Eden Eternal is a free to play, anime MMORPG that originally released in 2011. Eden Eternal was hailed as a competitor to the highly popular World of Warcraft thanks to it's huge array of interesting features and mechanics such as a the freedom of class system, an extensive list of guild features, and graphics that you would usually associate with a premium MMORPG Games. This review is based around the experience a new player would have in Eden Eternal, including the character creation and customization, as well as the tutorial and starting quests, so let's get started.
The first thing that impressed me about Eden Eternal is the selection of races available, there are only 5 to choose from but they're not your typical orcs, elves and goblins setting. The races are Human, Zumi, Anura, Ursin and Halfkin. The Humans and Halfkin are basic humanoids but the other races are inspired by animals such as the frog-like Anura, or the monstrous bears, Ursun. As I'm usually a fan of being the biggest guy possible, swinging the biggest sword possible, I decided to go Ursun for the duration of this new player experience review. There's a pretty impressive list of options for customizing your characters appearance after you've chosen your race, such as facial features and tattoos, making it quite an in-depth process. After selecting your race and appearance you can choose your class, I say choose, but to begin with you're forced to go with Warrior or Magician. You can view the other classes, as well as what the equipment would look like on your character, but you have to unlock the classes as you progress through the game. After you've chosen your class, you get to select a Heroic Trait, these are passive buffs that enhance different aspects of your character. To compliment my larger-than-life sword swinging approach, I went with Commando to boost my strength and attack stats.
The tutorial system doesn't really do much to stand out from the majority of other MMORPG Games. You're given a simple line of quests that involve speaking to various NPC's, collecting specific items and defeating certain monsters. It's all pretty basic and you can complete the tutorial within 5 minutes. As I was exploring the starting area I was quite impressed with the design of Ursun Paw Mountains, featuring floating sections of land, a large variety of flora and fauna and some interesting looking monsters. The graphics do seem a little outdated but they compliment the game perfectly with the colorful anime styled artistic design.
Eden Eternal does use an automated questing approach that's becoming more and more common in today's free to play MMO titles. Any quest on your tracker, whether it asks you to kill a certain monster or find a specific NPC, can be automated by right-clicking the objective. This takes your character directly to the quest objective, removing any tedious traveling times, or getting lost on confusing terrain.
Usually in these reviews I only mention things a new player would experience but that would be a little unfair for Eden Eternal as the best aspect of the game isn't available at the beginning. Eden Eternal includes 16 playable classes, with more planned on the horizon, each class is unique in terms of skills and abilities and they all progress individually. You can unlock more classes by reaching a certain overall level, but some classes require a class level to unlock. For example, if you're playing Warrior you can unlock the next specialization class for melee damage by reaching level 25 with Warrior level of 15. This same system works across all the classes, allowing players to choose which path they take, and which classes they unlock next.
Overall Eden Eternal includes enough variety of features to make it stand out from it's MMORPG Game competitors, with the most notable feature being the unique class switching ability. There's other great features that I didn't get to cover in this new player experience review, such as the guild housing and pet systems. Whether you're an MMORPG veteran or a newbie looking to start out, Eden Eternal is well worth taking a look at.
- Well designed areas and character models
- Great variety of races
- Unique class switching mechanic
- Highly active player base
- The UI can feel a little overwhelming at the start
- Music loops and gets repetitive