Blade & Soul is a Korean fantasy martial-arts massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed by NCSOFT and released one month ago in Europe.
The game takes place in a 3D open world environment where players are free to go anywhere and play whoever they like.
The game offers a real time fast-paced battle system where you fight with combinations of attacks much like traditional fighting games.
As player you start with the PVE content (player versus environment) first, but later in the game you can also join playing in PVP (player versus player).
The story of Blade and Soul is very common. You start as a pupil of the Hongmoon clan and as you learn, the clan gets attacked and you manage to be the only survivor.
After surviving the horrible attack you want to take revenge on Jinsoyun who destroyed the Hongmoon clan. On your journey you learn more about the world, Jinsoyun’s intentions and everything prepares you to the final confrontation.
The game has many things to offer such as PVE dungeons, PVP arena’s for 1v1 and 3v3 battles, open world PVP, a story line with quests, side quests and faction quests to spend your time on, crafting guilds, clan system, parties and much more to meet other players and to play your role in the faction of the Ceruleon Order, Crimson Legion or many others.
- Release date:
- January 17, 2016
How to play Blade & Soul
Blade and Soul is a free online game for the PC you can visit here. At first you download the patcher and install it on your computer. From the patcher you start up the game which is weekly updated.
At first you select your race and class, which are locked to your race, and then customize your character completely to your taste by using their many sliders and options.
After you picked a name you start the story on which explains step by step on how to play.
Since it’s a PC game you use your keyboard and mouse to move and various key’s to use actions, open menu’s and to chat.
The main goal is to level up until max level 45. By doing so, you are completely free to go. But you do have to follow the quests, these are traceable by your quest guide. The navigator and map also contain marks to track your quest status. Yellow means the story quest, this is the big story line and contains the fastest way to level up. Sidequests are there to support your story quest and level you up even faster. The higher level you get, the more skills, options and combinations you learn to use in battle. All the functions and options gets explained to you step by step by time.
If you have any visual disability, this game is not for you.
Let’s start with the user interface. Although some elements of the tutorials are explained by audio, others are only written down in the screen by a medium small font. This and the rest of the interface text cannot be changed in size or color. The user interface elements, the colors of the game and the contrast can hardly be adjusted and have little options and there is a lot of camouflage in the game elements which makes it hard to notice.
This game is perfectly accessible for people with an auditory disability. The game is fully understandable by reading only and all cut-scene’s have subtitles. Every option offers a textual explanation and is easy to read.
This game is played with a keyboard and mouse and uses a lot of it. However, it has a feature to connect an external gamepad to it. This way you can use your preferred controller and it has a menu in game to remap the keys to the buttons.
There is also a way to remap all the other keys in the game so you can locate them to your preferences.
Playing this game with a learning disability is a bit difficult. The game progresses at a fairly fast speed and there are many options and combinations to keep in mind and only shown once. Although the game features offer a lot of hover-over information, tutorials are only shown once and after this you are ought to remember it for the rest of the game.
Because the game is big and has a lot of options, there are many menu’s and options hidden on certain keys and menu’s. This requires the player to really know what to look for and how to find it up. Even I find myself using google to look up some information or how to get there and therefor it’s missing the info in the game itself.
There is also a lot going on in your screen that easily attracts attention. And although you can put the shiny details off, there is too much impulses and flashes to be seen around in and out of combat which could also trigger epileptic attacks if you are sensitive to it.