There are several reasons I cannot recommend this game.
This game uses region-locks. If you're playing with a international friend group as I do, getting everyone on the same server is impossible. Let me re-phrase that, impossible through the game. The game automatically places you on a server based on country and there is no way to change servers after it does so.
There is a cash shop. That in of itself is not really an issue, I play several games featuring cash shops and I do actually purchase things. However I am under the belief that cash shop items should be limited to cosmetics, luxury items, and leveling items. Nothing in there should be essential to gameplay. Now when I started up the game the first thing I noticed was that the 2nd skill bar, referred to as the b-slot bar, had locks on it. I figured those were unlocked through gameplay, but I was proven wrong when I found an item for that in the cash shop. I dunno about you, but a skill bar seems pretty essential. I could be wrong, but that's definitely the impression I get.
Speaking of the cash shop, ALL of the cosmetic changes are in there. There is no character creation in this game and anyone who doesn't use the cash shop looks like a clone. I would at least like to see a bit of customization even if it was just a couple of hairstyles/colors to pick from to start with. I'm not particularly fond of games that force me into a generic avatar and ask me to fork out cash to change it.
The combat looks fun and can be fun. Reminds me of an old beat-em-up game, but it reminds me a little too much of that. Your mana pool is so small that you barely get to use skills at all. You're forced to use your auto and secondary attacks on spam. Add to that the monsters don't particularly do anything interesting and you've got some pretty boring combat in my opinion. Of course that is just my opinion, this could completely be someone's cup-of-tea.
The in-game background advertisements were also a little off-putting as well as the lack of a good tutorial. Overall this game has little to keep me interested in playing it. But let's be honest, I quit wanting to play as soon as I found out about the region-locks, the rest was just icing on the cake.
Posted: December 15th, 2013