Putting aside any possible harsh criticism, we can consider Hellgate: London as the all grown up Diablo while Mythos is a all A+ student brother of Diablo. It is not only because the game is made by the creators of Diablo series, but also it maximized the great features of Diablo.
Being one of testers of Mythos closed beta test, I want to say the game has leaped over previous single and network play style that were one of strongest features of Diablo, and advanced to real MMORPG. I wondered what made me stay up all night and play this same old hack & slash game. And I have found out why.
Mythos shares the same merits of Diablo
Diablo is considered as the most classical masterpiece in the game industry, and it still has the unique features that cannot be found even in other recent titles.
And Mythos is standing upon the unique factors that only Diablo has, such as item search, Diablo style action, randomization and etc.
No item is the same! – Item forming system
Mythos adopts almost exactly the same item format that Diablo has. Right now, there are five classes of item equipments in Mythos.
The first class is the general item which is the basic equipment that doesn’t have any particular skills. The second class is the blue item. They have one to two options for various skills. The third is the purple item which has three to four skill options and fourth is the green, with five to six skill options.
Last but not least is the fifth class, the socketable item. It has a slot to put the jewels, and the players can become stronger using the jewels they have.
The green item is not always the best to use. Since the basis of this equipment is for the wizards, the power and accuracy rate option not really necessary. So, it’s the best when you have the item with the options you really need. Well, that’s pretty obvious. ^^
Usually, it’s awkward to call “action” to action in most MMORPGs. It’s because the moment the player attacks the enemy while already in the range, the game itself calculates the accuracy and the avoidance rate, and decides whether the enemy got away or not.
In other words, when you get hit by the enemy, despite how you play the game, the server makes the decision itself in most MMORPGs. This system is used to minimize the problems of circuits. However, Mythos is different. No matter how well you attack the enemy, once the enemy moves out of the range, your attack is ineffective.
Mythos also has clear definition of deathblow, avoidance, and block, in addition to set features of each skill according to each condition which make the battle so dynamic.
Three classes, and 9 styles
At this point, Mythos has three classes; Bloodletter(Warrior), Pyromancer(Wizzard), and Gadgeteer(Shooter).
Each class gets three different play styles according to the way of investing skills. You can invest on the skill with more than two play styles in the same class, but it will not be as efficient as you hoped, because of the skill tree structure.
Skill Tree in Mythos seems it has relatively less type of skills. The reason for this is to solve the blind point of upbringing skills in tree structure; the problems from having useless stats that had been invested to early skill.
In Mythos, every skill tree has the main skill in the beginning, and by investing the points to each style, other surrounding skills becomes activated. Also, even it is the skill that had been ensured from the beginning, by investing points; you can make big efficient increase in certain gap.
In conclusion, the skill tree system of Mythos will solve the problem of being slightly dull from having few skills.
Unique classes and style of Mythos
Bloodletter: does mostly up-close attacks, ‘Power’ is the main stature.
Martialists: Relatively ordinary warrior type. There are passive skills that increase the attack and defense power. They are good at both handed weapons, and capable of handling multitude enemies by using stomp skill. They also use wheel wind, the symbol of Barbarian in Diablo2.
Crimsonates: They gain strength and attack potential by causing bleed damages. They can also cure the party members by enemy’s bleed. There is a synergy when they are with the member who has the character which induces the bleeding.
Red Hands: They can bring up the enemy as their minions by knocking them down with the sword. They are similar to Necromancer in Diablo2. They can strengthen the minions or have them as the offerings and regain the strength. They can also use the minions as the bomb to damage the enemies.
Pyromancer: Mostly attack with magic, and ‘wisdom’ is the main stature.
Cinderblades: They use spells and swords mostly, and they get stronger as they die. They attack the enemies with the flame on their weapons. With their spells, they use the blinding glow for close up attacks. With Phoenix, their health reaches 0 while the phoenix buff is active; they are reborn in a fiery explosion that deals damage to nearby enemies.
Flamecasters: They mostly use the fire sorcery like Meteo, but do not have much defense ability. They can attack and damage multitude enemies. They are very aggressive in attacks. They reduce their own strength to increase their sorcery damage.
Coalsmashers: They lay down a field of fire on the ground. They can also cause a burning cauldron of lava to erupt from the ground to erupt from the ground, temporarily slowing enemies that are caught in.
Gadgeteer: Use rifle for distant attacks. ‘quickness’ is the main stat.
Duelists: They attack enemies nearby with the rifles. They mostly have agressive skills, and make quick and strong but short range attacks. They look like an ordinary gunman.
Munitions: Every skill they have is toggle type. They don’t have any active skills. They do everything by basic attacks. They seem relatively weak in the beginning, but once they have more skills, every skill adds up to the basic attack, and the destructive increases. They perform most gunman-like attacks.
Gadgets: They take out the various gadgets from their pocket and make supplemental effects. They hover nearby, occasionally curing the party members and temporarily make the enemies as their side.
※ In addition, items like spears, arrows, and cross bows that need power and quickness at the same time appear in the game which tell us that there are good chance that other classes will come out soon.
It’s not yet perfect, BUT!!
There are many distinguishing factors in Mythos as to Diablo. However those are just numbers not quality.
Even though the Gremlin and Satyrs replaced the Humans, and rifles, gadgets instead of arrows, in many ways, Mythos has every merits of Diablo, and that makes the game cliché.
However, thinking the reason why Diablo faded away from us, Mythos has brighter future. Diablo is the package game with network platform so only limited patches were done since updating new contents was very difficult. Also, it didn’t have any towns where you could meet other gamers. Gamers got bored and tired since they couldn’t meet any other players when they didn’t have any new contents to play.
Mythos is different. There will be Continuous contents updates, maps where the gamers meet and co-play. Mythos is getting ready to be optimized as the online game with its solid background. I cannot wait to see the up coming updates.
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