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With the amount of Free to Play Anime MMORPGs dying these days, or just generally being terrible, We thought maybe we should talk about Soul Worker Online. Like whether or not it's an Anime MMORPG worth playing, since it's coming to the NA/EU market so soon!
With Soul Worker's Open Beta scheduled for some time during the next month or two, and the extensive coverage we've given the game up until now, I figure what better time than now to go ahead with this video?
This is probably the most anticipated MMORPG release of this year, especially with the huge flop Revelation Online turned out to be, and with good reasoning.
Soul Worker is some of the most fun I've had in an instanced dungeon-crawler MMORPG. Not only is it more fun than Vindictus and other games in the genre, but it also captures the essence of what Anime MMORPGs should be: Cute and Fun!
I recently posted a video on the few Anime MMORPGs left worth investing any time into, and Soul Worker was in that list.
Now, as Soul Worker has yet to enter English Open Beta, I am basing this entire video off of the Japanese version of the game.
The English release may be very different, and this review is in no way meant to be taken as a review of the official English version.
If you're looking for whether I think Soul Worker is or is not worth playing in 2017 you're likely going to want to jump ahead to the end of this video.
Otherwise, by all means, continue watching.
Now when looking for an MMORPG you have to take several things into consideration:
How good does the game look?
Is it your style of game?
Is it something you can spend hours, days, weeks looking at?
Are the character models appealing?
Are graphics even a selling point for you?
How is the combat? Is it action oriented or more traditional tab target?
How does your avatar move around the world? Is it stiff or fluid?
Are things easily explained?
Is the UI intuitive and easy to navigate?
Are the PvP and PvE elements in the game worth investing into?
Does the game sound good enough to hold your interest or are you going to have playlists going in the background?
Does the games story interest you?
Are you playing for story or are you playing for something else?
Is the lore expansive?
Soul Worker has a lot of things going for it but at the same time it does get held back by the fact that it isn't a traditional MMORPG.
Being restricted to running dungeons repeatedly makes for repetitive gameplay and the lack of a sense of exploration and discovery definitely hurts your ability to find new things to see and do.
Nevertheless, this genre of MMORPG is still semi-popular, being that there are still several MMORPGs such as Vindictus, Phantasy Star Online 2, Monster Hunter Online and more that are essentially identical still hanging on.
Overlooking the kind of MMORPG Soul Worker is, you can see some very Anime-esque elements in the game, many you don't see in other Anime inspired MMORPGs.
Traditionally, Anime MMORPGs are just MMORPGs that have Anime-inspired graphics. Whereas Soul Worker feels like an Anime that you're actually physically playing through.
A.. Sci-fi, Slice of Life, Moe kinda Anime. It's weird. But not in a bad way.
Due to the game being in Japanese, and only partially translated into English, the basic premise of the game along with th emajority of what's going on escapes me, but from what I am able to gather..
Soul Worker follows the traditional Anime trope of being an idiot tween, finding out you have something special inside you that in essence makes you humanity's last hope against whatever the big bad is.
So nothing really special, but then again most MMOs have fairly generic plots either way.
Where Soul Worker shines though is its incredible gameplay and graphical style.
Not only does the game look truly gorgeous in terms of an Anime MMORPG, but it plays like a AAA game title.
It has some of the most entertaining, engaging combat I've seen in an MMORPG, bar maybe Blade and Soul and Black Desert Online.
Definitely strange to have in a free to play MMORPG, even stranger to have it in an Anime inspired MMORPG.
Unfortunately, since the game is in Japanese I'm unable to really get a sense of what is going on plot-wise, but from what I can tell, the game has a large emphasis on the story, which is a key selling point.
Typically in these kinds of MMORPGs, you just run dungeons over and over without much of a sense of what is going on, but Soul Worker has a lot of story to go through.
Which is great, as story is one of the most important parts of an MMORPG to me.
Being able to be enveloped by and consumed by the story of a game is part of the fun for me, as it helps give you a sense of the world and a belief that what you're doing is actually affecting the world.
Now remember: Just because there are some people that dislike something doesn't mean it is detrimentally bad.
So whether or not some of the things I list are good or bad, doesn't mean they are in everyone's opinion. Everyone has different tastes and opinions after all.
Now all of this aside, in my personal opinion, based off of what I like about MMORPGs, allow me to quickly go through my personal checklist:
How good does the game look? - To me, the game looks fantastic. Not up to par with games like Final Fantasy XIV or Black Desert Online, but in the Anime genre..
definitely one of the best I've seen.
Is it your style of game? - Not traditionally, no. At least I didn't believe so, until I played it and promptly changed my mind.
Is it something you can spend hours, days, weeks looking at? - Yes, definitely. It is that gorgeous to me.
Are the character models appealing? - Definitely. There isn't a large focus on the sexualization of the characters, but it does enforce the same stereotypical Anime tropes
that Anime is generally known for.
Are graphics even a selling point for you? - Of course they are.
How is the combat? Is it action oriented or more traditional tab target? - Soul Worker is an Action MMORPG and it handles that exceptionally. It plays like a high quality
console game, not a normal MMORPG.
How does your avatar move around the world? Is it stiff or fluid? - Actually quite fluid. The character animations are incredibly moe and adorable.
Are things easily explained? - Since we played the Japanese version, unfortunately not. But we will see when the official English release hits in the next month or two.
Is the UI intuitive and easy to navigate? - Yes it is. Everything is organized neatly and is accessible through the Escape menu like most MMORPGs.
Are the PvP and PvE elements in the game worth investing into? - There are PvP elements in the game but they are incredibly unbalanced. As for PvE, the vast majority of the game is based around it so if you don't enjoy it, you likely won't enjoy the game.
Does the game sound good enough to hold your interest or are you going to have playlists going in the background? - It does. Soul Worker has some very catchy Japanese Anime music, especially the opening. I mean we have one of the songs playing in the background of this video!
Does the games story interest you? - The fact that it is so prevalent should speak volumes, but unfortunately we are unable to understand the story in the Japanese version.
Are you playing for story or are you playing for something else? - The combat, graphics, and story are why we're playing. Even without understanding, we are able to piece what is going on through cutscenes and comments.
Is the lore expansive? - No, not at all. It isn't that kind of MMORPG unfortunately.
These are all personal.. so take them as such, not as something that is in any form a factual summation of the game.
Based off of this however, you can clearly see whether or not I believe Soul Worker Online is worth playing.
I believe that although it isn't everyone's kind of MMORPG initially, its cute style and fun combat definitely grows on you.
Anyway guys, that is my opinion and my opinion alone. Whether or not you or anyone else thinks alike is purely up to you. Hopefully you found this video even slightly enlightening.
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