January 16, 2014

Yulgang 2 SEA Review: Open Beta

The sequel to the original Yulgang (Scions of Fate in the west), Yulgang 2 forgoes the originals anime style graphics in favor of a more realistic take. The events in Yulgang 2 take place 30 years after the original Yulgang in a time where the Factions of Order and Chaos are at war. Players will have a chance to participate in Yulgang 2′s open Realm vs. Realm combat.

Yulgang 2 uses a free-aiming action combat system which allows players to chain abilities together for more powerful attacks. Players can even perform aerial combos using the Air Dash system which allows players to leap into the air and glide. Players may even find themselves standing high above the ground in the branches of a tree.

Upon research, I found out that Yulgang 2 is based on a manwah of the same name written by Jeon Keuk-Jin and illustrated by Yang Jae-Hyun. If you take time to read a bit of the story, you’ll notice that the characters from the manwah also appear in the game. This isn’t the first time that a game has been lifted from a manwah. In fact, the famous hardcore MMORPG that swept over Asia, Ragnarok Online is also based on the manwah of the same name by Lee Myung Jin.

Character customization is something I definitely enjoy and look forward to in MMORPG’s. I particularly like games that allow me to fully customize my character, and Yulgang 2 definitely delivers enough options to keep any gamer happy. You have four different character classes to choose from —Warrior, Archer, Healer, and Mage, and within each character class you can choose whether to be male or female. After you’ve got the class and the sex nailed down, you are then given a host of options to choose from to make your character your own.

If you’re used to playing action MMORPG’s like Continent of the Ninth (C9) or Dragon Nest, Yulgang 2 would be easy for you to pick-up. As mentioned in earlier articles, Yulgang 2 is not targeted based, which means you attack based on what is in front of you. For those who are not used to this, you can press an assigned key that can help lock you onto one target. There is also a combo system, which may be a bit tricky, but can be rather fun and challenging if you get the knack of it. After all, who doesn’t like juggling enemies with nicely-timed attacks and skills, right?

There are also four configurations for the mouse. You can switch between Mouse Mode, Keyboard Mode, First-Person Mode, and Custom Mode. You can select any mode based on how you prefer your camera to move. Mouse Mode requires you to hold down the right mouse button before you can turn the camera. In Keyboard Mode, you use the A and D keys to look around. The First-Person Mode moves the camera according to how you move your mouse. The Custom Mode, as the name suggests, allows you to set how the camera works according to different options.

Depending on how you understand it, the Air Gliding system may need some time for you to figure out and get used to. Basically, all you have to do is double press the forward button, hold it, and then press the spacebar accordingly. It takes up quite a lot of stamina so I didn’t get to glide as much as I wanted to. Also, I have to mention that you aren’t invulnerable when gliding. I discovered this when I suddenly got held back by an enemy spider who managed to grab me with its web while I was in mid-air. How those spiders manage to spin webs on flying people is beyond me, but the world of Yulgang 2 says it’s possible.

Aside from killing monsters and completing quests, Yulgang 2 offers a lot of things to do on the side. For instance, you have crafting, forging, and cooking to name a few. These enable you to create items and equipment that can help you in-game either by replenishing lost health or brandishing better equipment. I like how you can learn different things for each skill from each location. Like for example, one village offers to teach you a different cuisine from the others.

I’ve played open world MMORPG’s like Eden Eternal and Ragnarok Online in the past, but I really prefer the instance or dungeon-based worlds better. More often than not, I end up having to deal with lag and kill-stealing, which I very much dislike.

Mobbing also seems to be possible for Yulgang 2 at the moment since I can run around being chased by a mass of enemies. Mobbing is basically running around as you make countless monsters chase you and then dispose of them with your (or a party member’s) area of effect spells and skills. It’s a good way of leveling up quicker and I look at it as the counterpart of dungeon runs in dungeon-based worlds.

OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
HDD: 11.3 GB 
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ 2.8 GHz
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 240 512MB or better

Credits: Games In Asia
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