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Well i tried Waren Story. I think it was the open beta launch (or it could have been regular launch for all i know). There was an XP even that was occuring, which is strange for a game thats this new...but whatever. Reasons i jumped in was that it had no gender locked classes and was a new korean mmorpg. Was in the mood i guess.
First of all. The screen shots i saw on their website are not legit game screen shots. They are renderd cut scenes that make the game look of high graphical detail.
This is what the game looks like
Yeah it looks super dated. It plays just as dated as it looks. You get a quest in the main city, you run out to the fields of mobs stading around waiting for you to farm them. You kill 10-20 of them, run all the way back, turn in, get a new one, run all the way back out to the mobs standing 10 feet further and repeate. Combat mechanics are dated, and dont make much sense. My skills, they did slightly more damage than my auto attack, but with a massive animation delay, using animations i expect in a much older game.
I messed around with this, getting 30 more damage for a skill that takes 3 auto attacks to run its course...isnt a dps improvement. So i reset my skills and pumped every single point into one skill...still my auto attacks did more DPS over time. So i put all my skills into auto attack related boosts like attack speed and bse damage...cool game got even more boring.
I tried this all over again once i got to a higher level and some of the deeper skills in the tree opend up. Auto attack was the way to go for my warrior.
Also, one striking fact that continued to haunt me. Where are the player? Even the most modest of mmropgs can get a busy feel come launch/open beta with cash shop open (which is launch in my book)
Theres one starting area, and the linear path is the same for all. I saw about 5-20 people on, prime time, on a weekend...game had just launched so people were not on the higher level maps, and when i got to the next map it was even more dead. I saw three active players in chat, well about 5 only 3 spoke english. Asked them where the people are. Got insulted for asking and was told to just quit the game if im going to complain. Ok..was an honest question, perhaps i was missing a popular map, or was missing out on a better way to level up.
I honestly left the game feeling bad for the developers. Did some web hunting. Turns out this game was rejected by every f2p publisher, with aeria being the most recent ones to pass after a closed beta bout with the game. These guys made 12sky which shut down, and i think 12sky2 shut down as well. I remember playing 12sky2 and i think this game is that one reskinned into a fantasy world. Also the publisher hosting the game is the developers, so dont expect easy communication if your playing, and i would expect they dont have the manpower to help support the games non vital aspects, such as dealing with disputes, problems, and player issues.
Oh, final thing. The game has botting as a game mechanic. Thats right. Auto hunt while you sleep. Fantastic. Anyway i took the communities advice, did a bit of exploring, then logged off an wiped the game from my system. Not sure if the game is the best they could do, in which case i feel bad and probably would have spent $5 in pity..or if its just a cheap money grab that a few developers did while reskinning their old game...which is what it looks like.
On to the next one for me.