Aerena has currently 2 different "modes" available.1.) Ranked Matches against other players.
The ranked matches against other players are based on a rank system.
This rank system provides you points for wins, and takes away points for losses. If you fought someone with a higher rank (someone from a higher league) then you, and win you get more points (if you loose you loose less) then you would gain if you fought someone of your rank.
This system is basic and very effective.
If you hit the "search" button to find a ranked match against another player, you move to a screen where you can
a) choose your airship
- this has currently no effect whatsoever to the match, but it is planned to create diffrent kind of ships with diffrent kind of
stats, which have a high influence to the main battle
b) Your champion lineup
- You can choose 5 different champions, each with diffrent hp and unique combat skills
- durng the match you can only have 3 champions active at the same time
- based on the current arena players need to think carefully which champion to take
c) 3 different "shells"
- shells contain special "magi spells" which can heal, damage or even teleport champions
- shells can also attack the enemy ship
- they have special requierements, which you need to gather during the combat
- shells can be obtained in the shell factory and while fighting against bots/other people
Once you are ready you hit the "ready" button and will be send into the arena ASAP
The Combat system is as simple as effective:
Each player places 3 champions on the battlefield, 1 after another. The player has to make sure to check the enemies champions and try to counter them.
After that The turn based combat begins. Each champions has 4 actions available. <Move> <Attack> <Use shell> <Use skill>
You can only do 2 actions a round, f.e. <move> <attack> or <attack> <attack> or <attack> <Use shell>.
Once you finished your round your opponent's champion is about to act.
Each turn has a time limit of 1 minute to prevent going AFK.
The main goal is to destroy the enemy ship. The ships have 15 hp. If you attack them directly they loose hp equal to your champions attack power. If you kill an enemy champion the ship looses 2 Hp - but also gets 2 Aether.
These Aether are used to activate your shells. The Aether does not dissapear once you used them, so you can use diffrent shells one after another.
To activate special skills champions need to gather Aether also. As soon as a champions turn is starting he gets 1 Aether. For each attack he gets another Aether.
The normal Skills take away 2 Aether, the Ultimate takes all.
You can gather Aether for your ship and your champions with moving onto the special Areas which can heal, give Aether or even Damage you.
If a player has problems with understanding which skill / shell does what he can easiely click onto the champion/his own ship and Info boxes will appear and inform you about everything. This also works with enemy champions!2.) The second gamemode is the fight against Bots.
This game mode is the same like playing against players, but you do not gain or loose points after a match.
While fighting against bots, the difficulty increases the more often you win against them. This is a good training opportunity.The Shell Factory
The shell factory produces shells every 30 minutes, but can only obtain up to 3 at a time. This way abuse is prevented.The shop
The Shop is currently not available.
Aerena is currently Early Access, and for a game in Early Access, it is absolutely awesome.
During my gameplay i encountered: 0 bugs.
The fights are tense and fun for everyone who likes PvP. Dont run away because it is turnbased, come and try it out yourself!
This game is said to become Free-To-Play after release, but noone knows how it is going to work out. Pay2Win? Pay2PlayEasy? All we can do is wait and hope the best.
The developers are active in the forum and inGame and listen to the (currently quite low) playerbase. They improve the game with each update and provide great rewards for active players.
Extra copies, free champions after release, Aetherpoints, Shells everything. The currently top player was invited to help create a new champion - how much more awesome can Developers be?
Dont hesitate, pull yourself together, and buy this game! 8€ is not that much, and you get an absolutely great PvP game for your money! Each and every purchase helps the Dev's to improve the game and pull it out of its Early-Alpha-Phase!