Many readers balked when I said Age of Wushu
had the best combat in an MMO ever back when I did my first impressions piece
. I admit, it was a bold claim. However, even after playing Guild Wars 2
and numerous other games with "deep MMO combat," I stand by what I said back then. Age of Wushu's
PvP combat is the best in any MMO.
If you're coming from a mostly MMO background, combat in Age of Wushu
is a bit daunting at first. It's really nothing like combat in any other MMO. It has a bit slower pace than a typical action-MMO, but it is the first to really employ tempo control. Attacking recklessly is a patch to a quick defeat, forcing players to make tough tactical decisions.
If you're like me and came to MMOs from a fighting game background, things readily click into place. Baiting common reactions and punishing them, punishing actions on reaction, and getting in the head of your opponent is better-rewarded than in any other MMO combat system. I don't want to badmouth games like GW2
that have great combat, so don't get me wrong; many other games have excellent combat. Age of Wushu's
battle system is just even more fantastic. When I win a fight against an even-leveled opponent (or higher level, though that's rare) without taking an unblocked hit, I feel like a total beast.