Hello mobile game lovers! With you AppTime Media and this time we’ll take a look at the UNDECEMBER slasher. For him passed the first closed beta and some already consider the project “the killer of Diablo”. Let’s just say that Koreans have a chance to “get on their feet” in this genre, but breakthrough features are needed. Are they there? Find out from this video. And we drove!
Characters and classes
Since there are no classes in UNDECEMBER, the choice is obvious – boy or girl. For them, a customization was brought in, but it was somehow cropped: the shape of the face, hair and skin color. Next, we are given three archetypes to try: berserker, archer and magician. Their skills and play style can be tried out during training. In this case, the choice depends on the weapon in hand, although almost all skills are made with a focus on area damage. Before the sixth act, you can test different builds, and then resetting talents will cost a pretty penny.
At first impressions, I can say that the people will take a magician or an archer. The fact is that they have a blink or dash, which allows you to quickly reduce or increase the distance with enemies. And the magician can go to the necromancer and just farm locations with the help of minions.
The gameplay in UNDECEMBER is inextricably linked to the plot. That, in turn, is divided into acts, just like in Diablo. During the beta test, there were ten of them for the main quests, plus more for the “side quests”. In addition to closing acts, players actively receive achievements and even titles. The latter, by the way, provide various bonuses and stats.
As for the map, it corresponds to the selected chapter and is divided into locations. To teleport between them, you must first open control points or buy scrolls.
Well, if you have farmed a location to holes, you can “restart” it to continue farming. I will say right away that you need to run yourself, although they are allowed to use auto-running around the city as part of quests. And yes, sometimes you see something like a goblin from Diablo III; for killing him, you will receive many items, and a portal will open to a separate map with random treasures.
The action will appeal to fans of Path of Exile. That is, you can spam with skills until you run out of mana. Also, on mobile phones, the main attack is given to auto-mode, but the main abilities, please, squeeze your fingers. To help completely casuals, there are “auto-banks”, that is, vials of potion, which themselves burn out when your health or mana level drops to a critical value.
Skills can be put into two skill slots at once in order to quickly switch, only now you need to pick up a sword, bow or staff through your inventory, which breaks the template a little. In terms of dynamics, battles are suitable for smartphones, but for PC there are better projects. That is, UNDECEMBER has “mobile roots”. As for the difficulty, in the first two hours you will not feel a lack of armor or stats.
In UNDECEMBER, clothes are divided into “pseudo-classes”. That is, some increase strength, the second agility, and others – intelligence. After the 10th level, constellations open, which again divide the hero into a warrior, an archer and a magician. With their help, you can create a kind of hybrid, which may not be so strong against the usual berserker or shooter. The developers also added a sharpening familiar to Asian MMOs. Only in this game is the emphasis on knocking out additional stats for items, this is done with the help of specific materials. But if you need to increase the damage of spells, then you already need to sharpen them with the help of stones.
You can buy new abilities for the hero, they are made in the form of runes and are sold in cities already at the start, and they cost mere pennies. At the same time, before buying, you can watch a small video, where you are shown how the skill works in battle. But that’s not all – then we combine skills. This will make your character unique, and also allow you to adapt to different mobs, because they have resistance to different elements.
Of course, like other MMOs, pets have been added to UNDECEMBER. They are purely for appearance and for increasing specific stats. By the way, you can take three creatures with you, which will allow you to get a bonus to damage, gold, health, and so on. You ask: “Who needs these pets?” Everything will become clear when you learn about the local regimes.
Even in the first hub city, real players appear. They can be invited to a party, then to grind locations and go through difficult bosses. The fact is that with each act they become stronger and stronger, so it is unrealistic to drag them alone. If you run alone, then there are no “random appearances” of characters, as in the same Dark Souls or Diablo IV. You can also bargain with the help of an auction, that is, you are not allowed to sell swag directly. Moreover, you can sell equipment only once, that is, dealers pass by. Well, now about the modes.
Spire of barrier
In Spire of Barrier, four players fight off waves of the enemy, and at the end the boss comes out, and the timer is constantly ticking. It’s like an endless tower in many MMOs, where you are given rewards for the number of floors you climbed.
Dungeons in UNDECEMBER are designed for eight players. The mode is quite hardcore, because after death you cannot resurrect a partner. You need to either wait for the end of the dungeon, or start all over again. It is very difficult to go through this alone, and at later levels, without friends or super pumped heroes, it is unrealistic to drag. It is in this mode that pets will come in handy, which have a level of pumping and an increase in the bonus to stats.
Now let’s move on to PvP modes, the first of which is Glory Temple. It takes place in a “1 on 1” format and lasts about ten minutes. For killing an opponent, you are given points, whoever gets 50 first wins. If you participate in Glory Temple on a daily basis, you can receive fixed rewards and increase your rank on the leaderboard. Climb to the top and get the corresponding prizes. The second and final mode is guild battles. In it you need to control points and get points for it.
LINE Games promises two sources of donation: the battle pass and cosmetics. As for the first point, major content will not be released every month, but once every six months. That is, the developers say directly that there will be no usual seasons. At the same time, small content will be delivered to the monthly conveyor. As for cosmetics, there was no store on the CBT and this is a good sign. Nevertheless, we were given a look at the costumes for the “transmog”, and not all of them look 5+.
So far, UNDECEMBER has passed the first CBT. It has a storyline, quests, leveling, co-op and a good backbone for online. At the same time, large-scale battles for several thousand people were not delivered, despite the fact that the developers are Koreans. My feeling is that the game falls short of Diablo Immortal’s lickiness, but it has the potential to be a threat to Path of Exile Mobile. In general, slashers have not received a breath of fresh air for a long time, so we are waiting for beta tests in Europe and even the CIS. And that’s all for us, subscribe and like, if you appreciate our work – we are trying only for you. See you soon!