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[Column] Echo of Soul: A Popcorn MMO

SBFordSBFord Former Associate EditorMember LegendaryPosts: 33,126

This week I jumped into the closed beta for Echo of Soul. EoS is a new MMO being published in the west by Aeria Games. On first look the game seemed interesting enough but I wondered if it would have enough different to keep people around for the long haul. Chances are? Probably not.

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  • BillMurphyBillMurphy Former Managing EditorMember LegendaryPosts: 4,563
    This is exactly how I feel about EOS and Cabal 2. They're both decently fun theme parks, but not sure if they're anything more. Good games for people who like this type of MMO and want a fresh place to play in while they wait for something more.

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  • ShaighShaigh Member RarePosts: 2,021
    Played it in the beta, and quickly came to a similar conclusion, except I didn't have any fun. It was just too much meh
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  • zanfirezanfire Member UncommonPosts: 951

    Thats sadly pretty much every MMO lately. They either do the same exact thing as the last one or hope that some sort of gimmick will get people in.

     

    ...One day i will find the next FFXI....one day...

  • CrazKanukCrazKanuk Member EpicPosts: 6,130

    Oh WoW.... ;)

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  • ElvocElvoc Member RarePosts: 493
    Yea I really think the only draw for this game and Cabal 2 are that they are "new" but other than that I am betting they wont have full servers after the first 30 days.
  • elockeelocke Member UncommonPosts: 4,335
    Add to the already long list of similar eastern MMOs.  Exact same game with a different skin.  When will this "trend" stop?
  • goth1cgoth1c Member UncommonPosts: 79
    Originally posted by elocke
    Add to the already long list of similar eastern MMOs.  Exact same game with a different skin.  When will this "trend" stop?

    When people stop playing them

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  • achala22achala22 Member UncommonPosts: 5

    well i'm currently in the CBT and let me tell you one thing;it's boring really boring . Even the pvp is not funny at all :(

    the game is awful, don't waste your time in EOS you can find better than this one.

  • IridescentJoeIridescentJoe Member Posts: 89
    stopped reading when I saw this is from Aeria
  • WarlyxWarlyx Member RarePosts: 2,955
    and this game has founder packs? ...trying to milk before it goes full pay2win or close to p2w
  • nhatnhat Member UncommonPosts: 163
    Originally posted by elocke
    Add to the already long list of similar eastern MMOs.  Exact same game with a different skin.  When will this "trend" stop?

    Yes because Wildstar, Star Wars, ESO did so well too.

    Well whats unique about this game is that there's no healers so first impressions aren't exactly the best for this game since the difference will be seen in group dungeon play which will have a dramatic difference in party play.

     

     
     
     
     
  • hockeyplayrhockeyplayr Member UncommonPosts: 604
    i took the plunge because i heard somewhere it was made by some lineage 2 devs.  So far it isn't too bad. But I'm only lvl 10 and have taken a long break from mmos aside from a stint in wildstar. 
  • KajidourdenKajidourden Member EpicPosts: 2,942
    Originally posted by Skuall
    and this game has founder packs? ...trying to milk before it goes full pay2win or close to p2w

     

    Says the guy with the avatar of the worst mmo I've ever played where apparently you get banned for mentioning p2w lol

     

  • WarlyxWarlyx Member RarePosts: 2,955
    Originally posted by Kajidourden
    Originally posted by Skuall
    and this game has founder packs? ...trying to milk before it goes full pay2win or close to p2w

     

    Says the guy with the avatar of the worst mmo I've ever played where apparently you get banned for mentioning p2w lol

     

    its on CBT still , and no clue what is gonna be sold on the shop, so what are u talking about lol

  • ChrisboxChrisbox Member UncommonPosts: 1,729
    Its aeria games, did you guys honestly expect something worth your time and money?

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  • mattic65mattic65 Member UncommonPosts: 191
    If this game were more open world and less zoned (and small zones, at that), I would like this game a bit more than I do. As it stands, I'm just kind of meh about it all. I've got to say it's probably one of the better games that Aeria has gotten license for. 
     
  • timf2121timf2121 Member UncommonPosts: 12

    I played the CN version of this game, and there are few things i don't like about it 

    1) combat is stationary, meaning you can not move while you use a skill even if it is an instant skill 

    2) too many small zones, does not feel like a consistent world 

    3) EMPTY SERVER, at least in CN version, sometime you won't encounter another player in 3 hrs. 

