Yes, I got in to the closed beta test (wasn't that difficult really) and considering I'm an MMO-hound I just had to try out this latest offering in the massively multiplayer genre. Considering it's from Square-Enix I have high hopes for this one, but then again it might just be "published" by them or some weird thing and their name is merely for gaining players. Whatever, it's still refreshing and new to me.
Anyways, as the title says, I only got to spend 30 minutes in the game before it suffered a massively weird glitch and had to be shut down for 3 hours. Yeah, not a good start, but what I did manage to play was pretty entertaining.
The graphics are bright and colorful and kind of fit somewhere in between Holic and Mabinogi. Movement is grid-based and your camera is fixed in a top-down view which is similar to Disgaea, but unfortunately you cant rotate it or zoom in and out. Well, let me clarify, if there IS a way to do it I haven't figured that out yet. Hopefully there is an option to change the angles because a crowded room gets rather cluttered and its hard to find your NPC's when everyone is standing on top of them.
The battle system is your standard turn-based system. You walk along the main map, fall in to a random battle, and your party appears on one side while enemies appear across the battlefield. You pick from a menu up top what type of action you want to take (in the main case it will be "attack") and then just click on the opponent you want to attack and, get this, wait
. Yup, the action time bar is back and whenever you click your opponent you have to wait for your action bar to fill again. Same goes for the baddies, but you can see their time bar too so you can try and coordinate your attacks. Also, when people enter the battle screen their avatars become clouds of smoke and dust on the main map. Remember those old cartoon clouds of dust that would signify that someone was in a battle and would have random legs and fists popping in and out of it? Yeah, its like that.
The music and sounds are nice and I really don't have anything to say about it other than "it fits".
I would also like to point out that there is a ridiculous amount of characters and classes available in this game (17 in total). The character page is a group picture and you just click on what you want your character to look like (then you can tweek it) and then from there you choose stats and start planning from there.
Community is "eh" for right now. Most people don't talk but thats probably due to the fact that people are trying to get the hang of it or something.
Anyways, it's not a miracle MMO, but it at least looks entertaining enough for now.