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Author: Limitations

Devilian[EP1]

Posted by Limitations Tuesday September 29 2015 at 3:50AM
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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!

 

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