Albion Online Review - Trading Graphics For Accessibility
The first is that it is accessible from the first glance. It's simple and we adapt ourselves to the world very quickly, contrary to the immensity of the usual 3D environments that can overwhelm. The second is that this allowed the developers to propose their game both on PC and on smartphones/tablets running IOS and Android. However, it should be noted that the title is not compatible with a number of devices. So take the time to check if yours is.
Classic vs. Sandbox
One area where it can not please everyone is in its"Sandbox" nature, where the players are left to themselves and have to create their own adventure. If you prefer to be guided by quests and a semblance of storytelling, Albion Online may not be for you. On the other hand, if for you Sandbox means shaping your own story, then you won't be finding better anytime soon. However, if this particularity is an undeniable asset for the game to stand out, we note that the beginnings are not attractive enough for new players.
We start by creating a character with little personalization. Then, we learn the basics of harvesting wood, stone, and animal hide to eventually come to craft our own beginner gear (armor, boots, a weapon and a shield) and harvesting tools (skinning knife, axe, pickaxe, etc). You will also have a mount via a quest in the first city you encounter in the game. After that, you are completely free to do what you want, albeit with barely anything to guide and/or direct you towards your next step.
But putting that aside for now, I will speak about the PvP in depth in another article, Albion Online also has quite a lot of great selling points that will please most of the fans of the genry. Starting by travels, which has a real importance here. Given that teleporting, to which a lot of games have accustomed us now, can be awfully expensive depending on what you are carrying, you will find yourself traveling on your mount most of the times. This makes the experience more authentic and allows, at high level, to experience the dangerous transport of precious goods, attacks of raiders, and other dangers orchestrated by unscrupulous players. Obviously the beginner zones are not concerned.
Another appeal of Albion Online is that players are able to become anything. Indeed, you are what you wear. Here, no race or class, only equipment and mastery levels define characters. This system makes it possible to try out new and enormously varied combinations. For example, a mage may very well use thieves' boots to gain mobility or wear plate armor for defense. You may appear as a casual miner only caring about finding new ores, but fight off enemies with your oversized scythe when needed.
Just a quick reminder that Albion Online is a "Buy to Play" game. In other words, you have to buy one of the packs of the game to play it, but gain access to it for life (or until the server closes down). There is, however, a premium subscription that gives different bonuses in regards to progression (fame rises faster, harvest bonuses, personal islands...) which quickly become indispensable, it must be confessed.
Fortunately, the system is fairly honest because you can pay for your subscription with the silver earned in the game. However, you have to invest a lot of time, and the MMO can quickly become addictive and time consuming.
It is also worth noting that the official site offers a lot of content to help you in the adventure, such as a character creation tool to observe the best builds (PVP, PVE, Mixed...), as well as some guides.
Albion Online offers another way to play MMORPGs. Both its accessible and old school sides give it a certain appeal. It should be kept in mind, however, that it will not necessarily please hard-core followers of the classical titles of the genre. Solo players may find it difficult to enjoy the beginnings, but the adventure is really pleasant. It is still lacking in certain areas but the Sandbox Interactive title is really interesting and worth a try.