- Atlantica Online releases At the Gates
- Brick-Force Gameplay – First Look HD
- Seven Souls Online
- Nexus Conflict
- Elsword introduces new client and content
- RaiderZ announces alpha
Posted: 02 Mar 2012 02:18 PM PST
“At The Gates” is the newest update to arrive in Nexon’s Atlantica Online.
The update introduces a new dungeon, Yggdrasil’s Three Gateways. Here, players must defend the gateways against enemies that are scaled to the character’s skill level. The dungeon may be entered through the World Tree’s Trunk with the World Tree Gateway Key. Players who complete the dungeon quickly will get bonus rewards, and a special event is being held to reward players for trying the new dungeon, including Atlas Ore, Yggdrasil’s Treasure, and a weekend buff for a server.
In the Oriharukon Mines on Titan, players can now send expeditions and mercenaries to battle rival expeditions for control of the mine in the Excavation Expeditions, so long as they are in a guild and own a “My Home.” The update also introduces the Momentum EXP system, where players can gain additional experience by battling specific monsters, and then select how to distribute it among their mercenaries.
Finally, Valkyrie, an A Grade Mercenary has been introduced; Deadly Machines can be summoned in PvP; and new adjustments have been made to Competition.
Nexon also publishes Dragon Nest and Dungeon Fighter Online.
Atlantica Online: At the Gates Update Screenshots
Posted: 02 Mar 2012 01:51 PM PST
To Learn More About the Game, Check out our Brick-Force Page (not up yet).
Brick-Force is a 3D MMOFPS published by Infernum. It is a sandbox style shooter where users can build maps and then play in them with friends and others online. It is somewhat comparable to Ace of Spades. To learn more about BrickForce check out the official MMOHut Brick-Force page which includes a detailed review, tons of screenshots, and additional videos.
Posted: 02 Mar 2012 01:16 PM PST
Seven Souls Online is a 3D Fantasy MMORPG set in the mythical lands of Neha. Chose from three classes, each with access to three different weapon types. Seven Souls Online boasts powerful graphics, and amazing skill animations.
Pros: +Good crafting system. +Take over and control regions / towns. +Sleek interface. +Great graphics and skill animations. +In depth character customization.
Cons: -Poor English translations. -Only three playable classes. -Classes are gender locked.
Seven Souls Online Overview
Seven Souls Online, also known as Martial Empires Online, is set in the Asian themed world of Neha. PvP plays a large role in Martial Empires, players can join guilds and conquer entire regions in the game in massive PvP battles across huge maps. The game also has many dungeons and raid bosses that require large groups to defeat. Designed by the same studio behind the similarly titled Martial Heroes, Martial Empires has great visuals, an easy to use interface, and well paced progression.
Mage (Male) – Powerful spellcasters with access to a variety of nukes, mesmerizes, and area of effect spells. They are vulnerable in melee combat due to their low health and defense.
Scythe - Characterized by various curse skills that immobilize the enemy or inflict damage over time.
Warrior (Male) – Warriors are tough melee characters that can both absorb large amounts of damage and dish it out. They have by far the most hit points and armor in the game.
Heavy Sword - Characterized by charging skills with a chance of inflicting bonus damage.
Ranger (Female) - An extremely versatile class. Rangers can specialize towards very different paths. The only female class so far available in Martial Empires.
Dagger - The weapon of choice for Rangers pursuing stealth and fast attack speed.
Seven Souls Online Screenshots
Seven Souls Online Featured Video
Seven Souls Online Review
Note: The review below is for Martial Empires, a version of Seven Souls Online for the Europe region.
By, Erhan Altay
Martial Empires is a high quality free to play MMORPG set in the Oriental themed world of Neha. It was developed by the same studio behind Martial Heroes, but offers vast improvements on all fronts. Explore lush environments, complete hundreds of quests, take part in large PvP battles, and fight powerful bosses with allies.
