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I write about everything that goes with MMORPGs

Author: Limitations

Devilian[EP1]

Posted by Limitations Tuesday September 29 2015 at 4:50AM
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Author’s Note: I was very intrigued by this game, an ARPG mixed with MMO elements. I asked for an Alpha key and was supplied with one in return for a review. As you know I keep everything fair and balanced, and even though I was given a key, I will not give this game a glowing review.

Please keep the discuss civil.

It’s been awhile eh? I’ve been playing various games here and there, but like I said in the ‘Author’s Note’ I was really intrigued by this game, and I have an obsession with ARPG games. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been playing these types of games. One of the best ARPGs to date though, is Path of Exile developed by GGG(Grinding Gears Games) and it’s going to be a tough one to beat, but what about this new one currently in Alpha(Will touch on that later) called Devilian?

I saw one of my favorites streamers (ZiggyD) play this game, and I definitely wanted in on it, I wanted to play it, stream it, and review it. My obsession with ARPGs kicked in. So who makes the game? It is developed by a South Korean company called Ginno Games, and published by *Drum roll* Trion Worlds. Yes, Trion Worlds. I’ve talked about them before, we all know them from their other games Rift, Defiance, Archeage, and Trove. I’ve talked on them before, and even though I didn’t have some very nice things to say about them, I am really willing to put that aside for this game. Let’s talk about why though.

Let’s get the big thing out of the way. Yes, the game can be bought right now, and you can get into the Alpha for 150$. I wholeheartedly disagree with that, but that is how Trion is doing it, and you can buy into the Closed Beta when that hits. They did the same thing with Archeage, and now they are doing it with Devilian. I know, that is a lot of money, but I’m not here to talk about the payment model just yet, we’re in Alpha, i’m here to talk about the gameplay itself, and how I am progressing in the game.

Alright, since we got that out of the way, let’s talk about the actual game: Devilian. In the game currently there is four different classes. Berserker, Cannoneer, Evoker, and ShadowHunter. One of my biggest gripes with this is well, there is only four classes right now. (I am not sure about the KR version), and they are gender locked. Yes, you heard me gender locked. Okay, fine I can get past that, whatever. It still irks me that games still do this, but whatever. After looking at all the classes, I went with Shadowhunter, it seemed to fit my play style, and so far I love it.

I forgot to mention, you are playing a half-devil. Basically how I look at it like this, you basically get to go super-saiyan. You get to go into your devil form, and have a unique skill set, and level it individually with your class. Basically you do this when you are doing boss fights, dungeons, or getting your butt kicked. I like this feature. Although, I can pretty much faceroll anything without that form. The game is pretty easy as of right now. Trion says they are working on that to up the difficulty. As much as I love face rolling, I do like a challenge here and there, especially in ARPGs. That is one of the unique features the game has to offer. Now, Devilian is called a ARPG MMO. (Maybe something shorter.)

The game is at heart an ARPG but mixed with a lot of MMO elements. PvP, crafting, questing, dungeons, mounts. Now, a lot of other ARPGs have this type of stuff. I will say though, this game does have a MMO feel to it at times. I get a lot more of ARPG vibe though, which is a good thing, the main reason why I am playing this game. It does have fun combat, and I do hope Trion ups the difficulty of mobs/quests and such with Ginno. I’ve talked pretty positively so far, and that’s to be expected, but let’s talk about the downsides of this game, before we go any further. (There are a few, so get ready).

A hefty Alpha fee. I’ve already spoken on this, there isn’t that much else to cover on the subject. I don’t agree with the 150$ entrance fee to participate in Alpha, but I’m not in control over that, that’s just my opinion. The lowest fee to get in closed beta will be 50$, again I disagree with that. I enjoyed Path of Exiles where you could pay 10$ to get into closed beta. A lot of companies are doing this “Early Access/Alpha” thing and it’s bugging me, but what can you do.

Pay to Win: So far the game hasn’t shown any signs of pay to win yet. I am going to ask around on what they intend to carry in their cash shop, but it is a big worry to me. Trion doesn’t have the best rep when it comes to cash shops. I hope they keep it clean with cosmetic purchases. I wouldn’t mind stash/inventory slots. (Path of Exile sells stash tabs, and alternate looks/effects). Please, Trion take a page out of GGG’s book, and learn from them about the correct way to do a cash shop.

Translation: Since I am playing the Alpha, the voice overs for quests and things are in korean. Don’t get me wrong, some of the korean voice overs for skills are pretty badass, but I hope before the game goes into closed beta, they get that all out of the way, and we get some sick english voice overs. Since it’s Alpha, I am not going to harp on this so much, but if it continues into closed beta/launch I will have a major issue with that. I don’t mind it too much right now, and I hope they are working on that.

