Vindictus is a prequel to another highly popular MMORPG game called Mabinogi. The game takes place in the same setting as that in Mabinogi but the events takes place several hundreds of years before Mabinogi. Vindictus is also a game that was released after Mabinogi and is also free-to-play and available online.
The game offers you four playable characters for you to choose from. A fifth main character will be added at a later date. The four main characters have different skills when it comes to combat. Their names are Lann, Fiona, Evie and Karok. Much like many other MMORPG games, each of them specialize in different weapons. The two female characters are good at using magic while Karok is a large man who uses a pillar for combat. Lann is a pro at with spears and swords and is equipped with full heavy armor.
A new character called Kai will be introduced to the game very shortly. He’s another male character and is an archer. It’s great that an archer will be included in the game soon but it would have been fun if he was in the game from the start. Nevertheless, I’m sure he will add a new dynamic to the combat system in Vindictus.
Speaking of the combat system, at the start of the game there’s an optional prologue mission that serves as the game’s tutorial. It is here that you will have to familiarize yourself with Vindictus’ combat as you will have to fight a giant spider. From there, you will realize that newer MMORPG games are taking the genre into a whole new level. Combat in older MMORPG games have always been simplistic at best. You would just point and click with the mouse and your character would just hack away with one standard attack. With the likes newer MMORPG games like Vindictus and Dragon Nest, you can move using the keyboard and dish out combos more akin to hack-n-slash games such as the famous Dynasty Warriors games.
In terms of graphics, the game is stunning. It’s rendered in 3D and everything from the character models and the lighting effects look highly realistic. As with Dragon Nest, the game was released recently so be sure to check your computer’s specifications first before you try and download the game. Although it’s free-to-play the last thing you want to happen is for you to wait for the game to download only to find out that it doesn’t work. Even though the specifications for the game say you need 1GB RAM to run it, it’s advisable you have 1GB or more for it to run more smoothly.
In terms of quests, it starts off like most other MMO RPG games. You will have to complete the first (and easy) tasks all on your own until you can venture off and meet other players and even join a party. It’s advisable that you meet some friends later on in the game to tackle the harder quests co-operatively. Although you can complete quests by yourself in Vindictus, your job will be much easier if you are in a group. Especially when your enemies get harder and grow larger in numbers…
Most free-to-play MMORPG games lack high production values but this isn’t the case with Vindictus. The graphics are stunning and the gameplay is smooth and slick throughout. IGN even rewarded Vindictus as the best free-to-play MMO RPG title in 2010. I’m sure many gamers who have played the game cannot argue with that statement.