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#1 Nevin

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 04:22 PM

So this game looks aesthetically pleasing, the production values seem to be fairly high with how fluid animations and combat works.

Their art is by Hyung-Tae Kim  who also worked on Magna Carta, its very unique and stylized with a crisp quality. I think this game looks neat, but I'm no where near sold on it. Apparently its in closed beta, what do you guys think of it?

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#2 captainnl

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 04:30 PM

I always liked the more Medieval European setting better in MMO's.. but Blade & Soul does looks very good.

Can't really say much from trailers though.. playing = believing, in my opinion you cant base your opinion on a game using a trailer, besides the graphics that is.

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 05:36 PM

looks pretty good, except the females. the faces, animation, and models are atrocious. but still: BEWBZ!!

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 05:53 PM

Heck, the faces, animations and models look fine. Also, the running/platforming part of the game looks INSANE.

Just too bad it suffers from the panty fetish.

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 06:03 PM

by panty fetish, you mean thong fetish, right?

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 06:06 PM

Meh, looks solid.  I would probably give it a run if GW2 wasn't coming out at the same time as it.

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 07:44 PM

Closed beta you say?

That's interesting.... seeing how it's not supposed to come out until 2011.  

Some ammo for the "GW2 in 2010" crowd perhaps?  (the idea being that if Blade and Soul is already in closed beta, than maybe GW2 is too, and maybe the schedule announced by the CFO during the investor call is wrong...  that's a lot of maybes).


Any confirmation they are in closed beta?  All I could find was news from February, 2009.

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 09:39 PM

moriz said:

by panty fetish, you mean thong fetish, right?

I more meant like,... Them being in plain sight. 'Panty' doesn't really specify which type,... At least, I think,...? ;o

The girls are made just a bit too hot. Makes me sad. ROFL.

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 09:48 PM

i don't think they are hot at all. don't know about you, but bewbs that look like traffic cones just doesn't do it for me. that and the faces. eck.

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 09:55 PM

Looks like a cross between a fighting game and a RPG.  Could be interesting....

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 10:15 PM

Looks like it will require alot from my computer.  I will look into this more upon open beta testing and such.

Is Blade and Soul free to play?

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 03:09 PM

Malchior Devenholm said:

Looks like it will require alot from my computer.  I will look into this more upon open beta testing and such.

Is Blade and Soul free to play?

It will be f2p iirc, yeah.

You might want to try C9 too. It's totally f2p in Korea.

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 04:10 PM

Free to play?!?

Of course, if it comes out the same time as GW2, it will be toast.

Which makes me wonder:  Blade and Soul in 2010, GW2 in 2011?

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 04:34 PM

I do think I recall Blade & Soul might be free to play, but that was from articles way back in Spring & Summer `09.

I am very interested to see how they carry their fighting game mechanic in an MMO setting.  More than likely, this game will occupy my time before Guild Wars 2.

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 10:11 PM

Heres some brutal in game footage.



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Posted 20 November 2009 - 10:14 PM

I dont like asian games. Like aion and lineage 1&2. Usually way too grind bases (do Asian ppl actually like grinding?)

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 09:30 AM

Nevin said:

Heres some brutal in game footage.


That looks to be the worst form of CC I've ever seen, and I can't even begin to count the number of terrible things I'd rather happen to me than have something like that in my game.

#18 Nevin

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 02:27 PM

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That looks to be the worst form of CC I've ever seen, and I can't even begin to count the number of terrible things I'd rather happen to me than have something like that in my game.


How do you even know if its a form of CC though? Personally I don't know zilch about this game, I see nothing wrong with trying to appreciate what they're trying to achieve. For all we know the female player being beat on could be action-less for the point of demonstrating the other class's attacks, thus not engaging in any counter maneuvers or evasive tactics?

Any MMO that isn't a standard WoW clone with a feather in it's hat is trying for something that others aren't. That is how I see it.

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 03:56 PM

Nevin said:


Any MMO that isn't a standard WoW clone with a feather in it's hat is trying for something that others aren't. That is how I see it.

