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Scarlet Blade First Impressions

RoxtarrRoxtarr Freeland, MI, MIMember Posts: 1,122

1. It's a game that doesn't take itself too seriously.

2. It's certainly not for everybody.

3. If you have kids, don't let them see you play.

4. If you are a kid - STOP! This isn't for you!

5. The gameplay is surprisingly smooth and the graphics are pretty good for a F2P title.

6. If you are looking for something to re-invent the genre and introduce new mechanics to MMO's, you'll be disappointed. It follows a traditional questing/combat/skill tree model.

It's obviously a game that doesn't take itself too seriously. It's very honest about what it is, but I was a bit surprised at the quality of the gameplay itself.  For those of you who haven't tried it and are curious, here's a good first impressions video. Basically it's about 20 minutes or so of gameplay w/ commentary. Like the game, it's not meant for kids.  It doesn't judge the game in any way, but offers a good first look at the game for anyone who wants to check it out before downloading.

 

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  • VarlasVarlas Sioux, IAMember Posts: 21 Uncommon

    I can agree with all the points you made. Personally, after playing the game for about 2 hours, I'm not particularly impressed. It seems like the same music loops over and over again. The sound effects get dull and/or annoying after a while, especially when you're listening to every character around you shouting and using all those cliche sound effects. The game certainly doesn't take itself seriously (which can be a good or bad thing). You'll see how that manifests itself by reading the quest dialogue (which I found humorous at first, then I started to skip because there is a lot of text) and the general apparel of the characters and NPCs. I think this game goes way over the deep end with sexualizing most, if not all of the female characters, but it is what it is. 

    If I had to rate the game, I'd give it something like a... 6.5 or 7. I'm not gonna say it's the worst game out there, but it's certainly far from the best. It's pretty standard as far as MMO's go, but with an extra dose of cleavage.  I hear it's more about the PvP action instead of PvE, so that rating could change. But whether or not I actually want to play up to that point remains to be seen. 

    Edit: I forgot to mention that this game is very, very linear thus far. It has an autorun feature which you can abuse... I mean "utilize" to run you directly to your quest objective. I feel... indifferent about it. It's nice being able to get your quests done quickly, but at the same time you're pretty much just steam-rolling through the content. There's little to no immersion to be had in this game from what I've experienced.

  • BrownAleBrownAle fantasyland, MEMember Posts: 399

    Alright, its new, and its scifi.  This allowed me to break my rule of ignoring games with gender lock (all characters are female) and its cheap trashy first impression on me.

    The game doubles down on the porn factor, innuendos everywhere, every quest seems to have it, even how you mount and dismount your mount...its all focused towards one thing.

    Ok i get that, jiggle physics on overkill and cheap innuendos...it says mature, but it couldnt be farther from the truth.  This is style of gimmick is aimed right at young kids and well...older creepers.

    Looking past all that,  sadly its a scifi game.  Which im desperate for.  So i guess the game really is full of desperate people me included.

    I found one majorly big surprise.  Aside froma  few children who obviously couldnt handle the enviroment, this community...its shockingly good.  Discussion in chat about the game...its been...years...

    No wow talk. No 4chan meme.  Not even trolling.  Granted the chat can get a bit sleazy, given the game...but its chat on the game about the game.  So rare and so shocking in this game to see a chat and community that isnt the sewer that every themepark has these days.

    About the game, looking past i have to be a chick, which i hate, and its overkill on the porn innuendos and actual softcore porn.

    Well its a game of auto pathing questing.  No back and forth, all quests are intercommed to you.  Its actually nice tbh.  No back and forth, just path to your area, do the quest, new one pops up, go there.  Yeah i know, its horrible...but at least they do the autopathing right where your not autopathing back and forth between hubs, you just kinda keep going.

    Classes are interesting, and locked into their own type of female.  Story doesnt try to be the most overdramatic and epic storyline ever...which every game does now and fails in a laughable manner.  A couple classes are actually interesting, though i refuse to play the sexualized small child that was censord because child porn is illegal here.

    Its a very bare bones basic korean style grinder, where its quests you grind.  RvR focus, which seems ok.  Terrible instance pvp, where its on a 1hr timer and no matter how many times you sign up youll never get in since only 35 at a time can do the one instance that popps ever hour. With the classes the pvp does seem interesting.

