Luvinia Online: A Land of Fantasy and Squirrels
By Remko Molenaar (Proxzor), OnRPG Journalist
Luvinia Online is a new free-to-play 3D fantasy MMORPG from Outspark, with unique subclasses for specialization, hundreds of maps to explore, variety of in-game events, and unlimited fun.
The world of Luvinia beckons players into a realm where humans, orcs, gnomes and dwarves once co-existed in peace; however, destiny never stands still. The stars that once shined brightly over the humans now fade as the hearts of the other races turn against them. With the help of the Victoria Institute, heroes from across the land will challenge fate to take up their weapons and fight for their land against treacherous invaders. Will you answer the call and make your destiny in the stars?
When creating your character the first choice the player gets to choose from is the Nationality. There are currently two alliances to choose from but each of these has three different countries. The Empire alliance has the choice between the nation of Moon, Wind and Sea. The Federal alliance has the choice between Cloud, Sky and Star, each carrying various backgrounds and stories. The choice is not an important matter from what I have seen and there is even a choice to pick something randomly. After picking your nation and country you will have to pick the gender of your character. There’s also the added bonus of picking your constellation. Furthermore you can even change your face, hairstyle, hair color, and even voice!
So many squirrels...
When I got into the world of Luvinia and talked with the first NPC I got the choice between three classes; each of these classes has their own unique abilities and purposes in the game. After a small introduction about these classes I went with the Magician, mostly because I’ve been using it in a lot of MMOs I reviewed lately and wanted a direct comparison.
After getting some equipment and a new spell it was time to do my first quest. I had to kill four slipper bunnies that were hopping around the academy, so I ventured off to the location and I found something really helpful. When you click on the red names or objects in the quest list you will automatically walk to the place where you can find the NPC or object that is required for the quest. After I killed all four slipper bunnies I got to level 2 and it was time to open up the first Gift Box. After an x amount of playing time a player gets to open a Gift Box. In these Gift Boxes you can find rewards that are very helpful in the game, and the first items gift to me were 2 elixirs that buffed my stats for half an hour.
After I took off to my second quest I went to look around and enjoy the sight of the beautiful environment. The environment really matches the fantasy genre and every place looks quite unique from its 3D MMO competitors. The visualizations of the spells are really good looking as well. When I was busy doing my second quest killing Grey Bats I also found out the quests are shown on the right side of the screen and it tracks your progress. Autopathing and instant quest tracking built into the UI? Good to know Luvinia is on par with the times.
While doing the second quest I also got a message from a fairy under the mini map; she told me that if I had some difficulty beating the monsters that I should head over to the skill tab. In the skill tab I found I could upgrade my skills on the fly and greatly bolster my damage without needing to trek back to town.
The downfall of the core gaming experience was looting. Sometimes I found just picking up coins on the ground was an irritating process in which I would repeatedly miss. I hope they will fix this in the future or make an action skill so it will pick up the nearby loot instead of clicking on it.
There is also a cash shop in Luvinia Online that will support the developers. The items that you can get in the cash shop aren’t really game changing items. There are mostly fashion clothes available for all races that make you look different than the rest. In terms of utility items there are gems used for crafting available in the cash shop. You can also expect to find the standard cash shop items like inventory expansion and world shouting items.
Luvinia Online isn’t really bad looking considering it went for the anime cel-shaded style. The environment itself and spell animations actually look quite nice. The system requirements for Luvinia are the following:
Operating System Win98/2000/XP
CPU P4 1.8GHz
Memory 512 MB
GPU GeForce 4
Hard Drive Space 3 GB
Operating System Win98/2000/XP/VISTA/7
CPU P4 2.4GHz
Memory 1 GB
GPU GeForce 7600GT
Hard Drive Space 3 GB
If you have no clue whatsoever what kind of rig you´re running or simply have no idea what these speifications mean. I would say everyone that has bought a computer in the last 6-7 years which didn’t turn yellow because of its age is pretty much set to play this wonderful game!
Luvinia Online is yet another 3D game that tries to make its way in the MMORPG scene. The game tries to set its own style and their effort really shows in-game. The numerous customization options also make it stand out from the crowd and really is becoming a trademark of Shanda Games. Of course with how saturated the market is, it’s sometimes difficult for a company to produce something truly original without copying from what already exists in the fantasy genre.
Nonetheless Luvinia Online is a wonderful game that is only being held back by some easily patchable bugs. If you identify yourself as a hardcore fantasy fan and need a new fix for your addiction in 2011, look no further than Luvinia.