Devilian Closed Beta
October 22nd marked the beginning of the Devilian Closed Beta Event #1. I managed to get a key (Thanks Moose!), and downloaded it right away.
Devilian is made by Bluehole Studio (also the makers of TERA), and is being published by Trion. There is definitely a lot of hesitance from gamers on this. Trion’s last acquired release, ArcheAge, was pretty much a disaster in most people’s opinions. Devilian is from a different developer than ArcheAge, so I figured that I would give this game a chance.
So, what the heck is Devilian? It’s promoted as a MMOARPG. That’s a lot of letters… Now, ARPG is Action Role-Playing Game. Combat is real time, and generally gives you a hack and slash feel. Devilian can be compared to Diablo 3 and Path of Exile.
It’s considered an MMO due to the fact that unlike games such as Diablo 3, you can encounter other players out in the world. It is not instanced. You can still group up at any point to quest together or do dungeons.
Yes, there are dungeons. There are also battlegrounds. This game has PvP. (I’ll get to that bit later.) You can also get a mount, and use auction houses to sell items to other players. It may not look like a traditional MMO, but it does have elements of the genre.
When it comes to creating a character, don’t expect a lot of variety. Currently, you get to pick from four classes. Evoker, Berserker, Shadowhunter, and Cannoneer. They are basically mage, warrior, rogue, and ranger. It’s a pretty typical class archetype lineup so far. Since they are still in beta, I’m not sure if there will be new classes down the line or not.
This is where my first complaint about the game comes in though. The classes are gender locked. If you want to play either Evoker or Cannoneer, you have to be female. Berserker and Shadowhunter are male.
The second annoyance is in the overall look of the characters. Now, I chose to try out the Evoker class because I like shooting lightning and playing with fire.
Instead of the badass mage I was expecting, I ended up with a lingerie model with fireballs. What the everliving fuck? I understand that in most games mage types wear light armor, but where is the armor? To make matters worse, her equipment actually says corset and slip. Oh, and don’t get me started on the boob jiggle… (Yes. It’s there. It’s stupid as hell.)
The aesthetics of the female characters are typical of most, if not all, Korean games. This is definitely something that irritates me. The females are forced to wear short skirts and stripper heels. I didn’t make a cannoneer due to the fact that they went for the whole “look, it’s a little girl with a big gun” routine. (Yes, you look like a slutty child if you play a cannoneer class. Just ugh.)
Right, so I was a bit disgusted with the overall look of my character. Still, I wanted to see how the game played, so I trudged on.
Devilian does actually have some interesting concepts layered in their game. For one, you have two forms. Your regular form, and your Devilian form. The tagline on the Devilian website says “You are the last vanguard of Nala, a half-devil hero fighting to save your world from a fallen god.”
That’s kinda neat. You get to be half devil. I’m torn on whether I like it or not though. I say that because the devil form is basically on a cooldown. You need to fight lots of monsters to fill up a bar and make it available. The form doesn’t last very long either, so you don’t get to see it often.
You also have to level both forms separately. This is awkward and not really enjoyable. The other problem introduced here is the PvP. You are able to join matches very early on in the game, but it is your Devilian level that determines what games you can get into.
I tried out the first available match type just to see what it was like. You are stuck in your Devilian form for PvP. Oh, did I not mention that your Devilian form has different abilities than your regular form? Yeah, that’s a thing. An annoying thing.
While out doing quests you will mainly be in your regular form. This doesn’t give you much practice with your Devilian form. That sucks when you join a match and don’t feel well prepared for it.
The PvP match that I tried was MOBA style. Think League of Legends or Heroes of the Storm. While that may be fun for some people, it isn’t really a style of gaming that keeps my interest. I have seen others play in the Alpha that played other more open arena style matches, so there does seem to be some variety. It just seems odd to me that the first thing you get into is a large 20v20 objectives map instead of just straight facebash arenas.
Still, even with my own issues with the system, I’m impressed by the inclusion of PvP to a game like this. However, that being said, I think they tried to blend too many concepts into one game. There is an overwhelming amount of things right off the bat, and not much direction as to how to do them.
Veteran players of the genre will have an easier time with it, but the addition of pets and cards creates a multi-management system that might be off putting to some.
Pets? Ok, so they can be cute. They also remind me Torchlight. Each pet can do something different. Examples include casting a health regen buff on you when you reach below 30% health, or selling items for you. The biggest gripe with the pet system is that they take up inventory space and have a duration. They don’t seem to be permanently available.
The card system is just another type of equipment. You can actually craft these by salvaging items and gathering magical dust. Equipping these cards will give you various bonuses. Kinda neat, but it is yet another management system that you have to deal with. I’d rather just have straight up equipment and not have to figure out a card set to increase stats.
These are just my initial reactions to the game. I’ve only played to level 21. Things can and will probably change over the course of the beta, and eventual release.
Overall, I give it a meh. I will be trying it out again this weekend during the second beta event. I’m still very iffy on whether this game would be something I play on a regular basis. For me, it leans more toward no. This game is interesting, and I wanted to like it, but there are many things holding me back from adding this game to a regular play rotation.
Devilian looks like it will be Free to Play with a cash shop (much like Path of Exile), so go ahead and try it out yourself to see if you like it. They do have Founder’s Packs available, which get you a lot of things, but also are a bit pricy. I’d definitely suggest trying to get in the beta before you spend the money.
Check out Devilian here. The official website is a bit lacking on information, but there are forums as well.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask. You can find me on twitter @Rabidbushbaby, or via rabid (at) queuetimes.com.