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An excellent Medieval MMO that any fan of the genre would be happy to play.

An excellent Medieval MMO that any fan of the genre would be happy to play.

For those of you who aren't in the know already—and you really should be—there's a great game out there waiting for you called Gloria Victis. According to the developers themselves, Gloria Victis is, "...a low fantasy Medieval MMORPG with an emphasis on realism. What does this mean? Open PvP with territory control, non-target combat, sandbox crafting, player-driven economy and no fireballs. All served up with a deep, mature story."

This isn't far from the truth, either, because I took some time out of my busy life to actually give the game a shot, and to my surprise they delivered on all of their promises as to what Gloria Victis actually is! However, it must be said that I didn't actually like the game due to the MMO-esque features, but that is to be expected from me when playing an MMO.

Let me give you a quick rundown review of how I really felt about Gloria Victis at first glance.

My General Review of "Gloria Victis"

I have been putting off buying Gloria Victis for quite some time due to all of the negative reviews of it, and even more importantly because it is an early access game. Normally I wouldn't deign to even think about an early access game, but this one caught my eye almost immediately. It caught my eye because I love the Mount & Blade franchise, and I thought this game looked right up my alley, and would be a great time waster while I waited for Warband II to go on sale again.

Well, I'm sad to say that I was completely and utterly wrong, and Gloria Victis is nothing like M&B other than its medieval environment; at least it didn't give me any of the same joy and entertainment that M&B brings me. It definitely feels more like an MMO than a medieval battler.

As a ranged-only player, I like my shot placements to count, and this game falls short as it concerns variants of damage based on area shot. Compounding my concern with the ranged system, the range is actually really short and I ended up shooting through enemies at range more than I hit them.

Perhaps melee character builds are more fun to play, maybe this game just isn't for me, or most likely it just isn't the kind of system I want to be playing because it definitely fits the feel of an MMO. No matter what you may be thinking about the game, I'm sure you could pull some entertainment out of it if you are an MMO/medieval fan, but it just doesn't tickle my fancy and never will.

This is a capture of the dev's response to my review.

This is a capture of the dev's response to my review.

Developer’s Response to My Negative Review

"Hey Mullacabra, I am Daimon, Community and Support Manager for Gloria Victis MMORPG

This review just broke my heart. I think that after spending less than 10 minutes in the game and not even getting to the second level with your character it is quite unfair to judge the whole game, especially the system you had just no chance to test properly.

Name:[LordMullacabra] Race:[Azeb] Lvl:[1] LastLoginUTCTime:[8/9/2021 3:12:55 PM] TimePlayedInMinutes:[7] KDA:[Kills:[0] Deaths:[0] Assists:[0]

You have not even checked the basics of the archer combat, seen skills tree, and not developed your character anyhow...

I am speechless. I do not know what to say here.

The thing is that we have a very deep archery system: We had leg shots that slow down, we have headshots that deal extra damage. Picking a proper bow and the right skills is crucial versus various enemy types (speed useful versus lightly armored targets can be exchanged for armor-piercing when you're dealing with heavy armor.) We have a system of blocking arrows with the height of the block, we have the system of blocking damage by shields on the back. Archers can be extremely deadly in GV, and they need to be very skillful in stamina and arrows management. And they need to mind the placement of their shot.

It is one of the most fun classes to pick, easy to learn, hard to master, and extremely satisfying when handled well.

Please consider removing your review and giving yourself some more time with the game. Yes, the initial questline is not a huge battle and you need to level up to feel the power and become skilled before you go fight for locations and take part in a global conquest. But after few hours, I know you can become a valuable asset of our community and become as good a sharpshooter as our masters - Simonsa or ZenXDevil, who both are respected among all servers for their archery skill in the game. Please do not give up that easily.

Hoping to see you in battle.

With regards

Daimon"

The combat is the best of any MMO I've ever played. But the combat is few and far between, and lasts only about a minute. Then you've got another hour of lackluster gameplay until you get to fight again. And you level up far too easily, with far too few actual effects to the gameplay, making it a chore more than an achievement. It needs to remove some of the MMO aspects of it, and expand upon the things unique to it.

— FireBlueRaptor

Addressing Black Eye Games' Response

The dev team for Gloria Victis managed to respond to my review on Steam within a matter of minutes upon first posting it, and I just wanted to say how refreshing it is to see such behavior. It is rare a team takes the time out of their day to respond to their fans and critics alike, and for them to dedicate someone from their team solely to responding to negative reviews is admirable. I wish we could see more developers taking a proactive approach to responding to the communities that help pull them from the muck of irrelevance.

With that being said, I responded to the developer team as follows:

"I'm one man in a sea of growing fans.... Your game looks amazing, and no one should be shamed for their feelings. It just doesn't fit my bill, and I won't apologize for being an individual with individual needs your game didn't meet."

I'll stand by this statement as well, and double down saying that my individual needs as it concerns what I look for in a game like Gloria Victis were not met in any meaningful way. It would be unfair not to expand upon those feelings, though, so I'll start out by discussing my experience with the combat mechanics in-game.

"Gloria Victis" really nails the medieval vibe, but it falls short in early-game combat mechanics. At least I looked and felt like a warrior!

"Gloria Victis" really nails the medieval vibe, but it falls short in early-game combat mechanics. At least I looked and felt like a warrior!

