By Kayleigh Partleton
It's Friday, the week has been stressful, and a nice open-world mobile game seemed like a great way to unwind.
As I do every week, I looked through Google Play to see what tickled my fancy, and sure enough, my thirst for an RPG was quenched when I stumbled upon a new release by Netmarble.
Blade&Soul: Revolution is the title of the hour this week, as it snapped up my pick for Mobile Game of the Week.
Not only is it filled with RPG goodness, but there is a great story hidden in its depths, one of betrayal and revenge.
It is time to take control, go from a student of the martial arts to a master. Make those that fell before you proud, avenge them, and lay waste to those that oppose you. Honestly, there is nothing like dishing out some cold revenge on a Friday afternoon.
Fortunately, the controls are fluid, not a clunky animation in sight. Players will find an analogue stick in the corner of the screen, while the attack buttons can be found on the opposite side.
Despite there being much information on the screen at one time, it does not detract from the game's appearance. Users can still see much of the world with little interference from the HUD.
On the whole, combat felt satisfying. Attack, dodge and backstep all flowed well. However, at times, it can feel as though you are fighting the camera rather than the people trying to stab you.
As with any RPG, there are multiple classes available, all of which offer different pros and cons while in combat. Available options include destroyers, Kung Fu master, force master, summoners and blade masters.
Furthermore, skills can be developed as players level up, helping users better cater their characters to their play style. Some may prefer to fight from afar, while others, such as myself, prefer to be up close and personal.
It also made a nice to change to have some customisation options, enough to make a unique looking character at least.
Often, I find on mobile devices, on the rare occasion I can create a character, it looks like a potato, so it was a bit of shock when my hero actually looked the part.
Graphically speaking, the game didn't meet the same level as Genshin Impact. However, for an open-world mobile RPG of its scale, the game certainly boasts some pretty environments.
The oriental music added a calming feel. A decent soundtrack can make a world of difference to a game, and Blade & Soul: Revolution has one that compliments the feel of the game nicely.
Oh, and players are able to summon pets, a badass open-world martial arts RPG where you can summon pets, ugh, is this heaven?
Actually, it can't be heaven, as it is an online game with other players. This resulted in it taking much longer to complete certain missions near the beginning, given I had to kill a set number of enemies.
Unfortunately, the same goes for other players and enemies are killed as quickly as they pop up. Get in there quick and get the adventure going.
In your soul
RPGs can be daunting, especially if it is your first foray into one – if this is the case, I am shocked and appalled, but that is for another time.
However, Netmarble's new title boasts an extensive tutorial, one that will help all players come to grips with the mechanics.
It should come as no surprise that Blade&Soul: Revolution features microtransactions, and there are plenty to be found.
Consumers are able to purchase in-game currency, which in turn can be used to purchase items, create pets and just make life a little easier for their character.
Of course, purchases are not necessary; players can achieve whatever they like simply by playing the game. Granted, this does take longer, but that is the beauty of an RPG, put in the effort and reap the rewards.
I must point out, there was one issue, as it felt as though I was having a conversation with Siri at the beginning of the game.
A very robotic voice talking nonsense. Okay, granted, the in-game voice did detail some useful information but did it have to remind me of one the most annoying voices known to humankind.
So, will Blade&Soul: Revolution keep its place on my phone? Absolutely, the story has got me hooked, and the idea of being a martial arts master is appealing. Moreover, the game plays well, which is not always the case on mobile devices.