Revelation Online, Closed Beta First Impressions
Note, that the game is quite far from a realistic style, many zones dripping with kawaititude, sets of colors, reflections and somewhat large assets for female characters. Lovers of screenshots, you will find your happiness for sure.
And as in most other MMORPGs, everything starts with the character creation. Here 6 "races" (or morphologies) are available. Players then find a fairly simple, but effective, interface to create the character of their dreams. A number of various settings are available, to alter size, thickness, color etc. One downside however, at least for one portion of the MMORPG community, is that the default settings are oriented to "anime" type characters. It is then necessary to take the tool in hand, playing around with it for a bit to finally get out of this stereotype and create the character that suits you.
I personally opted to have my character look like Gintoki from the Gintama anime.
As for the classes, the first thing I personally appreciate is the great return of the holy trinity (Tank, DPS, Healer) and it does good, because it is a point that I particularly like. You will find a fairly traditional roster: The Vanguard, main tank armed with his sword and shield. The Blademaster, sort of an off tank that can dual wield swords or use two-handed weapons to deal areas of damage. As for mage DPS classes, we have the Occultist, a hybrid damage/heals class that manages two types of magic, and the Swordmage, a ranged magician who mastered the elements. The Gunslinger is the ranged physical DPS class, excelling in single target damage with its pistols and rifle, while also being able to manage groups of enemies with summons and traps. Finally the main healer of the game is the Spiritshaper, primarily here to care for its allies, in addition to being able to summon various creatures that will help in battle.
Textures are not very advanced, especially if you stick your nose to the backgrounds. On the bright side, we can say that this makes Revelation a light game, accessible to a lot more PC builds than other “recent” MMORPGs. But still, you can’t fault it. Beyond the textures, the world is well worked and teeming with details. The landscapes are very consistent and above all varied. It is for this reason that after a few minutes of play, one marvels nevertheless. Like an ocean of ice under a starry sky, that reflects the world as a mirror; It sells the dream.
As for the soundtrack, I fully subscribe to the work of Neal Acree, who has worked on World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Starcraft II and Diablo III, among others.
The main quests, meant to introduce the various features of the game, lead players to discover the different races that populate Nuanor and to take part in various internal conflicts. Classic, but still coherent, the plot has players traverse lands that are all different from one another, from the underwater world to the snow-capped mountains. These transitions can however be relatively brutal. You will have to prepare for everything in your travel suitcase.
From the first moments in the game, players learn, via a small quest, that they can fly without limits in Revelation Online. Unfortunately, this pleasure is abruptly withdrawn from us as we are forced to wait for the level 29 to obtain our first permanent pair of wings. Freedom ! Flying is fun, fluid, with various commands, and above all without time limitations other MMORPGs have, which is extremely pleasant. The wings are therefore an integral part of the landscape, one crosses absolutely everywhere, as this means of movement is quite practical. The game also has its own combat skills dedicated to flight, adding a new dimension to its combat system.
The combat has especially marked me in the dungeons, which, with their various levels of difficulty, offer good group challenges. A proper strategy as well as a good cohesion between the group will be required in most cases, especially since you don't want your allies to end up in the skill indicators of bosses because of you. Your party may not be too understanding about you running all over the place with the aggro and getting your healer killed.
While still in Closed Beta, Revelation Online announces itself as a title that will pleasant hours of play. Without introducing anything innovative, it brings together a good number of systems which have proved themselves on other MMORPGs, all this, in a fluid and pleasant way.