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V4 Evaluate – Full MMO Expertise In The Palm Of Your Hand?


By Jonathan White on August 25, 2020 | Opinions | 0


Korean sport studios aren’t any strangers to creating MMORPG video games. The most recent addition to writer Nexon’s portfolio is the Cell/PC cross platform V4, quick for Victory 4, developed by Nat Video games. Promising to convey a full featured MMORPG expertise to excessive finish smartphones, V4 strives to be the very best of the very best in its style — however did their promise come true?


To reply that query, it will depend on the way you view the evolution of video games to account for time and your capability to dedicate stated time to them. As a result of there isn’t a solution to merely give a sure or no reply right here, hopefully you’ll be capable to resolve the reply for your self by the top of this evaluate. The one MMORPG I’ve spent any actual period of time over the previous few years (other than doing a number of opinions) is Last Fantasy XIV, which V4 most actually doesn’t even come near competing with. That doesn’t essentially imply it’s not on-par with their concepts, as a result of V4 is surprisingly sturdy for a cell sport.

Upon initially logging into the sport, V4 greets you with a vibrant video of various surroundings factors which can be discovered inside the sport’s world. I figured for certain that these inventory places would have been extremely polished for that intro loop, however to my shock, V4’s world is definitely very fairly and appears nice on my iPhone 11 Professional Max. Even with the settings cranked all the way in which up, the one limitation the sport appears to have points with are some slowdown in extremely populated areas or a little bit of lag when mobile protection isn’t the very best. 

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V4 has a number of completely different courses you can select from. Ranged courses embody the Gunslinger and the Enchantress (with an Archer coming quickly), whereas Melee courses function the a lot tankier Warlord and Knight, and the excessive injury however squishy Slayer and Boomblade. I attempted out a number of of those courses, however in the end, my Enchantress appears to have the ability to survive a lot better than my Slayer or my Boomblade do. Should you ask round, everybody appears to be saying the ranged courses have far increased injury than the melee characters. I suppose that’s true, since I’ve seen a ton of Gunslingers and only a few Warlords or Knights. Although maybe that’s as a result of tanking on this sport doesn’t actually work as you’d anticipate it to in different MMORPGs. 

Every class has a pleasant number of expertise, and every ability has completely different choices that unlock as you progress and discover ability books. This lets you customise your expertise nevertheless you’d like them to be, and there’s additionally a expertise tree you can begin placing factors in at degree 51 which permits for even additional character customization. Talking of customization, there’s a whole lot of pores and skin tones and hair colours/kinds to select from, however the courses are restricted to whichever gender the builders noticed match to make them — so naturally nearly each class is feminine.

Precise gameplay is the place V4 begins to grow to be questionable. Just about every thing within the sport is about on an auto-play loop. You faucet on the display screen to start out a quest, you faucet the search, your character runs to the place the particular person/merchandise/mob you should kill is, fight is mechanically triggered, and also you run again to the search giver. This makes V4 really feel extra like a hero simulator than an precise MMORPG per se, however the choice to not use the auto-play is there and the sport feels extra like an expertise you’d anticipate while you pilot the characters your self. Gameplay between gadgets is pretty seamless as properly, as I’d play for a bit on my cellphone after which sign off and leap onto my PC so I may let my character farm for crafting supplies all night time, and within the morning, I’d sign off on my PC so I may play on my cellphone later within the day if I had time.

Swapping between gadgets is definitely very simple, because the PC shopper is just about an actual port of the cell app. I hoped that the PC shopper would have extra choices, comparable to higher chat filters or higher choices to work together with the actions, however nope – it’s merely an actual copy. You possibly can even see the motion wheel and the velocity slider for the mounts visibly on display screen. Should you’re enjoying on a tool that may help a mouse, comparable to a Chromebook, the mouse is totally ignored if there’s a touchscreen obtainable. Hopefully the PC shopper will get an improve quickly, however for now it’s not less than manageable – and definitely makes the choice simpler to permit auto-play to do all of the be just right for you.

Whereas not everybody goes to like the automated gameplay choice, I discovered myself much more invested in spending time with V4 since I can merely set it to run whereas I’m going and do one thing else. That’s an excellent factor for my part for this sport, since every thing you do is tied to your Fight Energy. Your CP is what dictates how properly geared you might be for every space, and also you achieve CP by not solely discovering higher weapons and kit, but in addition by finishing analysis, gathering supplies, upping your crafting skills, and discovering higher pet companions and mounts. There’s a whole lot of stuff occurring, and all of it contributes on to how sturdy your character is. Sadly, V4’s largest power can be its largest weak spot. Due to the truth that every thing you do determines how sturdy you in the end are, there’s a really excessive incentive for folks to pay to win.

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PVP is enabled by default and may’t be turned off, as Nat Video games needs folks to expertise their world in chaos (you realize, the “you’re by no means actually protected until you’re in a metropolis” kind of facet) and it’s extraordinarily irritating because you’re solely actually protected within the first space of the sport. This implies it’s not unusual for somebody who’s degree 60+ to come back by and one shot you when you’re making an attempt to work on the principle quest. PVP kills depend as full kills regardless of how weak or simple the goal is, so if somebody needs to be a jerk and camp you without spending a dime kill counts, then I’m sorry about your luck. As you achieve ranges and get to stronger areas, if folks assault you and you’ll really struggle again, the struggle turns into much less about what your class can do and extra about who’s received the larger stack of therapeutic potions on them.

In the end, I like what V4 is making an attempt to do right here. The concept of a full featured and actually fairly MMORPG that’s simply accessible and tries to respect your time is welcoming to the style, however should you’re somebody who’s extremely aggressive, you’re not going to hit the highest of any charts until you sink 1000’s of hours (or a whole lot of {dollars}) into V4 because of the obscene nature of every thing being based mostly on RNG. Your gear will be upgraded to a sure level, however if you wish to push it even additional, you are taking an opportunity that your gear will break if the improve fails. If it fails, you’re screwed till you could find a brand new piece of substances for the slot. It’s actually bummer you can’t recuperate damaged gear to the bottom degree and simply reattempt the upgrades. On the upgrades the place you don’t lose the gear, the RNG will be completely brutal. I went by way of 57 improve scrolls making an attempt to improve a uncommon piece of substances from +6 to +7, after which received +eight on the very subsequent try.

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I believe your enjoyment of V4 will tremendously rely upon what you need out of it. For being greater than a easy match three or a gatcha with the identical primary gameplay loops, I admire V4 for being one thing extra intently resembling a “actual” sport on my cellphone. I like that every thing you do will increase your capability, so there’s a purpose to not utterly ignore analysis or crafting, even when it in the end feels type of ineffective. At the same time as somebody who considers themselves a “core” gamer, there’s sufficient right here to maintain me which implies “informal” players are seemingly going to have a whole lot of enjoyable. Should you’re on the lookout for an excellent deep expertise with precise grouping and dungeon working, epic world boss fights, and complicated PVP or crafting experiences, V4 might be going to disappoint you slightly shortly.

Full disclosure: Whereas V4 is free to play on iOS, Android and PC, reviewer was equipped in sport objects by developer for the needs of this evaluate.



6.5Okay

Professionals

  • Auto play can automate senseless grinding
  • Actually fairly with spectacular world measurement, particularly for cell
  • Guide Fight requries extra than simply primary assaults

Cons

  • Story is bland and forgettable
  • Every part, in the end, is concerning the grind
  • Fight expertise locked off by prime quality loot obtained by excessive mob kills and pure RNG luck
  • Largest incentives aimed immediately on the pay to win crowd





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