So, we come to the conclusion and we have to weigh up exactly what we think of Granado Espada
, which is where things get unfortunately difficult.
You see, in our minds this isn’t a single game, but is actually two. On the one hand, we have the free to play trial version which lets players get to level 20 and experiment with the majority of what the game has to offer, but not all. That
game is quite good. You can play enough of the game to get a taste of it and still have some more to play afterwards.
In fact, we’d go so far as to say that with the right approach, the free version of the game offers just the right amount of gameplay and by the time you’ve seen everything it has to offer the majority of players will already be getting bored with the whole game and will be ready to forget about it completely.
But, then there’s the other game; the one you have to pay for.
The premium game, which costs $19.99 and comes with a month’s subscription isn’t really as good, especially as from then on 30 days subscription costs $8.95. That’s a lot of moolah to spend on what is essentially a very bland game, especially if you need to make use of the developer's cash merchant and swap some of your hard earned monies for some fictional and arbitrarily distributed monies.
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Still, the fact that there is a cash merchant already established and set-up for players could be considered a plus for those who want to try and burn through the games benefits in a single, month-long grind - which is about as long as we can foresee ourselves playing a premium version of this game for.
The premium version of the game
, with month by month subscription, isn’t as good – not by a long way. That’s something odd in and of itself because there really is nothing wrong with the game really but, at the same time, it’s also not very good.
If we had to describe the game in a single word then that game would be; ‘Meh.’
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Still, there are going to be those who want to pick up the free game
and try it out – which we’d encourage because it’s a great way to pass the time while you wait for World in Conflict
. We reckon though that the vast, vast majority will be triers, not buyers.
All in all, Sword of the New World
is an incredibly bland game which is good to waste some time on if you’re an MMO addict and want to fiddle about with it, but for those who aren’t really attracted to the genre then it probably isn’t the best place to start. There are much better games out there and no amount of detailed textures is going to hide that.
Try the free version if you want, but don't buy blindly – chances are you'll be over it before you can reach the level cap.