Age of Wulin

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Age of Wulin
Age of Wulin logo
Developer(s) Suzhou Snail Electronic Co., Ltd.
Publisher(s) Snail Games
Webzen, Inc.
Snail Games USA
Mental Games Russia
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) July 18, 2013[1]
Genre(s) Action MMORPG
Mode(s) Multiplayer
Distribution Download

Age of Wulin is a 2013 free-to-play 3D martial arts action MMORPG, developed by Chinese developer Suzhou Snail Electronic Co. Ltd. (Snail Games) and published by Webzen in Europe. It was released on 10 April 2013 in North America. Age of Wulin revolves around the Wuxia-inspired lore surrounding martial arts and adventures in medieval China.

The original version, named 九阴真经 (Nine Scroll Manual/Nine Scroll True Classic) is published in China by a games developer through the Woniu (蜗牛网) portal. Alternative versions are: Age of Wushu, published in North America by Snail Games USA;[2][3] Age Of Kung Fu, published by Cubizone for South-East Asia; and Легенды Кунг Фу (Legends of Kung Fu), published by Mental Games for Russia.

Gameplay[edit]

Players will initially select one of eight factions, and then gradually develop their characters, learn new skills and engage in PvE and PvP content.

The game does not feature a class system, so all skills are open to choice. Only the unique Internal Skills of the School are restricted to each member of the specific school, such that if a player leaves his/her faction, or School, the player loses the ability to use that School's Internal Skill. Internal Skills increase the player's base attributes and combat bonuses.

Quests and many other activities, including gathering, crafting and combat, give Experience points similar to other games. However, instead of the experience points accumulating to increase the level of the avatar, the experience points are converted in Cultivation points to upgrade fighting skills. Many elements of the game include solo and party dungeons, an equipment system, crafting and professions, a housing system, and mounts. Chivalry and Guilt determine the player's reputation and alignment, in the Jianghu System. Kidnapping and killing good players result guilt. Successful kidnapping and player killing(pk) gives the player Guilt value and saving a kidnapped player gives Chivalry.

The game features 8 player factions, or Schools: Shaolin, Wudang, Emei, Beggar, Tang Clan, Scholar's Academy, Royal Guard and Wanderer's Valley.[4]

Combat[edit]

The in-game combat will strictly feature martial-arts styles, but will contain super-human abilities and elements from Chinese legendary stories such as depicted in films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero.[2][5] A unique feature is that there are no classes or level restrictions. Instead the game will use a skill-based system in which the player will have to learn new abilities and talents in order to progress. Combat will depend on skill proficiency rather than any assigned numerical value.

There are three types of skills akin to the Rock-paper-scissors game: Overt, Feint, and Block skills, where Rock breaks Scissors, Scissors rips through Paper, and Paper covers Rock.

  • Overt: (Rock) Damage skills.
  • Feint: (Scissors) Skill to break defense of a blocking enemy.
  • Block: (Paper) Blocks and parries incoming damage skills.[4]

In addition, most skills use Energy, the equivalent of a Mana pool, to execute during battle. As you accumulate hits and take damage, the player builds Rage. After five bars of rage fill up, the player can use one of the special Rage attacks that consist of a cut-scene and a combination of powerful damaging attacks in succession.

The actual PvP-Combat is way more complex then simple Rock/Scissors/Paper.

  • Lock-On: Skills that counter all skills that do not have lock-on function.
  • Counters: Using Overt's or Lockon's while your enemy has initiated a feint results in a counter called "Restrain".
  • Fakes: Using a Simple overt to make enemy block to instantly feint without global cooldown.(requires Meridian skill)

Sects[edit]

Wudang Sect: One of the most powerful sects in Age of Wulin, righteous and feared among the others, their main weapons of use are Sword/Twin Swords Taijijian, hand to hand skills such as Taijiquan will be learned at a later stage in training. Their attacks are powerful yet yielding and can be direct or hidden. Wudang are skilled in ranged attacks, assisting with recovery, and helping other team members, furthermore, they have very strong survival capabilities. Their main weakness is in defending themselves during ranged (AOE) combat.[6]

Shaolin Sect: Using brute force to apprehend the opponent, they are one if not most powerful sect among them all, their main weapon is Staff and Fists. Their martial art skills are powerful and direct, the moves focus on close range attacks which inflict more damage and provide better defence thus classifying as a tank. Shaolin have great survival capabilities, also very vulnerable to long range attacks.[7]

