A malevolent force shrouds the land and monsters terrorize the last bastions of humanity. All seems lost and yet one hope remains: you. Take control of a mighty mercenary and leap into the heart of one of the most action-packed MMORPG experiences available.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,801 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 22, 2012

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"A HACK & SLASH MMO from our friends in Asia, incredibly fun but gets repetive. Also it is very Anime and the plot is abysmal but it is very fun."

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July 3

New DLC - Steam Powered Package

A new pack for Vindictus is now available on Steam!

The Steam Powered Package is the perfect choice for players new to Vindictus. This package has everything you need to hit the ground running. It contains coupons that let you try out different looks and styles, a capsule that can reset skills so you can try a different play style, plus bonuses and other items that will keep you alive long enough to reach the deepest depths of the darkest dungeons.

Additionally, a new character has entered the world of Vindictus, Lynn. Lynn is the youngest mercenary and one of the nimblest. Leaping from one corner of the battlefield to the other, her glaive spinning, Lynn creates a mesmerizing war dance as she fights. Though she doesn't have high defense, her speed and rapid-fire strikes make her a deadly combatant in any scenario. Head to the Vindictus website to see more information.

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Explorers have recently discovered Niflheim, a heretofore hidden region. Those who returned from the fateful expedition arrived with their minds broken. Some horror had driven them to madness, and only two words escaped their lips: Succubus Queen.

Venture to this new location and fight the witch who rules it to advance your mercenary to Lv. 85!
Welcome to Niflheim

Hidden behind dagger-like peaks in the southeast part of the map, the land of Niflheim is as foreboding as it is mysterious. The journey is perilous and ship captains are only willing to depart from Colhen and Rocheste. This is a challenge that only the bravest and most skilled mercenaries can hope to survive.

About This Game

A malevolent force shrouds the land and monsters terrorize the last bastions of humanity. All seems lost and yet one hope remains: you.

Take control of a mighty mercenary and leap into the heart of one of the most action-packed MMORPG experiences available. Master the art of combat as you utilize brutal combos, devastating magic and the environment itself to wreak destruction on your foes.

This is unlike any MMORPG you've experienced before. This is Vindictus.

Key features:

  • Brutal Combat – Experience a complex and fast-paced combat system that raises the bar for the MMO genre. There are dozens of combos to learn and spells to cast, and mastering them is the key to survival.
  • Avatar of War – Choose from eight distinct characters, including hulking behemoth Karok and exiled princess Lynn. Each has their own set of skills, exclusive armor and a unique personality. Learn their strengths and weaknesses to conquer your foes.
  • Forged in Blood – The monsters of Vindictus are some of the most fearsome you will ever face, so massive they blot out the sun. The greater the beast, the tougher the challenge, and the greater the rewards.
  • Brothers in Arms – Some horrors are too terrible to be faced alone. Team up with friends, form a clan, and take on Vindictus’ mighty raid bosses. Coordination is key, and only the strongest will survive…
  • Visual Assault – With higher fidelity than nearly every other MMO on the market, Vindictus boasts highly-detailed characters and monsters, explosive particle effects and massive battle arenas.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 or higher
    • Processor: Dual Core
    • Memory: 1 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 10+ GB
    • Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce® 7600
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Sound: 16 bit sound card
    • Supported Regions:
    • United States
    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Mexico
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 64 bit or higher
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i3 540, ® Phenom™ II X4
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 10+ GB
    • Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 250, ATI Radeon™ HD 4850
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Sound: 16 bit sound card
    • Supported Regions:
    • United States
    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Mexico
Helpful customer reviews
25 of 26 people (96%) found this review helpful
461.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
was fun for a good while, but its not that kind of game where you should spend all your time on.
play once with a bunch of friends and never play again.
Unless if you want nexon to ruin your life and wallet.

OK now for the more proffesional review:
This game really hooked me in cuz of the fluid action and the nice graphics which are run on the Source Engine.
PROS
-its free (duh)
-the controls are really good and fully customizable and you can play with a controller if you wish to
-the story(if anyone even pays attention to it) its really interesting and kinda sad too
-the graphics are suberb on max settings, the lighting and shading look fantastic and the player model looks awesome too
-eight different playable characters, each with unique abilities and play style
-Free stuff during events (sometimes. I dont know when exactly they happen)
-well done skill implementation

