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Rusty Hearts was a third person Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game from Windysoft, published by Perfect World Entertainment and released on September 20th, 2011 for PC .

Legend says that an ancient royal family maintaining its blood purity spawned the vampiric race. Early wariness by humans and vampires alike gave way to acceptance and the spread of half-breeds, but pureblood ruler Lord Vlad saw a threat and declared war on humans and half-breeds alike. He was beaten back but not fully defeated. Now, Vlad has been tracked down to the city of Bramunez and its cursed Castle Curtis, which is where you come in...

Rusty Hearts was free to play, with microtransactions. The game had instanced dungeons, with the city of Bramunez acting as a hub where quests could found and players can interact. Each of the maps were subdivided into little arenas, locked until you killed all enemies in the room. You got more skills as you go on, using mana to activate them in battle, each with a recharge time.

On July 24 2012, the newest expansion, Reborn, adds a great deal of new content.

As of September 15, 2014, Perfect World Entertainment has shut down the game's servers, effectively ending its North American run.

This game has examples of the following tropes:

  • Alternate History: The diversion from real-life history starts way back — several thousand years ago in Macedonia, where a royal family gradually mutates into the vampire species.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Some of the quests will give you items like leggings, armor, helmet, boots, and gloves. Played even straighter with quests that give you costume items which is different from the previously mentioned ones since they change the appearance of your character.
  • Animesque: It's easy to overlook that this game is from South Korea. The Japanese version having the voices of well-known anime voice actors makes the line even hazier.
  • BFS: In addition to Angela's, many enemy creatures also wield enormous weapons.
  • Bad Ass Army: Since Gerald's army is holding their own.
  • Bad Ass Crew; The specialists
  • Blatant Lies: Lampshaded by Frantz.
    "I'm surrounded by liars. Angela's not even a natural redhead."
  • Bonus Stage: There's a chance that Margoras will take you to the other world after finishing a dungeon's boss. You can bribe Deathy, who also randomly appears, to ensure that you will be taken to it.
  • Boss Arena Urgency: In story mission "Treatment Plant Monster", The Lobster King destroys sections of the bridge as you fight it.
  • Cel Shading
  • Collection Sidequest: And even main quests, too, which would include collecting things like shards to dog tags.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Some of the NPCs tend to display some cluelessness in their dialogs.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Several. For the player characters, there's Chen Meilin and Lelia Vergerius.
  • Deal with the Devil: Or, at least, a demonic sword.
  • Deadpan Snarker: They all have their moments of snark, but it's usually Frantz.
  • Dem Bones: Makes up the majority of the Mooks in almost every dungeon. They even have the red tougher variants. There are those that looks like large skulls with spider limbs (Bone Collector), too. And then there's Death and his more helpful junior.
  • The Ditz: Some NPCs such as Estel show mind-boggling levels of stupidity. For example, a quest chain called "dream of gold"(level 32) involves Estel asking you to make gold with yellow paint and stone.
  • Dual Wielding: The newest expansion gives new weapons to the characters. Frantz now can wield two blades at once, and Tude gets a pair of huge metal boxing gloves.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: OK you've cleared the dungeon, beat the boss(not easy sometimes), and gotten what an npc asked. Their response can be shorted to either "These things are useless", or "This stuff is crap go back and get me something else".
  • Expansion Pack: Released July 24 2012, Reborn adds and alters a bunch of content. There is a new area that acts as a prologue and tutorial, which is set outdoors and during the daytime. Each of the characters gets a third type of weapon to play with, along with new skills to go with these weapons. There are plans for later updates as well.
  • Fish People: The Hakens.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: That huge, dangerous-looking monster you see in the tutorial? Guess what its name is.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: In the Back Story, vampires and humans had learned how to coexist, and eventually form romances and give birth to hybrids. The Big Bad started a war because he couldn't stand the thought of the vampire species being weakened by breeding with humans. As such, relations between humans, vampires, and hybrids have become strained.
