Allod's Online Review
Intro: Allods Online is similar to many MMO's out there and yet has many unique features that sets it apart from most WoW-wannabees. It has steampunk elements and an unmistakable Russian feel to it that makes it visually entertaining. It is heavily quest-based but has a real storyline to keep you going through them. The ship based PvP is incredibly singular as you need five friends to man your ship that you have to build from scratch.
Publisher: Astrum Nival in Russia and Turkey, Gala-Net in North America, Cayenne Tech in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau, Gala Networks Europe in Europe, Level Up! Games in Brazil and the Philippines, and Game Power 7 in the Middle East and North Africa.
Player base: Medium
Exp Rate: Slow
PvP: Ship vs Ship, Open, Area-based.
File size: 3GB
Pros: Unique PvP, Plenty of classes (9), Detailed world design, Lots of quests.
Cons: Easy to get lost, Non cash-shoppers at a clear disadvantage.
Storyline: Sarnaut is a world where war is a constant presence. The League was formed by Kanians and the Empire by Xadaganians, both are human-like races. Ethereal Elves and diminutive Gibberlings allied themselves with the League and mechanically enhanced Arisen and grotesque Orcs sided with the Empire. Sarnaut was once a planet but everybody's lives changed when The Astral flooded into the world, tearing it apart. Now Sarnaut exists in chunks of land floating in The Astral. These pieces of land are called Allods and the League and the Empire fight for control of them. However while Sarnaut's inhabitants fight amongst themselves, demons threaten to over-run the lands.
Features: There are six races on Allods and eight classes to choose from. Depending on which race and class you choose there are 28 different special skills as each class is different to each race. Classes are typical for MMO's with tanks, damage dealers, healers and support classes.
The six classes belong to two Factions, the League, founded upon the precepts of honor, devotion and nobility and the Empire, ruthless, militarist and industrial.
Every player in Allods Online will be able to build their own Astral ship once they reach the higher levels. Since the ships are large and magnificent feats of engineering they take both time and money to build. A large sum of gold as well as work contracts from different factions in Sarnaut must be given to the Ship Master before construction can begin. Due to the size and complexity of the ships, the construction process takes a few days to complete. However, players can hasten this process by completing various daily quests and heroic dungeons. A diligent player can reduce the time required to build a ship by more than two-thirds. Once an Astral ship is complete players will be able to take off into the Astral with five of their friends. Together they must operate a variety of different stations in order to properly navigate the vessel. The Astral is full of mysterious allods waiting to be discovered. They feature a wide variety of different environments and monsters, and each one is full of unique adventures. After finding an allod, players can dock their Astral ship and explore the allod on foot. An integral part of Astral combat is fighting ships crewed by the opposite faction. Players can prey on enemy ships and use their cannons to weaken their enemies' shields before boarding their vessels. Once on board, players can attempt to raid their enemies' treasure room and bring the riches back to their own ship.
Another way for players to test their skills is via PvP on maps such as the Holy Land. The Holy Land tends to be extremely crowded due to its position as one of the primary locations of the war between the two factions - the Empire and the League. Open PvP, utilizing a flagging system found in many traditional MMORPGs, is also available in any area of the game, and gives special bonuses to players who quest and hunt while their Flag of War is raised. There are also special areas where players can engage in large-scale PvP activities to earn unique rewards.
The game also provides a developed guild system that encourages players to work together to improve their guild ranking and allow them to participate in more content, such as the Astral Confrontation, as well as design custom regalia to look unique in the game and special abilities.
Allods is great for anybody looking for something different to play as it stands out from many other games visually and with its various features. Play Allods Online for FREE!