Battle of the Immortals – Review
Battle of the Immortals is a is a free to play MMORPG title that originally released in in 2010 and has since enjoyed many updates and expansions, up to the latest, Guardians of Fate. Players enter a world that is on the brink of annihilation as the god Odin has fallen. Unable to restore balance to the Universe Odin needs a hero to step up and restore life to this once powerful god, that hero, is you. Battle of the Immortals is available on the Perfect World Entertainment MMO portal and shares many similarities with other PWE titles such as the game-play and graphics engine and the premium store. If you’re not familiar with our reviews, this Battle of the Immortals Review will focus on the new player experience, including character creation, tutorial and early questing stages.
The first step for most MMORPG games is character creation and Battle of the Immortals is no different. Battle of the Immortals offers players a good selection of character classes including Berzerker, Champion, Slayer, Magus, Heretic and Summoner. Each class has a short description that explains the basic function and skills available to that class. You can also select your characters birthday, hair, face and avatar picture. If you’re familiar with PWE games you’ll notice that the highly popular Zodiac system is also in place in Battle of the Immortals. Depending on your birthday you’re given a certain Zodiac that has a large effect on your character as you progress through the game. I go weak at the knees over the image of ridiculously large weapons, especially when they’re covered in flames, so I opted to play the Berzerker for this new player experience review.
As soon as you enter the game-world you’re introduced to the confrontational feature of auto-questing. This is a feature that is becoming quite common in today’s MMORPG games and makes an appearance in almost all of PWE’s titles. As you collect quests they appear on your tracker, with various bits of information being displayed such as quest name and objective. Whether your objective is to retrieve a certain item, slay a group of monsters or speak to a specific NPC, all you have to do is click the objective in the quest tracker and it takes you to the desired location. Many people argue that this feature retracts from the game experience, but we’ve all done thousands of these quests across multiple MMORPG games, it makes a nice change to remove the need to read every single dull quest box and tedious travel times.
The first quest is a traditional slaying quest, asking you to defeat 10 poisonous scorpions. Playing Runescape in my younger years taught me to be cautious of anything labeled poisonous but the scorpions aren’t so bad. During the fight with the slightly weak scorpions, I discovered one of the greatest assets to Battle of the Immortals, the combat. Despite the fact the graphics are slightly lackluster, the combat was surprisingly fluid, with the animations mixing together with ease. I was quite happy to smash the outer shell of a scorpions head to pulp, in fact, I quite enjoyed it. What really impressed me was the XP ability. I’m not really sure if there is a typo there or not as it doesn’t consume XP points when used, upon activating my Rage skill it simply cost a large amount of mana. Reading the skill description first, I quickly learned it was an AoE ability, probably my favorite phrase to see on a weapon or ability. So off I went to test it out. I grouped up a rather large amount of scorpions and then introduced them to my viciously sharp axe and rather deadly ability, the results can be seen below.
Overall, Battle of the Immortals fails to impress straight off the bat due to poor graphics and traditional game-play but if users can give it 15-20 minutes, the combat is more than worthwhile and really adds a positive feel to the game. There’s a large number of other impressive features that I wasn’t able to cover in this Battle of the Immortals new player experience review, such as the extensive amount of items and weapons, the in-depth crafting system and the ability to marry the virtual girl of your dreams. But as far as new player experiences go, Battle of the Immortals is up there with the best of them.
by Blaine Smith
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