An adorable little Anima.
Do you like giant mecha? Do you love playing in a fantasy setting? Do
you want an freakily powerful, Alma-like little girl companion to
follow you around with mindless devotion and the ability to set your
foes on fire? If you answer yes to all three questions, then you might
be be interested in Prius Online
the latest Korean import being distributed by gPotato. This F2P
(free-to-play) game is currently in beta and Ten Ton Hammer got the
opportunity to give it a hands-on preview.
The lore of Prius Online
is the standard mix of impending doom and the idea that the player is a
figure of great destiny. For character creation, the player has four
races and six classes to choose from at the present time, with a
seventh class to be revealed later. The classes are race and gender
locked. If you want to play a Gunslinger, then you’re going
to be a Hume (human) female. If you want to be an Ayin (elf) male, then
you’re going to be a Legionnaire. The whole extent of
character customization is pretty much jto adjust your hairstyle and
facial appearance. After creating your character, then you create your
Anima (a little girl who bonds to you and has incredible powers) and
give her behaviors of passive or active, independent or dependent. Then
you’re off to begin your adventures.
Overall, gameplay is your standard MMOG fare. You pick up quests and
complete them to gain xp. As you gain levels, you gain skill points
that you can use to pick up new skills or enhance a skill. Rather than
going to a trainer to buy new skills, you are instead remembering the
old skills that your character has. The background of the game is that
your character died and was brought back to life. Sadly, your memory
has been affected and you remember very little. As you hit certain
milestones in your travels, you will trigger a cutscene. The cutscenes
are well done and enhance the story, but they definitely need work on
the dubbing and the text.
Once unlocked, your Anima will
be loyal to the end.
As you travel, you will find (or buy) gear that will increase your
stats and abilities. Buying and selling items is somewhat cumbersome in
that you have to right click on an item and then select if you want to
sell it, buy it, equip it, or discard it. This same type of interface
also plagues the talking to NPCs and getting new quests. When you talk
to an NPC, you’ll have to go back to choosing the general
talk option once you have hit the end of a dialogue tree. You may have
other topics to discuss, but you’ll have to go back to the
very beginning of your dialogue and start again to eventually hit those
The main talking point of Prius Online
is their 3C system, which stands for three characters. Eventually,
you’ll have control of three different characters in the game
and you’ll be able to switch back and forth between them if
circumstances permit. First, you have your main character. Once you hit
level 10, you can do a quest to unlock the second C, which is your
Anima. The Anima is an anime girl that bonds to you and wields
incredible power. They have different moods which can affect their
gameplay. If they are not in the correct mood, they might not use that
ability that you ask them to use. You can help change their moods, and
strengthen the bond between your character and them, by talking to
them. You can switch to back and forth between your character and the
Anima by hitting F11. You’ll need to switch to the Anima to
access their full abilities and for crafting. When you’re
controlling the Anima, your normal character will just stand and wait.
You only have a limited time you can be the Anima, at which point
you’ll snap back to your character.
A mighty Gigas.
At around level 30, you’ll get the ability to get a Gigas, a
giant mech that is controlled by the Anima. Gigas have a huge amount of
firepower, but can only be summoned at certain times. You can have more
than one Gigas, and you can view your whole collection (gotta collect
them all!) while in your Atrium.
The Atrium is your character’s home and exists in its own
dimensional pocket. The Atrium serves as your crafting center, your
place of rest, personal bank, and quest history library. For crafting
purposes, there is an NPC called Cepa that can only be interacted with
only while you’re controlling the Anima. You can upgrade the
Atrium with better amenities if you’re willing to spend the