Vindictus is a free-to-play Korean action-MMORPG created by devCAT and published by Nexon. It is a prequel to the also popular MMORPG Malbinogi and is known as Mabinogi Heroes in Asia. This game came out in 2010 and although this type of game tends to age quickly, Vindictus still lives, keeping it from being drowned out by its many competitors. That is why, even after this time, it still makes sense to start playing it now. If you are looking for an MMO that’s fun and easy to digest, check out the top ten reasons to start playing it right now:
- It’s Established
It’s been around for a while and has content that has been analyzed by its creators and audience many times. The kinks have been worked out and all the information on the game can be easily accessed.
- It’s Beautiful
Beauty may be in the eyes of the beholder, but surely it can be said, by even the pickiest eye, that game is more attractive than the average MMO. Aesthetically, the Korean production team has put in a lot of work to give the game that certain popular look. Games from the east usually have this different visual feel and Vindictus really executes it well. It feels like someone cared about making this game look polished and nice to look at.
- Fighting System
This game will be fresh for anyone who has never played an online hack-and-slash game. From a person who grew up struggling to play online games with dial-up, this is fascinating. How you can take a genre that depends so much on small increments of time and deliver it in a manner that isn’t destroyed by lag is amazing to me.
- The Prolouge
The intro to this game is perhaps the best one I have ever played in an MMO. It highlights the game’s fighting mechanics and shows off the physics component of the game in a way that gets you excited to progress. After seeing how attractive and interesting the gameplay is, the game throws you right into a boss battle with a gigantic spider and lets you soak up some quality music and direction in the game’s boss-fight cinematic. This is enough to orient and interest the player without overwhelming them.
Okay, I’ll be honest. there are some pay-to-win options. However, this game is old enough for that not to really matter to you, a person who would be starting now. You don’t have to pay any money to enjoy this alone or with friends, and the pay-to-win options aren’t game-breaking.
This game has design and gameplay that are very easy to get into. I have a lot of issues with MMORPGS that overload the player with information thrown at them as soon as they hit the tutorial. Then, attempting to give you the illusion of freedom, the game will let you go anywhere you want only to find that there isn’t anything you can really enjoy without progressing through quests and other hurdles. The pacing here is more akin to a single-player game that explains what you should be doing and guides you to the fun things.
The quests in this game are mostly level-based. Unlike most MMOs, you won’t be spending as much time pointlessly moving through a bland environment. You get a level you can play through, there’s a boss at the end, and you can play it again to gain more experience or get a higher reward from completing it with a better rating. It’s streamlined and enough to make you want to continue questing.
- Single Player Emphasis
This game will allow you to play with others, but there isn’t a tremendous amount of focus on group raids. You are given a lot of freedom when it comes to playing on your own. This game would be interesting even if it wasn’t massively-multiplayer because of the gameplay elements that look and feel good without others playing.
- Controller Compatibility
I’m surely a bit late here, but the idea of a non-console MMO that allowed me to use my controller to play it was foreign to me. I’m personally not a huge fan of the idea of using my mouse in a game with real-time combat on the PC, so this was a nice touch.
- It’s Different
If you’ve only ever played Western MMOs then this is definitely a good way to expand your tastes. This title stand out from the many World of Warcraft clones, bringing more emphasis to the individual and the look and feel of the game. If you like hack and slash titles, this is one of the best ways to enjoy that as an MMO.
Overall, this game does its own thing and stands out in the MMO world. Even after losing much of its buzz over time, it still has a lot to offer to the casual online player. It is breaking away from the mold of questing and grinding that is all too common and offering something easy to enjoy.
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