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Warlander is an exciting MMORPG played from the third-person perspective, with a distinctive aesthetic that combines a medieval-inspired world with fantastical items and powers…. and… Strong Robots! It has a lot of elements that will make a multiplayer experience one of a kind. Or can it?
Warlander has been awaited for quite some time now and the hype is real. With time and the many announcements as well as upgrades the game has gotten have made it stand out. Now that it is finally out we will be giving it our piece of mind and reviewing it. We will split the review into Pros and Cons section so that you will know what it has good for it and what’s the bad. Lets’ get started.
Is It The New Happy Wars? – Warlander Review
Like in every review that we do, we shall start off from the positive side of things.
Warlander has a very unique gameplay element that will make you feel like both a very powerful leader and as an individual warrior killing many on the battlefield. These two things combined for a very fun gameplay that will have you going on for hours upon end.
The combat and the in-game battle and warfare are extremely fun if you are a fan of melee combats combined with a semi-positional strategy of pushing and losing ground. You and the enemy team will have an army and you will be fighting for land on very interesting maps. These fights start out simple but with time you’ll end up seeing rockets, magick, and even robots giving them big versatility.
The game is based on a deck system with you having choices to create 5 characters that you’ll play with. There are 3 F2P classes which are all different and you can choose them while in-game depending on what type of attack or defense you need to do.
You are going to upgrade your characters as you go by using the Valor (in-game currency) to get better characters throughout your battle. This is a nice system that basically rewards you for doing good plays in the game. The good thing is that it resets back to 0 every match so it is important to have a weak character to be able to make some money with.
Being a Free to Play game means you would know from the very start that there are cosmetics in it. Well if you wanted to have a big option of choices on how you can create to customize your knights or sorcerers, you are in luck. There are plenty of choices to go through and basically, you can change every single thing about your troops.
The first time you enter Warlander it doesn’t just throw you into everything and hopes that you learn it as you go. Instead, it gives you a very well–designed tutorial that will basically teach you the whole strategy and how the game works. It is an excellent way of welcoming people into a free-to-play game that many others should do the same.
The tutorial is actually made unique and has a special charm so don’t go skipping out on it!
Free To Play
Simply being a F2P game makes it a big Pro. Another thing that is very well done is that it has a Battle Pass that actually rewards the free-to-play players by a lot. There are 2 currencies – Silver and Gold, which are basically the same as in every F2P game out there.
The visuals although not that special, are suited perfectly for this style of game. The contrast in color that you will be seeing makes it very fun and alive. All the animations are done also very well with each being slightly different than the rest.
The big effects, especially meteor strikes, are especially well done considering that you’ll be getting a lot of enemies flying all over the place. The whole brightness of the game in general might make it seem as if the game is a bit washed out but it is nothing that will affect you in the long run.
Everything feels like it has weight due to the sound design attached to the movements such as swinging your sword and completing different attack combos, skills, and alerts that pop up on your screen. Our point being is that the devs clearly put a lot of care into the sound design and it shows.
Although it is a new game and many of these issues can be fixed in the future to come, they cannot be left unsaid.
Lack Of Maps
There are not a lot of maps that you can play through in Warlander. We know for a certainty that this will be improved upon in the future, but as it is right now there are a couple of modes to play but 1 to 2 maps. Although this might be the same thing as a MOBA game where there’s only one map so that players can learn it much better.
Anti Cheat Issue & Cheaters
The anti–cheat it installs is bad for your computer because it stays active even when you aren’t playing the game and launches every time you boot up your computer. Inactivation is not an option. For some unknown reason, it will transfer packets to Japan that can be used to collect information about your computer and your online behavior.
Although it might help out with finding cheaters in-game, we definitely do not like having something that will run in the background without us knowing while sending out data.
This is really something that the game needs to work on since it can put off many players that want to try out the game. It isn’t anything serious that takes off from the game, but simply having something like this is a problem for many gamers.
Also even with this anti-cheat system working in the background and opening and closing constantly, there are still some cheaters in the game that can run to the core (the game’s end goal point) and destroy it even at the beginning of the match.
Although this might just be in the beginning, since the game is fresh and fairly new, there are some performance issues that cannot be left unsaid. The game could be better optimized and no matter what type of rig you have you will be getting some lag spikes or the game slowing down when there are a lot of things going on especially big AoE skills.
The servers do have a lag from time to time and it might take a while for you to enter a game. This is also something that will get fixed in the future and still, as they are right now they still run better than For Honor so that says something. There are also bugs throughout the game that hopefully will get worked upon in the time to come.
No Voice Chat & Balance Issues
Warlander does not feature a Voice Chat system which makes it a very big Con especially when you wanted to basically plan your attacks out. Other than that, you are going to be seeing some balance issues as seeing plenty of bots in your gamers.
There is no matchmaking system so every time you enter a game you might end up with a versus bunch of veterans that will wipe you from the face of the earth. It isn’t that beginner friendly and some players even say that some classes are stronger than others.
It goes without saying that Warlander is a very fun Free to Play game. From the moment you first enter it you will be experiencing quite the joy and getting your first win is so rewarding. However, as time progresses and you delve further into the game beyond the surface, you will quickly become aware of its many shortcomings. This is the right game for you if you enjoy pushing and defending in multiplayer games that have the feel of a medieval MOBA. If not, you can wait for a while until the game gets polished out a bit.
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