Dungeon Stamina: When you do dungeons when it comes to story quests and things like that, you get a meter that says Dungeon Stamina X/200. The dungeons I have done so far cost 10 stamina. I don’t like the fact that it’s there simply for the fact Trion could put “Dungeon Stamina Pots” in the cash shop. I don’t know why exactly it’s there, maybe it’s a Korean thing? I don’t care that it’s there, I really don’t, I just don’t want it to be abused in the cash shop. Hell, it could even be removed/changed during Alpha, we’ll see.

Remember, these are just my first impressions from playing the game, and what I have seen so far. When things change, I will write about them and tell you all about them I promise, good and bad. A lot of things could change between Alpha, Closed Beta, and launch. We just have to wait and see at this point, and hope Trion makes some good decisions.  Alright, enough with the bad stuff, let’s get to the good part shall we?

The combat: It is really fun, and with the MMO-esque questing system, it’s a blast. Don’t get me wrong, most of the quests are kill this, go there, hunt X, whatever. The combat makes it fun. I only use a certain amount of my skills, but I love gathering up a ton of mobs with my aoe, and then murdering them all at the same time… I don’t know why, but I feel great joy when that happens. I get the same feeling when I play PoE, and that’s what I wanted. The combat is pretty general to ARPGs standards, but turning into a devil makes it that much cooler. I don’t want that to deter you from playing the game when it launches though. Even though the combat is general to most other ARPGs that doesn’t mean it’s not fun. I’m having a blast. I’ve raved about this game on twitter, because even though there are some huge negatives and worries I have about this game, even in Alpha it’s a lot of fun.

Expanding on that, the game runs amazingly well. I have a constant 60 FPS, with very few frame drops, and lag instances. There has been no rubber banding, and very little desync that I could see. Animations are pretty smooth, and even if my character voice is in korean, he sounds pretty badass to me. I’m hoping it’s even more badass in the english translations. Overall it runs very smooth, and very, very few hiccups along the way.

Content: Even though the questing is very linear, and generic it’s still fun. The game has an “auto run” feature which allows you to relax, identify some gear, or do whatever while your character goes to the designated quest. Some people might frown upon it, and say it’s “Lazy”. It’s not hard to find quests in the game, i’m pretty indifferent about the whole thing, but I will admit I am using it way more than I thought I would. (I’m not lazy I swear.)

The Abyssal Tower is fun. It’s basically levels of killing, and it gets harder and harder as you progress. It’s a lot of fun, and you get some pretty sick rewards out of it. One of the nice things about Devilian so far, and that I hope they don’t change is the amount of loot you get, specifically equipment. It’s been very easy to upgrade level to level, and I really like that. I don’t like in ARPGs when it takes you forever to find a weapon or armor upgrade. I like that a lot, even though sometimes I have to decide which one is best for my character and specifically what I’m doing.

It’s rather awkward that I started with the bad first, and ended with the good things about the game, I guess that’s just how I pictured writing it to begin with. Even though I disagree with the 150$ alpha entrance, I do believe this game is worth the entrance price of 50$ for closed beta. Of course you can all wait it out until launch, but this game has a ton to offer, and it’s very addicting so far. I really haven’t put it down. This game does have a ton of promise to it. In the next “Episode” I will delve into group content, and crafting and mainly more of the gameplay. This is defiantly one of the more longer reads, because there is honestly a lot to talk about when it comes to this game.

I compare all ARPGs that I play to Path of Exile, which I think is currently the best ARPG out there, but Devilian is slowly creeping on it. I’m excited for what CB offers, and eventually launch. Trion, don’t let me down. Honest to God, this game shows a ton of promise and potential, let’s keep it on the right track shall we? I will be asking around on what the game’s future holds, what Trion intends to carry in the cash shop, and etc. I will be streaming this game at www.twitch.tv/IsaacJewton If you’d like to discuss this post, or Devilian in general, please leave a comment below, or tweet me @SirIsaacJewton Cheers!

 

A Change of Pace

Posted by Limitations Wednesday September 9 2015 at 8:23PM
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I’ll be honest, I have been doing all of this for a long time, and you know it’s really gotten a lot of fun in the past couples of months. Been posting more and more, and really get the quality of my content up there. (Of course, it’s far from perfect.) So, I’ve been thinking to myself a lot recently, on what I could do to really up my game, or a change of pace (See what I did thar!?) I want to spice things up…

I won’t be changing the name of the blog, or anything like that. What is going to change is how I put out content. I’ve always liked longer posts…4-5 pages of content. I know I usually don’t do that, but I think that is going to change. I’m going to now do episodic content. They will be spaced out more, and will have vastly more content to them. What does this exactly mean though? I will be continuing the series I am on now, and starting a new one. The newest one will bring in the new change of episodic content.

