Saturday, July 7, 2012

Realm of the Rad Facade - Realm of the Mad God Review

   Realm of the Mad God (link goes directly to game), is a browser game created by Wild Shadow Studios and recently acquired by Kabam, also available on Steam. The game is described as a "massively cooperative bullet hell shooter", and that's a very accurate description.
   As you can see, this game has a lot separating it from the average MMO, not to mention the average browser MMO. You play as one of 13 different classes, and jump into the game dodging enemy bullets while spamming your own. Don't be afraid though. If you saw "bullet hell" and immediately thought of games such as Ikaruga, Touhou, or maybe even Gradius, you should know that Realm of the Mad God is actually very forgiving. To an extent.
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   Replayability: Satisfying
   As mentioned before, there are 13 different classes to choose from, however you only start off with 1. When you first play the game, you may only play the Wizard which is something of a "glass cannon" class, doing very high damage but having low defense. To unlock the rest of the classes, you must unlock them by reaching the max level (20) with a given class. Reaching 20 doesn't take too long (I'd estimate around 45 minutes), so a good play session should be easy to fit into your schedule.
Now if I could just get more than a single star before dying...
   To keep you killing things for a purpose besides just unlocking classes, the game has an in-depth "Fame" system. After reaching level 20, you exp/level bar changes to orange and becomes a Fame bar. Fame is gained mostly by just killing things, but is gained faster by killing bosses. Fame is also gained after you die, in the form of bonuses gained from things you did while alive.
You will... usually get more than one bonus...
   Fame can be exchanged for a few small trinkets, including a nice pendant, and also to start a guild. The main reason to acquire fame is to complete "Class Quests", in which you earn a certain amount of fame with a given class before dying, earning you stars. Gaining stars lets other players know how experienced you are.

   Ease of Use: Great
   Your inventory and equipment is composed of 12 slots at the bottom right corner of your screen, and everything in the inventory can be activated using keys 1-8. There aren't multiple menus to concern yourself with, just the battle field and, occasionally, the options screen. Stat points are given automatically when you level up, and there are no skill trees. Quests are given on the fly, in the form of a red box telling you to kill a specific monster on the field. Even dungeons are randomly dropped (yes, I said dropped) by monsters. Another nice feature is that the game let's you teleport to any player on the field instantly and freely. The game doesn't require much thinking to play. However, the game has a bit more depth than meets the eye.

   The World: Fragile
   When you begin the game, you're dropped in the Nexus. A place where you can buy cash items, store things in a vault, look around your guild hall, or just sit around and do nothing.
Don't worry, you'll have company. The yellow dots are players.
   It's a safe zone that you can instantaneously teleport back to whenever you want. To begin playing the game, you must enter a world gate, in the northern area of the Nexus. All worlds are randomized in terms of layout, but gameplay is the same in all of them.
   What's cool is that once enough gods have been killed in a given world, that world is destroyed and everyone who was in it is teleported to a large room to fight Oryx the Mad God. Oryx is the strongest boss in the game, meaning that unless you are sporting some very nice equipment and are good at the game, it's best to just go back to the Nexus instead of fighting him. After Oryx has destroyed that world, a new world is created and the cycle continues.

   Partying: Encouraged but Not Required
   This is the best way to have partying in a video game in my opinion. Some of the greater bosses and gods (such as the Pentaract and Sphinx) are very difficult, but not impossible, to kill your own. Multiple classes have abilities that buff or heal allies as well as themselves, and a lot of monsters tend to target certain players at a time instead of attacking everyone at once. To party up, you "lock" a player so that you can always see their name at the bottom right of the screen. The point of this is so you can always teleport to them. Other than that, there are no benefits to partying other than general combat advantages.

