Links to various announcements regarding it
Since the developers of Lunia announced that they were shutting down the game in South Korea in about a month, it means that development on the game has stopped permanently. For some strange reason though, they are trying to keep the game alive by converting the US server to a "free global" server that integrates accounts and clients from all of the different versions of the game around the world. They are even starting to give away item mall currency in events. Their numerous discounts in the past have probably not helped game sales. The game has tried to make the game easier over time, but it eventually kept to just releasing a new tier of gear and increasing the drop rates of the previous tier to function. They were improving with the newContinue Reading
Lunia is an action MMO that was released during the middle of the 2000s. Unlike many MMOs out there, the game has changed publishers several times and has been reworked several times over the years. While a 3D view is available, players are able to continue to use the old style if they wish.
1) Reworking the game for accessibility is okay
One of the problems early on with the game is that it was extremely difficult and grindy. As they made new content for the game, they gradually began to simplify the game and streamline it in order to get new players into the game faster. Now it is a fast track to level 70. Before that, stages had numerous branching paths and you had to run stages up to 10 times just to level up. This made the game grindy and very difficult for some people. With each update, the drop rate for the lower tier equipment was increased making it easier to obtain. Over time, they streamlined equipment as well. There used to be dozens of different equipment sets, but now thereContinue Reading
A few days ago, Lunia received another overhaul. The main improvement in this version is the slightly improved graphics and the new 3D camera. Unfortunately, the new patch has also made several significant changes.
1) You have to play every stage again
Before the patch, you played stages with quests which were pretty much every stage in Episode 1 followed by Stage 5 and 10 of the other episodes. Now you are back to playing every stage again. This has dispersed the players around all the stages making it harder to find parties and harder to play again in general. The old system was fast which allowed a player to reach lvl 70 without much trouble, but now it has become problematic once again. The exp curve didn't change, but the quests did.
2) The game is harder
The AI has become much more aggressive. Their overall damage has gone up again. Its not a big deal in a party, but the problems in finding a party arise again. There is a similar amount of enemies whether you are alone or in a partyContinue Reading
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Lunia's Loading Screen Art contest is coming to a close today. Everyone who is working on their submissions need to get them emailed in by the end of today. Also artists who have already emailed them need to do a confirmation post with submission in the confirmation thread. Browsing through the confirmation thread you can see alot of skillfully designed submissions that many artists have taken the time to contribute to this contest. As stated in my previous blog - I would submit an entry as well & post my deviantart link when completed. I hope everyone enjoyed this contest as much as I did & good luck to everyone who has participated.Continue Reading
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Greetings fellow artists & mmo players,
For those of you who are unaware of it - Lunia Online is hosting an art contest for this who are interested. The contest is running to 08/08/10 & some of the prizes are pretty neat for the IJJI enthusiastist. For those are interested in the details you can find them here. I will be trying my hand at it & will post my final version of my submission on my deviant art account which can be found here. Good Luck to everyone giving it their best.Continue Reading
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Bring on the review junkies! Here comes another one for you!
Lunia: Record of Lunia War Review
Pictures will be edited in as I find time and some cool stuff to show you mmositers :) so stay tuned
Graphics: This is where Lunia falls flat on its face. This is the dark spot.
Graphics in Lunia are "mushy", with geometric shapes for objects and some character features than more realistic shapes. Detail is a moot point here-on my Eir i can barely distinguish her nose from the rest of her face.
However the general picture is very colorful, and some of the most powerful attacks have very detailed and exceptionally beautiful graphics. There's a wide variety of colors-no black and white or 8-bit colors here.
Bottom Line: Graphics are above average at best, and subpar at worst.
Final Grade: 6/10
Gameplay: The most important part of any MMORPG. Lunia plays beautifully. The combat system is made of ground and air combos, either of which are equally effective in beating the living snot out of enemies and players alike. The combat system is one of the deepest I have ever seen on an MMORPG.
The PvE portion is divided up into six "episodes"
I think we all know what my favorite game is! :D
ITS LUNIA!!!! :D
And you know why i like it?
Because even though the PvP community sucks, the stages are repetitive, and Mything/Bonusing gets boring...
I feel its unique.
Because it has an AIR COMBO SYSTEM! The most complex and strategic system i've ever seen!
And i value this combat system, because every freaking game these days has either a point-n-click move/attack. No skill needed T_T
Or they have a supremely underpolished ground combo system, which is sad imo because the combo system adds an extra level of skill to the game.
Its also the mark of a true pro to me, because only the skilled can REALLY combo for a long time.
So, thats why i like Lunia. Any questions?Continue Reading
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I'm not exactly sure how many games out there use random boxes in their item mall or item systems, but the two that I do play that have these features are Atlantica Online and Lunia. Random boxes are exactly what they say they are. You have a chance to get 1 of several items from the box but you don't get to choose which one. Sometimes you are given 1 that you can't even use. The following is my rant about it.
1) Its random!
I spend hours or days trying to get this rare box. The result? I get a piece of crap worth less than what the box could have sold for if I didn't open it. Chances are its also useless to you because it wasn't what you were looking for. In fact, its 1 of the 20 other items in the box that you didn't need and not 1 of the 3 you might need. Or worse yet, it might be an item that you can't even use. Its just a scheme to drive up rarity on items that aren't even suppose to be rare. On top of that the game developers like to keep it mysterious so you don't exactly know what you're going to get until you open it. Its just an incentive to get more boxes and open more of them. Either that or you just save your money and just pay like 20x the value of tContinue Reading
By now, most people think that side scrolling beat em ups are dead. Lunia: Record of Lunia War attempts to prove this wrong by combining elements of a side scrolling beat em up and MMO together. It does a fairly good job of it. After Phantasy Star Online: Blue Burst went down in the US version, players had 3 choices. They either played Phantasy Star Universe, went to SCHTHACK's server, or quit the game. Then came Lunia which became the alternative to those choices. Lunia is good at doing what it does. If Lunia had to be classified, I would consider it an Action RPG.
The story of Lunia is the best that I have seen in any MMO. The game itself is broken into Episodes which are divided further into Stages. Each Episode contains 10 stages and at the end of most Stages is a boss. Between Stages are cutscenes that tell the events of the game. The only problem being that it is automated and you can't advance it at your own speed. There are a few dialogues during the stage itself as well. All of it is put together for a coherent story. The only problem is that depending on which English version you played, the translation is different. There have been 3 versions so far handledContinue Reading