The posts will be spaced out more timewise. This gives me the chance to play the game at the pace I would like to, and then talk about it in the pace I would like to as well. Huge read, and lots of fun stuff to talk about. I think the biggest reason I am changing this is because I am often writing about it too much that I lose the fun factor on playing the game. I know that sounds very strange, but that is just how it is for me. Laugh all you want. (Please don’t.) You can expect 1 or 2 monthly posts and the length of 5-6 pages of content.

I’m working on how to format all of this so it’s readable and not very boring. Even I have a short attention span at times and don’t want to read wall after wall of text. I’m continually looking into how to format the new stuff better to make it more readable and enjoyable. Wish me luck on that. I really think this is a change I need to make just to make myself a better writer and overall just a more enjoyable experience.

That’s all in the realm of writing though, what else is going to happen? I’ve been trying out streaming stuff with different software and hardware. I had to contact my ISP and had them give me the best of the best they offer, and I saw a huge improvement of quality. Hopefully with all of the successful changes to the stream, I can start streaming PC games instead of just PS4 games like I have been doing. As much as I think I would enjoy video reviews, I am too self conscious about my voice and how well I would perform.

I know I would literally just be talking to my computer while doing the review, but something about posting my voice on the interwebs just irks me the wrong way… I am too self conscious maybe? Probably. I am my own worst enemy am I right? It’s funny, because streaming is just fine, I talk and crack jokes, but when it comes to serious time, I don’t think I could. Isn’t that strange? I guess I am odd like that. I often wonder if I would good at that kind of stuff or not. It doesn’t even have to be a review, it could just be what I am doing now just in video form. Who knows, maybe I’ll give it a shot down the road.

Unique names. When I first started every blog would have a very unique name, and wouldn’t pertain to the game I was talking about. Often odd phrases I would hear, or cool song names that I liked at the time. I’ve become more mainstream with my names and such. I.E “Tamriel Unlimited!” It’s not unique, but people know what game I am talking about, you know? I kind of want to get back to my old roots and find those unique names but try to involve the game I am playing. I.E “Swords, Diet Coke, and Elder Scrolls.” Something like that would be cool to do on a regular basis. Just become me again when it comes to names. (You have no idea how important titles are to me, just don’t think about it too hard or you brain might hurt!)

At first I thought I wanted/needed to spew out more content at a faster pace, but deep down I really just needed to space it out, and do more during the posts. Instead of 1-3 pages, it’ll be 5-6. or maybe even more depending on my writing mood. I sort of feel like I’ve cheated you all in a way thought. I’ve talked about this before how I would randomly stop talking about a certain game because of X reason, or Y reason. That really needs to stop and I need to stick to my guns on what I promised/said I was going to do.

I change my mind more than my girlfriend does with her shoes… It really effects my morale because I said I would write so much about the game, and for some God forsaken reason I don’t because I am a wimp. Maybe wimp isn’t a good word, but it gets the point across. Take for example: The Secret World. Play it every day for about 4-5 hours, and stopped talking about it. Why? I don’t think even God knows why I did. I play it more than any other game currently, but refuse to talk about it more. Maybe that’ll change…

I did get a message from someone asking for me to talk about it more, maybe it’s a sign... Who knows? I think I really need this change overall. I honestly haven’t bored myself to tears with how I do everything now, but I think it’s time to spice things up to get me motivated to do more things. I hope many of you will enjoy the change as well, and hopefully really dig longer posts. I know I will enjoy writing them, like I have always. I really just need to keep to my word and not let myself get discouraged over small insignificant things. Referring to The Secret World…

Just to recap, I think this change will be positive for the blog overall, and you will see better, longer content in the weeks/months to come. I will of course take feedback on formatting and everything else so it’s a smoother reading experience for you all. I don’t want your eyes to bleed, nor do I want mine to bleed either… I’ll do my best for the first time around to be the best. I’m really trying hard on this, and I hope all my efforts pay off.

Also, would any of you want a game to come back to be talked about? I mentioned before I got a message about The Secret World. Would you guys like to see that game talked about again, or any other game? I really want you guys to have an input on the games I play. It can be any game I’ve talked about, or haven’t talked about, just please let me know. Thanks again for reading the changes to come, and I will see you all in the next post. Cheers!