Jade Dynasty is a free to play, Asian themed MMORPG that revolves around various famous stories, lore and characters from Chinese mythology. Jade Dynasty has a heavy focus on martial-arts, adding a variety of unique animations and combat abilities, combined with a unique geographical setting and architectural design, to provide players with an authentic oriental experience.
I have reviewed my fair share of games developed by Perfect World Entertainment and have found the majority to feature very similar mechanics across the board. However, immediately after launching the client, I knew this Jade Dynasty Review as going to be a little different. Before creating your character you must first choose from two different races, Athan and Humans. For all intents and purposes both races are very similar but they do form the opposing sides for PvP, you can also get a sneak preview of some of the end-game items and gear as you preview each race. Both races have access to similar classes, using the popular class-mirror system seen in many PvP based games today. I chose the Humans as my race for this new player experience review and they have access to Vim, Incense, Modo, Skysong, Jadeon, Lupin. Not your traditional names for a MMORPG class. The rest of the character creation options are pretty basic, offering a hair style and face type choose.
After you've created your character you're greeted with a short cut-scene that forms the basis of the story quests. It's pretty good as far as game introductions go but I'm not quite sure why they felt the need to add a Chinese voice-over, it may be just me, but I had no idea what he was talking about. After the short introduction I entered Sunstream City. I was quite impressed at the surrounding architecture and characters, with a number of Siheyuan buildings and several characters surrounding me floating in some kind of energy orb. Not far from the spawn point was also a Dragon Mountain Port, which I assumed was a transportation system, but the huge dragon flying around the area was very impressive and was worth a moment to pause and take it in. A short distance away from the dragon was another highly impressive NPC in the form of some kind of fire demon mounting another fire demon, I'm not overly sure what they were, but it looked awesome.
There seemed to be a severe lack of direction at the beginning, Jade Dynasty doesn't follow the typical hand-holding approach so common in today's MMORPG titles, which left me a little confused as to what I was meant to be doing. The UI seemed clustered with hundreds of names and options floating all over the place, so I opted to ignore pretty much everything in town and just head out to find something to kill. Once I'd left Sunstream City I was greeted with the typical Korean approach to MMO combat, dozens of monsters crammed into a tiny space. There was a good variety of monsters on offer from boar like pigs, to wolves and mutated butterflies, although I was able to 1-hit each of them without taking any damage. That was until I came across the immortal rabbit. I thought to myself, "How dangerous can a rabbit be?" And attempted to impale the cute little thing upon my sword. About 40 slashes later I realized the immortal tag was there for a reason, as despite the fact I was dealing 10k damage per hit, it didn't seem to dent the rabbits health. After about 4 minutes of combat the immortal rabbit finally died - I know, immortal right? - but to my disappointment it didn't drop any loot.
Overall my new player experience in Jade Dynasty didn't really give me much to write home about. The graphics are quite impressive, the combat animations are slick and there's no shortage of enemies to fight. If you're a fan of combat intensive MMORPG games, Jade Dynasty is definitely worth some of your time.
- High-quality graphics
- Unique Asian characters and architecture
- Martial-arts themed animations and abilities
- Huge variety of both PvE and PvE features.
- Limited character creation options
- Familiar PWE engine and features