developer: Tripod Studios
publisher : Smilegate
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet
game language: English
game release date for PC:
Lost Ark is an online action RPG, resembling other popular titles in the genre, such as Path of Exile, Diablo, or Torchlight. For three years had the game been developed in secret by Tripod Studios and its team of 150 employees, to be released exclusively on the Korean market. Lost Ark runs on Unreal Engine 3 and features extremely spectacular artwork whose quality is far superior to what we’ve been used to see in classic hack'n'slash games.
The game provides a full-fledged single player campaign featuring complex missions, NPCs and cutscenes. The story is set in an original fantasy world. Centuries ago it was protected against the forces of evil through the Ark, the titular magical artefact. Now, the Ark is nothing more than the stuff of legends, and people stopped believing in its existence. The goal of the player in the campaign is to find it before the leaders of demonic legions of Kazeroth do, as they wish to use it to take over the world.
The gameplay is presented from an isometric view. We control the actions of our hero with the mouse and keyboard shortcuts. When starting the game, we choose one of the 18 available character classes, which in many cases exhibit an original approach to classic RPG archetypes. For example, Devil Hunter uses three types of firearms (pistols, shotgun, and rifle) and can change them quickly depending on the situation on the battlefield. Arcana, on the other hand, uses magic cards whose effects are generated randomly from the pool of available powers. Furthermore, players can modify the skills of their characters and adapt them to their own fighting style.
In addition to combat, the title also includes many MMORPG elements. The game features hub cities where we encounter other players. We can also collect resources on the map, excavate treasures, fish, cut trees, or have fun as miners. Available are also multi-stage fights with powerful bosses and PvP arena battles. An interesting option is provided in the form of marine exploration, through which we discover new locations and quests.
Expectations: 9.2 / 10 calculated out of 772 players' votes.