Friday, July 8, 2016
Riders of Icarus- First Impressions
Last week I tried out one of the newly 'released' games (open beta as of now) Riders of Icarus. It seems to be pretty decent of a game thus far. This isn't a review, merely throwing my thoughts out there on my impression of the game so far with some shiny pics.
Overall it is a decent game, pretty too. The classes are- if nothing amazing or new- solid, for the most part. I think my biggest annoyance is that anything besides the priest needs to chug health pots or regen a little bit. There are no specs for classes either, no real variety. But the game is interesting and entertaining. I liked the Guardian and priest classes, though the guardian was more the classic warrior, I had wished maybe for a paladin type class. The rogue was fun too, a little squishy, or was it called assassin? Basic trinity classes. You get the idea. The Eastern version sports a few more classes than what we have, always hate playing catch up like that.
There is a huge selection of pets, quite nice choices too. You can even obtain flying mounts. You can also change these mounts into pets. These pets can be kept as mounts, with eventual mounted combat abilities available or used as a little sidekick pet. Basically it is a shrunken version with a stamina bar, when the bar runs out your pet goes away until it regens stamina back. I don't like the stamina mechanic at all, sort of ruins the whole pet deal for me. Pets feel very useless unless you are using it for a mount. In my eyes this is a mount collecting game. I am not even going to touch the topic of mounted combat. For a game centered on mounts/pets, whatever you want to call them, they feel a bit clunky. But they still function and have the ability to sprint.
The world is beautiful. The characters are pretty snazzy looking. Gear as you level looks pretty cool too! The world is huge, there are tons of mounts to collect, the daily quests and achievements award cash shop currency. Speaking of, the cash shop is pretty decently prices from what I saw. You don't really need anything out of there. It is nice to support the game you are playing though, if you want to keep playing it!
All in all it is nothing new as far as classes and combat, but it adds a nice twist with mount/pets and mounted combat. A solid game, that looks good. It's free in open beta currently so it is worth a shot. Nothing to lose, plus there is a quest currently for a fire raven shoulder pet (as soon as you get out of tutorial quest is there). Link here to official website.