The German gaming portal Gamigo publishes Martial Empires in the West and its service is accessible from North America with no discernible latency issues. Gamigo uses an odd account creation method where players have to sign up for an account, activate each individual game, and chose login details for that particular game. Players will have plenty of time to sort through it while downloading the heft 2.3 GB client. After installation, the character creation process may look underwhelming at first but players are in for quite a surprise. There are only three classes to chose from in Martial Empires, and they are all gender locked. The Mage and Warrior are male while the Ranger is female. Each class has three weapon specializations represented by their own talent tree. This helps up the possible character types to nine but still feels underwhelming. Luckily, a forth class slot is shown but with a question mark as its portrait. Perhaps a fourth class is already in the works.
Playing Dress Up
While the class choices may be underwhelming, the level of appearance customization helps pick up the slack. There are 10-15 color options for hair, skin, eye, and clothing. A dozen sliders control body shape while dozens more control facial features such as eye size, location, and shape. The options available may not be quite as extensive as those in Perfect World, but it sure comes close. The infamous 'chest' slider makes an appearance, but only for the female class of course. After playing around for several minutes, I tested the 'random' feature which yielded some interesting results including Green skinned Hulk-like brutes, Smurfs, and tall amazon warriors.
Welcome to Caeles
New players start their journey in North Caeles, near the gates of the Caeles Palace. There is no formal tutorial, but a series of short explanatory prompts can be viewed by clicking a flashing question mark near the bottom right of the screen. Additionally, a menu prompt will highlight new features to look forward to each time a character levels. Players will immediately notice the high quality graphics. The engine is a bit similar to the one used in Tales of Fantasy, but Martial Empires is much smoother. Despite being developed by a Korean studio, the progression and interface in Martial Empires feels more like that of a Western MMORPG. There's no auto-navigation here. Instead, dotted blue lines show new players the path to quest objectives. This feature disappears after a few levels, but players can still consult the map for quest markers. Martial Empires supports both click to move and keyboard movement. Both methods feel fluid, and all keyboard keys are customizable.
Many subtle effects come together to give Martial Empires a unique atmosphere. The background music, skill animations, and other sound effects all contribute. When players run low on health, the edges of the screen will turn red and the sound of a heart beat can be heard. Another surprise is the game's lowest level enemy, the Suricat. These small furry creatures make silly noises and actively run up to players and dance in front of them. They are not challenging to defeat, but like the poring from Ragnarok Online or mongbat from Ultima Online, they add flavor to the game world. Quests play a vital role in leading players from area to the next, and eventually from one map to another. Delivery, and kill quests are prevalent, but Martial Empires spices it up with short cutscenes and scenarios. One NPC asks players to put the ghost of his three daughters to rest, while another quest requires players to kill a zombie that raises nearby corpses. The game world is currently a mere 18 maps including cities, but each area is packed with quests and places to explore.
Gambling for Experience
The experience rate in Martial Empires is much lower than the rates found in other Asian themed MMORPGs released around the same time such as Battle of the Immortals or Kingdom Heroes. Players receive a single skill point per level, but several will accumulate before level prerequisites are met. Starting at level 25, players receive one stat point which they can allocate among five stats: Str, Agi, Vit, Int, and Dex. There are some fun gameplay gimmicks thrown in to keep things interesting though. By killing monsters and completing quests, players earn 'points' which can be used to spin a slot machine like devise located on the top left of the screen. Players can gamble for a chance to win items, temporary buffs, gold coins, or experience points. The slot wheels spin even while fighting, and there's nothing else to do with these jackpot points so don't be afraid to gamble! Another interesting feature is the rage bar towards the bottom left of the screen. When this bar fills, players can click on it to temporarily transform into a demon and enjoy a combat buff. A similar feature is found in Silkroad Online, but the one in Martial Empires looks even cooler.
