Should you’ve saved your pulse on the MMORPG group this month, you will have seen an enormous uptick in curiosity for the medieval MMORPG Gloria Victis following their official launch out of Early Entry and a Steam sale that made it a lot simpler for brand new gamers to affix the battle. Nonetheless, this enormous enhance in reputation has additionally impacted the servers and my means to really log in and play the sport with pals. Learn on to see my preliminary ideas of the sport earlier than our full evaluate.
One sport that I like coming again to time and time once more with pals is Planetside 2. You possibly can most likely think about simply how excited I used to be to see that Gloria Victis calls itself “a medieval MMORPG the place Mount & Blade meets Planetside 2!” Now, I’ve by no means performed Mount & Blade myself, however I’ve sunk lots of playtime into Chivalry 2 and virtually 100 hours alone into Planetside 2. Should you can handle to get into the Gloria Victis servers, you get to decide on one in every of three factions on your character: the Midlanders, the Ismirs, or the Sangmar. Every faction has their very own distinctive lore and heraldry with two branching background paths that will help you resolve what sort of theme you’d prefer to roll with. For this playthrough, my pals and I made a decision to go along with the Midlanders that are loosely primarily based on medieval continental Europe.
As with most video games, the primary display screen you encounter is character creation. Whereas there isn’t something that stands out about character creation, I’m fairly content material with the choices which might be supplied. There’s a pretty wide selection of hairstyles, pores and skin tones, and complexions to create a decent-looking character. You possibly can’t change or sculpt something about your physique like proportions or top, however it didn’t upset me an excessive amount of.
Character creation can be the primary place we get to see a preview of the armor in Gloria Victis. It’s all the time a pleasing shock to see lifelike armor in video video games, and Gloria Victis doesn’t disappoint in that side. Midlanders favor medieval European armor units, Isimir makes use of Viking apparel, and Sangmar takes inspiration from the Roman and Byzantine empires.
Gloria Victis is an open-world MMORPG, so after you spend a while on the tutorial island you possibly can exit and do what you like- be that PvP, quests, or crafting. The graphics of Gloria Victis are first rate, however once more nothing simply mind-blowing that I haven’t seen earlier than. Now, being acquainted isn’t essentially a nasty factor. For my part, it merely looks like the event staff has accomplished an incredible job establishing a stable basis for Gloria Victis. It’s comfy and acquainted. Nothing too on the market, and it doesn’t really feel prefer it’s missing in lots of options. There’s a participant commerce system, group dueling, an public sale home, and detailed crafting; each time I flip round, I uncover an incredible quality-of-life addition to the sport after which some. With that being stated, as I progress by Gloria Victis, I start to see an increasing number of of the options that make it stand other than different video games in the marketplace.
Fight, nonetheless, would possibly take me a bit of bit to get used to. There are expertise timber and stat attribute factors that basically allow you to go ham on customizing how your character performs in fight. Once you create your character you possibly can choose from a handful of predetermined lessons however they’re primarily there to find out a couple of of your beginning bonuses. You possibly can completely customise and tweak your class in a while down the highway (till stage 90 without cost!) to play with varied builds and discover the playstyle that works for you. Extra on that in our full evaluate later.
Shifting by a battlefield feels “sticky” and leaping downright makes me sick with its jarring animation. Simply don’t do it, don’t bounce. Additionally, watch out for if you go flick thru the public sale home as a result of you will get held hostage by different gamers body-blocking you in. However, for me, Gloria Victis actually shines with its melee fight.
I made the error of beginning with a bow, and the playstyle is simply extremely boring proper now. Perhaps that can change down the highway, however melee fight allows you to block and assault in accordance with the path you and your opponent are dealing with in addition to kick to stun and knock your opponent out of their block. You possibly can have nice gear on your stage, however should you don’t block and stand in a single place, you’ll see enormous chunks of your well being go down. Melee fight simply feels a lot extra concerned, and positively depends on ability. With that being stated, I did discover that there’s a whole tree that lets me spec into summoning and utilizing my horse mount extra effectively so possibly I can check out a cavalry construct within the subsequent week. We’ll see how that goes.
To date, I’ve totally loved my time in Gloria Victis. Considered one of my favourite elements of the sport is grouping up with pals and everybody operating round collectively like a bit of celebration of bandits with our guild heraldry on our shields. It’s a ridiculously enjoyable time. The dearth of magic and low fantasy themes additionally make the expertise really feel way more grounded-something I haven’t gotten to expertise for some time with my MMORPGs. I usually play World of Warcraft, Runescape, and Guild Wars 2. None of these are actually grounded within the low fantasy realm, so it’s a pleasant change of tempo.
This previous week has seen lots of server bother for Gloria Victis, so I admittedly haven’t been capable of dive in as a lot as I want to. Kudos to the staff for throwing up a couple of extra servers with the sudden inflow of gamers on the planet. A brand new concern nonetheless has cropped up and remains to be a problem as of typing this Overview in Progress: DDOSing. Insert eye roll emoji right here. Hopefully subsequent week these points will iron themselves out so I can get again to rolling round with my little band of murderhobo pals. My thoughts retains drifting again to Gloria Victis all through the week, regardless of all the opposite video games I’ve in my repertoire to play…so that they should be doing one thing proper to maintain me hooked and coming again.