You should check out Allods. Looking at it from the perspective of a WoW enthusiast, it’s very appealing. Released on Feb 16th in a ‘beta’ which is actually launch. Here’s my mini-review.
There are warrior and paladin tank classes, along with other archetypes such as mage, warlock, hunter, stabby etc. The healer wears plate. The mage has a strange mechanic where you get up to 5 combo points per school of magic cast, which can proc in random good ways. Mage’s slowing spell turns the opponent into an ice statue of sorts, slowing them; so you can do that for a while, then lay in a fireball. The Warden (like a druid with pet) had a lightning spell that reminded me of a DK’s Icy Touch, so I felt at home there too.
One mechanic that confused me is “fatigue”, which is basically exp that is ‘on hold’ until you visit an Innkeeper who converts it into real experience. Another, the pet class Warden has “dismiss pet” which I thought would be like WoW, but in fact it just lets your pet rest and regain its energy bar.
Another difference is there’s no auto-attack, because after L10 or so you don’t need it. You use specials. I read that “When you use a ‘normal’ attack as a warrior for example, you’re using energy from your energy bar. Auto attacks are free attacks that are limited by attack speed or cooldowns, in Allods even a normal attack uses the resources you’d otherwise use on anotherstronger move.”
Quests are the usual type, kill / collect / discover, but it is refreshing to be doing completely new quests and learning a new set of mechanics rather than replaying old WoW content.
After creating a new character, there’s a short tutorial instance. You can’t skip it and if you log out before completing the instance, your character will lose any experienced gained. It doesn’t take long to finish, though.
Your class choices, from a blogger notadiary:
The polish on this free-to-play game is astounding. It’s really well done. Story, art, animation, graphics and UI are of a high standard. They did invest $12M in its development.
It’s UI is similar to WoW so you can get playing very quickly. I adjusted the movement keys to my familiar settings.
To talk, you hit enter first, then /z for the zone (like /1).
I played for just a few hours, watched some youtubes and promo videos. I like the fantasy space opera theme. At high level, you can even buy a cool boat and man it with navigator, gunner, captain and so on.
If you want a game for maintenance nights, or as an alt-game to WoW for a break, can’t wait for SWTOR, etc, then this is really worth trying out. Do some reading prior to it opening. I’m going to probably play it instead of levelling a WoW alt (my druid), whilst WoW will remain my main game.
I’m on the server Nezeb, an Orc Paladin (tank to be), called Gravity. Empire are the bad-ass looking guys, not the cute ones. Say hi.
Other sites covering it, beyond Official site:
- Keen and Graev’s (has forums too)
- tips for new players from a site that also has guides (otherwise, site is inactive as of 2011).
- more tips, including that you can buy from vendors items which others have sold, so check the ‘resale’ tab.
- very importantly, the wowhead of Allods, item, quest and zone database.
All reviews I’ve read have been positive too.
There are starter newbie guides which I didn’t need to read at all, but do give some useful tips (including several I contributed).
Here’s a video of a ‘raid’ of them zerging a boss.
Here’s a video of the scenery.
Here is the ship.