March 13, 2011

Forsaken World: A Review

Forsaken World is a 3D fantasy MMORPG set in the world of Eyrda. The game offers 5 races, 8 classes, guild battles, and over 10 occupations. Forsaken World is published by the same studio behind Perfect World, and is inspired by European mythology.



It is the sixth MMORPG by Perfect World Entertainment for the North American market. The game officially launched into open beta on March 09, 2011. Original features in Forsaken World include a Vampire race called the Kindred, the ability for up to 10 players per server to become Gods, a unique PvP system, floating fortresses which guilds can fight over, and map-wide skill effects.

Unlike previous Perfect World games, Forsaken World is set in a Western fantasy world rather than the usual oriental setting.



Races:

Stoneman
Stonemen are the strongest and bravest race. They are a fearless race, proud if their strong bodies and tough skin. They always rush to the front lines. Their giant bodies reassure their allies and raise the morale of any army they fight with. Stonemen are not only natural born warriors but they are also good at smithing, sepecially casting weapons. Powerfulla rms are the best tools a smith could ask for.

Elf
Elves have talent enough to be arrogant about; they are elegant, clever and beautiful. In the world of Eyrda, there isn’t a nobbler race than the Elves. They affinities to nature and pious faith to the gods make them talented fighters.

Dwarf
Dwarves are the oldest race of Eyrda, and they also are the most technologically advanced. They are short, have tough, thick skin, and are full of stamina. Wielding deft hands and excellent wisdom, digging and smithing are their strong points. Inventions of all kinds, especially fine machines, are their best tools.

Human
In the world of Eyrda, a Human’s adaptability, potential to learn, and charisma have led the race to a sort of leadership position amongst the world’s inhabitants. After Shyntola was broken, Humans sailed to Ousta with the other races. They are specially close to the Dwarves, who share their love of producting things. Humans are natural born leaders.

Kindred
The Kindred are very sensitive; they inherited their ancestor’s character. They are willing to give anything for love. Kindred descend from humans, so most would never attack humans. But some Humans covet their immortal life, powerfull physique and perfect appearance, and this jealousy drives the races apart. In the world of Eyrda, the Kindred are the most isolated, united and arrogant, but also the most self-abased race.


Classes:

Warrior - The central figure of any group. Warriors have high health and can deal heavy damage at close range.

Protector - The tank, or defensive fighter of Forsaken World. Protectors absorb blows for their allies. They have heavy health and defense but limited damage output.

Assassin - Masters of stealth, Assassins deal high damage at close range. They have light armor and health and cannot stand toe to toe with enemies for long.

Marksman - Wielding long-ranged weapons, Marksman fight their enemies from a distance. They deal consistent damage over time, but are lightly armored.

Mage – Masters of the elements, Mages are a dieing breed in Forsaken World but those that remain are deadly. They have high damage output but how defense and health.

Priest - Supportive casters who heal and bolster the fighting capabilities of their allies.

Vampire - A mysterious class that mixes magic with melee attacks. Vampires use their own health to perform attacks, but absorb the life of their enemies.

Bard - A supportive class whose music can effect those around them. Bards can disable enemies or buff allies nearby.


Occupations: Socialite, Adventurer, Merchant, Collector, Arcanist, Botanist, Astrologist, Armorsmith, Blacksmith, Tamer, Alchemist


Review:

After a quick download of the client and the updating process (right now, we have a 3GB file), we get an easy-to-use window to set our settings (plus the usual tabs: register, website, patches, forums, support, etc.) and launch the game. Nothing unusual. After selecting the optimal configuration, if you are done with the window and you start the game, you will be taken to the select region and server screen. Once you choose yours, finally, you will be on the login screen. At this point, we have to say that it’s a quite beautiful one. The music is awesome and the sound effects are spectacular. Once the music is over, you can hear the wind blowing and the giant hippogryph roaring and beating its wings.

Now you will face your first important choice: race and class. Forsaken World offers five races: Human, Elf, Dwarf, Stoneman (which can be only played as male character) and Kindred. In this game you will have to be careful choosing your race, because your class will depend on your race. If you want to be a warrior, who excels at fighting with versatile skills, you have to choose Human or Elf. If you want to be an assassin, an agile killer who love light weapons and dark nights, you will be able only being Human or Kindred. If you want to be a mage, a talented master of magic who adores the power of magic, you should choose Human or Kindred. If you want to be a priest, only Humans and Elves have the faith needed to excel at assisting and healing. If you want to be a Bard, who likes to play melodious music that is sometimes inspiring and sometimes frighting, Elf is your race. If you want to be a Marksman, who deals damage from long range using hand-crafted rifles, only a Dwarf may be one. If you want to be made from the rocks, with an inborn strength which can resist almost any strike, you will be a Stoneman protector. Stonemen can only choose this class. And, finally, the most special class: Vampires, a Kindred exclusive class who deals massive damage instantly, heals itself and can change its appearance.





