Well I had a friend of mine do this impression of Age of Armor because I have not had a chance to play the game yet. I will update this with my impressions of the game after I get a chance to play. So if you find this a little biased its not my fault! Rade was the only person i knew that not only could do this for me but would not be completely biased as Balmoung felt he would be tooo biased aka a tool! lol well here is the results from my friend Rade!
Age of Armor
This is based only on the first phase closed beta and is subject to be outdated as things are being added.
Game Summary :
" In the middle of 20th century of Western Time . Amidst the wide immigration of human beings and the decay of boundaries between races. One of the most influential revolutions broke out as “Global Independence United Government”, sponsored by a number of developed countries and based upon United Nations , comes to being . As time goes on , more and more nations join. Thus the first United global Government on the earth comes to exist in human history.
Human beings have their own residences on the moon, on Mars and in the astrospace . Living environments around these residences prove to be less than satisfactory . Authorities on the earth are discriminative of residents on the astrospace. The Conflict increases , fueled by unfair wealth distribution, a corrupt welfare system and hoarding of resources. Giving Rise to a revolt among residents on Mars .They form their own government and make full use of robot-operating skills developed during skirmishes in the astrospace to defeat the army, equipped with weapons sent by the Global Government. "
- i edited the background history a little to make it more fluid, my apologies if that may have been bad.
It would be a lie if i did not say i am a fan of the game, but i will be as neutral as possible.
You first start out on a Newbie planet that familiarizes you with the game and helps you to level and provide equipment. The quest are all geared towards "pimpin'" you out getting you to a reasonable level and experience what the game is meant to center around, that being pvp battles and boss battles. At the time the quest were not all translated into perfect english but it is better than many translated games that have english staff, namely rappelz, which boast many errors. Quest consist of hunting mobs, talk to NPCs and collecting items from mobs ( that may be expanded with party quest and special module instance quest). The xp quest refreshes every day so you are guaranteed a level at least once a day, and the item quest more than stocks you up on reasonable equipment. Graphics on my machine were wonderful and i boast a three year old pc so with the new engine i expect it to look great on better. The Mars planet is arid and desolate which some may not like but Earth is quite colourful and vivid, so expect to enjoy the scenery especially as you explore the other "server planets" . Some complained that the music on mars was a little repetitive and coarse, but i find it fits in well with the scenery. The other planets were composed well to fit into their respective themes. The only complaint i had was that some of the towns were pretty plain, but then again most of your time is spent in the fields.
Other than that the game sports lots of potential and with the mass transformer influence it should prove to be fun.
-The upgrade system is very different in its approach as you really don't need to spend anything. The process would be prolonged that way but one can simply use dropped pieces of armor in the " reconfiguration" .
-The battle system is a little rough until you play with it for awhile, but it begins to shine. The WASD controls are perfect and honestly using the mouse is not a good idea as the other controls are better. The game uses a Tab target and one can lock-on to the mob for increased accuracy and damage. Here is the trick though, mapping the controls on an analog joystick works wonderfully and one does not need to use the mouse to target as you can assign the tab key. It is hands down wonderful not having to use the mouse and playing like it was a console.
-The game makes it a priority to deter your attention from grinding, so even when you are hardcore mob hunting you really don't notice. Along with using drops on the field to upgrade, you have to pay attention to several things including your energy and the stat progression timer. Although it has an auto-pot feature i still found myself enarmored with whacking stuff with my light saber.
-A mining system that provides funds for you endeavors, find a mine and go away and do your business. So even while you are away your character progresses.
-With an old transformer feel, most of the younger generation may stay away, leaving us old fogeys to have some mature fun.
-The ability to move flawlessly between servers, you are no longer stuck to one.
-Towns are small and lack large scale design, but that's minor.
-Melee combat at the time was iffy, but that was due to the lag for some.
The one thing i'll say is that you'll either love the game to bits, or you'll dislike it immediately, give it a try though and hopefully i see you on the enemy's side.