Combat is your typical auto-attack and activating special skills or
abilities. Defeated enemies drop loot that you can recover. You have a
mini-map to help you locate quest locations, but viewing your normal
map can get difficult as that the text can obscure points of interest.
Also, NPCs that have quests only show up on your mini-map if
you’re extremely close. To help find available quests, you
should go to the bulletin board located at the various hub sites.
There, you can find a listing of the available quests in your area and
who are the NPC contacts. There are also dungeons that you can go into,
but they require a party to do so. There is PvP in the game in the form
of arena fights.
The graphics for Prius Online
are bright, colorful, and represent a more whimsical view of fantasy.
One example is a monster that you’ll fight that are flying
onions…yes, you read that right…flying onions. If
you don’t like the anime visual style, then stay away from
this game. Every character is done in the Eastern anima style. No
rugged men (except for the Lon race) to be found here, only androgynous
metrosexuals. Cuteness abounds in this game.
Bringing doom to the fearsome
is currently in closed
beta and it shows its prerelease status in several ways. First, skills
and crafting are not clearly explained within the game. There are tons
of grammatical errors and the voiceover dubbing on the cutscenes is way
off. The lack of drag-and-drop or hotkey selling in the player market
and NPC dialogue trees should be improved. Another game aspect that can
use some attention is if you happen to fail a quest. If you fail a
quest, you just can’t start the quest over. You have to
abandon the quest completely, go back to the original source of the
quest and retake it, and then begin the quest anew.
The game is definitely more Western-friendly than other Asian imports,
but shows the unmistakable hallmarks of a half-localized Eastern game.
It will take a lot of time (ie: grinding) to make decent improvements
to your Atrium. Crafting is pretty complicated and that it will take
quite a bit of grinding to master. Plus, your Anima’s mood
has an impact upon the crops that you’ll be cultivating, so I
assume that you’ll be interacting with her quite a bit to
make sure that she’s in the proper mood for whatever
you’re trying to cultivate.
Overall, I had a nice experience trying out Prius Online
It’s certainly rough around the edges as it’s still
in beta and slowly being reworked for Western audiences. While there a
few things that need improvement, gameplay is solid, if largely
unimaginative, and the setting is visually appealing. The 3C system of
character, animas, and gigas is genre adapted take on AI-controlled
mercenaries / minions, but is arguably better done – since
stoy is told through the squad and more fun to play with. There are
some aspects of the game that minimized my enjoyment (the grindy
aspects of crafting and gameplay in general), but without a cash shop
its impossible to see how free-play purist-friendly the game is. If you
like the anime premise of Prius Online
and its squad based features, there’s no harm in checking out
when it officially
launches later in 2011.
A Gigas in action.