Continuing with our G-Star travel log, we would like to introduce to you in this post some of the hit games that sparked this year’s G-Star. Even before G-Star started, there were heated up talks and expectations about the most anticipated games to be released in G-Star 2010, namely the Big Fours (or sometimes Big Fives, when NED from We Made Entertainment is included). These Big Fours are Blade & Soul, TERA, ArcheAge, and Diablo 3.
We were able to gather up and witness ourselves some of the user reactions on the spot as there were enormous booths for each. In each booth, various promotion events were held and demonstration-purpose PCs were placed all over the booths for visitors to try out the games.
1) TERA – NHN
Visitors in general raved about TERA’s graphics and great sound effects. Having used Unreal Engine 3, TERA is NHN’s next ambitious MMORPG that is scheduled for OBT soon after G-Star. In previous CBTs, TERA received a lot of critical attention for not having met many of its expectations. Bombarded by harsh criticisms, TERA came back with an improved gameplay (according to some users who have previously participated in TERA’s CBT, they say that this time, TERA is much better) and still more awe-strickening graphics. One of the unique features of TERA is its nontargeting system, which seems to draw out an immersive action play, suitable for those gamers who would love to see some real action in MMORPG. One of the visitors commented, “The fact that you don’t automatically target the enemy but that you use your skills and enemies nearby can get affected by it really made TERA feel like an action game.” Overall, the general reactions towards TERA were that it’s now much better than last CBTs, but still has room for much improvement if it wants to succeed.
2) Blade & Soul – NC Soft
The reactions towards Blade & Soul, NCSoft’s next-generation MMORPG were indeed explosive and most heated of all in G-Star. Users generally were amazed by Blade & Soul’s immersive gameplay, and many predicted that it would be the next blockbuster MMORPG following the Lineage series and Aion, all of which have been developed and published by NCSoft. Some users, on the other hand, commented that Blade & Soul felt more like an upgraded version of Aion with more martial action added to it. Blade & Soul is based on an autotargeting system, but still manages to draw users into a speedy gameplay. Blade & Soul successfully managed to meet the high bar of expectation that was raised at the beginning of G-Star 2010.
NCSoft’s Blade & Soul booth, where visitors could experience a live hands-on demo of Blade & Soul.
Here is a live demo video of Blade & Soul gameplay we got hold of on the spot:
3) ArcheAge – XL Games
Users generally showed favorable reactions towards the great degree of freedom ArcheAge allowed for players. There were also compliments about background graphics of ArcheAge. Other than that, however, ArcheAge didn’t seem to have satisfied many people’s expectations about Jake Song’s next masterpiece in line.
ArcheAge’s booth. XL Games is currently in development of ArcheAge. The game has been receiving much press attention as Jake Song, the “father” of Lineage is leading the development of ArcheAge as a CEO of XL Games.
4) Diablo III – Blizzard
As a sequel to the Diablo series that gained huge popularity in Korea and worldwide, Diablo 3 also grabbed attention of many visitors, especially those avid Diablo fans who have been waiting nearly 10 years for Diablo 3 to come out. The reactions were explosive; many commented that Diablo 3 captured the essence and sentiments of Diablo 2, but made it much better. Diablo 3 was revealed to Korean gamers for the first time through G-Star 2010, and does not yet have a scheduled date for release.
Blizzard’s Diablo 3 booth, where users were able to try out the game for 10 minutes.
Some other games that were newly introduced and which generated huge reactions and received favorable reviews are NED (We Made Entertainment), Ghosts ‘n Goblins Online (Seed9 Games, a subsidiary studio of CJ Internet), Project Goblin (We Made Entertainment), War of Dragons (Mgame), Raiderz (Neowiz Games), and Kingdom Under Fire II (NHN). Ghosts ‘n Goblins Online, a sequel to Capcom’s popular side-scrolling video arcades game, and Kingdom Under Fire II, a MOARTS (Multiplayer Online Action RTS) that inherits the Kingdom Under Fire series, were especially popular among visitors, many of who were once huge fans of the original. Ghosts ‘n Goblins Online was the dark horse of all; a lot of visitors gathered around its booth, and they raved about the gameplay, which surprisingly turned out to be much better than expected. Perhaps it should have been Big Six, instead of Big Five or Big Four. We will see how everything turns out when all these games are released.
Meanwhile, here are the rest of the pictures taken from G-Star 2010.