  • Gender Flip: The Avatars. Frantz has Roselle Vergerius and her sister Leila. Angela has Edgar Grosvenor. Tude has Meilin Chen.
  • Jerkass: Prince Gerald, once you meet him, is a total dick to your character. Even after all you done to help the fight against Vlad.
  • Lampshade Hanging: The team can and will comment on the silliness of some of their missions.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Oh, so, so much. Often doubles as a Funny Moment.
    • Frantz: "Why do they have you cooking for the soldiers anyway? It's obvious you're terrible at it."
      Patricia: "There weren't enough NPCs..."
    • Angela: "I'm only doing this because I need the experience points."
    • And then are those dialogs when Angela ask Frantz if the map is correctly showing them the way.
    • There's also this gem:
    Gina: Just shut up and do what you're told!
    Angela: Fine, but only because this is a Story Quest.
  • Lethal Chef: Patricia's cooking if very iffy....after one questline she mentions she acutally serve the soldiers Haken sashimi. Haken are the fishmen your characters fight during the 3rd or 4th section of the first dungeon.
  • Magitek: Several of the bosses are Mini-Mecha piloted by mooks.
  • Meido: Some of the maps feature them. Except they're robots. And they want to kill you.
  • Mood Dissonance: Surprisingly good writing can get your wrapped into the story and the rather well-developed characters, the twists and turns thereof... until you remember that you're wearing a shark costume and a cardboard box on your head that looks like a pig.
  • Off Hand Back Hand: William Heo delivers one to the bone dragon(raid boss) after it lands near him at the end of D-4 The reason Heo is helping Pierre ressurect Pamela who was killed earlier. For those who haven't played, Pierre and Pemela are living dolls with a soul. They liked each other but didn't show up obviously during the gameplay. In anycase your characters help try to revive Pamela earlier , but fail.
  • Our Gnomes Are Weirder: The Nomis, who tend to dress in leather straps, gas masks, and stilts for both the legs and arms.
  • Our Monsters Are Weird: Players will face all sorts of monsters that would include a vaguely robotic machine that look like a wine barrel (Boozatron) and a construct made from library shelves and books (Dewey Decimator).
  • Necessary Drawback
  • Punk Punk: There's a bit of Clock Punk, Dungeon Punk, and perhaps some Steampunk mixed into the setting.
  • Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits: Lampshaded by some Npcs later in the game. The current team is composed of a half-vampire, witch, half-werewolf, and human con artist/gunner. Together they fight Vlad's forces and do alot of crappy demeaning jobs for the people of the town.
  • Rewarding Vandalism: More often than not, pulverizing those innocent boxes and crates will net you some nice goodies. Some quests would even require it (like Georg's anger management program).
    • Subverted with some wine barrels that explode when you break them and crates which contain mole bugs.
  • Revenue-Enhancing Devices: While you could in theory play the entire game without spending a dime, it does get awfully tempting to buy more storage for all the gear and crafting components, as well as cool-looking costumes for your characters.
  • Robosexual: The Mayor of Bramunez subscribes to a magazine for Robot Maid enthusiasts. He has a quest chain where he tries to get the player to set him up on dates with various robots in the dungeons.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Played straight, at least in Pamela's case. It's noted that her mentor fixed her and gave her free will. Most likely averted with the other maids, who look human enough but seem intent on beating you to death.
  • Super-Soldier: Gerald's army is basically enchanced by a serum created by one of the villain when he worked with the good guys. "Good" be objective because of what they were doing.
  • Too Dumb to Live: If you get hit by Natasha's spike mat trap in PvP, you deserve every point of damage you take and then some.
  • 20 Bear Asses: Some of the NPCs will ask you to bring body parts or possessions of the things you kill.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential - Parodied in the quest "I'll Send them to Hell" where you will be sent to kill monsters who are supposedly married couples. Nadia was kidding.