If you recall the last Gam(e)ania we were talking about Shin Megami Tensei: IMAGINE, a free to play MMORPG. You’ll remember that I mentioned that it was difficult to find a good free to play MMORPG that is worth playing. Be it the game dialing up the cuteness factor too much, looking cheap, or just not being able to fund a quality game due to the fact that they will receive no revenue other than items they offer to players at the cost of real world currency.

Well, I’ve found another free to play MMORPG that is without a doubt worth giving a look and also a try at. The game is called GhostX.

Before I get to the story, I should mention that the setting would probably be considered cyberpunk. It’s got that sort of gritty but high tech feel to it.

Your character is caught in the middle of a freak accident, the building he is in is slowly burning to the ground. On the way out you come to a room with three “Nanobots”, floating creatures that are comprised of one giant eye. However, that is not the only trait of the Nanobot. Depending on the Nanobot, it will transform into a weapon for you to use to fend off the “Ghosts”, the name this universe uses to describe monsters. The three starter Nanobots range from a claw that attaches to your arm and two swords, one specializing in area damage and one specializing in more direct one on one combat. Back to your character’s escape, this escape is used to familiarize you with the basic controls. How to move, attack, and jump. When you reach the end there is a menacing figure standing in your path that your Nanobot warns is far superior to you. Just as it looks like you’ll be flayed alive, two more characters enter the scene, Tweener, yeah let the jokes commence, and Luna. They manage to force the unknown enemy to retreat and ask how you managed to procure a Nanobot. They then tell you that they are a top secret organization know as White Aurora; Tweener being the Vice Leader and Luna being the Leader. Their mission is to defeat rampaging Ghosts and defeat an “Evil Lord” that threatens humanity. Since you have a Nanobot they enlist you…and your journey in GhostX begins.

Right, so that’s a little story blurb about how the game starts. Let’s get into some of the things that make GhostX worth your time.

The first thing I want to talk about is the music because it was one of the things that I immediately noticed. It sounds like real music and it sounds like real instruments being played, not digital midis or bubbly little humming. Don’t get me wrong there is still a digital feel but that’s also because of the setting of GhostX being somewhat cyberpunk. Which is an incredible thing for a free to play MMORPG to have because I mean, really, when it’s free you can’t expect them to be able to afford top of the line accommodations. Here is a link to just the basic music that plays while you’re in the shopping area.

GhostX – Theme of Shopping Town

Next up, I want to talk about how this game looks. Now, you have to know that this game was made in Korea and their animation style differs a little from your typical anime/western style. They tend to like to make the arms and legs almost rather thin and REALLY small feet, GhostX is no exception. But, there is something strangely alluring about how the characters look, even if you aren’t used to seeing the particular style used.

Also, a lot of detail went into the Nanobots. Not only how they look when they are floating next to you, but there is a special animation used when you go into attack mode, done by pressing the Tab button, and the Nanobot transforms into your weapon.

Of course, you want to know about the actual combat don’t you? It could be described as having the combat system of a side-scrolling arcade game. You are in full control of when you slash, when you use a skill, and when you use a potion. There is no pointing and clicking here, you can’t just click an enemy and expect your character to walk up and start attacking…it’s all up to you. It’s a well done system too, one of the things that makes it so fun is that the skills you use look really good and the action seems really fast paced so it’s hard for it to become boring like a lot of point and click MMORPGs tend to get. Plus, not only do you gain experience for yourself, you gain experience for your Nanobot as well. As your Nanobot levels up it acquires new skills that you can use in combat and at certain levels the Nanobot will evolve and become stronger. I have heard that there are hundreds of different evolutions which means there is a ton of variety and a weapon/nanobot that will suite almost anyone players style.

The makers of GhostX claim that the fighting system is like being in an animated film, check out this video and see for yourself. This video also shows off the Nanobots and their different transformations into weaponry.

GhostX – Combat and Nanobots

Like any free to play MMORPG there are items that cost real dollars, however, with the variety of in game items that don’t cost real money you can easily play without ever needing to spend a dime. While on the topic of in game items, there is also a Soma system for your clothes. Soma is a difficult word to try to explain, outside of GhostX, as it has roots in Hinduism and has a lot to do with the body of a person minus the mind and psyche. In GhostX, Soma are basically crystals that, depending on their level, can add stat boosts to your equipment. They can be added or removed at will as well, so if you get a better piece of equipment you don’t have to feel like you lost any critical stat boosts you had previously put on your equipment.

GhostX also has quite a few quests to complete so you’re never really at a loss for what to do, there is always something to be doing for someone. Although, there are some timed quests, obviously quests you are required to finish in a set amount of time, that become a bit nerve racking but nothing so far has been impossible or in need of a twelve person party.

So, I think those are the major points that make GhostX worth taking a look at. Again, it is completely free so you don’t have to do anything except download the game and potentially have a good time with a good looking game. One of the things I want to stress towards the end of this article is that this is a free to play MMORPG. There is a level of detail in everything done in GhostX that at times makes me think I am playing a game I paid for. I mean sure, there are shortcomings like some translation errors, but overall…this is a really well maid game that I really thinks deserves a spot in the limelight, for a little while at least.

If you would like to give GhostX a try the website is http://ghostx.gamekiss.com/main.jce . You will need to register an account on the Gamekiss site, but it’s nothing difficult. If you ever feel inclined to give this a try then please feel free to leave a comment here telling me what you thought or even contact me in the game, my SN is Diamantes.

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