CONS
-this game is more aimed for hardcore mmorpg players. its still a casual mmo, but the hard raids and rare drops make this game hardcore.(IMO)
-Nexon
-if people have really bad internet and host, then youre gonna have a bad time
-some players on high lvl raids require you to have at least a 12+ att or they will kick you (regardless of how good you think you are at this game)
-the quests get pretty repetitive and most of them are pretty similar
-its pretty hard for a newbie to get money in the game, unless if they did research beforehand and know how to make money and stuff.
-cuz of all the gold sellers and bots, there is now inflation in the game (typical)
-sometimes there are lag spikes for no reason and glitches.(dont believe me? check out my pictures for the game and you'll see what I'm talking about)
-no soundtrack plays in dungeons, unless if there's a boss or a mid boss
-its hard to play this solo unless if you had alot of past experience and have knowledge of the game
-limited character customization ( if you happen to be picky)



thats all I can think of for now. Thanks for taking the time for reading this review.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
235.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Vindictus is a very, very fun game. It's fairly hard, but if you get a good group of friends you'll have a great time. The combat is good, the armors and equipment look beautiful, and the game is just plain fun. The combat styles of characters vary greatly, from the hack-n-slash style Hurk, to the almost Dark Souls-like parrying of Fiona to the third-person shooter style of Kai's crossgun. On top of all of this, Vindictus gets several badass points for being a Source based RPG.

One small tip though: Earlier in the game you'll find yourself very, very low on gold with no apparent way to get any. This was a stumbling block for me for a long while. Be sure to sell any excess materials you get on the Marketplace! If you sell them at a reasonable price you'll start gaining gold fairly quick.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Vindictus is a textbook example of how Nexon operates.
They take a well designed game, tear out content, and set up a fiendish pay2play and pay2win system.
Vindictus follows this pattern to the letter.

The game itself is rather well designed. Engaging, live action, hack and slash combat is what Vindictus is all about, and the actual gameplay is pretty fun.
However, as you'll notice fairly early on, this game is absurdly grindy, and super repetitive.
Within all the areas, the difference between one level in a certain area and another level in the same area is the boss at the end...and that's it. You'll run the same path through the same map each time, fighting the same mobs each time, and doing the same things each time, until you reach the boss, which is usually marginally different from the last. (Though most times only marginally.)

Nexon has taken great care to rip out most of the gear our friends in Korea and Europe use.
In Korea and Europe, options abound for endgame gear, which greatly reduces grind.
In NA, unfortuately, the only endgame gear option is "Everlasting" gear, which can only be obtained by finding a rare item in a raid dungeon (which you can only do 3 times per week) which has a drop rate of below 0.0000001%.
(Subsequent patches have added other gear options, but Nexon has nerfed those gear options, to perpetuate the need for Everlasting gear.)

Apparently, Nexon seems to think, "If we prevent the Americans from being able to get to the endgame and "win" they'll play forever." I am living proof of their ignorance.

And then, as a final insult, if you do manage to get the endgame gear, against all odds, your gear is worthless unless it's enhanced. Unlike many other companies, which have moved on to more player friendly enhancment models, Nexon still clings stubbornly to the age old system that threatens to destroy your items if special "protecting" items are not used.
In this case, those "protecting" items cost 25 dollars in Vindictus. 25 dollars! And what do these protecting items do?
They protect your item ONCE, and are consumed regardless of success or failure. Nexon will charge you, literally, hundreds of dollars just for enhancement alone, which is practically mandatory if you want to be able to do anything against the endgame bosses.

So basically, if you want to do ANYTHING in this game beyond just mindlessly leveling your characters, you'll need to spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars to get anywhere.

It makes me very sad, because Vindictus could have been a good game. I could have enjoyed playing Vindictus for years to come, but sadly, the evil of Nexon has corrupted yet another game...more wasted potential.

In short, Vindictus is yet another game, made with love and care by its developers, and corrupted by Nexon into a soulless machine designed to suck up as much cash as it can, and drive away anyone whos pockets aren't deep enough to keep up with its demands.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
After playing this for about 4 hours so far, This game is spectacular.
I can see why people would be confused or angry at nexon about micro-transactions, they don't make much sense with the things that can or can't, at least most of it appears to be visual not mechanical, so whatever.
the game itself is fun and good.
Play it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
122.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Rare that you will find an MMO that plays remotely simmilar to this. Controls and Feels like Dynasty Warriors. Great to play in co-op with freinds.

Beware of a few things: it uses a Class System with limited character customisation. You will have to leap past an initial pay-wall and buy a dazzel-em dead pack if you want a fully customized character. In fact just straight up beware of all the DLC, it's a free to play game and DLC costs a boatload, and much of the actually useful stuff is upright temporary.

