you start over once more.

    The game reminded me a lot of Ran Online and this fantasy version of Ran which was taken offline about 8 years ago. Except for.. Ran and that other game (really can't remember the name) were more fun than this.

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  • bobfishbobfish SouthamptonPosts: 1,688Member

    Originally posted by Dakeru

    I only played the game for 30 minutes. I was especially shocked about the combat system.

    You click on the mob for an auto-attack, then press the hotkey to use your skill which will cancel the auto-attack. So you click the mob again - meanwhile your skill is ready again and you start over once more.

    The game reminded me a lot of Ran Online and this fantasy version of Ran which was taken offline about 8 years ago. Except for.. Ran and that other game (really can't remember the name) were more fun than this.




     

     Oh, so it isn't really an action-MMO then? Just a normal MMO with misleading genre naming.

  • MacroHardMacroHard Fairfax, VAPosts: 104Member

    I don't understand why the Asian game makers ever thought adding in game mechanics to automatically route players to their quests.  Maybe it began as something put in for the purpose of allowing gamers to step away from the games for a quick sec to give them breaks, IDK.

    It would drive me crazy with all those grammatical errors in the English translationl

  • GrinnzGrinnz Utica, NYPosts: 310Member Uncommon

    The game's graphics seemed really grainy, and the game's combat mechanics seemed sticky for the most part. Yes, the translation errors were bad, but for CB I well expected it...even in OB will probably be quite the few.

    I don't have much a problem with auto-route as is saves mouse clicking or carpal tunnel issuse from holding W down.

    I don't think this game offers much...easily passible for other games that will come out this year or you can just stick with whatever you are playing now.

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  • NephaeriusNephaerius Baltimore, MDPosts: 1,539Member Uncommon

    This game is terrible.  I was really hoping for something at least on the level of Runes of Magic even if I didn't enjoy it.  However, this game is terribly subpar.  I couldn't even force myself to play it.

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  • gaeanprayergaeanprayer Somewhere Out There, PAPosts: 2,320Member Uncommon

    Well, GW2 blends an auto-attack with action battle elements (the first skill on your bar can be right clicked to recast automatically when it cools down) but then GW2 isn't claiming to be an action MMO. On the other hand, TERA ~is~ claiming to be an action mmo, and does something similar. In the end, I think it boils down to implementation, and it seems that's where Eligium is falling flat.

     

    Also, get a better graphics card Will, the game is much prettier than that ;x

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  • XilentStormXilentStorm Melbourne, FLPosts: 224Member

    makes me anticipate c9 all the more.

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    RS (pre-EOC)- Habbo
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    Maplestory, and more.

  • nurd6nurd6 Orlando, FLPosts: 2Member

    I went on a f2p playing spree this past weekend, and while I didn't find Eligium to be a bad game, I found all of the same features in other f2p games and done better.    For anyone keeping score, Eligium is the westernization of Magic World Online 2, a game released in Asia in 2009 (Pandas and all).   I only reached level 38 before the closed beta ended but I found parts of the game to be really fun.  The only problem is that other games have a lot of the exact same features but better presented and more polished.     

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  • Adhesive33Adhesive33 San Francisco, CAPosts: 227Member

    " So if you're looking for a Wild West game that's reminiscent at times of Lineage, you could do worse."

     

    Really? Could you really do worse? I don't think so. This game is spectacularly bad in nearly every regard.

  • OzmodanOzmodan Hilliard, OHPosts: 7,191Member Uncommon

    It is Frogster, it will cost a fortune to be competitive in both pve and pvp.

  • RealedazedRealedazed Washington, DCPosts: 103Member Uncommon

    Anyone actually try out and make sense of the crafting?

  • BanquettoBanquetto CityPosts: 1,037Member Uncommon

    Worst beta I've participated in since Alganon. This game has no reason to exist, and certainly there is no reason why Frogster would waste their time and money publishing it in the west.

  • Dekarx12Dekarx12 SydneyPosts: 374Member Uncommon

    more of the same crap from the east... another waste of space in the MMO world this game... nothing speical at all in the game, combat same.... themem same... just mor eof the same

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  • CawickengCawickeng BrisbanePosts: 122Member

    Why expect so much from Frogster games and 'free' MMOs in general? Just wait until the cash shop arrives...

  • TorvalTorval Oregon CountryPosts: 7,217Member Uncommon

    "So if you're looking for a Wild West game that's reminiscent at times of Lineage, you could do worse.    Just don't go in expecting top-notch presentation or the best questing and PVE and you might be surprised."

     

    Ouch!  Did you really think that poorly of Lineage?  I understand the game had an insane leveling curve, but I chalk that up to it being one of the first two MMOs ever released and those sorts of things in the genre hadn't been refined yet.

    I think Lineage was one of the very best MMOs ever released, despite the grind.  It was completely seamless.  Everything, including content updates were included for the subscription price (about $10/mo at the time).  There were tons of factions (one for every guild and alliance).  Even though the graphics were sprite based 2.5d isometrics it still looked very nice and the music was beautiful.  How exactly was this game reminiscent of Lineage at times?

    I'm sorry to overreact Bill, but I'm almost offended that you would say this F2P schlock is anything like Lineage.  Did the game really play like Lin at times?  *cry*..... I'm a sad panda (that was a little attempt at humor) :p

  • CaldrinCaldrin CwmbranPosts: 4,533Member Uncommon

    what is it with bloody pandas in games, ahs the MMO industry all of a sudden started aiming there games at 2 years olds...

     

    I do not want to play games with little cuddy animals............................

  • moosecatlolmoosecatlol Boring, TXPosts: 1,172Member Uncommon

    I wish someone would tell other people that WoW's ui was not the reason why it was successful. Other than that, they really need to step up the combat.

  • Lighten_UpLighten_Up RotterdamPosts: 108Member

    I feel dirty for actually anticipating this. Goddamnit, Frogster! Stop getting my hopes up each and every time you announce a new game. You did this with Mythos, and now Eligium. A word of warning, stay the hell away from this thing. Just stay the hell from Frogster.

    Ironically, the pandas were the only respectable race in this rubbish pile of mediocrity.

  • YamotaYamota LondonPosts: 6,620Member

    Gfx looks good but I often get the impression that these asian MMOs are catering to the younger crowd with little mental challenge. I guess there is not much mental challenge in western MMOs either but alteast it has a more mature look. These pandas and oversized weapons and what not just screams to me that the game is for sub 15 year olds.

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