Discussion in 'MMORPG Games: The Realms' started by Bluesteel, Dec 29, 2016.
Just bought a founder pack. Anyone else interested in this MMO?
I bought it as well, haven't done much with it though.
Currently bug testing it in CBT2 on NA Text2.
This game has sort of surprised me. It has some unexpected qualities that I didn't see coming from an overtly eastern MMORPG. And just let me say up front that my knowledge and information about the game has come exclusively from watching Youtube videos that are taken mostly from the Korean and Russian versions of the game. The NA/EU/OC version might have some differences, although probably not many.
So first, it's not really grindy at all. Oh, you can grind in it, if or when you want to. But it's primary focus for leveling and gaining skills seems to be just questing. And the quests themselves aren't really all that 'grindy' either. Unusual for an eastern MMOPRG since most of them tend to be hugely grindy.
Second, it appears to push you a little away from exclusively solo play with it's generous group content. Too many of the games I've played lately go just the opposite in that they give you tons of solo content and then some group content as kind of an afterthought. This game seems to have some really well thought out and developed group content from the start.
I'm not really a fanboi for this game. Not yet, anyway. There are a few thing about it that bug me a bit.
For one thing, it's about as 'cute' as a MMORPG game can be without having Hello Kitty icons all over it. Although, the game does come pretty close to that cutoff point in several ways. The style of the game is almost painfully Oriental in the amount of forced cuteness they've manage to stuff in it.
It has the obligatory little doll like character race that borders on child pornography, IMHO. For me, it's a level of 'cuteness' right there that kind of makes me want to look around for something to throw up in. And also there's the equally predictable big, hairy giant race, of course. Or you can opt to play as a human or elf. No dwarves, though. Altogether too predictable for an eastern game making it's way west. But that's just me...
Also, it looks like some of the classes are gender locked. That never sits will with me. But, again, that's just me. And that could change between now and release in the west. I wouldn't get my hopes up, if I were you, though.
On the plus side, I really like the looks and size of the game world. It's really well done in those regards. And the combat works well enough, although some of the spell and other skill effects suffer from the overall unrestrained cuteness of the game.
Oh, and you can fly everywhere once you get your wings. As long as you don't run out of a character resource they call "levity". And no it doesn't have anything to do with humor. It's about the levitation branch of levity. But again, the wings suffer from the forced cuteness prevalent in the game. Picture the borderline over done wings from Aion and add about 200% more fluffy, fluffy foo foo feathers and you've got a good idea of what your wings are like in Revelation Online.
And there are ground mounts that seem to be generally well done, too. Some are even done with a more measured level of cuteness that makes them quite attractive. Others not so much, of course. And there are apparently huge flying mounts that can carry dozens of players! I'm still not sure how that works yet. Maybe they're guild mounts? Not sure...
Oh, and I haven't even mentioned the PvP yet! OMG! There's a ton of PvP in the game. Open world PvP. Realm vs Realm PvP. Arenas and war games PvP. MOBA stuff rocks when it's well done. And, so far anyway, it all seems to be well thought out. There's penalties for open world player ganking and griefing. So, I'm assuming here, it seems like the PvP won't get in your way when you're not in the mood for it. That remains to be seen, of course.
So anyway, the game has a lot going for it once you get past the superficial problems that might or might not bug you personally. It's a huge seamless and gorgeous game world. It's not all that grindy. It let's your character fly almost everywhere with your own wings as well as with flying mounts. And it's got a decent amount of interesting group stuff going on. And all that's a breath of fresh air compared to many of the recent MMORPG's out there.
There's a cheap founder's pack that'll get you in the CBT2 beta for the western version of the game that's currently going on, if you think you might be interested. It costs US$ 12.99, if I remember right. And they've announced the western open beta starting on Jan. 15th. So release for the west can't be that far off, right? Hope so, anyway.
CBT2 is ending very soon so...hold off on buying a Founder Pack at this time. If you buy the Founder Packs, you'll just get angry that you can't play/test because the Servers remain closed until the next CBT...which is unknown if a CBT3 will be appearing or not.
One thing about levity...you don't need it if you have wings. Levity is for sprinting/fast moving. It is also used to "fly" without wings...but that is all I can say about that.
Also, not all wings are cute and fluffy...some can be obtained that are all hard and steel-y! -)
I'm having fun but then I am mostly testing the game...
Good info, Dolnor. Thanks for that.
