All right so I am one of "Those Guys" who has gone in and purchased Revelation's Deluxe Pack without even having played the game. I literally got the Pack before Closed Beta even started. Why? Because while I have had a rough time with most games in the recent year or so (Looking at you Skyforge and Archeage), I still wanted to give this game a chance. It has a rather appealing aesthetic in my opinion and the fact it feels like Blade and Soul had a Love Child with AION was what made it even better. I love the Open World feeling and I like that PvP isn't forced upon you every time you turn around. It's optional for the most part and I reached level 47 without doing more than a fun Duel with some Guild Mates. Now, lemme get to my personal Pros and Cons list.
1 - Leveling is pretty quick during the first 40 Levels. Anything prior to Level 31 feels mostly like a Tutorial that actually lets you get used to the game instead of saying "Here's your 5 minute Tutorial. Kay? Thanks. Bye.". It does a good job of letting you have a personal feel for the game as you go through it.
2 - The Guild System is pretty epic, not going to lie this was a large factor of me wanting to play it. Not many games give you the same progressive feeling of accomplishment when working on a Guild. This game lets you go in, expand your Personal Guild Territory by clearing away fog through Guild Quests and then you can assign NPCs to build buildings like a Guild Storage. I enjoy this a great deal and love the feeling of progression that is given as you work with your friends.
3 - The Housing System set to come out with Open Beta. Yeah we didn't get to play with it too much but a Player Housing System is always a huge plus for me and the fact that your Lover in the game has some access to things as well makes it that much sweeter.
4 - Let's talk about the community system actually. To me this game borrows a good idea from the game Dream of Mirror Online with how it's Friend List System works. We get a few categories in it and can do Instant Private Messages without the need to use the Whisper Command through a Special Chat Window which is great in my opinion. I like things like that, it's something that adds to it for me.
5 - The Combat System in my opinion is pretty fun. It's fast, on point, and definitely keeps you moving around instead of standing in place mashing the same button over and over. Sure like every MMORPG it has the basic 'Rotations' you are expected to keep up for your class. But in the end it lets you choose between going all TERA in the Action Style or Good Old Tab Targeting (Bite me. I like Tab Targeting.).
6 - When it comes to Classes, yes there are only 6 (Currently) but they all feel fairly balanced with different roles they can take on while being played. The only classes that I have seen without much room for an Alternate Style is Vanguard (Mainly Tank), Spirit-Shaper (Mainly healing) and Gunslinger (Ranged DPS). The rest of the Classes have various options for combat roles, for example: Blade-Master can be Crowd Control, DPS, and Off-Tank. Sword Mage is DPS and Crowd Control. Occultist is Healer and DPS for Magic. However they are fairly balanced even though some Classes have the 'Set Role' or at least feel that way. This makes sure that all classes available have a function as a party member which I love.
7 - Music. Yeah it may not be new, fancy, or spectacular to some people. But in my opinion, this game has nice music that I enjoy.
1 - When it comes to getting past level 45 things start to feel exceedingly slow due to the Quests jumping large gaps and requiring you to grind out levels. Unless you have a dedicated party that absolutely loves Dungeon Runs or Raids, you won't level up all that quickly after hitting maybe level 43 depending on how you have been playing.
2 - Acquiring Gyth Notes to make a Guild (You need 300,000) can be rather tough if you don't have a party to help you out. It took me a few days to get a Guild up because I had to go to the first Dungeon's Easy Mode (Scenario Mode) and gather equipment drops then sell them off to an NPC. Gyth Notes aren't able to be traded so it adds to the frustration. Luckily the process is easier if you have friends who will grind the dungeons with you and trade the dropped gear to you for you to sell. But it's still super slow.
3 - Going to give the bad points about the Classes now... Some of them are downright frustrating to play if you are a beginner when it comes to MMORPGs in general. Sword Mage and Blade-Master are both good examples as you have to manage buffs and make sure you are in the right stance so certain attacks do what they need to do. It's exhausting at times to be honest and it can be just a little too complicated. The battles are fun but they aren't exactly enjoyable when a single mistake means you have to start a rotation all over again.
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