Beggars' Sect: Always punishing the evil ones and helping the ones in need, Palms are the weapon of choice for their strong and direct power, although a staff or stick is also known to be used. Their moves inflict a great deal of damage, but their defense is of less concern. Beggars do however, on account of their knowledge in the field, have good defence against poisons. The sect is famous for its Eighteen Dragon Subduing Palms and its Dog Beating Staff Technique, which are only passed down from a chief to his successor. The green jade staff which is carried by the chief is a symbol of his leadership.[8]

Emei Sect: A righteous, women's only sect. They are powerful as well as gracious and their weapons of choice are Twin-Spears (daggers designed to use with two hands), which are highly regarded by the women of the sect on account of their light weight and agility. The combat moves for double-spear are as elegant and intricate as dance. Members of heir sect are also known to use smaller, more discrete weapons which are unique to Emei.[9]

Scholar's Academy: Scholars are a Neutral faction and are highly skilled in the refined art of the sword and their Limitless Sword Technique is renowned in the Jianghu. They also use musical instruments as weapons as well as foot techniques. The disciples of the sect utilize the magical power of music in their attack strategies, inflicting great but short-lived damage. Should they not inflict great damage in one attack, they are open to counter-attack owing to their low defensive capabilities. Scholars can attack multiple players at the same time, but only have limited sets of moves as well as limited skill in long-range combat.[10]

Tangmen: Masters of long-range attacks, they prefer to use the dagger and the flying dart as those are easily concealable, suiting their underhand methods. Tang special skills focus on controlling others, absorbing their HP and internal energy. Their hidden weapons are used for ranged attacks, but are not suited to melee attack. However, if they do win in melee attacks, they add negative buffs to their enemies. The sect's poisons are very effective and can penetrate strong defenses.[11]

Blissful Valley / Wanderer's Valley: These are one of the two evil sects from Age of Wulin, which prefer to use the twin broadsword for its strong and direct power. These sects are also skilled in using twin short-swords, as well as in empty-handed techniques. They have special skills in creating traps and are proficient in ranged attacks, as well as defensive techniques. Sect members can also surround themselves in a protective cloud in order to make a quick getaway.[12]

Royal Guards: The second evil sect prefers to use the broadsword or sword and are also skilled in eagle’s claw and the chain. They have many special skills that can increase attack to inflict great damage. Royal Guards cultivate dark yin energy, forging steel-like bodies impervious to harm. However, their cool-down period is relatively long, with more usage limitations. The Guards can also quickly alternate between attack and defense modes. They serve the Emperor and follow his will, meaning that they are backed by the government. This tends to result in Royal Guards to be able to "lawfully" commit crime.(Crowd Control).[13]

Development[edit]

Promotion at E3 2012

The game entered into its last closed beta phase in China in June 2012 which does not require a closed beta key anymore to participate. The European version was expected to launch in 2012[2][14] but was further delayed for early 2013. The North America version, Age of Wushu, launched on April 10, 2013.
On July 18, Age of Wulin entered the Open Beta phase in Europe with three servers, two for the French-speaking and the German-speaking community and one for the international English community.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Age of Wulin MMORPG - Official European Website". Webzen. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  2. ^ a b c "Age of Wulin « Free MMORPG". DotMMO.com. 2013-03-19. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Age of Wulin Feature - MMORPG Feature - MMOsite.com". Feature.mmosite.com. 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  5. ^ "Age of Wulin". PC Gamer. 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  6. ^ "Official Age of Wulin Blog: Age of Wulin Sect : Wudang". Blog.en.wulin.gpotato.eu. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  7. ^ "Official Age of Wulin Blog: Age of Wulin Sect : Shaolin". Blog.en.wulin.gpotato.eu. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  8. ^ "Official Age of Wulin Blog: Age of Wulin Sect : Beggars' Sect". Blog.en.wulin.gpotato.eu. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  9. ^ "Official Age of Wulin Blog: Age of Wulin Sect : Emei". Blog.en.wulin.gpotato.eu. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  10. ^ "Official Age of Wulin Blog: Age of Wulin Sect : Scholar's Academy". Blog.en.wulin.gpotato.eu. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  11. ^ "Official Age of Wulin Blog: Age of Wulin Sect : Tang Clan". Blog.en.wulin.gpotato.eu. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  12. ^ "Official Age of Wulin Blog: Age of Wulin Sect : Blissful Valley". Blog.en.wulin.gpotato.eu. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  13. ^ "Official Age of Wulin Blog: Age of Wulin Sect : Royal Guards". Blog.en.wulin.gpotato.eu. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  14. ^ "Age of Wulin". En.wulin.gpotato.eu. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 

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