Heyhey folks! Expjunkie here (yes! he lives!) and I’m bringing you a new review for a classic MMORPG called Iris Online. Published by GALA and Eyasoft and brought to you by gPotato! This 3D anime-style F2P game is definitely worth a look into. Check it out!
Story: Here it is in a nutshell: The land of Arcana was a peaceful place (as they all usually are to begin with) until an evil man named Lord Archane used a sword of other-worldly power to try to rule over Arcana. Using the sword, however proved to be too much to handle and so Lord Archane was taken down by a group of heroes who, once again, brought peace to the land…but it was short lived. The power generated by the sword used by Archane was slowly tearing the realm apart; opening dimensional rifts through which hoards of monsters and negative energy were seeping through. It’s up to you, the reincarnation of one of the great heroes of old, to seal the rifts and save Arcana once again! Ya that about sums it up. Throw in a crazy circus run by a crazy looking clown/ringmaster and a deck of Tarot cards and you’ve got a game!
Character Classes: Iris Online features races to choose from, each with their own classes to evolve into. There are the Humans (all-arounders), Hybrids (tanks/thieves) and Elves (scouts/mages). When you start the game, you pick your race and one of the two starting classes based on that race. There isn’t much in terms of customization, though. From there, as you level, you specialize in the two (or three) tiers in that particular class. Confused? Lemme explain: Take for example the Humans. You can choose to start off as either a Fighter or a Mage. From there, the Fighter can choose to become a Knight, Mercenary or Gladiator which can eventually become a Templar, Legionnare or Crusader respectively. The Mage can become either a Magician or Priest which end up as either a Wizard or High Priest (clever, eh?) respectively.
Graphics: If the 3D anime style bit didn’t get you then the bright, highly detailed environments and easy to handle UI will. The game flows quite nicely and in the week (or so) I’ve been playing, I haven’t encountered any problems with overlapping layers or polygons gone awry like in most other 3D games. The only hang-up is a slightly longer loading time when transitioning between maps. If you don’t mind staring at a random game tip for a few extra seconds then disregard that last part. Anyway, the game features great, crisp and vivid graphics. Very pretty to look at =]
Misc: One interesting concept Iris Online features is its Card system. The game is based on different types of cards from Monster Transformation cards that (amazingly) allow you to transform into monsters you see out in the fields, Magic Cards that you can equip or attach to your equipment to give you added stats, to Tarot cards that tell your fortune and give you extreme buffs. You can find cards all around the world as loot from killing monsters and bosses. There are even rare Monster Transformation cards that allow you to turn into bosses! Each card is a one-time use, though, so be careful about when and where you use them. Since it is a F2P game, Iris Online does feature an Item Mall. The selection is kinda limited but then again it isn’t one of those games where you can only get the full experience if you’re a gPotato cash user.
Overall: Iris Online is a great game. One of the better ones I’ve played. If you’ve ever played an MMORPG, you’ll have no problem getting the hang of the controls right off the bat. If you haven’t played one before, the hotkeys are all easily customizable and the simple and SHORT (love that part) in-game tutorial quest will be more than enough to get you by. There are plenty of quests available every level you gain, too so there’s always something to do if straight grinding isn’t your thing. You know, actually following the game plot. The one drawback I can think of is the annoyingly prolific amount of bots in the main area of the main city of the game >< Yeah, you can blacklist them but there WILL be new ones…and they just LOVE to spam every single chat channel. The bright side is that they’re only in that one area so just walk a few meters away and it stops haha
Rating: Definitely a 4.5 out of 5 stars here folks. There’s plenty going on in Iris Online to keep you occupied for a long time. Check it out over at their website Iris Online where you can find more info and download the game client. Happy gaming and remember, the cards don’t lie.
Video footage from YouTube.com