April 26, 2011

Blade and Soul OK with nVidia 8800GT

Recently, NCsoft announced the PC system requirements for Blade and Soul in preparation for the game's upcoming closed beta testing.

Do players need to upgrade their computers?

As tested by NCsoft's staff, "Intel Core E6600 (2.4GHz) + nVidia GeForce 8800 GT" is definitely able to support the gameplay with excellent game effects.

According to understanding, the computers featuring the above mentioned specifications were mainstream ones in South Korea 4~5 years ago; the game can support a maximum resolution of 1680x1050, as well as Windows XP, Windows Vista & Win7 32Bit/64Bit; and 2GB memory is enough for players to enjoy smooth gameplay.

After tests, it's proved that with highest game effects activated on the computers boasting the above specifications, 24~26fps can be guaranteed during the combats in the wild in Blade & Soul, which is quite satisfactory in a sense.

As Blade & Soul's producer Mr. Pae said, though NCsoft's proudest shadow & light shaft technologies were introduced into the game, players are still able to see the game run smoothly.

Enabling smooth gameplay attached with all game effects to be realized on low-specification computers, NCsoft does save players a large sum of money.

Not for Minors

However, the downside of this is that Korean media have recently said that according to the game ratings from the KMRB (Korea Media Rating Board), Blade & Soul is too violent and won't be open to minors.

On April 22, the KMRB agreed to rate Blade & Soul "18+" because of the obviously bloody scenes shown when the characters equipping swords/axes fight in the game, and decided to ban the game from being open to minors.

According to applicable Korean law, "violent" elements are forbidden in the games that "minors are allowed to play". Just because of the integration of large numbers of such elements, Blade & Soul was rated "18+".

Credits: MMOsite

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