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Chaotic PVP / Criminal PVP? Possibility of permadeath? Others can loot your corpse and sometimes get items?
Sounds like the sand-box fun I've been SEARCHING ENDLESSLY FOR.
It's a sham this game's mechanics make it so painful and frustrating that you'll never even get to try PK. And when you do, oh, you'll be disappointed.
I just spent about 10-12 hours playing this game. It sucks. And here's why.
1. I rolled a mage. Don't roll a mage. You will go in clunky circles trying to hold down the right camera button while running away, but instead of being able to, I dunno, ACTUALLY kite, if you push spacebar, your character won't jump, but jump in a seemingly random direction (seeming random because it never seems to be the direction you're telling it to go).
Sometimes you can get a few fun dodges in, like dodge as they attack. LOL NEAT. Except that it's novelt wears off when you reaize it takes about 3-4 "instant"- like attacks to kill you. Then the novelty wears off and the frusteration mounts as you desperately try to dodge in weave in a game running an engine that won't allow you to dodge and weave.
So I thought, well, surely with a mutitude of new spells I'll become more useful?
No. "Flaming arrow", "magic missle" Wind arrow" or whatever the fuck. All the exact same shit, with similar damage. In fact, the starting spell is still the best spell.
So the Point-blank-AOE earth attack, SOUNDS GREAT! Except when there's 3 monsters next to you, and you do a point-blank AOE, it hits them all once. They then hit you all once, but you die. El oh el....
Or if you don't die, I just DARE you to try to run away with a clunky camera targeting system that doesn't allow you to jump in combat, only to hop around. Jumping is for non-combat only...I guess....
But I gave it a chance. I had to. It had everything I've been waiting for. So I tried my best to get used to this bunky ass combat system, telling myself "Oh its like oblivion or darkfall or something, surely it will just keep getting better". It didn't. It just kept gettring worse....
Finally, I was soul rank 2. What seemed like a forever jaunt of getting 2 shotted by mobs as they randomly aggroed me....well...,it was worth it. Im gonna be a bounty hunter. Nah fuck it, I'll get a bounty on my head. Ah lets just attack some people!
He goes...to cast....HIS SPELL! As I cast it on a fellow player, I thought in my head "hmm. Well, it's interesting that my spell is doing about 150-200 and I only have 100 hp. I wonder what's gonna happen here"
Well, the spell shot out at flying speeds and hit my enemy player for......1....
so i tried again.....2....different spells........1.......2
I literally didn't even have enough MP to get the player down to 75%. Then I camped. And just sat there and had to laugh. WTF kind of game is this? I'm such a glass cannon that I literally CANNOT take damage from mobs - Yet I have No movement slowing or snaring spells. I just have like 5 spells that do the same thing. My "paralysis" spell thats supposed to paralyze targets seems to create a little glow around them and they just continue to attack me, and my poison spell that does no damage? This spell of course casts 3 , so there's no way to get it off unless you snare them with....nothing...okkay so just start out with it.
I mean, I tried. I REALLY fucking tried. I spent 2 days TRYING! I entered a world envisioning freedom of choice, criminality, bounty hunting, and blurbing through dungeons with friends. I ended up running from my grave to the deathstone thing 28 times (# of deaths so far. I'm level 6).
And now that I'm soul rank 2, every time I die, I'm supposed to pay about 6k gold to get my % of perma death back down to 0, or throw them my items. I have a total of 5k gold and the items I'm equipping. So hopefully that 1/20 chance of....LOSING MY CHARACTER FOREVER....doesn't happen.....?
What the FUCK kind of design in this game going for!? ABSURD. ITS SO DISAPPOINTING. EVERY SINGLY ASPECT of this game get your hopes up like "omg, cool, omg cool", and then you go do it and you're like "omg, lame, omg, super lame"
Just wait til you lag die a couple of times.
I've played every big MMO to date in the last 15 years, and MOST of the even notable free ones.
This game got my hopes up the highest of the F2p gmaes, and it disappointed me the most....
Good luck with the game. It's far too slow, clunky, poorly designed. I REALLY kept justifying to myself that the game is cool. I REALLY DID. I just kept telling myself how cool it COULD be...and maybe if I was just a higher level.....
Well, do that for about 15 hours and you'll find yourself playing another game. VERY VERY stagnant gameplay.
Pardon my low tolerance for stupidity.