First Impressions: Archlord 2
Feels like WoW. Tastes like WoW. Smells like WoW. Unfortunately, Archlord 2 (at least it’s first impression) fell into the category of games that is too strikingly similar to WoW. The story starts off like the story from Thor, where the bad guys were imprisoned but later released by an evil baddie and the ‘chosen one’ has to swoop in the save the day. Sadly, I would rate it a little cliché. Let’s examine it’s components.
You start off choosing to align with a certain faction . One faction comprises mainly of humans, while the other comprises mainly of orcs . You get to choose to be a warrior, defender, archer or mage.
Game mechanics are straightforward. Right click to attack, press numberkey for skills, and right click to loot. The attack animations are decent as it is easy to attack and chain subsequent attacks. For the beginner quests, its as simple as accepting a whole bunch of quests that involves killing the same mob. What I like about the experience is that you can click a quest and the character moves to the location you need to be at. Takes gaming laziness to a whole new level, but that's the way I like it.
However, you can only choose from either human or orcs, since it’s in beta.
Graphics are decent. The focus was more towards realistic environmental details. At least they differentiated themselves from WoW in this aspect. There was blood and gore and the skill details are well designed.
Although not of the Unreal engine, the details of the game were very well done. The textures were well realistic and very details. Overall, I am very impressed with it. The game did not take that long to download either, despite the graphics.
The soundtrack was like an epic collection, with plenty of orchestral music.It certainly made the whole experience more fun as it seemed as if I was on a mighty quest to save the world. Even the loading page had empowering music for the listeners. It definitely takes your breath right out of the fact that you're playing an MMORPG, but actually immersed into the game.
Archlord 2 certainly needs to do more to set itself apart from WoW. Right now it's falling into that trap. It's a good game in general, but it still doesn't give users a good reason to play it rather than WoW.