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   Money Begging: Annoying
   Monsters don't drop gold, and gold is not exchanged in trades. Gold is actually the cash currency in Realm of the Mad God. You are given only a single character slot to start with, meaning every time you want to try out a new class, you have to kill off your current character. To get more character slots, you have to buy them with gold (Note: It says you're saving 40%, and that's it usually 1000 gold. That's a lie. It's always 600 gold for the first character slot, then 800 for the second. It's not 1000 until you are buying your 3rd+ character slot). You are also given only one storage chest in the vault, giving only 8 slots of storage.
Why even put all these chests in my vault if I can't open them?
   Lots of games charge you for extra slots, but having only 1 character slot and 1 vault slot is a bit more restrictive than usual.

   Dying: Harsh
   When you die in Realm of the Mad God, you lose absolutely everything except what you had in the vault. The entire character is erased and you must create a new one, starting back at level 1.
R.I.P. Blacenrat. Your futile efforts were just no match.
   Though this is usually a "feature", what makes this a bad thing is that it also erases any cash items you bought that weren't in the vault. A lot of the cash items are aesthetic stuff, generally paints, that bind onto the look of your character, so you can't put them away. When you die, these paints disappear along with you, which can be more than a little frustrating if you buy them and then immediately die a few seconds later.

Final Score: 3.9 out of 5
   
   The game is very fun, and when I first played it I actually went out and told everyone I knew about it's existence. I'd give it a higher score were it not for the immense amount of ragequits it caused, and the annoyance of knowing that if I want to try out the new class I unlocked, I have to either pay up or kill off the character I used to unlock the new one. 
   Basically, it's fun, just not for very long. You play it until the novelty wears off, then you make the decision of either farming for fame, or doing something else. It does a lot of things I wish games would do more often, but it doesn't do them well enough for me to give the game a higher score.

   Extra Things to Know
   - There no level requirements on any equipment.
   - Doing the quests results in more exp and fame than what you would've gotten killing the monster normally.
   - All maps, including the Nexus, are completely covered in black fog on the map until you reach the area yourself. Why it does this for the Nexus, I have no idea.
   - All equipment must be found or traded. There are no shops or auction house.
   - When you see the dungeon marked "Pirate Cave", skip it. It's a beginner dungeon and offers no good rewards.
   - Creating a guild costs 1000 fame.
   - As this is a browser game, and given the genre, don't expect amazing graphics.

32 comments:

  1. Great Review gets right to the point and notices many faults :D gj.

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  2. Have you ever heard of stat increase potions?
    They increase one of your stats by one or your HP/MP stats by 5. Different kinds can be dropped by gods or dungeon bosses.
    Once a stat is maxed out, you are very powerful indeed.
    It's very fun to max out stats once the novelty wears off.

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    1. Yeah, it's just that they're pretty hard to get your hands on. They're mainly dropped by greater gods (and the spider boss), so successfully maxing your stats isn't something most newer players would do, since most newer players aren't capable of killing greater gods.

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    2. Spider boss doesnt even drop fucking statpots...

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    3. Sorry about that, I was thinking of the snake boss. Drops the speed pots. :(

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  3. You shouldn't write a review of the game unless you actually get good/complete it. What you have written is only what a beginner sees, you have not gone into detail about events, maxing stats, or even the pure grinding of getting stat potions.

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    1. I'm glad you took the time to comment on my website! I didn't go into detail on stat maxing because it's superfluous information, same with events. It's not something a person really needs to know from a review and if they don't figure it out by just playing (I did), they can always check the game's wiki for the most in-depth information, which would actually give them class-specific stat data.

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  4. You never covered any of the games content where it really gets fun.

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  5. You did not get in depth enough to see the full potential of the game. Once you max your character and start doing events, WC's, Etc. You see the full gameplay and potential this game has.

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    1. That's true for every MMO. Personally, I thought I got pretty in-depth here. I know more about the game than I wrote in the review. I could have added a "potential" section, but honestly I don't think the game has a whole lot of potential.

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  6. Pretty decent review, however I must point out that you say perma-death is bad, personally I found that aspect of the game so interesting and much more challenging then games which just give you another life etc. It makes the game more skill based, it also gives me nostalgia from the times of Touhou.

