Blade and Soul, originally a Korean-made game, is the western version of the game, and they released it alongside Guild Wars 2. What made a lot of gamers excited for this title was how character artist Hyung-tae Kim was working with drawing up the characters for the game. He’s a talented artist who knows how to the make sword master style of characters. The game itself, however, could use a little bit of work. You can read more about in this Blade and Soul review.
|Type of game:||Action MMORPG|
|Total Play Time:||240 hours|
|System Requirements:||Intel Dual Core / AMD Athlon 64X2
3GB of RAM
Graphic Card nVidia Geforce 8600GT / AMD Radeon HD4600
Hard Disk 22GB
The World of Blade and Soul
As far as games go, the combat system looks and feels great, and in fact, the combat bypasses some of the bigger titles like, “World of Warcaft” and “Guild Wars.” Unfortunately, it falls flat on its face because the game suffers from an unoriginal and uninspiring questing system. If you thought some of the quests in World of Warcraft were boring grinds, you should check out Blade and Soul’s quest system. You want to like the game, and you wish there were more to it.
Atmosphere and Location
The graphics and design of the game look decent, but they aren’t anything phenomenal. However, the developers at NCSOFT built up an interesting and compelling atmosphere. It feels a little gloomy in some places, and like with most MMORPGs, you have a variety of terrains and landscapes. Unfortunately, the textures aren’t necessarily great and the game’s models were too simple to be called brilliant. Where Blade and Soul excels, however, is with the lighting in the game. It adds more depth and feel to the game than what you might experience with other MMORPGs like World of Warcraft where the graphics all look cartoonish.
Despite the character artist doing a lot of anime drawings, Blade and Soul has a surprisingly realistic appearance to it that doesn’t look at all like anime. The effects from some of the attacks you do also look quite impressive. For example, if you choose the assassin class, you can pull off some cinematic and brilliant moves. When an enemy dies, however, it looks a little too stiff. It’s an unquestionably Korean game, but the influences of the game are more Chinese.
In Blade and Soul, the main character is the one you create. Like with most MMORPGs, you have a lot of freedom in the characters you build. To give an example, you have four different races to choose from in the game:
Yun has some of the best aesthetic skills, and they’re believed to have gotten their grace and elegance from the Funghuang, a mythical Asian bird. The other races look on the Yun as the pinnacle of artistic skills because they weave beauty into everything they do.
The Gons have some interesting beliefs—in fact, they believe their ancestors were born from the breath of dragons. The Gon value combat skills and brute force, which is why they often seek to make themselves stand out in physical combat. Gon also have infamously short tempers.
In the ancient tongue of the eastern continent, Jin means “Unyielding Effort.” With that in mind, it’s those characteristics to define the Jin. They are one of the most celebrated races among the people, and Jin warriors look ordinary, but they’re smaller than the Gons. Beneath a plain exterior, the Jin have an astounding tenacity and strength.
You can identify a Lyn based on large ears and these dainty little tails. Descendants of the Kirin, these were animals known for both mischief and their unpredictable nature. The Lyn, however, did not survive the dangerous world on a whim, and they have acute senses to steer them from danger.
Some of the classes in the game include:
- Soul Fighter
- Kung Fu Master
- Force Master
- Blade Master
- Blade Dancer
You start the game in the epilogue where you will play at Heaven’s Reach. At the beginning stages, you learn the basic controls and learn of the main conflict in the storyline. You have taken to a quest for revenge because of Jinsoyun who killed Master Hong.
After the epilogue, you start on the Viridian Coast, and you play through a conflict between the Bamboo Guard and the Blackram Marauders. The game has a total of eight acts with plenty of quests in between. The problem is how much of the story feels somewhat uninspiring.
For those who are curious about the villain, Jinsoyun used to be a student of Jiwan, a master of the Righteous Blade. Righteous, however, doesn’t quite fit her character, seeing as she carries the Twilight’s Edge in one hand, and she uses the dark chi to fuel her martial arts into an explosive prowess that almost seems unstoppable.Ever a good villain, Jinsoyun shows experience in taking someone hatred or weakness and twisting it into her own needs. At her rebirth, Jinsoyun enrolls in the
Ever a good villain, Jinsoyun shows experience in taking someone hatred or weakness and twisting it into her own needs. At her rebirth, Jinsoyun enrolls in the Hongmoon School with Jinbin, Ryu, Bunah and Bunyang. Among her classmates, she has been affectionately referred to as, “Soyun.” When the Dark Realm gate opens, it brings the entire city of Highland Central under its influence and poisons the inhabitants with dark chi.Jinsoyun nears death when Jiwan saves her life despite grave warnings from the other guardians about healing her.
Jinsoyun nears death when Jiwan saves her life despite grave warnings from the other guardians about healing her. Eventually, the dark chi overcomes her and Jiwan dies. In all honesty, the story line gets somewhat confusing at points.
The quests in the Blade and Soul game introduce you to the storyline, and you can gain rewards like experience points, reputation and items. Along with the main campaign quests where you fight to stop Jinsoyun, you also have side quests, daily quests, faction quests and training quests.
A faction quest encourage you in player versus player combat, and daily quests have you involved in dungeons and field bosses. In some cases, you may have to complete up to 40 daily quests. The side quests have the intention of giving you extra gold, and the training quests cover different skills like windwalking and some of the more class specific quests.
DLCs and Expansion Packs
Because this is an MMORPG, you don’t have DLC packs, but you do have some things that you can buy in the game. For example, you can buy a premium membership. This gives you the optional quality of life benefits that add to the experience of the game. Let’s look at the Premium Points. Even if you don’t have a premium membership, you can still earn points when you buy at the store. Some of the items are a bit expensive, and they only exist as something pretty to look at, but you do have things available if you want to buy.
The biggest problem with Blade and Soul is how it feels too much like a generic copy of World of Warcraft or Guild Wars. NCSOFT excelled at the combat system, and they made it fairly interesting to play with. Looking past that, however, it’d be great if they had a more compelling story line.
Because it’s an MMORPG, we could see these changes with it in the future because of how new patches come out to make the game better and fix old exploits. Blade and Soul was released the game to the western territories on January 19, 2016.
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