Stabby: Vindictus EU Open Beta Later Today

By Jim Rossignol on September 28th, 2011 at 11:14 am.

Blood!
If I have read the entrails of this internet correctly, then it would seem that the open beta part of Vindictus’ EU roll out is happening this afternoon. You can currently sign up on the site, but the actual servers are down, so no playing. But “what is Vindictus”, you might ask. It’s an online action game of melee combat, persistent and quasi-MMOish, built in the source engine. It features a lot of creatures getting very killed by weapon-wielding characters. Take a look a the video below for an illustration of how that happens.


BIFF! You might call this an “entrailer” for the game. Eh? Eh?

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  1. jellydonut says:

    Swords? That is so Game of Thrones.

  2. kikito says:

    I don’t know about you guys, but I’m kinda tired of that chainmail bikini nonsense.

    I demand sex equality here. Either give those girls access to proper protective armor, or give the male characters an option to fight semi-naked, too.

    • baby snot says:

      Semi naked guys it is then.

    • Dominic White says:

      The ‘tank’ character of the game is female, and she gets plenty of full-plate gear. In a nice little bit of detail, wearing hard metal armor disables any jiggle effects, due to the additional solid support. Nice attention to detail there.

    • sana says:

      Good thing that males CAN run around somewhat naked in Vindictus and that most of Fiona’s plate armor is heavy and fully protective, eh? Your boring, generic comment does not apply here.

    • Jumwa says:

      The thing with this game is that your armour physically deteriorates on you as you take damage. So you can lose all your armour and end up fighting near-naked if you take too much damage. And this happens quite often, because one of the games main money makers is selling you attractive under-things so that when your armour breaks you’re not completely bare or in embarrassingly bad underwear.

      So the chainmail-bikinis are all just the result of those characters having their armour damaged during fights. None of the actual armour is skimpy like that (that I know of). Of course, why they chose to continually highlight in their promotional video female characters with damaged armour, barely hanging onto them…

    • Alexander Norris says:

      @sana: perhaps you’d like to familiarise yourself with the sociological notion of “privilege?”

    • Jnx says:

      Semi-naked man options could actually be great. At first you think of it as something awkward and horrible, but the dark elven beastmasters for example look totally awesome. Would definitely play in an armor like that.

      http://www.coolminiornot.com/261512

    • Vexing Vision says:

      TERA actually has skimpy guys running around. It makes for a disturbing pace of change.

    • Binho says:

      Just because some of the female characters wear full armour, doesn’t excuse the fact that the other 80% are wearing Chainmail Bikinis. Nor does the fact that the men are also half naked.

      Chainmail Loincloths are just as stupid as Chainmail Bikinis, I find.

    • Dominic White says:

      There are a total of five characters. Two of them female. One of them is a paladin-type and wears full plate. The other is a sorceress and wears long dresses. But keep on raging against imaginary offenses – it’s funny.

    • Berzee says:

      “Of course, why they chose to continually highlight in their promotional video female characters with damaged armour, barely hanging onto them…”

      This.
      Conflicting ideas of what’s awesome within the company I suppose. WILD SPECULATION

    • sana says:

      @Alexander Norris
      Perhaps you might want to familiarize yourself with the concept of not using big deep words when the subject matter is “a guy makes another generic standard-issue RPS comment by crying about gaming misogyny in the game least guilty of it due to all the giant goddamn full plate armor the girls get”.

    • noom says:

      @sana

      Or perhaps you should stop being overly condescending over what, based purely on the above video, is an entirely valid concern?

      This sneeriness towards any man that dares even casually point out percieved misogyny in games, whether rightly or wrongly, is getting seriously tiresome. You’re free to disagree, but try not to be such a dick about it.

    • Znea says:

      Hello, I played in the North American Beta and found the game quite fun, though grindy and have to say in regards to this particular debate that I was quite put off when this was one of the armors used to preview your character in the character maker, even more so when I discovered that it also added mascara. Still at least it isn’t high heels, something that really made me dislike Hellgate: London. Anyways, for me this was just little slightly annoying thing, but it was an existing thing.

  3. Baka says:

    This is great news!
    Were there any more infos, like how many of the characters are actually playable?
    Edit: Nevermind, the info is on the actual site. Still, great news, especially since the characters won’t be wiped.

  4. Spacewalk says:

    Physics makes everything more fun.

    • Alexnader says:

      The man had a tree and was hitting things with it!

    • Skabooga says:

      Ever since I was a child I have wanted to swing a tree at enemies.

  5. Dyst says:

    I enjoyed the closed beta immensely. Looking forward to this.

    • Sergey Galyonkin says:

      How is it different from usual WOW-clones except for physics?

    • Dominic White says:

      It’s nothing at all like WOW. It’s not even close to an RPG. It’s like Final Fight in 3D – you punch, kick, stab and wrestle enemies into submission and fight a boss at the end of every ~10 minute long dungeon. 4-player co-op, no overworld (aside from a small town hub) and gameplay almost entirely focused on smashing dudes.

