Spiral Knights (SK) is a free-to-play MMORPG that I started playing in 2011. I was instantly hooked on this simple game primarily due to the community of friends that played this game with me. To understand the perspective of this review, I believe it would help to understand the type of player I was. I reached the end-game completing every dungeon available. I played at the top tier player-vs-player (PVP) level with - at the time - a vast variety of superior gear.
PROS: You do not need to invest a a single penny into SK to beat the game, or to enjoy it. The majority of its paid content is cosmetic and to speed up the farming process. The game can be played solo, but has its benefits for being played in a co-op party up to four players (random or friends). These benefits include more loot drops, a teammate revival system, and the normal benefits with playing with a party of friends. There is no character leveling system, and your advancement comes from upgrading your armor and weapons.
CONS: For an MMORPG, however, SK has many flaws. The game does not offer a spell casting system (aside from the addition of pets in late 2013), only the choice of swords, guns, bombs, and a shield. By and large, swords are the superior weapon of choice, though balances over the course of 4 years have attempted to narrowed this superiorty gap. In addition, the game is extremely limited in its end-game content, with the storyline still not being completed for over 3 years. SK is constantly riddled with latency issues, and simple balances suggested by the community are largely ignored despite the community's desire to be involved with the direction that SK will take.
Verdict: SK is honestly a cute, fun, and simple game. The game has undergone a variety of changes over the several years it has been out; these changes are largely aesthetic, however. SK suffers from the lack of new content and a completed storyline. It is plagued with latency issues and the lack of balancing. While I would recommend more avid gamers to look into other free MMORPG game such as Warframe, Vindictus, or Neverwinter. SK does draw from its strengths - being cute, free, and simple - and it can truly offer many hours of fun memories with the right group of players.
Αναρτήθηκε: 22 Φεβρουαρίου 2014