And Also beware of the fact that the game's graphical, lighting, and gameplay quality will amp up as you progress through the game, and won't really begin to shine until halfway through season 1 of the game when you enter Rocheste. Nearly all the gameplay balances came in the form of Character updates, and the early levels have not been overhauled yet (but apparently character and armor textures are about to be updated to higher res, so you have something to look forwards to).

Otherwise, it's a great game that is worth a shot. And might just help tide you over till Black Dessert comes out.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
88.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
holy ♥♥♥♥.......THAT'S some good stuff. 100/100
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
One word "Beautiful"
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
186.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Great gameplay trapped inside a horrible game. If you value gameplay, then play it since it is very good, but everything else about the game is complete ♥♥♥♥. If your starting out get ready to have a ♥♥♥♥ ton of fun till the mid 20s then get ready to wait for the chance to ever group within any else till 60s for the raids, as they community is not very active between those two spots. If you can make it to 60 get ready to die a lot and do nothing in the raids till you get decent equipment from doing them a lot. But if you can make it up there and get decent equipment then the game becames a ♥♥♥♥ ton of fun as the raid bosses are a lot of fun with the gameplay and are the best part of the game. Having played since the orginal NA launch and seen the game evolve I can say that if you make it up there and beat all of the raid bosses and get good equipment, get ready to wait several monthes for them to add anything new. Also you WILL buy virtual underwear eventually since the ingame default is horrible and seeing everyone else without them makes you feel terrible.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
503.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Pros: Nice Artstyle, good graphics on high, Can be fun for a while until you start grinding

Cons: 2 words: ♥♥♥♥ty company. Bad customer service, doesn't give a ♥♥♥♥ about their customers. They also always find a way to make money either releasing nx items or sales instead of dealing with more important ♥♥♥♥ in the game. Even if they have maintanance to fix something, it may be extended, sometimes up to hours.

Overall: a decent game, If only it wasn't ruined by nexon america
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8 of 15 people (53%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Another peg in the belt of "Why would anyone play a nexon game?"

Game seemed fun gameplay-wise, but for some reason they decided to remove all gold value from items and missions for the first XX levels of the game, so as a new player you can't buy any gear, craft, buy potions, basically do anything. I guess they did it to fight gold farming bots, which doesn't seem to have done anything because I still saw gold spammers. All it did was make the bots change their farming strategy and make the new player experience awful.

TL;DR: Nexon doesn't care about their customers. Nexon doesn't care about making good games. Nexon cares about making money. Do not play Nexon games.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Although Nexon's "Mabinogi" MMORPG title has more of an original and unique feel to it, Vindictus has its ups and downs. I adore all of the games that Nexon makes, especially that of Mabinogi and Maplestory. I have put a lot of hours into Vindictus and was a beta tester for the game.Throughout the years I have come to the conclusion that this game is for the type of people who want hack n' slash ability and yearn for a-lot of carnage. The online servers have a few bugs but other than that, people who enjoy totally annihilating your opponent and/or having fun with friends, it's a good idea to try this game out. Totes fun.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
It's filled with sexualized female armours, unrefined enemies, and a user interface that's too large and complex for any new user to really wrap their head around without some practice. It's also the only MMO I've seen in which there seems to be too much story. The exposition is pointless and redundant, with multiple characters continuously repeating the same points in a few different sentences when only one would have sufficed. I wish I could get around these things, but that plus the lack of any good female armours that don't expose more of your skin than the base underwear does is just the last nail in the coffin for me.
The game is free, at least.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Nexon is a horrible company. Played this back before it was on steam, a bit while i was on steam.
Terrible customer service, terrible business model, terrible netcode, terrible developers, great game.

Don't support Nexon and their horrid business practices. NNNNNGGGNOPLSSENPAIWAIFU/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
I really enjoy the combat in this game, I just wish that the world wasn't just a bunch of Instances and would love to see a much larger scale battles with more open fields to explore but It's still a satisfying experience!
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
35.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
It's on the source engine, so it's good.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
817.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
This will be a fairly long review. I was a player on West server that has now quit the game entirely. I have experienced the game from 1-80, and currently have a level 80 character, as long as 60-70 for most other characters. So all of what I have to say is from experience.

Pros
  • Combat is engaging and skillbased.
  • Engine can be funny at times.

Cons
  • Nexon is a terrible company.
  • The community is full of trolls and elitists.
  • Economy fluctuates rapidly without rhyme or reason.
  • Pay2Win
  • Unbalanced classes.
  • Early-Endgame is intimidating and unrewarding.
  • Progression becomes incredibly difficult.

