The latest Camelot Unchained update offered up a few tasty images and a run animation to help fill the never ending information hunger of the CU fans. I noticed there were words around the images but reading them would have been like eating the potatoes before the steak... When I went back to read them I ended up googling images of Dark Obi Wan and Nomak from Blade II because; fandom.
The first image shows a Helbound (the first...and only announced class for CU so far) mid swing. We see the duality of their weapon reflecting the duality of the class itself. The weapon, posture, and swing effects remind me of a monk class, a dark monk class...who doesn’t love dark monks?
The next image showed a Helbound “summoning his own special brand of magic” ;) It looks awfully familiar, and red, sort of like red lightning not to be confused with red sprite lightning which is spooky amazing. Pretty sure if they discovered that a couple hundred years ago they would assume it was evil and that the world was ending... While not quite as amazing as ball lightning, sprite lightning is indeed pretty darn cool which brings me back to the Helbound, pretty darn cool.
As I ogled at the images I thought to myself, a dark monk that wears a freaken mask (an easy win in my book) wields a dual staff/pike, and uses red lightning magic! SOLD! SO....MUCH....WIN. I feel bad for the other classes. No wonder they haven’t unVeiled any since the Helbound. It set the bar so high the others all got gunshy! It’s ok other classes, we don’t expect you to be THIS cool...(little do the other classes know we are gamers, our demands are always unrealistic and we full well expect the others to be cooler, or at the very least as cool as this badass is).
As I studied the images like my first adult magazine I thought to myself “oh boy, I sure would like to see this bad boy in action”. Welllllll! The CSE God’s were kind to me on this day because as I scrolled down what lie waiting for me was just that! A Helbound animation test (very early and not final so don’t freak out).
So how did he walk? Even though this IS NOT A FINAL VERSION, I’m gonna get deep here, because I love this class and I analyze things I love more than things I don’t because reasons. His “walk” looked good. He almost appeared to have a slight limp which I dig and which makes sense with half your body being mangled. I thought there was a hangup between the speed that his body swayed and the bit of a limp, like their unified movement was off timed just a hair. If he has a slight limp his upper body should pull that side just a hair slower than when the other leg moves. Prop your foot up until it falls asleep then try walking and you’ll know what I mean. His jog also looked good but I think his arms were bent a bit too much and a bit too close to his chest, he is a freaken Helbound, IMO he should have “arm confidence”(TM) in his jog! Let those arms come forward a bit more. The same can be said for the run. I think the leg work in the run and jog was perfect and the way he leaned forward, also perfect.
Overall he has a menacing yet confident gate, he just needs to embrace his half injured self a bit more and I think the walk will fit the class perfectly. “But Tierless, walks are for races not classes.” Are they? I mean, in an MMORPG I would think your gait is affected by two things, your chosen race and your chosen class. If you wanna go real world on it look at an old pro-wrestler’s walk and tell me their profession didn’t affect it.
”This Helbound represents a pretty good approximation of how a Helbound could look in the game at launch” Mark Jacobs. Color me satisfied. The graphics are in line with what I was anticipating. They work very well while being reasonable as to not hamper precious FPS.
So there you have it, me fanishly gushning about how cool the Helbound is. Did I mention I’m pretty sure it will be a melee healer jack of all class? I base my opinion on the information from the Nuada story and the appearance (leather, melee weapon, casting, awesomeness). Did I also mention the Tierless LOVES alts and especially LOVES archers, stealthers, and jack of all classes? Did I also also mention if the other classes are this cool my altitis will rage like 80’s cartoon fans after watching Michael Bay movie trailers? So there you have it, Helbound, helyeah!
“Aren’t you forgetting something?”
No, but I was testing you to see if you were, you passed. Nicely done. Did I mention I love Deadpool? I tend to have a thing for red and black ninjaesque characters as well as green skinned characters.
Bear with me, it was my lead-in!...The last image in the updates was a big one. Some might say it could have huge implications. In my humble opinion it’s too soon to tell but what I saw was a TDD bog giant emerging...and he was freaken green (but I wouldn’t dare call em’ jolly)! GREEN! The color of the coolest races in all of pop culture and gaming! It looked like he was about to eat a small child...or a fully grown woman depending on the size of the giant ;) If the picture is any indicator we are about to get a becoming story not unlike the Iron Giant...or Cormoran’s revenge depending...either way I can’t! We are only $38,480 away at this point with 1.5 years of dev left, so, well, yes, yes Camelot Unchained WILL have GIANTS!