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Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

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  • Summary: A fantasy MMORPG whose story is modeled after Europe's exploration of the New World, this original title allows players to create and simultaneously control a family of characters utilizing the excusive Multiple Character Control (MCC) system. This fantasy adventure unfolds its luscious graphical style through a story comprised of thrilling missions and quests. Swept by an exotic New World fever in the 17th century, this fictional yet historical exploration of the new found continent includes features that are all-new and exclusive to the U.S. version of the game. K2 Network's version offers a new character customization feature with hundreds of costume options, while an improved control scheme and in-game tutorial makes controlling multiple characters familiar and comfortable (for MMO players). In addition, the game includes an all-new story with hundreds of new quests. Control three characters simultaneously - While most games allow you to level just one character at a time, Sword of the New World allows players to develop, mix and match a team of three distinct characters simultaneously. Get the best of both types of MMO worlds with Player vs. Environment (PvE) and Player vs. Player (PvP) combat fully integrated into gameplay. Sword of the New World also includes additional combat options, Family vs. Family (FvF) dueling and City vs. City (CvC) in specific arenas. Character classes include the traditional melee champ Fighter; the spell-casting Wizard, and the dual-purpose assassin and healing Scout, with more classes to be announced later. Each class can learn and perform unique stances and unlock advanced skills. [K2 Network] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. If you're tired of the grind, make your way to Granado Espada, where life is exciting, convenient, and most importantly, fun. [Nov 2007, p.70]
  2. It's like candy for your eyes. [Vol 3, Issue 2, p.56]
  3. Those who aren't wired for the Korean MMO experience of heavy grinding and repetition will probably find that level 1 to 20 is just enough to sate the urge to try something new. I personally think Sword of the New World is very well done for what it is, but I don't quite gel with the style of gameplay.
  4. Something about Granado Espada is fiendishly addictive. What stops it from being truly great is the fact that it's both simple and rather boring at times. [Oct 2007, p.83]
  5. This game offers a beautiful, highly stylized, world to explore, but sacrifices meaningful interaction.
  6. You’ll need a very forgiving attitude to begin playing Sword of the New World, because it still needs quite a bit of work.
  7. 40
    Only a revisit after about six months will reveal whether or not Sword of the New World manages to reach its potential...if anyone's willing to wait that long.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. ImranK.
    Jul 18, 2007
    10
    This is one MMO you don't want to miss. Amazing graphics and mindblowing stances make this game unbeatable.
  2. SouvikM.
    Jul 24, 2007
    10
    A fantastic MMORPG adventure with breath-taking graphics which will keep you entertained for months together!!
  3. Jaruri
    Aug 13, 2007
    10
    The game has clean graphics, godly music, and good effects, though there is the occasional crash or failure, this game is still GODLY.
  4. BobbyW.
    Jul 31, 2007
    9
    The game looks amazing and runs on even the lowest end systems fine (which is just awesome for a few of my friends.) The sound track is done mostly by soundTeMP (who also made Ragnarok Online's soundtrack), so you know the audio won't disappoint. The biggest draw for me was the PvP. Finally... PvP that isn't gear-centric and based on skill! However... the only draw back is the leveling process. It's more or less a grind when there's no quests to do, and that's just insanely boring to me. Otherwise, best MMO out right now. So many characters to play with, I seriously can't choose anymore. Expand
  5. CurtG.
    Aug 19, 2007
    8
    I have only been playing On-line for about 4 years. Most time spent on WoW (3 years) So my perspective is limited. Having said that, I came to play for a change of pace. I found the game delightfull in just a bit spartan. I would have enjoyed a bit more virsatility in charicter and clothing selection. But my overall opinion is that of satisfaction. It is well worth the vaey small price they charge for the game. Expand
  6. JoniS.
    Aug 21, 2007
    7
    Brilliant graphics, brilliant music, decent effects. Gameplay is rather straightforward, multi-character control or no, and despite a glowing beginning to this game, the game eventually degenerates into the level grind typical of most Korean MMOs. Some of the most annoying things about this game include a cumbersome chat interface and a decreased need for other people to party with since you have the three members of your family to control, this game is more for the power-leveler rather than the social RPer. Also (as of this comment at least), the horrible translations. I play the North American version, and in it, most of the higher level NPCs have some of the most annoying Chingrish I have ever seen in an MMO. Not to mention what I personally affectionately dub the "Scout-lag". Expand
  7. NigelH.
    Jul 12, 2007
    2
    This game has potential - a really underexplored genre, but it is critically flawed because th game basically plays itself! Combat is monotonous, and you can actually have the game auto-fight for you for up to half and hour! No need to pay for expensive botting services, why not just get your own pc to do the playing for you! I'm disapointed. The game has some Korean screens appearing now and then, and the translations are sometimes a bit funky. But if it was fun to play I'd be a fan. Sadly, not yet in this case. Expand

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