This is straight out of 2003. There are absolutely terrible animations, missing animations, and horribly floating combat. Not being able to lock on makes the "For Honor"-style of directional combat a constant fight with the camera view. But seriously, the quality feels like this is a university project for game developers.

— Arcaster

How Do the Combat Mechanics Feel in “Gloria Victis”?

If you're looking to buy a game such as Gloria Victis strictly for the combat aspects, I'd say you should go look elsewhere. The combat system in the game is lackluster as far as execution, and overly complex for the user as it concerns mouse movement and camera angles. Black Eye Games really needs to listen to the community on their criticisms of this aspect, because it is losing them a vast swathe of would-be fans.

Think of the directional control in the combat in For Honor, the camera control in the Mount & Blade series combat, and then combine the worst aspects of the two. If you do that then you'll have the combat mechanics in Gloria Victis. It was quite a jolting and unfavorable experience for me personally.

One second I'm looking at the enemy and swinging at his vulnerable points, the next second he is moving away from me and I need to move the camera opposite of his movement to make the optimal strike—thus losing proper sight of my enemy.

Even worse is that I'm a ranged character, and ranged builds take a fair amount of grinding to be viable in any way. Just out of the gate I was firing arrows at NPCs at about a 40 yard range, and the arrows didn't register as a hit, forcing me—a ranged build—to go into close quarters combat with no remedy other than grinding to increase range.

To be fair, the combat would probably be quite fun for ranged units after a bit of a grind, but the melee would never be my cup of tea due to the camera controls being linked to the directional combat causing a very clunky experience. The environment and graphics were to my liking, though!

It's like a "Mount And Blade" MMO.

— Bro Paelito

What Are the Environment and Graphics Like in "Gloria Victis?

I'll keep this one short and simple, because that's exactly what the environment and graphics are like. The developers at Black Eye Games didn't do too shabby at all with the resources available to them when developing a lively and relevant environment for Gloria Victis. I daresay that they did a fantastic job with optimizing the graphics, and making everything feel timely—nothing felt unwelcoming, immersion-ruining, nor out of place.

If you want a medieval MMO that will immerse you in its environment then look no further, because Gloria Victis hits the nail right on the head. Unfortunately, though, you're going to need a more-expensive mid-high tier rig to really get all that you want out of the game.

Horrible first impression. Game runs very poorly even on medium settings, constant objects popping in the distance, stuttering, crashing all in an hour of gameplay, I don't think I have ever had so many problems with another game in recent years, and this is a 2016 game.

— Lladerat

What Computer Hardware Do I Need to Play "Gloria Victis”?

The hardware requirements to play Gloria Victis according to its store page on Steam are as follows:

Minimum Hardware Requirements

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 7 Sp. 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i3 or AMD Athlon II X4 with at least 2,7 GHz
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GT 740, Radeon HD 7750 - at least 1GB GPU memory
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 15 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Game requirements may change in time (optimization).

Recommended Hardware Requirements

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 or AMD Phenom II X4 with at least 3.2 GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 960, Radeon HD 7970 - at least 2GB GPU memory
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 15 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Game requirements may change in time (optimization). SSD is recommended.

My gaming rig actually handled Gloria Victis with relative ease, and I'm on a lower tier gaming laptop that can barely handle unoptimized games from the early 2000's. The game played smooth enough, but became choppy in more densely populated areas, and would've been near-unplayable in high-capacity PvP combat modes that are the center and main draw of the game play.

My relevant computer specs are as follows:

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 4500U with Radeon Graphics
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: See Processor

This is an absolute no-go for anyone with low-end hardware, and definitely a must-avoid for anyone with slow internet. If you don't think your hardware and internet are up to it go ahead and take a hard pass on buying this game.

Definitely a, "better with friends," kind of game.

Definitely a, "better with friends," kind of game.

My Final Verdict for "Gloria Victis"

Gloria Victis was a very difficult game for me to review, and this is because I see so much potential in the game that I had to grit my teeth in order to criticize it the way I have. The developers are working tirelessly to ensure their game can thrive for its fans, and to have to give it a mostly-negative review is as painful for me as it is for them. Alas, I'm not one to sugarcoat things for the sake of hiding honest feelings.

If you want a medieval MMO that will knock the socks off of you, and blow the lid off of industry standards for other games of the genre then Gloria Victis is an absolute must-buy, must-have, must-play. It really does hammer home an authentic medieval feeling, and it doesn't contain much of the overrated, cookie cutter mechanics we have come to see in every other MMO available on the market. You will not regret dropping some money on this game.

On the inverse side of things, if you're simply looking for a game to fill your time, something to pour hours into in hopes that something else fills that void in your heart relatively soon, I'd say this is a no-go. This isn't a game for the casual player, though it does have many options for casual gamers and those alike. To become a real inspiring and influential force in Gloria Victis it is going to take hours, days, and months of dedication to really get all that you can out of the system.

The developers themselves indirectly admit that this game requires you to really immerse in order to pull meaningful experience out of it, but for me personally it failed to take hold of my interest. With a heavy and hesitant heart I'm giving Gloria Victis a five out of ten, and have already submitted my refund request to Valve.

Hoping to see you in battle, and good luck out there, warriors!

© 2021 Kyler J Falk

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