I've since had a look at a Youtube video showing what appears to be the entire selection of Wings and Outfits available in their game shop. The one where you can buy stuff for RL money. And all I can say is...
Talk about 'over the top' OMG!
I used to talk about how bad the game designers always screwed up the design of MMORPG helmets. Apparently all those helmet designers have somehow ended up working for Revelation Online.
Is it true that there's one quest at the start of the game where the reward is a 'pet' that gets stuck on top of your head and you can't get it off? I'm never sure when those Youtube guys are pulling my leg or being serious...?
I can't seem to remove my "pet" (actually it is a minor buff) from my head but then...looks better than a helmet blocking my natural beauty (rolled a small chunky big-headed female)!! There are other "pets" that attach to your back, belt, etc.
Also you mentioned the riding mount. Check that online store again...some of their mounts exceed the "WTF" of most games! -)
CBT2 is finished TODAY Jan 3rd. So no game access until the next beta test...who knows when. Although one of the bugs I found referenced a date of 042017...may be the release date??? -) Rumor and innuendo!!!
Well, I did find a way to remove the pet from your head. It's in the "C" character window. Poke around in there a bit and you'll find it. Took me a while, tho. I think my Vanguard tank is going to need therapy after having to run around with a kitty cat with a big ribbon on his head for 10 levels or so. On the plus side, I'm pretty sure several of the mobs he tanked actually died of laughter at the sight of him and his kitty cat.
Well, I'm hoping they don't keep us waiting too long for an announcement on the date of whatever comes next; the Open Beta, or the actual release.
What's coming next is another closed beta. Read about it here: CBT3 arrives on Jan. 19 and ends Feb. 2. So buckle up, boys and girls! It's gonna be a fun two weeks! And productive, too, if you can help squash some of those pesky MMORPG development bugs.
It looks like some interesting new PVE and PVP content is being included. Dungeons, raids, arenas, new quests! Oh My! And you can get your wings easily in just a couple of days play time, or even less, if you push it. That's a lot of flight time no matter how you look at it.
You can sign up to apply for a key or get in on the Facebook 'raffle' where they're giving away 250 keys, or just get a key with one of the founder packs (the cheap one is just US$ 12.99).
Hey Lendal, long time no see Sir!
I am interested in this game, but worried it won't hold my interest, as most MMO's haven't in the last few years. I tried Blade and Soul but just couldn't muster the interest for it after a few days. Do you think this game is similar to that one? I will probably pick up the cheapest founder pack and just give it a try, but I would love to hear your feedback as we have played similar games in the past. What does this game do for you that Blade and Soul didn't (if you played B&S)?
Hey, dday! Nice to hear from you. Hope all is going well for you!
Ok, the game... And this is all just IMHO. Revelation Online has a lot more going for it than B&S does. It's simply a bigger more complex game.
Everyone runs out of content in B&S. It's kind of like it wasn't designed to have a lot of content. Just some pretty good PvP stuff that you could do over and over and then whatever PvE stuff was necessary to let you level up so you could do the PvP. LOL
Revelation Online has tons more PvE content as well as a lot more diverse PvP content. Plus you get to fly around anywhere in the whole game with your own wings and/or a flying mount. Most folks won't think that's such a big deal but, for me... I do love to fly! (And there's flying fighting, too.) LOL
So, yeah. You should DEFINITELY pick up one of the beta keys today or tomorrow and give it a try. The CBT3 is for two weeks starting Jan. 19th. You can have a lot of fun with it in two weeks even if you decide you don't like it and never play it again it's still worth getting in the beta ('cause you're probably gonna love it, anyway). If you don't manage to get a free beta key, it's still worth spending the US$ 12.99 on the cheap Founder's Pack to get the beta key that way. (Check out Dolnor's post over in the "MMO Tavern" forum in the TOG only section on how to get in on a free beta key.)
There's only two things that personally bug me about the game. The player characters, the artwork, actually the whole world is VERY oriental themed. If you like that, you're gonna LOVE this game. If it bugs you, you'll probably love the game anyway because it's just that good. LOL
The other thing that bugs me is that some of the classes are locked into very specific character types. You get totally different character customization options depending on which class you've selected. Checking out the beta will let you see what you're locked into that way.
In the last beta there were two NA servers. I got on the #2 one and probably will this time around, too. Maybe we can meet up in game. And I'm sure we can find some voice comm option someplace that we can use for the beta. That would make it SO much easier to get settled into the game quickly.
