This is a really long post, brace yourself and bring a cup of tea, i want to talk about many things because i’m not going to write another post about this game … also click on screenshots to see the full version.
Another game i wanted to play for years, laziness and knowing that this game is open world PVP made me hesitate to try it, but why?! i mean it is virtual world, what is the worst thing could happen? i always have the choice to close the game in the end.
Age of Wushu is a Chinese game based on Chinese martial arts, the game tried to be different than most MMORPGs:
- No levels, it is skilled based game, you upgrade and acquire new skills in different ways.
- No classes, everyone starts with basic skills, then join a school .. or not, the school gives you new skills.
- Combat works like Rock Paper Scissor, in the game you can attack or parry or block.
- NPCs have reputations, you can gain or lose reputation with many NPCs, not just factions, and when you gain reputation with some NPCs they give you quests and open new content for you.
- Your character does not quit the world when you logoff, your character can work while you are offline, there are many activities to do while you logoff.
- Online players can kidnap offline players!
This is some of the systems the game have, i wanted to play this game just to explore the world and take screenshots, walk around and just enjoy the world, the game didn’t allow that without going first into tutorial.
I made a character and started playing and questing so i reach a point where i can travel as i want, surprisingly no one attacked me, maybe because i’m a new player? while i was exploring the and going from a farmland to a city, i encountered a criminal, a wanted person, an NPCs which i should kill.
I kept going and ignored the NPC, but i loved what happened here, random encounter and i have choice to fight or ignore, i like this, i wish to see more of this kind of randomness in other MMOs (looking at you Blizzard!).
I’m starting to understand more the appeal of sandbox MMOs, and i wish to see more of them, alas many survival online games focus too much on PVP as the main features, players are the content, my wish is to see PVE sandbox MMO.
As i wrote before, i wanted to try few games before going back to WoW, i’m back to Warcraft now and i tried few games.
Revelation Online, i wrote about it before, this will be a long term MMO for me, i want to see how the game works after the first impression.
AQ3D, charming game, family friendly, it didn’t offer something to keep me playing, but there is a good community around the game, developers are active and communicating with players.
It is free to play, cross platform game, so it does not hurt to try it yourself, you may like it.
MapleStory, the 2D MMO, released in 2003, it is older than WoW, i tried it about 2 years ago and the interface was confusing, i could not use abilities and basic attack to kill mobs means very slow progress, i removed it from my computer.
I know the game is charming, i know i’ll love it but i need to give it another chance, so i did and happy news: i love it!
The game is changed, the interface is much better and easier to understand, i can use abilities now and with them killing mobs is fast, i know the game is a large grind, there are many quests tells you to kill 50 mobs, collect 20 something, and you know what? i don’t mind that.
I don’t know how to explain it, in other games if a game tried to force me to grind i’ll hate it, but this one makes me do it happily.
It is a low stress game, perfect for someone to play casually, don’t take it seriously, play it slowly, and because it is 2D game it can work on a potato, if you have old machine you can use it to play this game.
It have so many classes (40 i think!) many mini-games, 250 levels, so many places with all kind of weird monsters and mobs, it is a large game but .. 2D, and i can’t tell you how much i wanted 2D MMO.
It is a platform game like people played in the 80s and 90s, this is part of its charm.
One game remains: Age of Wushu, it is a PVP game, but maybe it will make me ignore the PVP part of it to focus on taking screenshots.
Pandaria is a beautiful place in World of Warcraft, part of that is the theme or the culture of the the place, Pandaria based on Asian culture and mostly on Chinese culture, and part of me love that so much, i’ll admit that i easily love most of everything, but if you give me a choice between a trip to China and a trip to many other countries; i’ll choice China, the place is rich with history.
MassivelyOP is a website i love and visit everyday, and they do live streams for many MMOs every week, one day MJ (the one who is live streaming) showed us Revelation Online, and i just loved the game, it’s Asian, it looks beautiful and it is free to play, so no harm of trying the game and walking around its world to take screenshots, after all this weblog is about being a tourist in virtual worlds.
So i installed the game, tried it for an hour and here is my first impressions:
Revelation Online (or RO) is one of many games tried to copy WoW style of game, making characters, questing, dungeons and raids, collecting many things like cosmetics, mounts and wings (yes wings!).
It is a Chinese game developed by NetEase, Blizzard’s partnership in china, RO released in 2015 in China and 2017 for the world.