While you think of what you want to be, we will talk you about two very interesting features you will find in the process. In the character selection screen there is a “Micro-Meter”, which shows you the difficulty level of each class. Three stars is a low difficulty level, whereas five stars represent a difficult to play class. For MMORPG beginners, we would recommend a low rated class such as the Protector. The assassin and the warrior, with five stars, represent the most difficult classes to play. The second feature we want to talk you about is the Zodiac sign. At the last step in the character creation process you will have to choose under what zodiac sign you were born. Depending on it, you will receive different revelations from the Gods.

Our adventure starts at Osloh village, the largest of the elf cities (the future doesn’t look so good to elves; there aren’t so much of them around here). Our first impression is good. As you can see, Forsaken World offers a quite intuitive and simple interface. The ambient music is really immersive. And graphics are beautiful. At the top of the screen, a yellow arrow marks our zodiac symbol. From the very first moment in game we can pray and receive revelations from Gods. With the first one we get a basic equipment: Jacket, pants and boots.





Elder Wisestorm wants to see us, so here we go. The movements are fluid and animations seem natural. She gives us a harp and, immediately, the tutorial arrow teaches us how to equip it. Questing looks pretty easy. On the quest log you will see green words, which you can use to auto-route. If you click on the green words, your character will move by itself to the destination. Às you can see in the screenshots, you will find the key words available to auto-route: NPC quest-deliver and quest target. Nobody forces you to use the auto-route system, but it’s a good complement while questing if you don’t like to think so much. You don’t even need to read the quest to know what to do.





While we were killingw treants, the next revelation was ready. This time, the Gods give us a soulforce skill, which does lethal damage to common monsters within 10 meters and requires 100 soulforces to be used. We can see how many soulforces we have on the green bar under the mana (blue), top left corner. With each enemy you kill, you will get one soulforce. Revelations keep coming and we get very useful stuff, like a potion to increase our combat capabilities the next two hours. The first four prayers of each day will give you EXP and a chance to get gifts from the Gods.





Another funny aspect of Forsaken World is the possibility to change your character’s appearance. You can wear and show your gear equipment or your fashion equipment. It’s just a visual effect, so you don’t have to be worried about yours stats. From our point of view is an interesting role-playing component, a cool social feature to have fun with yours friends and other players.

Let’s talk about the Eyrda Boutique, a digital store within Forsaken World. Pushing the J key, the catalog will pop up. The currency of this particular shop is the Eyrda Leaf, which you can acquire charging directly from the shop (the conversion rate at this point in time is 40 Eyrda Leaves per 1 US Dollar) or going to the Eyrda Leaf Exchange to exchange with your Gold Coins. The store is organized by tabs (Utility, refine, pets, mounts and fashion).





In the city, Rachel, a lovely pet dealer, gave us a free pet. Like if were living the Pokemon tv show, she offers us three pets to choose. We took a turtle. Immediately, we clicked right-mouse button to summon it but our turtle appeared in the Hatch slot of our pet window, which it says that our turtle is being hatched. If the duration of hatching is over 10 minutes, you may get a better pet. Once the time is over, we get a cool level 1 Master turtle. Pets play an important role in Forsaken World. Pets have strengths and weaknesses. For example, Our turtle is weak against darkness attacks but strong against physical and water attacks. We have to feed them and teach them different talents. And they will help us in different ways.





At level 10 you will be able to get a job. As we like the art of making potions, we chose botanic and alchemist, spending all our job points. If you want, you can freeze a job to restore the job points, except for socialite, adventurer and merchant. Those jobs can’t be frozen. The different jobs are: botanist, alchemist, chef, fisherman, socialite, miner, artisan, adventurer, archanist, tamer, merchant, scavenger, weaponsmith and armorsmith. Once you are botanic, you will have an extra option to display resource points on the minimap; plants, in the case. Our alchemist tutor showed us how to create some potions, but we need to collect some plants in the first place, so we left the city. Plants appear on the minimap as a small picture. We can click on the icon, in the minimap, to auto-route our character to the plant. Now we have all the ingredients we need, we can create our potions. Jobs look quite useful. Almost everyone in the city is crafting.

