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CBT came out on the 28th April at 10:00pm GMT. When I first logged on, I felt let down by the graphics but after getting inside the game I found that you could change the graphics to 1920x1080 which is unusually rare for F2P games, after adjusting my graphics to the highest they would go, i was visually amazed by the stunning graphics especially for a F2P game.
Moving on to creating a charcter, when you first choose your class you have to guess which class is which by mindlessly clicking on each class as there is no names under the heroes at this time, this could be as it is CBT, all the class are gender locked so if you like being a male or female, you cant be picky on the class you want to be. For charcter customisations its pretty standard you got about 12 hair choices and 12 face choices, with about 10 colours of hair and skin. So generally there isnt a whole lot but I expect Gpotatoe to release a whole lot of premium looks via their micro system once released.
The most interesting part of the game for me is when you offically meet your anima which you gain at level 10. She is a small looking girl, who loses her memory, and your bond becomes ever stronger as the game progress. You get to name your Anima for free, and only once. They have a very basic customisation system, but you can purchase clothes, and wings and all other sorts of equips for your anima. You Anima levels seperatly to you, gaining about half the exp you gain when fighting monsters, Anima has skills like Buffs and increase HP regeneration as well as a few debuffs and a DOT skill. All crafting is done though your anima Cultivation and Cooking is the first 2 craft skills you gain. At this time im unaware of other skills. Eventually you will be able to summon Giga's to fight for you. I have only used a Giga once and it was when i was doing the prologue. When I used him, it was just amazing. In description he is a giant metel golem looking thing with a massive sword. When i say giant about 20x the size of your character. Very impressive and very overpowered when I used him.
Leveling is done via 4 methods Questing Grinding Dungeons or PVP. Questing seems dull and lifeless except for the main story books (LOTRO Rip Off) but as your go though the story books you see beautiful cinematics and impressive graphic cut sceanes. Grinding is typical, you fight some monsters a few levels high then you and you gain a little more exp and you stand there doing this for about a hour or so to level. Dungeons - I cant say anything about as i have yet to participate in one, although they are easy to get to just noone wants to do them for some reason. There are lots of them starting at level 5 going upto 80 every 5 levels. PVP - You gain a large amount of exp if you win as well as union points and blood points, which currently im unaware of what they are used for. If you lose you gain nothing, and the games seem to be one sided everytime I havent been in one where either Ive owned or been owned.
So I hope this helps a few people in making the decision on waiting for OBT. I persoanlly think its a great game and you cant go wrong with F2P. So give it a go.
Overall - 4/5
Questing - 2/5
Story Quests - 5/5
Graphics - 4/5
Audio - 4/5
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