Game size is about 20 GB, and you have to download My.com client and before that make an account.
The game start with a short cutscene, you are asleep and you wake up, all characters start from the same spot, there are no races or different starting zones, you start in a big island which teach you the basics of the game by doing a chain of many quests, the game offer tips and even voice over tips.
The interface is busy, that was the first thing i noticed, it’s not hard to understand, just busy with so many details and tiny tiny icons, i still don’t know how many things works in this interface, it needs time.
First hour is linear, i’m level 17 now, it’s not hard to level fast while questing, but i didn’t like the experience or the story, there is one disposable character who die too early before making any meaningful impact on me, and the quests are linear, do this, then do this, then do that and keep pulling that chain because there is no other quests.
You can explore, talk with some NPCs, but for quests you have no other option but to follow the quest line and it offeres one quest at a time, this may change later.
there are many typical characters, The cute girl with short-short dress and rude attitude who love to boss everyone around, the uncle cook (a raccoon!) who care only about cooking and serving people, the disposable character to guide you in your first quests and i can’t even remember his name.
The world is beautiful, this is the main reason why i wanted to play the game, the game have no zones like WoW, but one seamless map, the world feels like a true place, moving from one town to another does not feel like you are moving from one world to another.
Take for example Elwynn Forest and Westfall in WoW, one is lush forest the other is almost dead farmland, it does not feel right, don’t get me wrong, i love WoW and i love both zones, i think RO way of building a world is better.
There is daily rewards, not only that, there is 5 min rewards, 10 min rewards, 15 min, 30 min, levels rewards … etc, the game want to give you stuff, and here is my opinion on such system in all MMOs: i hate it!
- I prefer to get stuff by myself, with crafting or buying from vendor, this makes the world more immersive.
- Login/daily rewards takes your attention from the game and add clutter to the interface.
- Many MMOs offer limited bag space so you have to delete items or buy more space.
There is camera feature! now this is a cool point, i’m impressed by this feature, press the tiny camera icon or CTRL+F9 to open the camera interface, you can move the camera around and there is almost no limit how far you can move the camera, there is focus feature, zooming and filters!
Every MMO should have a camera feature.
You can have mounts and wings, from what i understand mounts here means land mounts, you can’t use them to fly, for flying you can have wings, many style of wings and there are abilities while flying, some wings you earn from the world, other you craft.
You can run fast, double jump, land without damage and do other tricks to make your walk an epic walk … well and epic run, there is a stamina bar which you consume when you run, it takes few seconds to go back to full stamina.
Traveling in RO can be done with walking, running, mounts, wings and portals, you have to unlock the portals before using them.
Things i need to learn more about:
- There is a cosmetics system like Transmog in WoW, but i don’t know how it works.
- Crafting, i don’t know how to start or where to go to learn crafting.
- Classes and abilities, there is so much details here.
- housing, yes this game have them.
Ok, i didn’t mean to write all that, i just wanted to show some screenshots! anyway, next post will be just screenshots, and big ones so you can see how beautiful is RO, and i’ll leave you with this:
So i have it, what a nightmare to spend hours in the endless halls, i tried to solve the halls maze many times, i got lucky today for having easy halls.
The whole puzzle to get this mount designed for a community not for solo players, of course the community wrote guides to help others get the mount, otherwise i won’t bother trying to solve it myself.
I know designing puzzles is not easy, you have to balance it so it’s not too easy and not too hard, keep it interesting, i love puzzle games like Myst series because it reach this level of balance.
I wish Blizzard designers work on puzzles that does not need a whole community to solve them, let me work for it, solve it myself, and get the reward and be proud of that .. while it is a nice mount, i’m not really happy about getting it.
When i started playing WoW i thought it’ll be a year or two and i’ll quit, obviously this did not happen, the game is a virtual home for me now, i’m sure i’ll keep playing it for few more years, so today i would like to go back to my earliest WoW memories.
Warning: long post, better to bring cup of hot tea or coffee 🙂
WoW in computer shops and magazines, in the early 2000s the internet was slow and expansive in this part of the world, more than that the internet did not have much to keep anyone connected for a long time, computer nerds (like me!) have to buy computer magazines and go to computer shops where they sell applications and games in large boxes, how i miss these shops.
I saw a piece of news about WoW in 2004, i think it was about beta WoW, i knew from that moment that i want to play this game, it took me many years to do that, every time i go to a computer shop i’ll see the beautiful WoW box and beside it a box for subscription cards, paying online was something few people could do back then.
