By Danny "Ralsu" Gourley
The OutSpark website blatantly tells readers that Fiesta Online
massively-multiplayer online game (MMOG) aimed at players in their
early teens, but the game has a lot to offer everyone. The game is set
in the world of Isya, where the goddess of hope Teva governs a world of
humans and elves that look to her as their salvation. There are other
gods, however, those born of the shattered Legel, god of Chaos. These
gods continually strive to reform Legel and overcome the world of Isya.
I'll recount my
experiences downloading and installing Fiesta Online
I'll cover character creation, leveling into the teens, and
why Fiesta Online
can be thought off as MMOGs 101 for the next
generation of gamers.
Download and Installation
Fiesta Online uses
the standard archetypes of archer, cleric, mage, and warrior.
The system requirements for Fiesta
are not challenging. It will run on any Pentium IV
or equivalent system at 1.6GHz with 512MB of RAM running Windows XP or
Vista. Please note that a high-speed Internet connection is required.
Sorry, dial-up users. The download is just under 620MB and installs at
In an era when many free-to-play games can only be downloaded from a
mirror, it was nice to be able to get the installer from the OutSpark
website. The download is pretty smooth, and installation is easy. The
installer guides you through the steps, and you mostly just watch it do
For me, the hardest part of getting started in Fiesta Online
creating an account password that worked within the parameters given.
It was the usual mandate to use letters, numbers, and symbols. But
certain symbols not
wouldn't work, so it took me 5 minutes to
create a valid password. Good luck to me trying to remember it!
Fiesta Online uses the standard archetypes of archer, cleric, mage, and
warrior. Archers excel in ranged damage but lack spells and the ability
to wear better than leather armor. Clerics are healers and buffers who
will require a party to succeed at higher levels. Mages are the
stereotypical "glass cannons" who can get off a huge burst of damage
with magic spells but crumble under any attack.
The Mage makes things
Warriors can wear the best armor and have the most hit points while
still being able to dish out some damage.
Players have a few customization options, but it was pretty standard
fare for a free game. Each character of the same class and gender will
look the same at creations and acquire items from quests, monsters, and
the online mall to establish a unique look.
I played my first night as a Mage, wanting to see some pretty spell
effects. Kills were fast and easy as I blasted my way through monsters
at will. I only had to stop and rest to refill mana every now and again.
The next night, my wife and I both created characters. She chose a
Cleric, and I took Archer. In the early levels, my Archer felt weaker
than her Cleric. We did about the same melee damage and took roughly
the same damage from foes. I felt at a huge disadvantage compared to
her because she at least had heals. I am told that Archers become the
masters of dealing damage to a single foe at higher levels. I couldn't
stand it and switched to my Mage once my wife's cleric was the same
level as him.
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controls, and leveling in Fiesta Online.