to go over to MMORPG.com and get your Atlantica Online Closed Beta key.
What is this?
This thread didn't do so well in regular G&T. Then I realized that it belongs here anyway. This is what I'm currently playing, waiting for WAR.. maybe you'll wanna play it too? So, what is it? Atlantica Online is a turn-based strategic MMORPG. Think pseudo JRPG-combat, guild-wars overworld play, diablo item whoring, and a whole bunch of other mechanics wrapped into one.
You begin by creating a character:
Your most important choice is your weapon. You'll choose from a sword, spear, axe, gun, bow, cannon, or staff. Each has it's own pros and cons, special abilities, and accompanying limitations for your character. For example, I chose to wield a bow for my character, essentially making him a "Ranged" class. He can only wear items geared toward that class.
But wait! The fun part is after you log in, when you get to pick your first 3 mercenaries. You begin with a selection from:
As you level up and gain new skills, items, and abilities, you also unlock extra mercenary slots. Eventually, you'll get to pick from such cool dudes as:
...and more. Your mercenaries can also level up to different classes. Every single unit in your party can be outfitted, skilled up, leveled up, and essentially grows along with your main character. They even age as you play, although I'm not sure how that affects them at this point.
Here are some screenshots. It's your typical Korean MMO, following in the graphical stylings of Lineage II and many games after it, but it's still pretty slick. The animations aren't too crappy and the actual handling of the game is fairly smooth.
Here are some videos with some gameplay footage. Some of them are in Korean (I think?) but the beta right now is English.
So what is there to do? Right now, it is very quest-centered. The quests mainly involve going to kill a certain number of mobs or collect a certain number of items, but the combat is so much different than your typical MMO that I'm still intrigued. I also take a strange delight in constantly outfitting my entire party in better and better gear. That, and I really want to get my dudes leveled to the next class to see what that's like.
Here are some of the things you can do:
This involves simply learning a crafting skill, choosing an item to craft, and waiting it out. You need to actually go fight battles for the crafting bar to complete over time, so it's kind of a "background" affair. So far I've only messed around with creating potions and stuff, but there are a whole ton of crafting skills that I havn't even bothered with so far.
This involves taking two of the same item and combining it with a required number of "enchant stones." If you take two spirit swords, for example, you'll get Spirit Sword + 1. You can keep combining and combining to get higher and higher modifiers. Right now, my Spirit Bow + 5 graces my main character, and I'm too stubborn to replace it because it took a LOT of regular bows to make it.
A neat little dynamic they've got here is that items don't simply drop. Instead, you get item "boxes." Using the box will give you a random item based on your current party. This way, you're never stuck with a cannon, for example, if you don't have a gunner in your group.
I'm not sure how this works yet, but involves guilds and gives you access to special shit: extra quickslots on your characters and what not.
The game is in closed beta right now, but you can get a key if you're a fileplanet subscriber. Otherwise, I guess you would have had to have signed up. I don't see an open beta being far off, since this is one of those "free to play with pay to play options" kind of games... and they tend to get released pretty quickly.
Some more sites are partnering up to release closed beta keys. Check here to see if there are any left.