I watched my brother playing WoW .. a lot, fuzzy memories here, but i remember watching my brother playing WoW, i think he was playing a troll or an orc, back then my idea about Alliance vs Horde was naive and simplistic, i thought the Alliance looks good so they are good, the horde factions look ugly and evil .. they are evil!
I even asked my brother why he is playing the “evil side”? he said everyone he knows play them, nevertheless i enjoyed watching that colorful world, i was so excited to see my brother fishing “ooooh fishing amazing” but felt disappointed when all he did was clicking on the fishing bobber, you see .. games like Ocarina of time have different way of fishing:
I’m not asking for much, am i?
The Worgen almost made me buy the game! from time to time i visit World of War craft website, read about classes and races, after announcing Cataclysm i saw the worgen and i loved the game more than ever, i thought this is the coolest race.
I have to say, i miss the old web, the web designs before this lifeless flat design that look the same where ever i go, old WoW website was beautiful, the current one looks good but i prefer the old one.
My first character was a gnome monk, with green hair! i asked my brother to let me create a character, i think that was in first months of Mists of Pandaria, it was a temporary character, just to test the game, and yet … and yet i could not help it to do som “research” before i made the character!
I’ll admit: i don’t like anything famous! when people go to famous coffee shop i refuse to go there, i choose local small coffee shop because it is less known, less famous, and that was the reason to choose gnome monk, because it was the rarest combination for race/class.
My english back then was not good enough, i can read but understanding what i read meant i read quest text slowly .. reread it many times to understand it, i did all the quests in the starting area for gnomes, and i have to say this soundtrack is stuck forever in my brain, i truly feel happy every time i hear it:
After the starting zone, went to Kharanos, and there i got a quest to go to Ironforge by the flying point, but i didn’t read the text well, i walked there and i’m glad i did, Ironforge for the first time was made me stand in awe, how magnificent is the whole city under the mountain, i walked around and around, i ignored my quest and went in a journey to explore.
Lucky for me it was the time for Darkmoon Faire, i saw the NPC in a bright green robe, told her to teleport me to Elwynn Forest, and there i saw the chat explode, so many people talking.
The one when i thought i could milk cows! in Elwynn Forest chat channel someone said that all the cows in the forest are dead, someone killed them all “how can we get milk from them now?” he asked not knowing that a fool nerd (me!) was so excited by the idea .. “i can milk cows in this game?! awsome!” these small details always more facinating to me than big flashy things … of course you can’t milk cows in WoW .. how disappointed i was when i learned that.
Walking around the forest i reached Stormwind and got lost there! i have no idea how to reach the Faire, untill i saw another green-robed NPC which teleported me to the Faire, i clicked on the portal, few seconds and another soundtrack started to take a place in my brain forever:
To this day the Faire music still bring me to the first time i was there, i love this place.
Then i bought the game, it was by the end of Mists of Pandaria, bad timing if you ask me, Pandaria was one of the best expansions in my opinion, but i was excited and confused, i made 3 or 4 worgen hunters to understand the game, i make a character, i get frustrated by my “mistakes” or by not finishing zones and getting lost in exploring, but i enjoyed every moment of it.
Useful tool: While i’m trying to organize my alts to see what to do with them, i found a great website which could help me with that: Simple Armory.
Is there another websites do the same? i feel there should be an addon for WoW to plan each alt, provide a checklist for things to do daily or weekly.
Hunter story: flying from Icecrown Citadel to Borean Tundra, i flew over Sholazar Basin, i thought while i’m flying i’ll search for one of the rarest pets for hunters, Loque’nahak, not only it is a rare rare, other players try to kill it or tame it, so there is a lot of competition around this mob.
No matter how many time i search for this pet or wait for it, i never saw it except with few other hunters, so i was so suprized to find it there in the Basin, no other player around, i wasn’t prepared for this, lucky for me i have 4 pets with me, there is a free space for 1 more, tame it .. my heart was beating fast, i read so many stories about player griefing around this pet, angry hunters kill the pet before other hunters get it, other players seeking to get achivement and they don’t care about hunters.
4 … 3 … 2 … 1 … boom, i have the rarest pet! i’m so happy, time to show off the pet all the time now!
Some random screenshots:
I find this whole thing fascinating, i mean road shrines and the offerings by travelers, so much to learn here.
That’s all for now.