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Posted: Apr 1st 2011 2:25PM (Unverified) said

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Thanks for the first impression. I just started the game and was getting bored. But thanks to your article I'm going to stick it out a bit longer.

Posted: Apr 1st 2011 2:48PM Beau Hindman said

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@(Unverified) Cool! Yeh the good thing is that the game can sit on your hard drive for as long as want, and it only gets more updates during that time! Perfect World is really good about maintaining their games.

While I haven't spent nearly as much time in the game as I'd want, I'd say that the difference between the game in beta and the game now is quite a bit different. Those controls are fine, though, but as the other comment said it's surprising to see them *almost* get the WASD right, but not quite.

Beau
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Posted: Apr 1st 2011 2:41PM Germaximus said

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Fun read.

Posted: Apr 1st 2011 2:43PM Plastic said

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The movement thing is a bit strange for a game that was designed for the "Western" market. I tried this game during open beta, along with 3 of my "Western" friends, and they all complained about the click-to-move aspect. It didn't bother me as much once learning that none of my combat skills were usable while moving, anyway. But, if the developers were really concerned about targeting the Western market, why not mimic the controls of the more popular MMOs here?

Posted: Apr 1st 2011 2:45PM Skyydragonn said

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I tried it for about a week, and ultimately got bored by lack of any challenge and sense of danger. couple that with the instant respawns and it just felt like a treadmill right out of the gate. Uninstalled and not looking back.

Posted: Apr 1st 2011 3:36PM Ghostspeaker said

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I'm sort of in love with this game. I must have deleted it and reinstalled it like 3 times already (mostly because I got frustrated with the controls at first; they definitely take some getting used to for those of us who don't play a lot of asian MMOs), but something about it kept nagging me and I kept coming back. Now I think I'll be hanging out a while.

The combat is fun and pretty. I love my bard, the chord system is interesting and unique though I wish some of the other classes had more interesting mechanics like that. I love the style of the game, the world really does feel fresh and cohesive. The quests are pretty standard as far as what you actually do (kill 10 werewolves), but they're amusing sometimes too. This is one game where I definitely don't skip the quest text.

The job system is fascinating. It's not just crafting, there's so much more to it. There's so much you could do just with that alone I could see myself just logging on and playing with that. I've never played a game where I could say that, I've always ignored the economic/non-combat aspect of MMOs before. And then there's the pets, which are a whole thing unto themselves. I'm actually shopping for a guild right now. Something else I've never done in a F2P MMO, as I'm one of those mouthbreathers who usually focuses on solo content.

There's just so much you can do (especially for a theme park style game) it's mind-boggling. It's like Mabinogi for grown-ups, only with a working (albeit unfamiliar) control system, fun combat, and non-stick-figure graphics with a metric butt-ton of style to boot. This is one F2P I'd actually feel good investing in. The only other one I can say that about is LotRO, and that one started off as P2P so it's not even the same thing.

Posted: Apr 1st 2011 4:48PM Beau Hindman said

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@Ghostspeaker Mabinogi for grown ups huh? Well, I LOVE Mabinogi and I'm a 36 year old child, so that's cool. hehe But seriously, yeh, I got the feeling there was a lot more to the game as I played it this time around.

I'll keep playing, mainly because I know there's a lot I haven't experienced.

Thanks!

Beau
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Posted: Apr 1st 2011 3:42PM Seffrid said

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Are the movement keys remappable? I prefer the cursor keys myself and have never used WASD.

I like the sound of the way they've done the cash shop, and overall there does seem to be some originality in the game even if we're still waiting for the MMO that moves on from the 2004 system of questing.

What's the style of the game in terms of PvE and/or PvP? Any server choice eg PvP, role-play etc?

Thanks for the review Beau. I take it the game is now fully launched and F2P, but is it also free to download?

Posted: Apr 1st 2011 4:49PM Ghostspeaker said

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@Seffrid There's 3 US servers--a PST PvE, a EST PvE, and a PVP--and then servers for EU and Australia. No RP servers, though. I haven't had much of a chance to PVP yet (and it's never been a huge priority personally). Not sure what you mean by PvE style, though. The endgame is gonna have world bosses and dungeons and stuff supposedly, but there aren't too many people who've gotten to the cap yet so I'm not really sure how that'll pan out. In fact I'm not even sure anyone's at level cap just yet.
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Posted: Apr 1st 2011 4:52PM Ghostspeaker said

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@Seffrid Oh, and yeah, it's free to download.
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Posted: Apr 30th 2011 1:00PM Oniyashidoji said

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@Seffrid There are server choices for PVP and PVE no RP servers though. However since PVP doesn't until lvl 30 (minimum) and is still some what concetual, there really is no need to choose. The pvp itself comes in the form of Guild v Guild from what I have see. as well as the standard dueling system of more well known mmos. There are no factions so there really isn't any open world PVP unless involved in said GvG war.
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Posted: Apr 1st 2011 3:51PM Fakeassname said

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wait ... I though you said there were things you DIDN'T like?

was the WASD thing all that irked you?

Posted: Apr 1st 2011 4:50PM Beau Hindman said

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@Fakeassname Mainly, yeh. I might have left out some other stuff (like the graphics requiring some players to upgrade) but in this shorter bout of playing there wasn't a lot that I did not like.

When it was in beta it felt so amazingly grindy that I thought "Oh NO! Not another one..." but I'm glad I've taken another look.

Beau
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Posted: Apr 1st 2011 5:28PM ShivanSwordsman said

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@Beau Hindman

You've got stronger will than me. After finding out the only way to move is point and click, which in this day and age is absolutely INEXCUSABLE to me, I refuse to pick this game up. Screw it. If they want my business, give me WASD, or give me uninstall.
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Posted: Apr 1st 2011 5:46PM Beau Hindman said

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@ShivanSwordsman Well, it is definitely WASD. It's just that, as you "drive" your character, instead of turning and having the camera follow behind his head, it stays in position while the lil guy runs to the right or left. SO, you end up driving around while holding down right-click the entire time, or do what I did and just use right click camera movement when something more important happened.

Beau
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Posted: Apr 1st 2011 4:19PM dudes said

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Don't forget that Dwarfs can only be Marksmen, and Kindred can only be Vampire classes.Other than that, an interesting f2p f2download game.

Posted: Apr 1st 2011 4:34PM Ghostspeaker said

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@dudes My Kindred Assassin disagrees. You're right about Dwarves, though. And Stonemen can only be Protectors. That's one thing that does bug me. Especially since there are Kindred Warrior NPCs in Freedom Harbor but you can't actually play one. =_=
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Posted: Apr 1st 2011 5:10PM dudes said

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@Ghostspeaker Oops. Yeah Rockmen & protectors dur. Only played vamp so far so didnt try, lol.
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Posted: Apr 1st 2011 5:11PM dudes said

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@Ghostspeaker I mean Stonemen. Not winning as Charlie Sheen might say. Haven't even looked at them yet.
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Posted: Apr 1st 2011 4:50PM Bhagpuss said

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This is one that I was looking forward to a few months back but that now I can't really find time for. Thanks for the overview, though. I hope I'll get to play it eventually.

I think all that MMO companies mean when they say a game has been localised for a "Western" audience is that it has WASD movement and the quests have been translated. Other than that there doesn't seem to be a huge amount of difference.

How is the quest translation, by the way?

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