Talents are the last feature we want to introduce you. At level 20, you will start to receive talent points (one per level. At the moment, 50 is the level cap). Each class has three talent threes. Perfect World, the developer behind Forsaken World, has enabled an official talent calculator website. You can find it through this link. It’s a perfect place to take a look at how a class could evolve. As you can imagine, talents are the usual: to increase critic hit rate, resistances, mana cost, reduce cooldown, evasion, damage, effective radius, speed, attack power… etc.


The Verdict

Given the fact that Perfect World are an experienced developers, we do think Forsaken World is a high quality MMORPG. The game is really fun, immersive, complete and beautiful. During this experience, we have not had any problems at all with the client: no crash or lag. It has been a quite good gameplay experience. We do recommend everyone to give it a try. And do not remember is best feature: free to play. You won’t regret it.


Pros: Varied races & classes. Plenty of crafting options. Unique Soul PvP system. Map-wide skill effects. Varied PvP options. Great music.

Cons: Some translation errors. Generic fantasy setting.


System Requirements:

Minimum Requirements:
OS: Windows 2000 / XP /Vista / 7
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 1.5 Ghz / AMD Athlon 1500+
RAM: 1 GB RAM
HDD: 5 GB Free
Graphics Card: GeForce FX 5200 128MB / ATI Radeon 9500 128MB

Recommended Specifications:
OS: Windows 2000 / XP /Vista / 7
CPU: Pentium Dual-Core 2.5GHz or better
RAM: 2 GB or more
HDD: 14 GB Free
Graphics Card: nVIDIA GeForce 9600 or better



Credits: MMOhut, MMOreviews

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6 comments:

  1. The music is awesome and the sound effects are spectacular.

    ROFL @ this. Music, maybe~ nothing special. Sound effects.. now this..~! Do you know which games have spectacular sound effects? WoW, Cabal, Aion etc. for example. Guess what, in Forsaken World I'm only level 24 and so far:

    Character creation screen - Force blader, force archer sound effects from Cabal Online.

    Vampire spell Evil Flame - dismounting sounde. from WoW.

    Kindred starting area, Zombie - undead MOB sounde. from WoW.

    Kalaries Plain, (female)Lancet ~something - Blood Elf female sounde. from WoW

    Kalaries Plain, Evil Dog or what was the name of that trash - wolf sounde. from WoW(not WoTLK wolves)

    Sea of Oblivion, Hyena MOBs - e.g. Fanged Karnif from Aion.

    I am only level 24, but could keep going on with this list for hours.

    On the forum I found a topic. It's about someone hearing sound effects from LA2. I don't know this, because I've never played that game, but I ~for some reason~ (<- sarcasm ftw) believe what he wrote in that post, is true.
    Before someone goes ~ya other games.. and similar.. and the characters similar and blah blah~ The sound effects in this game are not similar, those effects are the EXACT SAME.

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  2. To Anonymous - So? I could list of dozens of other MMORPG's (especially in the free-to-play genre) that use similar or the EXACT SAME sound effects as other games. What's your point? Just because the sound is the same, doesn't make it a bad game. I think the build for FW is solid, and I do love the soundtrack. It shows that the developers really put a lot of work into the game. The art is beautiful, the gameplay engaging, and the Lore is well-written (forgiving some translation quips). There's no reason for me to nitpick - it's a FREE game. I'm satisfied. :)

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  3. IMO, every other game out there copies one or more element of another game that they may have liked or made it in the market. It is for this same reason that we have accused certain games of being clones when in fact we can just say that they were "inspired" by another title.

    As for FW's music and sound effects, the fact that it sounds like those from other games already makes it awesome enough. The titles you mentioned are all great games. With that said, FW is a fine compilation of fine music and sound from different games, of which developers have managed to put together, blending them for an even greater impact.

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  4. When I first logged into this game I noticed several similarities to Allods Online. At that point I thought this game might be a better play for me than PW:I was. Sadly, the core engine for this game is nothing better than a reskinned copy of what PW:I uses.

    What this means for end users is quite simple. Your graphics card doesn't matter. I played Forsaken World for a few hours and the at least half of the time my GPU usage was flatlined. Yes, that is correct, this game was not utilizing my GPU. I'm running around at 30-40 FPS and there is 0 activity on my GPU at least half of the time.

    On the one hand this is a good thing for people using low-end systems with onboard video. On the other hand it's frustrating for people who have video cards that cost more than $50.

    On the gripping hand it's just plain pathetic for a game released in 2011 to so severely under-utilize graphics cards.

    I'm sure this game could be fun and has potential, but when you factor in that at maximum graphics my system will be bogged down to 10-15 FPS and my GPU is cold as a corpse I'm not sure it would be worth finding that fun and potential.

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  5. tanga kayo amen bobo nyo weak noobs

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