What caught my attention about Mabinogi was that the game has ties to Irish mythology. This is something that you do not see a whole lot of in video games, especially MMO’s that are developed in Korea!
Stay Classy Folks
One of the things that I like about Mabinogi is the way that it is not class based. The class actually has no bearing on what you can do in the game. Instead, you pick from one of three races, human, giant and elf. Once you pick your race you are free to have them any way you want. This is something I really like as it means you can play as a race you like and not have to be pigeonholed into a certain class. It does though mean that the character creation system (which uses cards) can be rather in depth. But it is easy enough to get a character up and running. The skill system is split into eight categories. These are combat, magic, life, fighter, alchemy, dual gunner, bard, and puppeteer. You practice the skills in order to make them better which is what you would expect.
More In Depth Combat Than You Would Think
One of the first things that I want to talk about is the combat. The combat in Mabinogi is far more skill based than I was expecting. You do not just click away at your mouse like a maniac. Instead, you will need to time your attacks, choose them wisely and be ready to counter what your enemy is going to try and do to you.
A Living World
One of the things that is pretty neat is the way that the game has a real day/night cycle. 36 minutes of game time is a full day and there will be a night, day and there will be varied weather effects too. Your character also ages and as the days, months and years progress there will be weather changes too. I love stuff like this as it does help get you more invested into the game. As your character ages, this does affect their stats, but you can on a weekly basis do this thing called, rebirth and this will reset your age. The age of your character goes between 10 and 17.
Dungeons, Dungeons Everywhere! I am a sucker for a good dungeon in a game and this is one area where Mabinogi does really well. The game has a random dungeon system where it will create new and exciting dungeons for you to explore, fight creatures and of course get some nice loot that you can use.
Part of playing an MMO is to escape from your real life and Mabinogi does that very well. In addition to going on quests, getting into fights and doing the standard stuff you would expect in a game like this. When you are in towns you can communicate with various NPC’s. Take on a job and you can even try and get married. You will probably spend most of your time doing mundane things rather than questing!
Is It Really Free To Play?
Hmm, this is where the game is either going to be a win or a loss for you. This does have a free to play option, but it only lets you get a little taste of what Mabinogi has to offer. If you want to make a more detailed character, do more cool stuff and play the game as much as you like then you are going to have to open up your wallet in order to do this. The problem is that the free to play stuff does not do a good enough job of letting you see how much fun the game can be.
Mabinogi has a lot of good going for it. I found that just screwing around, talking to other characters, trying to find a wife and doing my job was a blast. The detailed combat and the vast amount of quests you can do will keep you busy. If you want to get into it just know that you will have to invest some money as the free to play does not do enough to show you the real good the game has.
- Has a very nice and interesting art style
- Combat is pretty cool
- The character building is really neat
- Lots of things to do other than questing
- Random dungeons keep things fresh
- Free to play does not showcase the best of the game
Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features:Single game mode
Mabinogi Screenshots and Media
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