Hero Online Review: True Heroes, True Grind



By Jeffrey Kerkdijk (Hyarume),OnRPG Journalist

Hero online is an MMORPG, based upon the story of some Chinese writers. It is a free to play game developed by Mgame and published by Mgame.

Story

A legend tells a story of a hero "Quin Shi Huagdi", who was knownfor putting an end to the age of chaos. He called himself the "Son of the Sky" and dreamed to become immortal someday, a great dream.

He was an emperor, he was so ambitiousto become immortalthat he sent five hundred young boys and girls to Trinity Mountain as sacrifices, along with hundreds of Taoist mystics throughout the land to ascertain the hidden secrets ofimmortality. Tired, Huagdi went to seek out a way to become a god, mercilessly killing everyone in his path.

As goes the way of all mortal things, Huagdi couldn't prevent his death and the fall of his dynasty. Along with his death the glory and wealth vanished from the world. His own palace was burned down to the groundafter his death.

Many yearslater the sun disappeared and darkness spread throughout the heavens and the earth.From the depth of this darkness twelve men, "demons", appeared and theybrought the world into chaos and reigned by means ofdestruction. The appearance of the demons was also the cause ofthe fall of many famed houses.Tae-San Pa of San-Dong, Gun-Pa of Hae-Nam, Bok-Gun, Kwang-Dong, Myo-Gang, Sa-Chun, Ok-Mun Guan, Dae-Mak, and San Suh all fell under the hands of the twelve Demons.

In the darkest days a hero suddenly appeared and brought hope to the people. Along with great skill in combat, he had a plan. He lured the twelve demons into a trap where three thousand of the hero's best soldiers were waiting. After ten days ofcontinuous combat, all of the twelve Demons where slain at the cost of three thousand men.

Our hero started a house, and people called him "The Great Dragon". On a strange day "The Great Dragon" he was murdered.They discovered itwas his wife's doing. After his death it was rumored that his wife cradled his dead body, mumbling "They are back. The twelve have returned ". Chaos covered the land once again. Could it be? Could the Twelve demons have returned? Ifthis wastrue and the twelve Demons had truly returned, we would all be in grave danger, unless... a new hero would arise.

Hero Online Master

Gameplay

The gameplay in Hero Onlinestarts with the creation of your own hero. You have a few classes to choose from, and a few customization options. You start of at level 1 kyu, andevery ten levels you get a dan, imagine if your level was 3dan5kyu that would be the same as level 35. Basically hero online is a big grind, there is a story behind it but only if you care to read the wall of text in the quests. There is little to do besides grinding.

At 1dan you can pick get job class, at 5dan you can get a promotion to the job class you choose at level 1dan. These give you some extra skills to grind for but in the game there really isn't much elseto do other thangrinding. And even if you do find something to do besides leveling it is more confusing than fun. The game gives youthe bare minimuminformation and presents you withweird names of items to collect, that you often wouldn't recognize even if it is right in front of you.

At level 1dan you can also get a pet. Pets are very handy, sinceyou can use them as mounts, as companion, extra storage or just for combat. Hunters are the only oneswho have the ability to tame them; everyone else needs to buy them.

Hero Online Combat

Fortunately there also is a lot of PvP in the game which provides great diversion! There are PvP servers with their own rules such as bonus experience for your kills, but you also lose more with your death. On these servers PvP is everywhere, and Hero Online has just the job system for those who love PvP.

In Hero Online you can pick which skills you would like to be stronger by distributing skill points. This offers a variety of options for character development. The game also has stat distribution, but it is easy to mess up. In later levels this can be a lot of work to correct, or perhaps you even need a stat reset potion from the cash shop.

Graphics & Sound

Hero Online doesn't stand out when it comes to graphics; to be honest the graphics are pretty bad. The world doesn't have much detail; even the characters don't have much to see. Overall the sound is good. Nothing to say about that further

Hero Online

Personal recommendation

Hero online isn't exactly a great game, it doesn't offer more than most of the other MMORPGs out there, but what it does have is a good PvP system. Another thing that Hero Online does best is potion spamming. Iseriously dislike this in MMORPGs. It really isn't fun to keep spamming potions to stay alive.

Hero does have some other systems such as enchanting and crafting but it isn't even worth it half of the time, due it being too expensive or just useless. There are also movement skills in the game, likeflying over buildings, and walking on water that kind of stuff.Theseare handy for travel andlook great in the game. In fact all of the animations that the game has look great

The biggest surprise for me was that the game still has many mistranslations, that haven't been corrected since launch. If you are someone who likes to grind and loves to PvP,only then you should check out Hero Online.

Pros:
- The combat is allright
- The animations
- Job classes
- Character development.

Cons:
- The grind.. Everything is a grind in Hero
- Potion spamming
- The graphics
- The interesting storyline that has been forgotten in the game
- The mindless boring quests.
- Character customization
- Sometimes more confusing than fun.

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