Lost Ark is an online isometric MMORPG client game from Korean developers known for the CrossFire web shooter. We learned about Lost Ark in 2015, when the developers presented a pre-alpha version. Heroes with heavy weapons beat a crowd of monsters activating bright combinable skills. In 2018, the open beta test started, and the creators reported a record increase in the audience. Mail.ru hastened to localize the product for the Russian market.
The gameplay resembles the Diablo series. The character enters the territory filled with a large number of monsters and erases them out of existence. Then he performs the tasks and returns to a peaceful settlement, where he communicates with other people, trades with them, and forges equipment. This cycle repeats endlessly, but due to the variety of opponents, the mechanic and the found objects, it is not dull. Random events, as well as unexpected orders from good creatures, also contribute to this: to collect resources within some time, to reach the control position and to battle the powerful mutant.
In the main menu, the player improves the techniques with special effects or changes their essence. They will burn or slow down targets, give shields to partners, or give them invulnerability for a second. There are dozens of existing skills, but only four spells are displayed on the ability panel. This forces players to select combinable attacks and constantly try new sets.
Plot tasks take heroes through dozens of regions, familiarize with the surrounding world and amusingly built dungeons. This staging is worth of single-player hits. At the same time, developers rarely use prerendered videos. Critical events often occur at the moment when the main character fights with monsters. He is allowed to shoot an artillery gun, or even be in the place of a powerful character.
At the end of the story, sea trips become available, providing islands exploration and treasure hunting. Non-player characters offer to climb to the top of the Tower of Challenges, where the power of enemies increases with each floor. Every day, an order to kill a giant who settled in an open world appears on the commission board. Familiar places are transformed by the actions of a dragon, an underground worm, or another large creature. Depending on the selected level of difficulty, you can fight it alone or only with the support of a team.
Players fight in clan clashes, duels in the arena and slaughterhouses three vs. three. PK is available on a pirate island, where they get on ships. There, the dead lose a part of their experience and even risk losing their gear. The authors plan to add large-scale wars involving thousands of fighters, championships, and rating competitions in additions.
Lost Ark has dozens of exciting activities that are interested to examine with friends. Each class is unique, the territory is colorful and varied, and the story is built with an eye on a successful Hollywood series. The chapters end with unexpected turns, and you want to revise the battle scenes several times. This is an entertainment that fans of online RPGs have to meet.