Sunday, June 7, 2009

Game review...? MMORPG Ether Saga

Meh, haven't updated in a while.

So I started playing Ether Saga ( and it's actually quite fun.

It's Chinese made, which pretty much proves my theory that Asians are the ones that actually make pwnsome MMORPG games. (Like, y'know, Nexon making MapleStory. Compare that to the crap game RuneScape is.) I dragged the .exe file into VMware Fusion and started playing (which also proved my theory that VMware is just as fast as a normal PC)...until my parents came home.

It's exasperating to start off as a n00b again, but I'm at level 12 so far after playing only one day and I hope to make that level bigger. Since I was indecisive towards which of the three races I would join, I made three different characters for all three races...I do have a preference for the Shenzu race, and my Shenzu character the only one that actually has level 12 (my Renzu character is level 2, my Yaoh level 1).

The only big issues I have:
1. Yeah, yeah, you tell me I'm the "Chosen One". You know, doesn't that mean there's about a million "Chosen Ones" out there?
2. There's no proper user's manual, so you sort of have to figure things out by yourself. The game's not really fun when you're not doing quests...At least it's not dependent on the Cash Shop as much as MapleStory is, but seriously, is 100 bronze 1 silver?...and how many silver is 1 gold?...I'm how much gold would a new outfit cost, or a new name for my pet...?
3. Do you really even need the pet? I'm surviving fine without it.
4. Even with a lot of money you don't have much of a customization option, so pretty much everyone looks the same. ^.^
5. Thankfully, there is a way to get from here to there without fumbling around with the mouse, trying to find your way and staring at the map. However, it's called "Auto-Route", and while you are impervious to monsters during the ride and you don't have to bother finding your way, you have to sit back and watch your character run for however long it takes to get there. Enjoy the scenery, but boring...It's better than not having it, I guess.
6. It's obviously geared towards females.
7. EXP is hard to keep track of, but considering you get a ton of EXP (hitting thousands) for quests (which are mundanely easy to do), it's not really much.
8. I have absolutely no idea what on earth I'm spending my skill points on...Is this supposed to be good for me?
9. You have to navigate with mouse, not with keyboard. Click, click...
10. It's hard to get around. If you walk off a ledge, it's almost impossible to get back on. There's only one view - at the character - and so you can't precisely see where you're going. I suppose Auto-Route makes up for that.

The graphics are pretty good, better than a lot of 3D MMORPGs I've seen, and the animation is smooth. There's no confusion over what type of person you want to be (i.e. smither, fighter, healer, etc.) because anything besides being a fighter isn't very game-significant. The story adheres well to the plot, although I really could do without all the "OMFG YOU ARE THE CHOSEN ONE" stuff. Monsters don't attack you unless you attack them, so you can go between cities through swarms of monsters without being afraid of them jumping on you (hint hint zOMG is very bad for your health when you encounter a horde). Quests are very clear about what you're supposed to do, and they even have Auto-Route links so you know where you should go...

I'm gonna have fun.

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