Ah the RPG’s: perhaps the favourite gaming genre of your reviewer here, even it its strategy MMO form, so it is always a pleasure to be able to review a new perspective for the genre as we dwell with SuperEvil Megacorp’s game VainGlory (kudos for the company game btw) as it mixtures towering defence and strategy elements while you’re able to choose one of many heroes available to play. Although a promising premiss, does it deliver at the end and will it have enough elements to be highlighted and picked in this constantly growing market? Continue on reading to find out.
The 3-tier objective that is the mantra of VainGlory can sum up quite nicely in what you can expect from the game as you 1) will find interesting and strategic locations, 2) defeat multiple enemies such as badass turrets and ultimately 3) defeat the enemy’s Vain Crystal, the foe’s source of power. But fear not, as you are not alone in this endeavour, since you’ll tag along two other players on 3 vs 3 match, each member with its own speciality or role.
To grasp and understand the full concept of the game, you are invited to go through a step-by-step tutorial that will ease you it and make you realise that with a couple of taps you able to explore and conquer foreign territory, buy and make upgrades of your weaponry and also improve you character’s skills. However, if you feel that it isn’t enough or if you want to gain some expertise about the mechanics of the game, I would recommend to visit the Academy section with various tips for noobs or pros in order to take fully advantage and have fun with this quite interesting experience.
It is important to realise that this is not your typical fast paced mobile game in which with a bunch of actions you are able to progress far deep in the game. As I said before, VainGlory fully embodies the essence of being a strategy RPG game as every action you take will have consequences and, as good old fashioned gaming goes, if you get hasty but unprepared you’ll die.
Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of the game is the fact that your experience will be as good as your internet connection, even though for an online RPG, since it can decide your fate on a match. It was very unfortunate to see most of my gaming period always accompanied by a dreadful “poor internet connection” and seeing that my actions weren’t being registered and in some extreme cases, to go back to some “saved point” reverting all my obtained achievements for that period making me to do them all over again. I sincerely hope that in future updates, these connection stability issues will be corrected.
VainGlory will be as long as you will have the will to fight enemies, with casual or ranked online matches and also in a lighter mood, the party mode which you’re able to enjoy it with your friends as it does support a social component. With more won matches in your bag, the bigger the loot you will have which give you the possibility to fully improve your character and diversify your weaponry.
Battery and Performance
As mentioned earlier, the connection issues cause several lags and can hinder your overall experience and most likely causing your devices a bit of battery drainage so be cautioned to be in a place with a stable and strong Wi-Fi connection. Besides that, the game performs rather well and can provide hours of fun for you and your friends.
Graphics and SoundYou really can tell that a lot of work has been done onto VainGlory’s graphic component in order to provide sceneries that look like they had come out straight from a watercolour painting has they were drawn to perfection or even highly detailed characters from various races that embody the personality quite nicely, in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if a graphic novel or even a anime from this franchise would be made quite soon. In-game, as you play in a third-person perspective, you aren’t able to fully appreciate these aspects but I’m pretty sure that you will be stoked by the cool visual effects of each character’s attacks.As soundtrack goes, expect the usual (not in a diminishing way) tracks that will provide a proper ambience to that game’s purpose but a more interesting aspect are the character’s voice-over that can provide a few chuckles as they portray the character’s profile and personality, giving a nice touch towards the integration of the gamer into VainGlory’s universe.
Ads and In-App Purchases
Luckily, VainGlory brings no ads to the experience but it does offer you the possibility to obtain ferocious weapons of mass destruction and tag along with the mightiest of heroes or even to add new skins to your already obtained heroes as well creating a card collection. Of course, all of the goodies come with a price, an in-app price indeed has you have (as it grows commonly in mobile gaming) two types of currency – glory, the standard one and ice as being the premium one.
Video of the Game
VainGlory shows promise in the gaming market, with its strategic approach, unique art and comedic voice-overs but it does have a little work to do has to provide a overall good experience. I do believe that, when the connection issues are solved and the creation of other types of matches it will be without a doubt a top pick in the market and it will provide an insightful experience by making gamers to think before they act, as good old games made us used to.