      Edit: Here’s some gameplay footage of the Korean ‘XTreme Edition’ of the game, which is the version Europe is getting:

      That look like WoW to you?

    • Jumwa says:

      The leveling, stats and gear-ladder all make it rather RPG-like. Or for what passes as a RPG.

      I figure if a company could come out and make a MMO that plays like Vindictus but has an open world, they would make an obscene amount of cash. As is, Vindictus is awesome fun (albeit a bit grindy), but the lack of a big, open world stymies it and keeps me from playing it more regularly.

    • Dominic White says:

      If levelling makes an RPG, then EVERYTHING is an RPG these days, shooters and tower defense games and more.

      Nah, this is about as much of an RPG as Guardian Heroes. Which, coincidentally, is getting an updated re-release on the 360 in a week or two.

    • Bremze says:

      @Jumwa: By the same logic CoD is a rpg.

    • Jumwa says:

      As I said, what passes for a RPG.

      Vindictus has RPG type stats, a gear ladder like any other action-RPG MMO, and experience bars, not only for level but for skills. The combat makes it nothing like your typical action-RPG (because it actually seems to take the “action” part to heart), but if games like Mass Effect or Oblivion can be called a RPG, I don’t think this game has any less of a claim to the title.

      Bemoan “the state of the RPG” all you like, but I think it very much fits rightly into what the industry and gamers consider a RPG these days.

    • Alexnader says:

      Looked to me like Rakion + God Of War with a tiny dose of Monster Hunter maybe.

  6. Bilbo1981 says:

    To me this looks horrible, I mean the viiolence is totally OTT and cruel. Those chains sticking into monsters, yuck. I don’t know why hack and slash has gotten so brutal lately, God of War 3 was disgusting I could barely watch someone play that.

  7. Dominic White says:

    Vindictus is actually kinda great. There’s perhaps a little too much grind/repetition, but given that you’ll be repeating stuff like ‘suplexing 50 gnolls into walls, causing both to explode violently’, it’s not too bad.

    The EU version has jumping, air-combos and an emergency ‘escape’ attack that drains your health, all things that the US version was strangely lacking.

    • sana says:

      Waaaaait. You’re saying EU Vindictus is the Extreme Edition of Mabinogi Heroes? Really?! Source please! This sounds very exciting

    • Baka says:

      In exchange they cut out moves like my favorite, the Heavy Stander, to “broaden their consumerbase” or however they call it these days. Pisses me of a bit, will still play Fiona only though.

      @sana: Yes, it is. “Source” is the bygone closed beta and if you want the pseudo-FAQ in their forums.

    • Dominic White says:

      Source? Anyone who played the previous beta phase – plenty of jumping and aerial stabbing going on.

    • DK says:

      It’s a shame they’re only releasing the horrible XE version (Korea has both, XE is pretty much abandonded). XE is “flashier” with air combos and juggling, but cuts out a lot of moves, nerfs some of the more riskier-rewardier ones, slowed down all enemies, especially bosses and severely cut down enemy health.

      Also, Players regenerate their stamine (to attack) way faster, their default running speed is stamina-draning sprinting speed in non-XE and sprint is gone completely.

      It’s basically Vindictus (or Mabonigi Heroes) for toddlers.

      And the basis for their choice of which one to port (with a 3 month content delay on Korea and a 1 week content delay on US): A Facebook poll without information on the differences.

    • Dominic White says:

      I’ve played both the US regular and the EU XE version, and the EU version is absolutely identical except for having the additional aerial moves and smartbomb attack. Bosses haven’t been weakened, far as I can tell. Perhaps they’ve just taken the combat perks from XE?

  8. nubbuka says:

    Too bad it’s IP blocked for the rest of the world.
    I played a bit, and with friends it could get pretty awesome.
    I understand that Peer connections have their downside when it comes to connecting with distant players, but couldn’t they managed a restriction, say, for players outside of Europe that won’t let them connect to players from Europe. Therefore not lagging up the whole server.
    Then from that same specific country outside of Europe, players could at least join each other and maybe just lag each other or, if their connection can indeed withstand the burden.
    I was really hoping for the European release because I thought I could actually play it with my friends from out side Europe, but darn my optimistic beliefs, I’ve been bamboozled again.

    • sana says:

      Yeah, Nexon is balls about the whole regions thing. Europeans can join the US game using a proxy connection, so it’s likely that it will be possibly with the EU version as well. Google a bit for tutorials.

    • Bremze says:

      It’s scientifically proven that Europeans have no friends. Just ask Blizzard!

    • nubbuka says:

      @sana I’ve actually managed to play the NA version with a proxy program, and also my friend joined me.
      Except of causing lag to who ever played with us, we had a nice connection between the two of us.
      I tried the same method with the EU version, but I think I got banned because they have updated their Hackshield… So I just gave up =\

    • nubbuka says:

      @Bremze I think I forgot to mention, that I myself, am not European :P
      I’m quite far from there, but my internet connection doesn’t mind the gap :3

  9. RiptoR says:

    Does anyone if this can be played with a gamepad?