No modern MMORPG would be complete without a crafting and resource gathering system. In Martial Empires there are three gathering skills: Herb picking, fishing, and mining. Each skill requires a special tool that can be purchased from a training NPC. Various fishing spots, mineral veins, and harvestable bushes are scattered across the world. When these resources are gathered, a slot wheel will spin to show the results of the harvest. The items gathered, along with those found off monsters can be crafted into gear at town using anvils. Another crafting related feature is the Cube. Similar to the Horadric cube, the cube in Martial Empires allows players to combine, disassemble, or copy items placed inside of it. Once players enter maps designed for characters level 25 and up, they can put away the flowers and focus on PvP. Level 25+ zones allow open player killing, but killing too many innocent characters comes with penalties. Open world PvP is viable, but Martial Empires also provides several Battlegrounds instances. Some of these battlefields are actually cooperative. In 'Phantom War' a team of players work together to defend against a horde of monsters. Competitive modes include Arena Battle, Legion of Towers, and tournaments.
No More Ports
Despite offering only three classes and suffering from some minor pathing issues, Martial Empires genuinely feels like a new game. Many free to play MMOs and MMORPGs released in North America and Europe are in reality older titles from Asia. Martial Empires, known in Korea as Seven Souls Online, was localized much faster which means we can all enjoy it while its fresh.
Final Verdict: Great
Martial Empires is one of the best Asian themed MMORPGs currently available. While it doesn't stray too far from the traditional MMORPG mold, the level of polish help Martial Empires stand out from the crowd.
Seven Souls Online Videos
Seven Souls Online Official Trailer
Seven Souls Online Gameplay – First Look
Seven Souls Online Links
Seven Souls Online System Requirements
Posted: 02 Mar 2012 12:59 PM PST
Set in the world of Black Prophecy, Nexus Conflict is a browser based strategy game focused on commanding your own armada. After humans discover technology allowing them to travel beyond the speed of light, they discover a place called the Nexus, where universes collide. Begin your path to conquest with a simple, small ship, and rise through the ranks to own the stars with your mighty fleet!
Pros: +High quality graphics. +Variety of ships to build. +Large scale battles.
Cons: -Mandatory PvP. -Limited information available.
Nexus Conflict Overview
Nexus Conflict is set prior to the events of Black Prophecy, and revolves around two factions trying to control the Nexus — the place where universes collide. The game features amazing graphics for a browser based RPG, thanks in part to the Unity engine. Players can build and upgrade new ships to engage in various combat missions, ranging from solo to team-based play, complete with roles such as tank, healer or DPS.
Nexus Conflict Screenshots
Nexus Conflict Featured Video
Nexus Conflict Full Review
Nexus Conflict Screenshots
Nexus Conflict Videos
Nexus Conflict Official Announcement Trailer
Nexus Conflict Links
Nexus Conflict System Requirements
Posted: 02 Mar 2012 12:32 PM PST
Kill3rCombo has launched new content for Elsword, plus a new streaming client.
All players can access Henir, a new dungeon that features an amalgamation of all boss monsters from 35 dungeon stages. Accessing Henir requires Henir’s Key (normal) or Henir’s Hidden Key (challenge). Players who clear the challenge mode will be placed on Henir’s Time and Space Ranking list and earn a new title.
A new streaming client can also now be downloaded. This client has a smaller initial download, and downloads the remainder of the client while players enjoy the game.
Elsword Gameplay Screenshot
Posted: 02 Mar 2012 12:01 PM PST
Perfect World Entertainment has announced that RaiderZ will begin alpha testing on March 14.
The announcement includes the launch of the game’s official website, at raiderz.perfectworld.com. Registration for testing is now open. A limited number of North American testers will be selected for the alpha test.
RaiderZ challenges players to down epic monsters with real-time action battles. Each monster has its own strategy, and some can be beaten apart with their own weapons or limbs. Characters in RaiderZ will use a weapon system to determine their skills, with over 350 skill combinations available.
Perfect World Entertainment also publishes Blacklight Retribution and Rusty Hearts.
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