Very well-done Korean Hack n Slash MMO-RPG..Co-op? game. I've been playing since Closed Beta, there are ups and down such as usual lags that most of Free-to-Play games tend to have, games combat area is hosted by a player rather then Vindictus server, so connection between you and the host tend to be very important, and sometime Vindictus decides to go on maint for whole day and what not. Oh, and when they say its for limited time only, they mean it, those things never comes back on sale except on very rare incident. (real money outfits. If its rune of some sort, high chance it will be back later on).
To answer if this game is Pay To Win, I would rather say this game is more of Luck to Win. There are so many RGN (Random Generated Number?) things are there, such as
95% of raid drops, which you kinda want a good drop for money if you do not want to farm (personally I dont think Vindictus is a farming game, its a bit hard to 'farm' and time consuming compare to other mmo) However this doesnt really happen often that sometime you wont even really get anything thats worth a money untill couple month later of running every daily raids.
Enhancing (Success rate 100% -> 75% -> etc etc decrease down to 40%)
Enchanting (Depends on Ranks, and your input. Almost everything thats useful enchants have 40~50% rate of success and it can blow off your equipments.)
This is most reason why people tend to quit this game, this goes same for Enhancing
Infusion (Either gives you crappy ♥♥♥ stat or even negative stat)
Characters have their own name(other then the one that you name. People call out the characters given name to defind their 'Class'), and are gender locked. I didnt really mind about Gender-locked system really, since I was never really bothered by 'I really wish I could play as a female/male character' All 7 Character, Plus the one that have been teased have their personal weapons that does have very different characteristic and I suggest you try other 'class' if you do not like the one you've chosen.
So far in order of release -
Lann - Dual Sword (Shares with Vella)/Dual Spear
Fiona - Hammer/Sword + Small Shield/Large Shield
Evie - Staff / Scythe
Karok - Pillar/Blaster
Kai - Bow/Crossgun
Vella - Dual Sword (Shares with Lann)/Dual Chain
Hurk - Great Sword
Lynn - Battle Glaive (released in Korea, not released in NA)
Combat system is very well done that I could not play any other MMO after playing Vindictus because I felt 'bored' just messivly clicking my left mouse botten and number pad. Its harder to control since Im not messivly clicking 1~0 number pad and such. Very awesome effects (counter side : Req for computer, sometimes becomes messive 'Wherethefkistheboss' situation when the boss happened to be a normal character size, with no option to turn off other peoples effect).
The downside of not messivly clicking number pads and servers not providing dungeon server is that connection between you and the host tend to be reallllllllly important. You will NOT have a fluent movement and attack if you are running with someone thats not able to host or in long distant area from you.
Story, you will love the story compare to other mmos if you are interested in reading them. There are two story, Season One, and Season Two. Dev have said these two story does not connect with each other and Season Two is completely differnt with Season One however they do some-what connect (lol). Which one is better? Personally I will say Season One. Season Two is not yet complete (Korean ver have ended) but I did not like the Season Two story compare to Season One. One or couple area will be bored for some and new players and quits mostly in that area which is around level 25 ~ 35 esh. However It is very veeeeeeery well done that I suggest everyone to read them (well maybe not Episode 9,10, I felt they tried to wrap it up quick as possible). I wont say much since it could become a spoiler.
You like dress-up games? because Vindictus do a good job of it. Yea sure they do have couple outfits you have to buy in real money to enjoy your new look, but there are only maybe 3-4 outfits thats not limited time only and all of them arnt really customizable compare to the ones that you can get from in-game. They do have stats attached to them however they arnt so game changing, limited outfits does have higher stats, but personally I dont see much difference, it helps for lower ATT users to join higher req dungeons which is set by another player. (Limited time only outfits have 500+ ATT/MATT increase)
Games town really have nothing to see if you are into looking for every single details. the very first town we incounter is the most populated place and people tend to hang around there, making new friends, untill they find a guild that is active and have their 'own' channel.
Community is.. bad..? Im not sure honostly, since I've found my 'buddies' shortly after started playing this game. I did play around in Vindictus offcial community forum as Seanna, translating Kr stuff. But I got busy and stopped translating things. When sometime I visit the forum, it kinda shows that they arnt taking care of their forum that much. As long as you find group that you like, you probably wont really care about the rest of community.
Review Edited - 2 March 2014