MAR­TIAL ARTS GA­LORE

Blade & Soul

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THE QUEST FOR VENGEANCE For many, MMORPGs are a means to es­cape re­al­ity and en­ter a world of fan­tasy that’s filled with ad­ven­ture, ex­cite­ment and ca­ma­raderie. Sadly, many mod­ern MMORPGs are mim­ics of the more suc­cess­ful ones, with lit­tle game­play tweaks to make them ex­cit­ing. How­ever, one of the MMORPGs to re­ceive sig­nif­i­cant at­ten­tion lately is the rather promis­ing

is a game with mar­tial arts el­e­ments that are tied to Korean and Chi­nese cul­ture, which re­sults in a pretty in­ter­est­ing mix. As far as sto­ry­line goes, you are the last sur­viv­ing mem­ber of a mar­tial arts school, and you’ve made it your life’s mis­sion to be­come stronger to de­feat the evil that killed your mas­ter. VA­RI­ETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE As with many MMORPGs, you can cus­tom­ize your avatar’s race and class. In you have the op­tion to choose from four races and seven classes. There are no ad­van­tages or dis­ad­van­tages when se­lect­ing any race, but cer­tain classes are only avail­able to cer­tain races. The Blade Dancer, for ex­am­ple, is only avail­able to the Lyn race.

In terms of races, there’s the bar­baric-like Gon; the diminu­tive Lyn; the elf-like Yun; and the hu­mans, who are called Jin. As for classes, there are the Blade Mas­ter, De­stroyer, Sum­moner, Force Mas­ter, Kung Fu Mas­ter, As­sas­sin, and Blade Dancer.

Nat­u­rally, each class re­quires a dif­fer­ent ap­proach to com­bat, but all of them re­quire a good sense of tim­ing. You’ll have to time slashes, punches and counter at­tacks (or dodges) based on the move­ment of your en­emy, which adds ex­cite­ment to the over­all game­play. In ad­di­tion, you can as­sume the role of a black­smith, herbal­ist, among other things, and cre­ate items for your­self or other play­ers. Do­ing so will let you earn more in-game cash at a faster rate. Of course, there are also PvP el­e­ments for those who wish to test their skills against hu­man op­po­nents. CER­TAIN LIM­I­TA­TIONS As with any MMORPG, there are el­e­ments in that pre­vent it from be­com­ing truly en­joy­able. For a start, the servers are lo­cated in North Amer­ica and Europe. When the servers get crowded, there are spikes of lag, which may cause you to lose a bat­tle or two. Apart from that, there’s also a con­fus­ing skill tree – skills are avail­able to use based on con­text, so you re­ally need to plan which skills to in­vest in. Fi­nally, in terms of graph­ics,

looks amaz­ing for an MMORPG, though we think that the char­ac­ters are too ‘shiny’. Take a look at most

videos on YouTube and you’ll un­der­stand. Some play­ers will also ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that the game places an em­pha­sis on a cer­tain ‘jig­gle’ physics, so in a way, it is a feast for the eyes.

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