Bless, Unreal Engine 3 MMO Has Great Graphics, Boring Gameplay
A new gameplay video of the upcoming MMO, Bless, showcases 23 whole minutes of the game. Yes, nearly an entire half-hour of gameplay. While the graphics for Neowiz's Bless looks great, the major problem is that it's a game sporting decade old gameplay mechanics, turning what could have been a great concept into yet another click-and-farm fest.
As you'll see in the video below, courtesy of Massively, the visuals look quite striking and the attention to detail is exceptional. The story seems quite flimsy but that wouldn't have mattered if the gameplay was at least as exciting as the graphic art design. Check it out below and see for yourself.
For those who don't keep up with MMOs, the newest trend is to move away from the skilless grind of target-clicking. Basically, this means you use your mouse to select an enemy target and then you click-spam your strongest skills until they die. It takes no skill to play, it's boring, repetitive and a very old-school gameplay mechanic used way, way, way back in the day.
Today's top brass MMOs are all non-targeting, which means that in order to do damage to enemies you actually have to make your weapon make contact with the enemy. It also means that targets can dodge, block and parry out of the way, giving the gameplay both a dynamic and organic feel, as opposed to having both characters stand around wailing on each other in a game of HP attrition.
It's such a shame that Bless looks as good as it does, especially during that fly-through where the player character was taken into fake Mordor, that was pretty sleek. But that farm-ville combat really has to go if they plan on gathering a loyal player base. You can learn more about Bless by paying a visit to the official website.
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