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Shroud of the Avatar Review
Shroud of the Avatar is a free-to-play MMORPG in a fantasy setting. The game was developed and published by Portalarium in 2018.
- Open world
- Classless levelling
- Sandbox gameplay
- Selective multiplayer
Shroud of the Avatar Gameplay
Shroud of the Avatar is an MMORPG sandbox that allows players to decide the fate of their character. The game presents a classless character development, where the player combines available skills to create an exclusive set of abilities. Characters have a minimal ability to change their skills during the game. In combat, a card-based system is used, and skills are presented randomly. The number of skills that a character gains will decrease the chance of other skill showing. However, this system is optional, and a classic skill bar is always available to choose.
This MMORPG features a unique questing system. Characters communicate with NPCs by typing the phrases on their keyboard. NPCs recognize the meaning of the words by sorting out keywords and reply accordingly. Shroud of the Avatar doesn’t have an automatic quest log, so players are presented with an opportunity to keep a journal themselves. They will have to figure out all of the quests independently. Exploring the world is encouraged by the game itself, gaining knowledge can bring in the information about other new places, better resources, additional storylines, etc. Moral choices that the character makes during gameplay determine how other players and NPCs will perceive them. The map is also covered in the fog of war and only gets uncovered after exploration of specific locations.
Shroud of the Avatar allows players to craft and create different objects which can be helpful on their journey. Crafting skills divide into two categories: gathering and producing. There are five crafting categories: mining, hunting, foraging, forestry, and cooking. By utilizing those skills, players are not only able to craft weapons and armour, but also furniture and decor for their houses and fortresses. In this game, players can purchase their own persistent housing using in-game money. However, they will have to pay taxes and furnish their homes, which takes more gold to be spent.
Shroud of the Avatar supports a selective multiplayer system. The MMORPG can be played online on the server with other players or alone, which forbids players to interact with other players and their objects; online with friends on the private server, or the game can be experienced in solo fully offline. Players cannot switch the game mode during the gameplay unless they lose their character, items and houses. Game modes do not support goods transferring through the servers.
Shroud of the Avatar doesn’t have a persistent PvP system, events or battlegrounds that are held every day. Players become PvP-active after a particular quest has been accepted. In this case, the character becomes a free-for-all target. All of the PvP cases are only determined by the story and cannot be utilized freely unless the player joins a guild or a clan.
PvE episodes function on the buy-to-play system. Each chapter should be paid for once, and every other object in the game can be purchased for in-game money. Only the first episode is available for free, so players could decide whether they want to continue on the journey.
The world of this MMORPG functions fully on the player-driven economy and politics, allowing the players to rule and fight in the openly free world. The game is continually updated, developers add new features, according to the player’s feedback.
Shroud of the Avatar System Requirements
- Memory: 8 GB
- Graphics Card: NVIDIA 8800 GT, DirectX 10.0
- CPU: Intel Core 2 DUO 2.4 GHz
- File Size: 22 GB
- OS: Windows 7, macOS, Linux
- Memory: 12 GB
- Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, DirectX 11.0
- CPU: Quad Core Processor 2.4 GHz
- File Size: 22 GB
- OS: Windows 10, macOS, Linux