They may call it "Pre-launch phase" but that's what it is.
Vindictus is a Free-to-play (F2P) MMORPG from Nexon and Devcat that was first launched in Korea in 2009, then in the US the 1st of January 2010. The European official release is scheduled to be during this October, although no precise date has been given yet.
Now, I usually stray away from F2P MMOs because most of the time they have you paying much more money than you would pay for a Pay-to-Play (P2P) one on the long run, but while there will indeed be a cash shop, I've noticed that even after a whole year the American audience praises Nexon's ability to balance said cash shop, making it almost completely optional and not an important requirement in order to enjoy the game fully.
|Fighting in Vindictus is definitely fun and entertaining at first,|
but some people tend to find it boring and repetitive after a while.
Vindictus is also revolutionary in other aspects. In fact, this game is not your typical online RPG, but rather an action game with RPG elements, which are mainly the usual level system and your average "equipment progression". The rest of the game, however, tries to break the mold by introducing action elements such as twitch based fighting, with active attacking, dodging and blocking, making the game much more engaging and definitely easier to solo if you've good reflexes.
The game does also become quite grindy later on, and if you will still enjoy it or not depends entirely on your tastes. From my personal experience in Closed Beta, fighting was fun enough to keep me grinding even at the later stages of the game without getting bored, but many people feel it becomes dull after a while. I suppose the only way to know for sure is to try, right?
So, if you are bored and feel like playing something different, maybe while waiting for the release of something better (see yesterday's post :D) I suggest you to give this game a shot. It's free to download and the game file is not overly large, but make sure your computer can handle its graphics, as the game can become quite demanding in crowded areas or when fighting in large groups. Also, I promise that I won't be talking about MMOs for a while now. Really. Trust me. See you tomorrow!