    To me, it looks like a game that begs for gamepad support . Can’t think of any melee-fighting games that play as nicely with keyboard/mouse as with a gamepad.

    • Dominic White says:

      Yes, there’s native gamepad support, but the game is actually based around mouse/keyboard control. I reckon it actually works slightly better with mouse. It’s a rare exception – like you say, most fighting games are waaay better with a gamepad.

    • mejoff says:

      Mount and Blade

  10. Davee says:

    I never imagined the Source engine could look so good and bad at the same time (graphics/animation-wise). The gameplay looks rather entertaining though!

    • Williz says:

      Never realised it was Source engine… That would explain why when throwing things around the noises the game makes when they hit a wall or another object are so familiar!

  11. jti says:

    Couple of laughs there watching the video, but it is all just too silly for me.

  12. oceanclub says:

    Tried downloading it, but it failed halfway through, then restarted downloading without any resuming. WTF? A downloader with no resume capability? How mid 90s.

    P.

  13. Frankie The Patrician[PF] says:

    The video is too long…I got bored. And knowing Nexon it will be F2P(ay) from Hell…

    • Bremze says:

      Nexon is horrible at tons of things, but, weirdly enough, they usually have quite decent cash shop implementations.

    • Nyx Iron says:

      @Bremze Indeed, handles well. Like 20 USD for a re-spec in DragonNest. The kind of thing people do maybe two or three times a week in WoW.

  14. Tei says:

    Waiting for this for ages now. I have forget why, but I remember screenshots of people kick so brutally that part of the wall behind is destroyed.

  15. Berzee says:

    Not for any reasons of “realism” or “fairness”, understand, only reasons of 3d cartoon modesty,
    goodbye, fantasy game with underwear-people.
    You looked fun, otherwise. =

    • Dominic White says:

      If you’d read some of the posts above, most characters are very well dressed at all times. If you get beat up heavily, your armor breaks/tears and you can see your characters underwear, whether you’re male or female.

      You have to get REALLY beat up for that to happen. Like, lose at least two full health-bars, healing up to stop yourself from dying. It’s punishment for getting beat up consistently.

    • Berzee says:

      I did read those things, and I do appreciate that it’s not into the realms of “nonsensical” and that it only happens when you don’t take care of yourself. That’s pretty good. =) (Although it is apparently at least prominent enough to feature in the trailer).

      I did appreciate how the armor looks when it’s on though, like people mentioned about the tank (aside from looking very cool, it’s also quite armor-like).

      But I prefer games where you get a tasteful set of unremoveable underclothes ala DAoC, when you’ve not got armor.

    • bromelain says:

      Bear in mind the default underwear is closer to the this:
      http://www.vindictuswiki.com/wiki/Premium_Rookie_Boots
      than what’s in the trailer. Granted that’s a colour swap to hide its fugly texture.

  16. Kryopsis says:

    I get to slaughter furries in a violent and gory fashion? Where do I sign up?!

  17. johnpeat says:

    I played the (super brief) Closed Beta and I really liked it.

    Only thing is – it’s controls are quite ‘action based’ and you need about 14 fingers at times – this is not a Wow-style number-button squaredance :)

    There might be a BIT too much repetition and ‘vase breaking’ for some people’s tastes but it means well for sure and the F2P aspect seems sensible (nothing too game-breaking can be bought – at least nothing appeared in the BETA).

  18. Shooop says:

    Sadly, it’s not the game it could have been thanks to Nexon being greedy asshats.

    • Dominic White says:

      Going to elaborate on that? Almost all the cash-shop stuff seems to be ridiculous outfits. It’s a co-op game, anyway, so it’s not like you’re being treated unfairly if someone is buying their way to the top.

    • Shooop says:

      @Dominic

      There’s a weapons and armor deterioration system in the game which over in the U.S. recently became even more expensive under the completely false excuse, “To fight inflation.”

      You’re basically punished for having good equipment. Unless of course you’re using a gold-farming bot on the side and sending yourself the cash. Which they do exactly nothing to stop.

      To add even more insult to it, they’re planning a cash shop item to prevent equipment deterioration.

  19. Williz says:

    Played the Closed beta, thanks to you guys giving out keys. I must say I immensly enjoy the game and couldn’t wait for the OB to actually start. I love the whole being able to grapple enemies and then chokeslam them thing When you Press E and then mash RM

    As per the Closed beta only the Lann and Fiora(?) classes are avaliable with the others being locked. But I love my Lann anyway. Some drops seem to be alot more frequent from enemies now! (I Have so many Ice spirit remnants…)

    If anyone Would like to play with me my character name is Williz, I’m already level 13 as I sped my way through last night. Steam name is also Williz

  20. willhettis says:

    seo service
    There was a delay with CB going live so please remember this before spamming the forums with comments about the time it goes live and when it will be etc. There will probably be a delay again. Most are expecting it to be available between 1100-1200hrs but i think it will be more like 1400-1500.
    If it is just giive Nexon a chance to get everything in place and be thankful that it will hopefully be available to play today.

    On that note look forward to seeing you all in game later tonight when i finish work. Let the desolation begin.