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Posted: Apr 28th 2011 1:17PM Mad Dog said

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Looks like any other TAB 123 MMO to me.

Am I missing something?

Posted: Apr 28th 2011 1:29PM Slayblaze said

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@Mad Dog

I believe that the targeting is entirely manual rather than tab-style auto target lock of WoW, GW, EQ, LotR, RoM, Allods, and 99% of every other MMORPG. In other words the player can completely miss even hitting their foe, in a similar way to Vindictus or several other action RPSs.

Its not meant to be particularly revolutionary, just to provide a bit of twitch sryle action to fans of that style of play.
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Posted: Apr 28th 2011 2:39PM Kitanishi said

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@Slayblaze

ACtually no.


Its still click-to-target. Its not a non-targeting game, it uses the so called "lock-on targeting".


So overall yes, its a click-to-play with glorified combat animations.
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Posted: Apr 28th 2011 5:54PM Zyrusticae said

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@Kitanishi

You're so wrong it hurts.
See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=US0raubMNBU

And before you ask what it actually changes, think about how many games let you macro-target the squishies...
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Posted: Apr 28th 2011 6:51PM paterah said

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@Mad Dog Other than a brain not sure what else you are missing. The game is no tab-target game, it works differently, sure it doesn't have aim but it's no tab target if you actually do some research.
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Posted: Apr 28th 2011 8:18PM alucard3000 said

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@Kitanishi sry but a semi targeting what you are facing is not quite tab target locking
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Posted: Apr 28th 2011 10:07PM vichussmith said

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@Mad Dog I think it actually looks good, at least as far as the animation and design go. I have played quite a few MMOs, especially in the last 5 years, and this looks like one I would want to keep going with.
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Posted: Apr 28th 2011 1:20PM Laguna said

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Graphics look good and combat seems very fluid. I just hope the content will be as intresting as the combat as well.

Posted: Apr 28th 2011 1:23PM PrimeSynergy said

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This game still exists? I've been dying to hear anything about it, but it seems like there are years in between significant news for this game.

Posted: Apr 28th 2011 1:23PM InkSix said

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Running around a throwing fireballs looks like fun. Could someone please tell me the differences between this MMO and TERA? They look like they're trying to do the same thing, only Blade & Soul seems to get no US media at all.

Posted: Apr 28th 2011 2:53PM (Unverified) said

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@InkSix The difference between this and TERA are immense. For starters, TERA has a crosshair. If you're not aiming at something, you won't hit it. There is no lockon, unless the skill you're using is specialized (there's a healing spell that kinda locks on and one Archer multi-target skill that locks).

Blade and Soul has auto-lockon, which means you simply select who you want to hit and then spam attacks while running around trying to avoid attacks. It's less difficult, uses the same exact graphics engine (Unreal Engine 3), and while TERA is fantasy-themed, B&S is martial arts themed.
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Posted: Apr 28th 2011 6:06PM Zyrusticae said

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@(Unverified)

Getting pretty tired of people spreading misinformation...

The game does have auto-targeting that targets whatever's closest in front of your camera (preventing you from tabbing through enemies to pick off the weaklings like in so many MMOs). Just like TERA, however, the game has actual hit detection and you CAN whiff your attacks just as easily - the game only automatically *targets*, it does NOT change your facing for you.

The primary difference is simply the lack of a crosshair. Blade & Soul, with the various different states (domination, grappling, chi leech, etc.), the ability to whiff, the incredibly high mobility that Qing Gong provides, plays a lot more like an MMO fighting game than anything else. It has all the ingredients except for the button combinations to produce special moves - instead, it's all laid out for you simply, allowing you to focus more on what your opponent is doing and how to counter them than trying to execute this or that special move.

The UI, on the other hand, looks very familiar to anyone who's played an MMO before, so it's easy to see how these misconceptions get around. Make no mistake, however - the game plays VERY differently from any MMO you may have played in the past.
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Posted: Apr 28th 2011 6:19PM Zyrusticae said

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@Zyrusticae

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5C3INrWqCVA

Here, a perfect example. You can easily see several instances of whiffing in this video (even though she's fighting a crowd! Kind of embarrassing..).
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Posted: Apr 29th 2011 5:42AM Snichy said

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@Zyrusticae. Surely you still need a method of selecting "another" target rather than just locking on to the nearest mob and only the nearest mob, and the tab button is usually used, therefore it is tab targetting. To only be able to target one mob in front of you would result in a very bad game!
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Posted: Apr 28th 2011 1:32PM BubleFett said

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OMG I wet my pants.

Posted: Apr 28th 2011 1:47PM Syesta said

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Awesome. Very Awesome.
The action is very heavily dependent on attack chains, skill combos, reactive timing, and countering.
Can't wait to see more.

Posted: Apr 28th 2011 2:13PM (Unverified) said

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Very interested in this, more so then Tera. I have instant request that came to mind when I saw this, I want cross classing, to allow your character to change between all class styles. My mind quickly saw a blademaster using a force ice freeze, then striking the target.

Posted: Apr 28th 2011 2:49PM Kitanishi said

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@Slayblaze

ACtually no.


Its still click-to-target. Its not a non-targeting game, it uses the so called "lock-on targeting".


So overall yes, its a click-to-play with glorified combat animations.

Posted: Apr 28th 2011 2:58PM Somnicide said

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This game's combat functions significantly more like GW2's combat than TERA's.

Posted: Apr 28th 2011 4:10PM Somnicide said

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@Fnights Except that in TERA, if your weapon doesnt collide with the target or your aim is off for a ranged spell, you miss. Having a crosshair and not having one is a very big difference. It's the difference between Monster Hunter and Assassin's Creed combat. B&S's combat locks on to your target so everything follows them, functioning similar to how GW2's combat works. The action animations are just a little different.
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