Grand Epic Online is without a doubt the best MMORPG based on internet browser. Although he describes himself as a 2.5D dungeon tracker, the graphics are beautifully animated. The Japanese feudal style of the game will surprise many fans of the RPG genre around the world.
Before starting the game, you have the option to choose which clan you want to be in. It doesn’t matter which clan you choose, as long as you choose a character to become your avatar on the screen throughout the game.
There is the option of being male and female characters. There are 8 characters in total and four different styles of weapons they can handle. You can use a bow and arrow, a sword, a larger wide sword or simply a flat cane. Again, it doesn’t really matter what type of weapon you choose, since your attacks will be weak to start anyway.
You will start by talking with a character named Sher Chao who shows you the basics of this game. It’s quite fun how the tutorial develops while forcing you to do all these mundane tasks for it, no matter how much you don’t like the character you are.
One of the first missions he tells you to do is kill a lot of rabbits so he can use his fur. From that moment you realize how easy this game is for the user. Almost all the role-playing games I have played, you are required to explore the entire area to know where all the places are. It can be a long process to walk through large villages and fields just to find what you need. However, this game allows your character to automatically run to the next location simply by pressing the area of interest in the missions menu.
Once I found the rabbits, it was very easy to kill them. All you have to do is highlight the target with the mouse and your character hacks until the enemy is dead. You can even use the mouse to escape any conflict if the enemy you face is too difficult to defeat. This fighting system is much more intuitive than the old-school shift system used in many other role-playing games.
Leveling up in Grand Epic Online is also a breeze. Once you earn enough points, you can simply click on your character’s profile and build your statistics from there. The only drawback is that you can only update 3 points for each attribute at a time. If I have 6 points in total, I can only give 3 points for my strength until I level up.
The online community of Grand Epic Online is healthy and prosperous. Even if you are doing single player missions, you can see other players walking and doing their own things. I was having trouble killing a lot of bad guys, until I met another player who helped just in time. It is this type of interactivity that is rarely seen in other video games these days. Not only that, but as you progress through the game, you have the option of joining a team to do team missions and more.
Communication with other players is also easy to use. There is a message panel on the side of the screen or you can send instant messages to other players when you see them walking across the playing field. Production values are nothing you have found before in a free video game. There are sound effects included and even music in the background. The character models are cute and rendered in full 3D.
Grand Epic Online really is an epic game. The images and gameplay are of high quality and there are a lot of missions to complete during your trip. One of the best RPGs I’ve played in a long time.