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    1. I didn't say permadeath is bad. I said the fact that you lose cash items along with permadeath is bad.

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  7. You rated it lower because of the fact that it causes ragequits, but part of the challenge of the game is containing the urge to rage. Personally I love the feeling of containing anger.

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    1. I rated lower because of the given cons along with the ragequits. Granted a lot of ragequits were back before they nerfed the Gray Blobs. Containing anger is nice, but having to start over completely from a shotgun instakill when I'm trying to earn stars is very frustrating. It is anger that, dare I say, cannot be contained.

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  8. I don't see how the character slot discount is a lie. They're telling you up front that it will eventually be 1000 for extra character slots.

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    1. They don't say when it will be 1000 for character slots. The way it's worded in-game, "save 40%!", implies that you're getting a deal by only paying 600 gold because the price will magically go up in a week or so. In actuality, it should say something to tell the player that the price won't go up until they buy the first character slot. They're just looking for impulse buyers.

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    2. It's still not lying.

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    3. Yes, it is. It's lying through omission.

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  9. GAME BETTER THAN YOU SAY THERE ARE NO FAULTS PIRATE CAVE DOES DROP GOOD GEAR FOR NOOBS LIKE YOUNAND WTF IS A CAPSLOCK KEY

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  10. your review is shit.. You have never played the fun part of the game that starts with maxed stats. Your replys show that you have no clue about the game and are a bloody noob.
    Maybe stick to games you actually played

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    1. So you mean to say the game isn't fun until you've maxed out your stats? If that was true I would've given the game a much lower score. I would have expected you to have a higher opinion of a game you've played so much.

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  11. I think rotmg is at its best when you play it ALOT. If you don't spend enough time on it, it's not that fun because you can't do very much.
    @Net56: fast pots = knight with t8/t4 stuff + sprite worlds = instant dex

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    1. Yeah, I always died in sprite world. Got a couple dex pots but usually ended up dying to something later so I had to start over.

      There isn't a whole lot you can't do without maxed stats. And bring a party and you can do anything.

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  12. Lol, all that can understand from your review is that you really SUCK at this game. The game has got a very large learning curve than you find at the first time. For every god/boss/dungeon you have to learn the pattern of attack and how to dodge.If you die in the sprite dungeon where even an average newb can get the pot, you plain suck. This game is not meant for faint hearted who wants all the stuff easily. As you can see, there is no easy level, everyone plays in the 'nightmare' mode. You need to play at least a few weeks before writing a review and you need to find some good friends there and realy learn the game. I can show you players who only use the default character slot and one vault, and still max all the stats on their class. And, if you want to try another class, you can always register for another account and play on that. Never jump to conclusions just because you played for 2 weeks and never had friends in there. play for 2 months and get in to a good guild. I can assure you that you will never quit this game. EVER.

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    1. Hello Kan. You don't seem to realize that Realm of the Mad God is actually a very easy game considering all of the easy outs they give you. You can have friends kill everything for you, you can spam potions, and you can teleport back to base at any time instead of dying. That isn't exactly "nightmare mode".

      That said, I died in Sprite World a few times just because of those the moving floors, and the unexpectedly high damage from the larger sprites in comparison to the small sprites. I went in with a party of 3 once, 2 of us still died. You may be exaggerating when talking about the "average newb".

      Lastly, please don't make bold statements such as "...you will never quit this game. EVER." First off, that singles you out as a bit of an addict. I played the game for much longer than you think, it's just that playing the game longer doesn't actually change my opinion of the game.

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  13. I finally got the hang of this game now that im 4/8 with my kight i can do alot of things. I wonder have you ever maxed

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  14. I don't think that Pirate Cave is that bad, when i start a new character that's what i'm waiting the monsters to drop, because that's the best starting item farming and xp farming dungeon ever.

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  15. you didn t say anything about the UT items i think

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