A first-person, badass mage with endless mana RPG? At first I thought 'Wow!'
Still regretting it.
TL;DR? Just buy Skyrim with half price and x10 more content and play a Mage.
There are MANY deceptions about this game and I want to make them clear now, so you can at least save your money for something that's worth it, unlike me.
1. Open World? Nope. It is just a linear game, following the same route, without being able to interact with anything in the environment and groups of 3-4 enemies popping up at certain points to get you - will get to that in a sec. (No.5)
2. Badass mage? Nope. All you can do is wield one spell in one hand and an annoying shield at the other which is only needed to block some ranged arrow attacks that are so lame that you can simply walk to avoid the arrow while it is coming at you. There is also a small radius AOE attack if you hold both Mouse Buttons but I rarely used it since it is weird to hit.
In addition, the one spell you can actually wield has a strange casting bug (I hope it's a bug.) When you hold it down for a power attack, the spell charges, and upon releasing the mouse button to launch the Fireball like you would do in any other casting game, it takes an extra 2 seconds to actually shoot it, creating huge confusion on whether the spell was cast, failed to cast, or bugged out.
Something like: *Holds RMB* > 2 seconds to charge in hand > *Release RMB to throw spell* > wait another awkward 1-2 seconds with no hand animation > wonder if you actually held RMB long enough for it to charge properly > *hand makes the animation of shooting while the Fireball is still not fired* > *suddenly sees Fireball being thrown, after 2 sec of delay*
3. Difficulty? Nope. All you do is move backwards and spam RMB to shoot your magic (I repeat, it's confusing to hold it down for a Power Attack since it is apparently bugged). And who needs to aim? You don't even have to aim. Heck, there is not even a crosshair in the middle of the screen to aim. All you do is cast and shoot, apparently Fireballs automatically find their target, even if he is 100 yards away.
4. "Awesome" Crafting Spells system?!?!?! NOPE. There is no precise tutorial and no logic behind spell crafting. Somehow, dead enemies drop a magical sphere/rune like thingy that, want it or not, just follows you and you collect it. That thingy is used to craft spells. Good luck figuring out how. A big menu pops up which I had to google it to find out how to bring it up (thank god for the in-game tutorial!) A list emerges before you with runes that you have no idea what they do, you pick one, then you pick another without even knowing what it does or what the term "mastery" refers to since the game doesn't explain that properly, then you pick ANOTHER extra rune and craft the spell.
I crafted ONE spell out of luck, without knowing what it does.
I equip the newly made spell which just replaced the default Fireball. Apparently my spell was a beam-like spell that you hold down and hits the target. Fun part: the spell did NO damage at all.
(Then I had to figure out how to re-equip the default Fireball cause I couldn't kill a damn enemy with it.)
And I am thinking: even if the spell simply added a buff for extra fire dmg on the target that someone mentioned (after all, I made the spell out of luck) even then, how are you supposed to take advantage of it since you have to unequip it and then RE-EQUIP the Fireball from the menu, which requires a game pause to happen, ruining the game's momentum?
5. Enemies just pop from the ground and run stupidly at you while they are hit by your spells. Simply move backwards guys. Even the enemies with the arrows fail at hitting you. I encountered 2 mini-bosses that they too, just run after you... so you either spam Space to Blink and/or simply hold Shift to Sprint and outrun them. Hardcore mechanics guys, hardcore mechanics...
6. You can choose between the male or female story mode that has no difference in spells, just the story. Which is also - at least for me - poorly developed, with pictures for the cinematics that pop up once or twice in your playthrough.
"Sister is taken by evil bad-guy with mustache and beard (AND a bodyguard), then a crazy MFer gives you spell powers so that you can take revenge" (Female storyline, I believe there is no need to mention the male one.)
7. All you can interact with in the environment are some weird pillars that show you a weird ghost-story that you can simply ignore since you have no time for such BS... you signed up for an all-action, badass mage game after all, didn't you?
+ Some orbs in awkward places that restore some of your health.
Sorry for the sloppy review, but I am still sobbing for my 36.99... plus, I wanted to give you all the details of my experience. The list could go on but I think that everything else is just adding to the inevitable - DO NOT BUY THIS 'game.'
EDIT due to recent patch: They added tutorials, FINALLY, but this is something they should have done from the beggining. My reccomendation will STILL remain negative and I am making this a 3,5/10 from 2,5/10.
3,5/10 Give me my money back plz :(
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