I have been playing a bunch of (anime) MMORPG games for years now, more especially at Aeria Games. I’ve played Grand Fantasia, a little bit of Eden Eternal1 and browser games like Wartune back in 2011 and 2012 (I think…) and because of new interests, I eventually steered clear off of MMORPGs in a while. After all, my laptop’s dying days were already counting until the time finally came that there was just no way that I would ever play the newer, more awesome (not to mention cute!) anime MMORPGs such as the ones I’ve mentioned.
Much to my surprise, the one I’ve always wanting to play the entire 2013, Ragnarok Online 2, is also being hosted/released by Aeria Games. While downloading it, I stumbled upon another new anime MMORPG that Aeria Games recently released: Aura Kingdom. It was actually renamed from its original title released in China and Taiwan, Fantasy Frontier Online and what attracted me to this game compared to the ones I played before was that it has plenty of different classes that expand outside your typical “warrior, archer, cleric, sorcerer” classes. For instance, my first character that I created, Kyrina,2 is a gunslinger character. Her weapon(s) are dual pistols. Another awesome feature about this game is that you have a companion known as an “eidolon” who isn’t just some “familiar” creature who assists you in battles, but you can actually have (short) conversations with them. On many situations, your eidolon will be making his/her side comments on your quest situations or even your performance as a fighter and adventurer. One cool thing I like about having your eidolon by your side to do your battles is that you get one or two special moves in which you and your eidolon can make awesome combos to defeat a common enemy. Kyrina’s eidolon is a pink-haired white unicorn named Alessa.
As of writing this entry, Kyrina is now at level 28. I’ve only been playing this game since last Saturday since it took forever for the game launcher to download all of its patches.3 I thought that RO2 would take longer to download altogether than Aura Kingdom and it turns out that RO2 had lesser updates and I was able to play it right away.4 Apparently between Aura Kingdom and RO2, I found myself growing more attached to Aura Kingdom and decided to stick with this game.
I’ve met a few friends there and I even joined a guild recently. The game itself is pretty much active, but not as much community setting as my days two years ago in Lucent Heart. Although you get extra benefits for being part of a guild, I hoped that the game had a couple/marriage system for more added extra benefits. Unfortunately, Aura Kingdom “hasn’t had the time for love between players/characters” just yet. Still, I’m not in a rush for that.
I haven’t spent any money on game points just to buy the “special items,” simply because in Aura Kingdom, you get different sets of costumes and clothes just by completing quests. The screenshot that I have here of Kyrina has the “traveler’s clothes” and each player/character has its own specifically designed clothes based on their class. The gunslinger clothes looked really chaste5 but cute. I could’ve chosen the “aristocratic” set or anything close to military-like, but I see Kyrina more as an adventurer and explorer than just a soldier of a powerful kingdom or something that I decided to choose her traveler’s clothes. Oh, to add that, each different costumes also has their own extra benefits, such as higher HP6 or higher damage percentage, etc.
Since I’ve only played the game for four days, I haven’t had much to say regarding the game’s depth, but I love playing games that actually have story lines in them. This game has plenty of side quests too, and for the most part, you level up really fast here just by completing these given quests. I guess my gripe in this game is that it doesn’t have much dungeon level missions, however this isn’t much of a concern if you’re a solo player who doesn’t belong in a guild. Personally, Kyrina is part of the guild but she still hasn’t quite acquainted with the rest of the guild members just yet.
Aaaand… I’m yawning like mad as I write this down. This just means I have to head to bed and wake up early in the morning for work. More on my adventures at Aura Kingdom much later.
- I only stopped playing simply because my old laptop was just way too weak to handle that game… [↩]
- unlike in social media and (personal) websites, I do not use my real name or my personal nickname… [↩]
- I started downloading them Friday late night and then finished downloading them at Saturday afternoon… [↩]
- Just like many other MMORPGs, I had to turn off my antivirus program just to play the game. Of course I eventually turn my antivirus back on when I log off, etc. [↩]
- although i am an avid gamer, I really don’t like creating my character that has too much revealing clothing [↩]
- hit points [↩]