I have a comment on this one. Imho:

Original and never seen before game =|= Good game
Clone =|= Bad game

Hell, i know a lot of clones that are actually very good games, and some are  even better than the originals which thay cloned...

Excellent Clones :

Torchlight (Diablo 2), Project Earth (Homeworld), Disciples (HoM&M), Star Wars Battlefront (Battlefield), SW Galactic Battlegrounds (Age of Kings)...

And tbh this game, really doesnt look very original... Art design is typical for Korean MMOs and combat style can be seen in any wuxia/martial arts online game. Only new thing that i can see here are a lot better graphics than usual...

Edited by Verterdegete, 21 November 2009 - 04:10 PM.


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Posted 24 November 2009 - 08:30 AM

Nevin said:

How do you even know if its a form of CC though?

I don't. "Looks to be", and I certainly hope it isn't.

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 02:24 AM




Its a K.MMO, so I won't comment on how the game play might be... but it is one of the best looking MMO out there  (in term of styling, animation, etc)


What you think?

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 03:08 AM

I think it looks great, a lot of instancing from what I can see though. Being Korean though I wouldn't be surprised if it was nearly a complete grinder.

What I really noticed is that lighting effects (even quite basic ones) and focusing/blurring can really improve the visual splendour of a game. For example Crysis, a lot of the things in game (without anti-aliasing) did look quite harsh on a lot of other things but with the focusing blur it helped blend things together and really complimented the lighting effects. Maybe GW2 could learn a couple things for us higher end PC users.

But there are so many atmospherical features in this game the art has been beautifully done. I love the twisted trees, the fog in the distance, the feeling that you are surrounded by a forest full of things trying to kill you. I know a lot of people say "GW2 should be completely independent and different from the rest" but if you look at it closely it's the lighting, shadowing and particle effects that make this game look as stunning as it does. Oh and the water is also very nice, good job NC. So ANet, *nudge nudge

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 04:01 AM

looks pretty interesting actually
as mentioned before, id worry about it being a grindfest
hah, i just thought about how bad the immature teenage boys would be with those character models....
and i thought they were bad about female eles lol

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 05:07 PM

major clipping issues with the old man and the huge jar...

Like the small details, like birds singing.

Not sure I like the character designs...

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 02:34 AM

Me want to be a Force Master very badly :D

The awesome lighting just makes me cry...and it isn't over the top like Aion.

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 04:08 AM

Eh... doesn't really excite me.  Happy with the games I'm currently playing.

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 05:13 AM

It does look nice. Good graphics and over the top animations, but that's all it has. Remember it's a Korean MMO, I bet it's going to be grindy with boring game play. Pretty but very lacking (if it turns out that way), sort of like how I feel about Aion. :zzz:

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 08:17 AM

Its art style can be described in one word: Kitsch ....

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 03:09 PM

Merged with the existing Blade & Soul thread. We don't need a new thread every time a trailer comes out.

As for the visuals: The environments are about on a par with something like Dragon Age, but not quite as polished looking. Not that impressive, to be honest. That hardly surprises me, as the art team appears to have spent a lot more time elsewhere...

The characters are an absolute abomination. I can't possibly express how much I disdain that over-sexualised anime style. Why would I want to play a game that markets its self towards the most primitive and immature gamer? I suppose in technical terms they look decent enough. The models are detailed, the animations are passable.

The art style? A complete sell out. Nothing more than the most clich├ęd, pathetic attempt to hit the market of teenager males. Zero originality, zero appeal to me.
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Posted 03 December 2009 - 03:27 PM

You're kidding me with the environments right? Dragon Age has woeful environments and a massive lack of polish, invisible walls, floating trees, and very low poly props (look at the wine barrels for a really bad example) are all present in the game. Environments are not dragon ages strong point.

Now I agree with the anime style issue, but it's a style choice, it doesn't mean that it's bad artwork.

However unlike you I can't stand clipping issues, it's lazy design, and that trailer has about 1 for every character movement.




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