|22nd December 2012, 11:36 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Age of Wushu - Sandbox martial arts mmo
( Wǔshù literally means "martial art". It is formed from the two words 武術: 武 (wǔ), meaning "martial" or "military" and 術 (shù), which translates into "discipline", "skill" or "method." )
When I saw news about Age of Wushu a while ago (like a year ago?) I shrugged it off as yet another asian grinder with flashy combat but little substance. The other day, however, I read this article about it on Massively:
First impressions from the Age of Wushu beta | Massively
That piqued my interest. Thus I went to youtube for enlightenment (aka looking for gameplay videos). I must say this game looks to be much much much more than I originally thought.
First, here's the link to the official site where you can check out details or even try the game (limited trial) or actually buy the game even though it's technically still in beta with a release date of March 3, 2013.
Age of Wushu Closed Beta : Free To Play MMORPG
Here's some videos:
This is a pretty long "first impressions" video that tells quite a bit about the game.
Here are some videos showcasing combat moves learned in the various schools. They start out showing some of the normal attacks then blocks to build up rage to do the big attack.
I want the school that has a "Get Off My Lawn" attack .
The Emei school is the female only sisterhood akin to the Shaolin
Shaolin school ( male only school )
Beggars school (you actually have to have the beggar profession to join this school)
Scholar school (you have to have a scholarly profession to join)
That's all so far!
Last edited by Ordegar; 23rd December 2012 at 12:45 PM. Reason: I had the wrong first impressions video embedded!
|23rd December 2012, 08:20 AM||#2 (permalink)|
Things you should know about Age of Wushu
Age of Wushu is the US version of Age of Wulin (being released in Asia by Snail Game CN, and by gPotato in EU). Age of Wushu is an international version meaning it has no region limits. It is published by Snail Game US.
Age of Wushu is in BETA. Currently it is Closed Beta 2; which is the first beta that will not have character wipes, so if you play now you can keep that character after the game officially releases.
It will be a "free to play" game. You can download the game for free now, and there will not be a cost to play. There will be a cash shop with accelerator type items and cosmetic items. Nothing in the cash shop will make you superior to what you can be without it; it just might help you get there faster.
There is a VIP status, which requires a subscription of about $10 per month. Buying the Deluxe package will give you 60 days of VIP after which you will need to subscribe to continue the VIP status. VIP status gives you benefits such as faster xp to skill rate; offline skill progression; offline merchant capability.
You can only have one character per account. Your character can only join one School, but it is possible to learn skills from other Schools. You can only cultivate (level) one skill at a time; there is no queue so you need to go online to change which skill you wish to cultivate or to continue a skill that has reached a new level. VIP status lets you cultivate skills while offline.
Even if you are not VIP your character will continue in the world as an NPC doing jobs. The job he or she does depends on where your character is when you log off. He may work in a shop sweeping floors, or work for a farmer, etc.
Guilds can claim territory which crafters can then build on and make a guild village. There are limited spots, so there will be wars over territory.
Know what you want your character to be BEFORE YOU BUY.
If you try the game and want to buy the Deluxe package to be able to play the beta unlimited, there's some things that you should know first.
This is from the official forums warning about deleting your character:
Age of Wushu • View topic - Deleting Characters - Elite & Deluxe Edition Rewards
You can delete and remake your character as many times as you want as long as you do it before you upgrade the account by buying the Deluxe pack. You cannot claim the in-game rewards again.
So what I plan on doing is researching the game enough to decide how I want my character. I tend to be one of those players who wants to do everything so I end up with a bunch of alts; but since this game limits us to one character per account, I will only have one character.
The main thing to decide on is the School, as they are all very different -- it's almost like choosing a class. Each class has 3 different skill sets, which you can see by the three videos of each School that I posted above. A good place to look about the Schools is on the wiki: Schools - Age of Wushu Wiki -- click on the picture representing the school to go to the details page for that school; some of them have explanations about each of the three skill sets to give you an idea of what the strengths and weaknesses are for that school.
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|23rd December 2012, 09:01 AM||#3 (permalink)|
Some vocabulary to help with understanding story and the game:
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|23rd December 2012, 09:31 AM||#4 (permalink)|
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|24th December 2012, 09:25 AM||#8 (permalink)|
Keep in mind this is not a wii game, so YOU don't actually have to do the moves, your character does them with a simple button push.
On a serious note, this IS an open pvp game, but it's not a fps shooter by any means. Also, it's a sandbox world, not a pvp arena game, so there's a lot more to it than just fighting other players. You could play as a crafter and only make stuff for guild-mates if that's what you wanted to do.
I'm not really a pvp oriented player myself, though I did play Warhammer Online exclusively on the pvp side; and I do enjoy some Planetside 2 with TOG occasionally, but I'm happy with my 1/3 k/d ratio PlanetSide 2 Character Stats Ordegar - PlanetSide Universe
In a sandbox mmo, with rules and consequences to pvp, it's more about living in the world and developing your character in many aspects. In Age of Wushu, they even took character development beyond combat and crafting and went into your characters social development. You can get achievements for making friends, for example, or enemies. Guilds are more than just a chat channel; there is territory to take and hold; things to build.
It is a sandbox though, not a themepark. You do get an introductory set of quests at the beginning that chain together, but once that's done you're on your own. There are quests and events, but they don't chain together like in a themepark mmo. Some people don't like having to decide on their own where and what to do, so a game like this is not for them.
Sorry, I'm raving I know; I'm just excited about an mmo that is not just the same old thing.
|10th January 2013, 08:36 PM||#9 (permalink)|
I bought the Deluxe package to get extra time to beta test the game. I created Elondra and ran through the game about 25% to get a feeling of what to concentrate on for bug reports.
I deleted Elondra and created Olondra so I can repeat the same class line. Then I found out that the Deluxe & Elite packages are tied to the CHARACTER and not the account. So by deleting Elondra, I lost the privilage to test long hours. I am currently stuck at only 1 hour a day to test the game but I could try again if I spend more $$$ to pay-to-test.
And Snail Games USA said they are looking for great employees in the Los Angeles site in an email reply to my concern.
So I may pass on testing the game now. I've recently received an Alpha invite to an upcoming MMO and testing there has taken up much of my time.
ArcheAge Ollo Server: Elondra
Elder Scrolls Online: (@Dolnor) Elondra Numbwit
Star Citizen: FriendlyFireTarget
Defiance: NA Server: Dolnor EU Server: Noldor
GW2: Yak's Bend - Dolnor Numbwit, Elondra, Festoon Turnbuckle
LOTRO: Gladden - Dolnor Numwit, Elondra Numbwit
SWTOR: Dolnor, Elondra, Noldor
|8th April 2013, 10:08 PM||#10 (permalink)|
Bought the deluxe edition for this game, and I am really liking it a lot.
Do we have any plans for a guild or something?
By the way, it is worth mentioning that after the beta is done, the 1 hour per day time restriction on free players will be lifted. (According to a GM post: Age of Wushu • View topic - Free Player Access Time During Closed Beta))
Last edited by Elyzion; 9th April 2013 at 11:49 AM.