     

     

    Was i impressed with the game in any way?  No.  I was surprised that the community was actually game focused and not tearing itself apart.  The BR's are not calling every english speaker a rascist.  The americans are not on their 4can meme lameness.  The EU's are not...well whatever they do thats annoying they are not doing it.  Other than that.  Cheap feeling game, slightly interesting class mechanics.  Over kill on porn and innuendos.  Clearly aimed at kids and adult creepers. 

    Like the op said, game doesnt take itself very seriously, neither does the community...might be an interesting and shocking quick play between games for some. 

     

     

    Oh and for the cash shop.  They seem focused on selling the item that lets you take off your uber revealing undies and be nude for $20, as well as verious uber revealing clothes.  Not pay to win i guess but i have doubts with aeria...it will be pay to win sooner or later. 

  • toph1980toph1980 OsloMember Posts: 14

    Scarlet Blade in a nutshell: http://twitch.tv/toph1980/b/378216484

    That said, it's a very fun game. I love its humor and witty dialogue --- PvP is ok too.

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  • birdycephonbirdycephon Salt Lake City, UTMember Posts: 1,314

    Once you get past the cleavage, this game is awesome. I love the story so far.

    I've got an extra gift key if anyone wants it: GR-AQZ4-HEYZ-PJWK-1YX6 (dont remember which set, just try them all)

    Also: GR-NX9P-QPH3-SBPX-AFJB (Ferocious Fury Starter Set)

  • larrypsylarrypsy Laguna Woods, CAMember Posts: 34 Uncommon

    Not only looks damn good, plays damn good!

  • Yavin_PrimeYavin_Prime Oak Park, CAMember Posts: 233

    I have to admit after playing the first 15 levels I'm a bit shocked at how much I enjoy the game. Honestly it's nothing special, it's a very average KMMORPG. The quests are almost always "kill 10 of this" or "get to this point". As the OP mentioned the game dosn't lie to you in anyway. It is what it is and nothing more.

     

    My only downside is that they didn't include male avatars (half naked of course), I wouldn't play one myself but I think it'd only be fair to the side of the MMO community that would want to play that. Perhaps in the future? Lastly I will say that yes this game is not for kids, but people forget it's nothing new. I remember topless dancers in all the major cities of Age of Conan. So yah SB isn't anything new, it just took the concept and ran with it, and then some.

     

    Bottom Line: Fun KMMORPG, dosn't do anything new and at the price of $0 it's worth a try, if its your cup of tea.

  • MadamefateMadamefate Brooklyn, NYMember Posts: 171
    Everyone at first gave this game no shot. Now it's seem to atleast earned a little respect in the genre. But the haters out there need to not take it so serious. 
  • NC360NC360 Rome, NYMember Posts: 67
    Originally posted by BrownAle
    About the game, looking past i have to be a chick, which i hate

    Actually, they are still working on the male character. He's pretty tough looking. So you wouldn't have to play a female one.

     

    Also I would like to add that if the game is "Clearly aimed at kids and adult creepers" as you say, why has everyone I've run into been really nice, and very mature? No really, they were some of the nicest people I've seen. And I haven't run into any kids.

  • BrownAleBrownAle fantasyland, MEMember Posts: 399

    Sadly after about 20 levels the new-ness of the game and nudity wears off and it gets boring.

    my initial thoughts were that the game sadly focused too much on pornt and was actually kind of decent.  Few stints of pvp the back the the quest autotracker...and i though...there ive just seen this entier game. PvP is super imbalanced due to the mech suits. 

    Its really a bland mmo once you get past the pixle nips and ass shots the game provides.

  • NC360NC360 Rome, NYMember Posts: 67
    Originally posted by Yavin_Prime
    My only downside is that they didn't include male avatars (half naked of course), I wouldn't play one myself but I think it'd only be fair to the side of the MMO community that would want to play that. Perhaps in the future?

    Yes, a male character is coming. The've confirmed this already.