Vindictus by definition is a Korean-made Hack 'n' Slash action game, with a choice of 8 current character classes (one upcoming) that each mostly fill a niche in the game as it stands. Storywise? The game is lacking. It's apparent that the voice acting in cutscenes are terribly synced, with zero enthusiasm whatsoever. Not to mention, it barely makes sense, it's tough to relate to any of the characters, and questing/story has devolved into a way to level up faster. As far as mechanics go, the game is amazing. Early on, the game guides you along in combat, but hits a wall in skill requirement once you begin to transition into endgame (Level 60-80). This leads to a challenging, engaging experience, as you require quite a bit of skill, and knowledge of both your character and the boss in order to succeed. Example being the solo videos out there on YouTube, which are quite impressive. Vindictus currently runs on source engine, the physics can be wonky at some times, however. With such things as clipping, or bulging polygons extending throughout the map, or a monster getting launched into space for no reason whatsoever. These can lead to much hilarity. The problems in Vindictus however, are too large for me to be able to enjoy this game anymore.

First off, let's talk about your experience from beginning to end. So you start up Vindictus. 8 characters to choose from, how exciting! Can you change their genders? Though this is something that is common in most MMOs, no. Can I change my appearance? Your options in the beginning are very limited, if you want to change up the look of your character, expect to pay $20 or more on just that. Now let's discuss the balancing of the characters, and the roles they play in Vindictus. Though this topic is very short-lived. The balancing of the game is handled very haphazardly. Currently, Hurk and Kai hold the position of godtier within the game. Where everyone else is disregarded. So if you're looking for stats, choose those two. So you've chosen your character! Time to get into the game! But wait, why don't I have any money? Well, that's because Nexon decided it would be a great idea to gut the early game by preventing gold gains from 1-25. Why? To combat botters. This is concerning however, because the earliest parts of a game are usually the most important to ensure people stay around. Surely the game will pick up right? Correct, the game does end up picking up once you are able to make some money, and have gained a general bit of knowledge about your character. Sadly, this is also when Vindictus transitions into a grindfest. Your experience at this point will consist of rushing through the "storyline", leveling up with barely any money, until you finally hit a brick-wall -- endgame. Endgame in Vindictus is atrocious. If you're not willing to expend any real currency within the level 60-80 range, don't expect to be progressing at all, unless you're incredibly lucky with drops. This is where players frequently quit, if they haven't already in the beginning. As the game becomes frustrating and unrewarding as it attempts to milk you of your money. Upgrades are incredibly hard to come by, and risks can leave you with absolutely nothing. Only the longterm players have stuck around at this point, when the game becomes a social hub for them.

The community itself is terrible. New players on the nexon forums are frequently driven away when attempting to ask questions. Which in itself is filled with trolls, and sarcastic elitists. Don't even get me started on the ingame community. Where if you don't meet the standards of the host, you can be kicked out without hesitation. So yes, the game itself is also filled with elitist jerks. Though it's to be expected out of any game, I have not seen any community similar to Vindictus in this aspect.

Now, let's talk about Nexon. Nexon is notorious for treating its players terribly. Send in a ticket? We'll answer with an automated message then get back to you after a few months. Concern about bugs and patches? There's a chance we'll even consider reading about your concerns, and if we do, it's likely we'll do nothing about it. However, here's a poorly designed event to hopefully make you forget about all of these problems. Updates? Maybe we'll release a bit of content after half a year, of course we won't tell you anything about it. Over my time with Nexon products, I'm ashamed I've stuck around with their games for so long. If Vindictus were to be handed over to another corporation, I'd gladly come back, but the way that Nexon is handling Vindictus is slowly killing the game.


TL;DR Vindictus is slowly dying. Fun for a while, but then you hit a brick wall.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
35.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
An amazing game that is very addicting.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
10/10 would die from soloing 'friends?' again.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Call of Duty is by far the greatest MMORPG/Minecraft I've ever played. The graphics are immersive and the story line is better than Robocraft's. Overall, I rate Nitronic Rush a 10/10 family night game.
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5 of 12 people (42%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
When I found out that Vindictus was by the same guys as Maplestory, I had to try it. Luckily, I was not disappointed. The only problem I have with this game is that it lags when in a party, even at the lowest graphics settings. However, it is only an inconvenience, not a problem. The cutscenes are greatly done, and the story is beautiful. There are plenty of side quests to do, so you don't have to do the main quest immediately. People have complained that you need to grind in order to survive in this, which may be true (I'm not sure), but I enjoy grinding, so it's not a problem for me. All-in-all, I give it 9/10.
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