10 stars for Skyforge!An immortal warrior is reborn after a tragic death, and soon returns to be a hero for a world besieged by forces of darkness.
Welcome to the world of Skyforge.
This game is an action RPG that combines the mythological concept of immortality with all the great things about hack-and-slash action games in a storyline that is going to guarantee to get you intrigued enough to take it on. Indeed, when you start playing it, you will not be able to stop.
The game starts with the story of a Templar that has been reborn after being killed while defending civilians from Rat-like monsters called Virds. The man, sent with his squad to a besieged city to rescue a ground of civilians trapped in a temple, successfully eliminate the Virds in the vicinity. However, when they were about to take the civilians to safety, a villain called The Reaper of Death appears with overwhelming numbers of Virds.
The soldiers and civilians are overwhelmed. All of them are murdered, their bodies piled high in a desecrated temple. Soon, however, one Templar arises after being resurrected by the Gods. He soon discovers his new powers and defeats the Reaper of Death. Afterwards, he comes to the city of the immortals to learn more about his New Life.
That awesome intro was just actually a scaled-up tutorial to teach you the ropes of the game. Aside from the Templar, there are also three other classes that you can choose from. However, you can only select your character class after you have gone through that intro. The classes you could pick from are, namely, the support class Lightbinder, the all-powerful Paladin and the Mage.
There is much to be discussed about the game's combat system. It is a typical hack-and-slash battle system, but there is a lock-on mechanism embedded into the gameplay. There is a cross-hair in the middle of the screen and, when you target it on an enemy, the character will lock on and any attack you execute is directed towards that target.
This is very useful if you want to bash a boss repeatedly with attacks, but can get annoying if your target moves away from the crosshairs as the character will cease attacking. This could open you to attacks from the enemy, but the game allows you to dash in any direction to avoid that.
This ability, however, is limited and needs to be recharged. In the tutorial, the Templar has only three dashes before it runs out and you will have to recharge. Recharging the dashes, however, takes only a small amount of time.
There is also a special ability that you can access using the right mouse button. The Templar, for instance, does a whirling sword attack that bursts forth energy towards the enemies and dealing a lot of damage. It is enough to kill Virds and keep the boss off balance, as you will find in the first scenes of the game.
All in all, the battle system is fast-paced and the features are well-balanced to provide both enjoyment and a little bit of challenge for the player.
For the graphics, you will find that there are no words enough to express the beauty of Skyforge especially at its highest settings. The details in the cities and structures are truly remarkable. The opening card of the game where you log in should be enough to blow you away.
Of course, the game brings with it an exceptional soundtrack that is reminiscent of the scores of period films that dwell on classical Greece or Rome. In the Reaper of Death's dungeon, for example, the music blends seamlessly with the fighting that you can feel the tension and the wrath of the Templar as he fights his way out and avenge the deaths of his fellow soldiers in his previous life.
Skyforge should be a benchmark for future action MMORPGs that other companies are thinking about. The graphics are simply mind-blowing, the gameplay is challenging yet enough to be enjoyable as well, and it has plenty of stuff for the player to do while logged in to their account. Definitely a 10-star game! Was this review helpful to you?