Zero Online Review: Just Casual


By Jeffrey Kerkdijk (Hyarume), Onrpg writer
 
Zero online is a MMORPG developed by TQ entertainment. Zero Online is a sci-fi action MMORPG worth your time if you are looking for a sci-fi adventure in a unique setting, with gameplay like one of a kind.
 

Pick a machine, pick a character and go!

When you first start the game, you have to pick a robot and pick a driver. Instead of customizing one you have a few characters to choice from. After that you are ready to begin the game. At the very start, a tutorial teaches you the game by guiding you through some beginner quests.
 
The main goal is hitting the maximum level, which can be done in a week, probably even just three days. Leveling is so simple it isn’t even a challenge. It is just too easy. And once you are done with that there isn’t much to come back for,  there is some player versus player content. But that’s it.
 
Quests are often kill-quests and tasks to go and talk to another NPCs. These aren’t much fun and there is an automatic walk system(auto-pilot) so you don’t have to move all the way to the NPC, you can watch the AP do it.
 
Zero online has plenty of places to go, but It isn’t much fun. Because if you need to somewhere, you can just let the Auto pilot do it.
 

Funnel system

The game lets you operate three units at the same time. You can get your first extra unit when you are level 100 and the last at level 145. You can freely shift between and using this system makes you a lot more powerful in the game.
 

Transformation system

You can transform when you are playing Zero Online, any unit can do this. This will not only change how you look, but it will also affect your abilities.
 
One thing that is fun is the combat, you click in a direction and shoot or attack in that direction. You click on a skill and right click to do the skill, wherever you want to. There are a lot of weapons and skills you can learn. The combat in Zero Online is pretty fun.
 
But it has a minor downside: once you run out of ammo, you can let the auto pilot auto-walk you to the vendor. You buy what you need and head back to the hunting spot. This breaks up combat and adventuring.
 
There isn’t much more to do than some normal player versus player. Or PK, which is just a game of who has more potions.
 

Graphics and sound.

The characters in Zero Online have rich 3D graphics although the world itself is 2D with 2.5D graphic effects. The world has plenty of detail and some places look amazing. You even have places where you see a planet in the background which looks absolutely fantastic. Skill animations look great. I love the graphics of this game, for a 2.5D game it looks out of this world (which it is, being sci-fi!)
 
The game music is good and fits the style of the game and the combat sounds really make you think that you are in space. Generally the audio is excellent and suits the atmosphere just fine, but some of the effects can be pretty annoying.

 
Conclusion

Zero online is a decent game, although there isn’t much to do in the game. But enough for a week of fun. There aren’t any events and there isn’t much of a community when you are playing the game. I have seen no GMs during my time in the game. Quest are pretty boring, but can get you some good items or some money if you like to gear up.
 
If you are looking for a casual MMORPG to play, then Zero might be your game. If you are looking for a game for the long term, this is probably not the game for you.
 
Pros
-Great combat system
-Fast leveling
-Funnel system
 
Cons
-Some irritating sound effects
-Not much to do
-PvP relies on potion spamming

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