     

    This link should take you to a pic of him:

     

    http://queens.kr.gameclub.com/Board/GMDiary/ViewFrm.asp?idx=37344&page=1&sk=&sw=&cidx=0&inoti=0&st=idx

  • NC360NC360 Rome, NYMember Posts: 67
    I notice no matter what you give this game for a hype score, it always remains at a hype of zero. It seems locked on zero no matter what score you gave it. I'm guessing the people who work for this site have no intention of giving it a fair shot? Sure it probably won't do well, but it should at least have a chance, regardless of whether some people think it's immoral or not. And no, no one is trying to cheat the voting for it, as it hardly has any hype votes to begin with.
  • GranDuxGranDux Phoenix, AZMember Posts: 70
    Originally posted by BrownAle
    Alright, its new, and its scifi.  This allowed me to break my rule of ignoring games with gender lock (all characters are female) and its cheap trashy first impression on me. The game doubles down on the porn factor, innuendos everywhere, every quest seems to have it, even how you mount and dismount your mount...its all focused towards one thing. Ok i get that, jiggle physics on overkill and cheap innuendos...it says mature, but it couldnt be farther from the truth.  This is style of gimmick is aimed right at young kids and well...older creepers. Looking past all that,  sadly its a scifi game.  Which im desperate for.  So i guess the game really is full of desperate people me included. I found one majorly big surprise.  Aside froma  few children who obviously couldnt handle the enviroment, this community...its shockingly good.  Discussion in chat about the game...its been...years... No wow talk. No 4chan meme.  Not even trolling.  Granted the chat can get a bit sleazy, given the game...but its chat on the game about the game.  So rare and so shocking in this game to see a chat and community that isnt the sewer that every themepark has these days. About the game, looking past i have to be a chick, which i hate, and its overkill on the porn innuendos and actual softcore porn. Well its a game of auto pathing questing.  No back and forth, all quests are intercommed to you.  Its actually nice tbh.  No back and forth, just path to your area, do the quest, new one pops up, go there.  Yeah i know, its horrible...but at least they do the autopathing right where your not autopathing back and forth between hubs, you just kinda keep going. Classes are interesting, and locked into their own type of female.  Story doesnt try to be the most overdramatic and epic storyline ever...which every game does now and fails in a laughable manner.  A couple classes are actually interesting, though i refuse to play the sexualized small child that was censord because child porn is illegal here. Its a very bare bones basic korean style grinder, where its quests you grind.  RvR focus, which seems ok.  Terrible instance pvp, where its on a 1hr timer and no matter how many times you sign up youll never get in since only 35 at a time can do the one instance that popps ever hour. With the classes the pvp does seem interesting.     Was i impressed with the game in any way?  No.  I was surprised that the community was actually game focused and not tearing itself apart.  The BR's are not calling every english speaker a rascist.  The americans are not on their 4can meme lameness.  The EU's are not...well whatever they do thats annoying they are not doing it.  Other than that.  Cheap feeling game, slightly interesting class mechanics.  Over kill on porn and innuendos.  Clearly aimed at kids and adult creepers.  Like the op said, game doesnt take itself very seriously, neither does the community...might be an interesting and shocking quick play between games for some.      Oh and for the cash shop.  They seem focused on selling the item that lets you take off your uber revealing undies and be nude for $20, as well as verious uber revealing clothes.  Not pay to win i guess but i have doubts with aeria...it will be pay to win sooner or later. 

    Scarlet Blade is fan-service but it is not pornography. There are certain definitions and requirements that must be meet in order for SB to be porno. If the game was porno it would have not been released under its current rating. The definition which SB registers under is partial nudity/full nudity and or erotic toned.

    The sentinels were censored due to nit-picking and prudes. This can proven and challenged by going to any store which carries licensed dvd or book products of non-western created. Or MangaGamer who releases their 18+ and none-18+ games uncensored. You may not personally like or agree to the content of this game but I can garuantee the similarity of these can be purchased licensed, uncensored and officially published by non gaming companies in your country. That also includes the show Queen's Blade which is released uncensored on dvd on your country as well too.

    Take away the sentinel's hair and clothes and she becomes a state no different than the bases that pixel artists use to create their characters and what companies use in to create dolls. All which harms no one. Unless would like to say a naked doll is suddenly harmful because it has no clothes.

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