/me is currently playing.
Eh, I'm a little iffy on this. I've always loved RP Gs
and MMORP Gs
, so I can't help but be biased. I played World of Warcraft
for a good amount of time, but the standard plant-yourself-in-one-spot-and-cast-spells sprinkled with the occasional oh-f***-he-she-it-used-starfall-get-moving or hey-idiot-don't-stand-in-f***ing-void-zones-like-a-complete-tool got a little boring after awhile.
The sort of free-action, hack-and-slash play that Vindictus offers definitely spices things up. If only I could get a competent computer to play it with... The dodge mechanics are a little lacking, but that might just be because I lag quite a bit. If the only MMORPG you've played is World of Warcraft
, then Vindictus is definitely a different breath of air.
I'm not going to say that it's fresher, but the gameplay is very very fun. The sidequests and optional content is very refreshing. While I can see that min-maxers will definitely be spending time stomping spiders and kicking gnolls for titles, the stat bonuses that they offer won't make too much of a difference until higher levels.
Even then, the titles generally aren't something that you will go out of your way to grind for, unless you want them right away. Things like "Defeat X amount of gnolls with kicks" lend themselves to certain playstyles, but it's not something that you'll find counter-intuitive to do.
I haven't gone far enough in the game to see the variety of quests, but it seems to be the stock "Kill X for X". However, Vindictus (as I've seen so far) handles it in a certain way. Unlike World of Warcraft
, where you'll venture out into random areas and try to beat other people to mobs to get their quest items, Vindictus has you journey into an instance-like dungeon to do your quest. This way, you won't have to spend hours upon half-hours waiting for quest mobs to spawn.
All in all, Vindictus is a very fun game to play. The classes could use some more fleshing out, but they seem to be on that already. The physics engine is there but, unlike Half-Life, they don't throw it your face with physics puzzles and that goddamn see-saw. They might later on the game, but so far the physics is restricted to throwing things and breaking environmental objects.