Monday, March 29, 2010

Review: Zenonia 2

Yes, I know what you're all thinking, "Finally, it came out!". I think most of the gamers owners of iDevices were waiting for this one for as long as a sequel from Zenonia, the original, was announced. But was it really worth the wait? We'll see about that.

Let's be honest, 90% of the iDevice gamers already got used to crappy storylines, and the ones that are good, the ones that come from Korean ports, are always, with a crappy translation. This one is no different, but I don't know if you do, but I personally wouldnt care less, and I tend to take these more as joke when they're badly translated, than something fundamentally wrong with the game. Although if you do care about this, all I can say is that they're not *that* bad.

So let's talk about what matters, the gameplay, because, in the case of an action RPG, it is what makes or breaks a game, and interestingly, in the case of Zenonia 2, it manages to do both. Why? Because in one side, you have an amazing cast of 4 classes that play awesomely with different styles and excelent feel (including vastly different skills, items, and even movement speeds), the skills are good, the character customization and the items are plentiful, and even the GUI can be cuztomized to match your fingers reflexes and needs (although, as with any game of this type, there are some probles with the virtual d-pad, nothing is perfect). The enemies are diverse, the bosses are great, and everything is very well done to give a challenging but not frustrating experience, that you'll enjoy no matter how many times you spend on it.

Then why do I say it is broken as well? Because, even though everybody was waiting for this game so bad, that for their perception it should've come sooner, well, the reality is, this game could've used some more time in the workshop, as it is riddled with bugs and details missing, from little ones that you get used to over time, to some that, if you're as unlucky as me, means your character is broken and you have to start over to fix that. Yes, if you have bad luck you can, at any time, be forced by a major bug to just start over as if time didn't mean anything.

For those reasons, even though I consider Zenonia 2 a greatly well done game, I can't really recommend it, I prefer you wait for a couple of updates to get the real experience, and not get it now and start hating the game. This game is awesome and it shouldn't be hated for any reason, it is just not ready yet.

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