Allods Online Astral Ship PvP

January 28, 2010

I’ve had some more time with the Allods Online beta, mostly playing during the couple of hours right before I go to bed. There’s just something so relaxing about leveling in that game that makes it the ideal end to a day.

The progress has been slow (blame Mass Effect 2) and I’m only halfway through level 13. I’ve since joined a large guild made up of a long-standing community of gamers so there’s always something going on and always someone willing to help out. No date has been set for the open beta (the closed beta will run until February 3rd, but thus far there has been no news of what’s going to happen after that) but that hasn’t stopped the leadership from doing some pre-planning. I received some good news yesterday, that the guild will be starting on a PvE server come that day…if that’s an available option. I certainly hope it is; nothing is more frustrating to me than being bashed over the head with a player enemy’s cudgel while I’m trying to do something like a little harmless herbing.

I’m not strictly averse to PvP, however, especially when you see the type of astral ship action you get at higher levels (the video at the bottom of that link is worth watching). I’ve been doing a lot more reading into PvP in the astral, and it sounds too good to be true. Real people will be running the functions of these enormous ships in real time–everything from steering, shields, engines, navigation, cannons, you name it. These player-manned ships will fight other player-manned ships, until eventually the players themselves board each other and battle it out mano-a-mano. The game then takes that whole piracy aspect one step further as the winning team gets to loot and plunder the defeated crew’s cargo of treasure before destroying their ship.

Is it really as good as it sounds? Some of the players on the Russian servers (they’re already in open beta) say it is. If that’s true, I’m even more amazed that this game is a free-to-play. When’s this thing going to come out of beta so I can start, dammit?

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