To sum it up, my Alpha experience in Scarlet Blade has been no less of an enjoyable gameplay that is filled with gun-toting, blade-waving, skimpy-clothed women. I started off my first character in Royal Guards, and have been stuck in that faction ever since because I found the community more friendly and chatty (no offense, Free Knights). In that picture above, I was chilling on the small islet underneath Bittercore, where access is only possible if you jump down from Bittercore itself or drop down from the surrounding valleys. Being the only place in the game where a topless NPC exist, it certainly gets a lot of hype from the new players who wants to visit the islet.
This picture highlights Scarlet Blade's excellent map access, in which a lot of the map areas that aren't shown on the character's map interface can be accessed either by walking, swimming, or just pure curiosity. The game environment is beautifully rendered (at least for a free to play MMORPG) and makes movement around the map more enjoyable. I cannot stress how boring it is to travel through a large map on foot from one town or NPC to another, especially if you're not provided with a mount or a vehicle to boost movement speed early in the game.
Despite the various quest-related and monster name bugs, gameplay has been very smooth. GMs are well-involved in maintaining the early balance of the game and to spark player interest by providing events and participating in PvP battles. On that note, PvP in Scarlet Blade is beyond the normative player versus player all-out brawl, and incorporates quests inside the PvP area itself, along with NPC and safe areas where players can strategically plan their actions during the course of the battle.
I guess I can continue on and on, but I'm just going to conclude that Scarlet Blade has been a joy to play with, and I would like to thank Administrators to allow me the chance to play in Alpha. For those out there who are waiting to get your access in close beta, don't give up! The game is worth the wait.
Looking forward to the next update for close beta testing!
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