If you’ve played around in the MMO scene, you may have heard of this little gem. Well, I must say that now is the time to try it.
There is an exclusive Steam package for this weekend only. With it, you get the following:
“• 30-Day VIP Pass – For 30 days, live like a true Vindictus VIP. This Pass will provide your character with enhanced stats, a chance for additional Boss loot, one extra Raid entrance per day and bonus EXP. This item can be found in your NX Storage Chest. Right Click the 30-Day VIP Pass to activate it. This Pass will remain active for 30 straight days, so log in every day to experience the full benefit of the 30-Day VIP Pass.
• 30-Day Cadet Badge – Enjoy 600 Extra defense and 10 extra Luck for 30 days! This item will provide you with damage resistance and a chance to get extra loot in dungeons. This item can be found in the NX Storage Chest. Right Click the 30-Day Cadet Badge to equip it.
• 30-Day Unlimited Hair Pass – Upgrade your ‘do with the Unlimited Hair Pass, which allows you to change your hair style and color an unlimited number of times for 30 days! New hair styles and colors can be selected from the Avatar Shop. The Avatar shop can be accessed by clicking on the Avatar icon on the bottom left hand side of the screen. When purchasing your hair style, select Unlimited Hair Pass from the drop down menu in the payment confirmation screen. Your new hair style will appear in your NX Storage Chest. Right click on your new hair to equip it. Any hair purchased with this token can only be used for 30 days after you receive your Ultimate Hair Pass.
• 30-Day Unlimited Inner Armor Pass – Upgrade your skivvies with the Unlimited Inner Armor Pass, which allows you to change your Inner Armor style and color an unlimited number of times for 30 days! New Inner Armor styles and colors can be selected from the Avatar Shop. The Avatar shop can be accessed by clicking on the Avatar icon on the bottom left hand side of the screen. When purchasing your Inner Armor, select Unlimited Inner Armor Pass from the drop down menu in the payment confirmation screen. Your new Inner Armor will appear in your NX Storage Chest. Right click on your new Inner Armor to equip it. Any Inner Armor purchased with this token can only be used for 30 days after you receive your Ultimate Inner Armor Pass.
• 100x Merc Recovery Potion – Live to fight another day with 100 Merc Recovery Potions. Add these to your hotkey bar, and you can recovery 1300 HP Instantly!”
That being said, I have a love/hate relationship with this game. It’s biggest selling point is the physics-based combat. You can grab materials and use them to attack your enemy. Anywhere from harpoons, to spears, to baskets, to stone corpses, to using existing traps that may kill you, there are plenty of ways to carry out combat. It is a nice turn around on the MMO scene…although not recent, because this has been out for years now. That being said, I only feel compelled to play it every now and then. It struggled on my old PC, but the lag is still apparent at times on my new PC, and my upgraded 50/10 cable. Perhaps, that is the cost of a physics engine that guides 10’s of objects on screen? Also, while the graphics, overall are pretty good, I think that the effects are beautiful and the 2d art is nice in terms of NPC interaction.
Nevetheless, the game can be overwhelming in terms of quests to do and items to collect. If you start from the beginning and stick with it, you may be able to keep up, but if you walk away for a bit, it just seems insane to absorb the old details in such a short amount of time. Worse, this game, despite its unique style of play, doesn’t feel like it has a true identity. There is the pay2getstuff aspect of decking out your avatar in garb that is powerful and stylish, but is as abrupt in its representation of the lore as an anime skin would be in Skyrim. The style jumps from Victorian, to Ninja Gaiden, to Final Fantasy, when its original base seemed to lean towards medieval fantasy.
At the end of the day, it is free, and a different way to play an MMO. Did I also mention that it is gorgeous?
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