Now to follow up our interview with the game producer Mark Hill, we are doing a preview of the game and its features, and let me start off by saying that this game is very stand out. You look at it and think “Wow, that looks different,” and then, you play it and think “Wow, that really is very different.” As they have said, there is no other free-to-play game like Rusty Hearts. Some of the big name companies could learn a lot from the way this game is made.
The story revolves around the three characters, Frantz, Angela and Tude, and this ongoing battle between vampires, humans, and half-vampires, and while I have not gotten extremely far into the closed beta, due to the fact that it has not been out for very long, I can say one thing for certain: I like the characters so far, the designs and the characters themselves.
Onto what makes and breaks games: the gameplay! Now, everything I mention here is fairly early in the beta, so there is a lot more than what I have found at this point.
The game can be played with a keyboard or any kind of controller you have lying around that can be plugged into the PC. Logitech, PS2 (with the proper adapter), or 360. And due to the fast-action nature of the game, I recommend a controller to play it; however, one is not required at all. I played the game first on the keyboard, and since the controls can be fully customized, I got to set it up the way I wanted, and while I was worried about how it would fare on the keyboard, it did quite well.
It is a fast-action game with combo potential galore. You have a basic combo and a grab move, and each character starts with two skills and a Just Block or Perfect Block, whichever you happen to call it. From there, you build your combos however you like. I have a 19-hit combo with Angela right now, so it can be built on quite well.
The co-op gameplay works really well, and the combos grow a lot more when a team is involved; the roles of the characters shine through a lot more as well. To max out the ability of each character, you need a team that works extremely well together.
It is a beat ’em up-style game. You move from one group to another fighting and trying to get your ‘Style Points’ up to get a high ranking, the highest rank of which I assume is SSS, as I have gotten no higher no matter what I do. It is fast and a lot of fun to play, and best of all it is free to play! Fast action and swift combat make this one stand out proud among the infinite clones of MMO-style games such a World of Warcraft, FFXI, FlyFF, and whatever else plays like that.
While it is not as deep as some dedicated action games it does do fine for itself and left me quite impressed with the quality that they managed to get into this game.
With it being free-to-play, I was not expecting insane graphics or groundbreaking animations, but I was still surprised by what I got in the game, what with the cel-shaded looking so well done, and the areas looking like something just out of an anime; it really caught my eye and it is well-animated.
One negative to the game that I can find, though, is that a lot of the dungeons look about the same, so you will spend a good amount of time running through areas that look like the last area you just beat. Not for me is this a HUGE issue, and for most MMO players, this won’t be a problem either. Phantasy Star Online was about the same, in truth.
As you might know, I am not a fan of the online gaming front. I don’t play them very often, but when it comes to co-op gameplay, I tend to play it more. I was there with the first Monster Hunter, and I play Demon’s Souls and Phantasy Star Online, so co-op is just something I do. And this game gives me yet another game that I can play with my little group of friends!
I do spend a lot of time on the character selection screen, though, due to the fact that I cannot figure out who to play. Each character is well done and fun to play and leaves me often wondering who I want to play and which role in the party I wish to be.
So, you cannot go wrong trying this game since it is free, but more importantly, it is really a blast to play, and there are no other games like it on the MMO market, with creativity and great design shown throughout the course of the game.