Thanks Lendal! I will grab the founders pack, I prefer to purchase a pack and support the development, even if I only play short term, that is a very cheap option.
Lets touch base at release, I will choose the second server myself too. There is probaby a discord server somewhere we can join, I will look into that also.
After looking at classes, I think the occultist looks interesting to me, I may try that out.
Thanks Sir, talk to you soon!
Excellent! And Occultist is a good choice. He's a capable, versatile, fun class to play.
And he's got that "evil/good" thing going on... He may save your life in a dungeon or raid and stuff but you probably shouldn't leave your kids alone with him while you went to the store. You could name him "Lemony". ROFL
Not really interested in the game itself, but I'm curious to know how many players this game (server & engine) can support in large-scale battles. So far I've seen a video with about 300 players and no noticeable performance drop. Other than that it seems to be pretty similar to all those asian, grindy MMORPG out there. =P
Thanks to key I got from Dolnor I was in CBT3. Here is few thoughts about it.
From technical point of view game is already looking pretty good. Even while playing in high resolution everything work very smooth and I didn't have any lag even with lot of players in same area. You have a lot of customization options while creating characters but they have an Asian look even after playing with different options but not that much as NPC, they are totally Asian. At this point localization is not yet finished and there are some text and voiceover still in Chinese.
Until level 20 gameplay is straight forward without any side quests. In my opinion that is not really nesesery. I can understand going that way for few levels but not that far. After reaching that point I got 3 side quest of which 1 I couldn't do because You had to be in librarian guild, wouldn't be better not to offer me that quest at all until I join guild. Second is to help farmer with stolen goods, which looks to be purely random in success since you can't fight mobs who try to stop You while carrying goods. There are message boards around but there are never any quests on them, I tried on few different locations.
All items I got came from quest rewards except few that are dropped from boss mobs. Looks like there is no ordinary loot in this game which don't have to be a bad thing, it's just unusuall. I was hoping that will help me save inventory space but it did not. Inventory was full in no time from different rewards for logging in, reaching level and such. Maybe I didn't reach high enough level but most of them looks to me just as vendor trash.
I participated in some group event, defending mushroom village from some wood creatures. There was about 20-30 players fighting around and we manage to kill all 200 mobs plus the boss at the end. To my disappointment I didn't get any reward at the end. Some 30 min wasted. Should be at least something, just to feel some accomplishments.
Upon coming to town I was overwhelmed with number of NPC around. Every vendor is specialized for one thing and it is difficult to find what You look for, mainly just plain vendor who will buy my old armor and weapon for some coins. Should be much better if there is less NPCs which would take wider range of items. Finally here some side quests start to show.
I tried to do some crafting but that look to be very demanding. Lot of thing needs different crafting stats to reach higher level to work but there is no explanation what to do to achieve that.
All in all I will wait until release to try again and then decide if this is game for me or not.
There is a LOT of features which aren't explained in the game. Hopefully once all the text is changed from Chinese/Russian to English, they'll revisit and increase the tutorial explanations for a lot of the game systems.
I'll address a few things that I found by trial-and-error.
1) A lot of the game systems are based for players to be in guilds. It is geared against the solo-only player. It forces you to bond with other players. Even friendships are required to advance in the game.
2) The "Help the Farmer" quest is completed by gathering the goods on the down-slope side of the fence. Then stay on that side of the fence when you walk towards the quest giver. Once you get to the quest giver, you have to manually interact with the NPC and finish the quest. Just arriving at the location does not complete the quest. It is easier to complete above level 25.
3) A lot of quests are given to you with a stated difficulty..like "Level 25 Quest" but often, even with great gear and weapons, it is more like a level 30 quest or event. Challenges, quests, events are all based on what the absolute highest gear score you can obtain...so level 30 quests can't be completed UNLESS you have a fantastic gear score which was obtained by buying/trading for super weapons & armor.
4) The "Defend the Mushroom Fields" quest was actually a Faction quest. You gain a little amount of faction reputation based on your overall damage/kills during the event. So if 20 other people killed everything and you only hit 20 mobs, they get more faction rep than you...you'll get like 100 points...in a system that requires 10,000 points to raise your reputation to the next level with that faction. This faction rep is for the "long-haul game play" gained over months/years of playing.
5) Crafting is very involved mostly because it involves a lot of sub-systems not related to crafting in other games. It is a typical crafting system from the Asian marketplace. There are soooo many sub-systems in the game I got totally confused and just focused on finding bugs to report...much easier and I kept my sanity! -)