Overall I give this game (as of 8/5/2014) a 7.5/10. I'm primarily more in to the FPS and MOBA genres, but the visuals of this game were enough for me to give it a try. To start, the art-style is beautiful, the soundtrack is pleasant and gives the game a nice ambiance, and the animations are amazing! The gameplay (from what I've played so far, which is the tutorial) feels a bit slow, and I feel like the tutorial was unnecessarily long (although I believe you can skip it to begin playing the game), and the controls took a bit for me to get used to, but other than that I feel like this is definitely one of the better MMO's you can find on Steam (not to mention it's free!). I'd say download it, try it, and see if you enjoy it.Full Review
This is the first MMO I've played in a long time, and it's probably one of the first turn-based strategy games I've been able to play for more than an hour. My opinion is more focused from the average FPS/MOBA player's point of views, please keep that in consideration while reading my review.Visuals
The only reason I decided to try this game when I got a hold of a closed beta key was the visuals of the game, and once I entered the game they really, really impacted my overall thoughts on the game. The game is beautiful, and the art style is perfect. Not to mention the game's animations are amazing, they truly and firmly "say what needs to be said"... if that makes sense. Not to mention character customization is great and makes you really feel unique. The only reason I didn't rate the game's visuals 10/10 was because majority of the playable characters all seem fairly feminine and cuddly, while my goal when I was creating my character was to be masculine and fairly intimidating. In the character creation, I didn't realize there was an option to switch from male to female and actually thought several of the male character choices were supposed to be female! Regardless, the game is GORGEOUS and fresh, there's no doubt about that.Controls
When I first tried the game, the controls weren't really what I was used to. Being a primarily FPS/MOBA gamer, it definitely felt weird left clicking to where I needed to be and right-clicking on things to interact with them, and one thing that really bothered me at first was the fact that there wasn't edge-scrolling and that the camera wasn't centered on my character the entire time (although I have suggested on the forums to add edge-scrolling and/or the camera focusing on the charcter), and a little bit in I felt a bit tired of clicking everywhere I went, so I feel like the controls weren't the greatest but still worked enough for me not to give up completely.Audio
The game's soundtrack is great, it has this... warmth to it I guess, and it really makes the experience pleasant for me. The sounds are good too, and I feel go almost perfectly with the visuals! A few sounds are a tad bit annoying to hear, like these little rabbits (known as "Woodlets" I believe) that did this sort of... giggle, and it slightly bothered me after hearing it (or a certain variation of it) every time I attacked one of them. Other than that the audio is great and well-fitting for the game's style.Gameplay
The game plays fairly smoothly, from what I've played (the tutorial) it seems like the game is mainly just accepting tasks and engaging in them (like most MMO's), but the tasks aren't always the same thing over and over, so it doesn't really get stale. The game is a bit slow-paced though, which I'm not very used to. The combat is good, and the spells are unique and fun to use and learn. The only reason the gameplay got a 7/10 was because the tasks seem slightly boring and overall not very exciting (to me). Regardless though, I feel like I'll definitely be coming back to this game to play several more hours.Try or nahhhh?
Definitely try, it's a quick download and is a great experience, I'd highly recommend this game to any gamer (besides my brother, the only games he plays are those of the Call of Duty franchise... that poor, sad little man.)
Thank you for your time, consideration, and for reading my first review! Feel free to comment anything you have to say about it and/or questions you have for me about the game!
Your friendly neighborhood (not to mention 15 year-old) Sweatshirt.