The gameplay for Prius Online
is your standard MMOG fare and is solid overall. You move around with
the WASD keys, fight by using various abilities that have cooldowns,
and there are skill trees that grant you new powers as you level. There
are a few differences to be found here though. The first is that
classes are race and gender locked. If you want to play a Gunslinger,
then you’re going to be a human female. If you want to play
as a melee fighter, then you’re going to be a Lon Mas
Berserker (a lion-man). There are only a few variations for modifying
your character’s appearance at character creation, such as
hair style and eye color.
Classes are race and gender
The most intriguing aspect of Prius Online
is what they call the 3C System, which stands for 3 Character System.
You begin play with your main character, but at level 10, you unlock an
Anima. An Anima is a little girl companion who has tremendous powers
and is linked with your main character. Through her, you’ll
do most of your crafting (cooking, cultivation, etc.) and her mood can
impact her crafting. You can switch to Anima mode where you move her
around and do actions. Your Anima will stick by your main character and
help you in your quests. At around level 30, you gain access to Gigas,
which are giant mechas that your Anima can summon and then you use to
stomp some major pain. You can have more than one Gigas and you keep
them in a deck in your Atrium, your home that you can decorate and do
certain activities in.
Quests are your normal kill X of this creature, deliver package Y to
person Z, or gather X number of items from creatures. Quests are easily
found by checking the bulletin board in each town to see which NPC is
offering a quest. Highlighting a quest shows a ring on your map where
you need to fulfill it. There is also an automatic transit system
called Celero that is a robotic mount that will take you to specific
locations where a Celero station will be found.
Throwing down in Prius Online.
Note that my Anima is setting my foes on fire.
While quests are your typical MMOG fare, the creatures you’ll
fight at the end of a quest chain are incredibly strong and will result
in your death if you’re not prepared. One weakness of the
game is that if you fail a quest, you have to abandon it and travel
back to the NPC that gave it to you and retake it.
Crafting is somewhat convoluted and the game could do a better job of
walking you through the basic concepts. Also, there is a great deal of
grammatical errors found in the text of the game, due to the fact that
the game is a Korean import. Still, the gameplay is well done and the
3C System keeps the game from getting stale.