     

  • elockeelocke Member UncommonPosts: 4,335
    Originally posted by nhat
    Originally posted by elocke
    Add to the already long list of similar eastern MMOs.  Exact same game with a different skin.  When will this "trend" stop?

    Yes because Wildstar, Star Wars, ESO did so well too.

    Well whats unique about this game is that there's no healers so first impressions aren't exactly the best for this game since the difference will be seen in group dungeon play which will have a dramatic difference in party play.

     

     
     
     
     

    Umm..said nothing about "doing well" but those games trump anything like this one and all it's ilk by a long shot.  Although, I personally find SWTOR just as bad a game, but Wildstar and ESO, currently are much better games.  Not at launch, but now they are, for sure.  They also have a unique feel to them.  EoS and every eastern MMORPG like it i.e. Cabal Online, Conquer Online, Raiderz, Aion, Tera etc. all have this same feel and playstyle and all look pretty but are as shallow as can be and make my eyes glaze over in boredom from the very first step I take on my character. 

  • nhatnhat Member UncommonPosts: 163
    Originally posted by elocke
    Originally posted by nhat
    Originally posted by elocke
    Add to the already long list of similar eastern MMOs.  Exact same game with a different skin.  When will this "trend" stop?

    Yes because Wildstar, Star Wars, ESO did so well too.

    Well whats unique about this game is that there's no healers so first impressions aren't exactly the best for this game since the difference will be seen in group dungeon play which will have a dramatic difference in party play.

     

     
     
     
     

    Umm..said nothing about "doing well" but those games trump anything like this one and all it's ilk by a long shot.  Although, I personally find SWTOR just as bad a game, but Wildstar and ESO, currently are much better games.  Not at launch, but now they are, for sure.  They also have a unique feel to them.  EoS and every eastern MMORPG like it i.e. Cabal Online, Conquer Online, Raiderz, Aion, Tera etc. all have this same feel and playstyle and all look pretty but are as shallow as can be and make my eyes glaze over in boredom from the very first step I take on my character. 

    Yea there's always crappy and shallow MMOs but there's the solid but nothing new gameplay. EOS  and wildstar falls in the latter but WS have so many more flaws. Making a character was one of the most disappointing feature in wildstar, lack of customization and gender locked classes. Gameplay wasn't any better then guild wars 2 and style was in your face cartooney style, way too forceful. I'll take EOS over WS any day over the toxic hardcore community WS have

     
    As for "trumping" that's pretty subjective, I don't think there's a "perfect" mmo, just what positive and negatives are there
  • odiasudaodiasuda Member UncommonPosts: 159
    "Per-say"?  Really? 
  • inmysightsinmysights Member UncommonPosts: 408
    man, I have that same issue with Aeria game, I tried to install a few of them and they always tell me I have some sort of software it doesnt like and stops working. So damn lame of them.

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  • MaurgrimMaurgrim Member RarePosts: 1,259
    We have time traveled back 8 years?
  • kenpokillerkenpokiller Member UncommonPosts: 321

    Just started playing, this is my first Korean MMO.

     

    When I heard 1600 quests I thought something different then just progressing through them in a way you go from point A to B. Still i'm having fun, it's all new :)

    Sway all day, butterfly flaps all the way!

  • kenpokillerkenpokiller Member UncommonPosts: 321
    Originally posted by elocke
    Originally posted by nhat
    Originally posted by elocke
    Add to the already long list of similar eastern MMOs.  Exact same game with a different skin.  When will this "trend" stop?

    Yes because Wildstar, Star Wars, ESO did so well too.

    Well whats unique about this game is that there's no healers so first impressions aren't exactly the best for this game since the difference will be seen in group dungeon play which will have a dramatic difference in party play.

     

     
     
     
     

    Umm..said nothing about "doing well" but those games trump anything like this one and all it's ilk by a long shot.  Although, I personally find SWTOR just as bad a game, but Wildstar and ESO, currently are much better games.  Not at launch, but now they are, for sure.  They also have a unique feel to them.  EoS and every eastern MMORPG like it i.e. Cabal Online, Conquer Online, Raiderz, Aion, Tera etc. all have this same feel and playstyle and all look pretty but are as shallow as can be and make my eyes glaze over in boredom from the very first step I take on my character. 

     

    Shh let me lie to myself

    Sway all day, butterfly flaps all the way!

  • SatyrosSatyros Member UncommonPosts: 156

    Asian imports usually cannot work in the west.

    In asia they have a huge crowd. Even a tiny percentage of the pie is more than enough to sustain and generate profit for a company.

     

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