So the local MMO publishers are going head to head to head.
Level-up Games, Inc. attacks with Perfect World. IP E-Games retaliates with upcoming Granado Espada. And LU! fires back with Ragnarok 2. Both of their games set to be launched this week.
I was one of the 6-8 hand-picked individuals (or so i’d like to think I am THAT special :P) who was fortunate enough to preview Perfect World on the China server.
One thing that I’m sure I’ll spend hours on is customizing the avatar and creating several characters. Avatar customization in this game is so extensive that you can use a slider for almost everything. And create characters that look almost exactly like you.
(image from Perfect World China website)
From eyebrows to body build. Reminds me very much of Sims 2. Unfortunately, either they have very limited hairstyles and colors, or we just had to be able to read Chinese.
The seamless map is not a new concept but still very much a plus since I am a victim of constant portal bugging and dc’s. And I just had to squeal in delight when I discovered my character can jump (yeah I played WoW, but still jumping in any game is fun!). Elves can do a cartwheel.
The best bit? Combat in land, sea, and air! All characters can get a flying mount. Not a rider that you hire, but like a pet that you keep. Real excited to see air vs. land combats and massive PvP’s with airstrikes and armies.
And look! You can even mount your lover…I mean with your lover.
Players have a big influence on the virtual map. Once you reach a high-level faction or guild, you can even purchase land or air-space and create your own city. Which of course, you’ll have to defend. And if you’re feeling dictatorial, you can all even go and conquer other owned lands.
I still haven’t heard what platform Level-Up will take on this game, whether its Free2Play or not. I honestly prefer this set-up, because based on experience, you end up spending more just to gear up your char :p Then again, that’s just me and Cas.