Bless Unleashed’s final PC beta has begun, and yes you can play right now

    
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If you’ve got a Steam account and played an older version of Bless (ahem), you might have noticed that your account has been flagged for PC Bless Unleashed beta access on the platform. Go on and check because that final beta begins today and runs the whole weekend, open to everyone with a Steam account and the ability to click things; you just have to click “request access” on the game’s Steam page.

Neowiz and Round8 studio have previously noted that this last leg of the test before launch will include “final checks” on the interface and combat in particular, as well as the cash shop (yes, you’ll get free currency so that you can muck around in there).

The official website is a flurry of activity right now as the studios have posted a screenshot contest, tester survey, extra servers, and patch notes. We’ve got a few folks in the test ourselves, so stay tuned for some impressions next week!

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ashiru_1978

The game is so bad it’s indescribable.

The UI still doesn’t work well with Mouse & Keyboard.
Graphics maxed out cause 100% GPU and CPU usage and yet look butt ugly.
Combat is a clunkfest.
The world looks boring and generic and many places are locked off with invisible walls so you can’t take shortcuts.
Even on maxed out graphics, some character’s beards look like a Minecraft (pixel-wise) beard glued on their face.

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Nova Flare

The account i am repling to is 100% shill he is a complete fake and posted this exact text on mmorpg.coms site to the letter mmobomb and a dozen other sites all diff account names

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Greaterdivinity

Welp, didn’t last long. The game is very pretty and at least the first like hour or so is pretty quality stuff, good looking cutscenes and the quests, while not innovative, are well done.

But the combat just isn’t jelling with me at all, feels like there’s a huge delay between attacking and having the attack actually trigger. It’s not just animation locking, I get that, it just feels…off. I dunno, I mash left/right click plenty in other games, but it’s just not doing it for me here.

I hardly have an informed opinion, but to me it definitely seems like a big improvement over the last release in terms of quality. Was a bit sad they only let the cat people be berserkers, I kinda wanted to play one.

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ashiru_1978

I managed to play for probably 2 hours. Didn’t bother to read quest text, just spammed F and SPACEBAR to skip all the text. It was annoying that they made it like a JRPG and not like something like WoW or LOTRO where you have all the quest text in one window and you can choose to either skip it or re-read it as much as you want.

The combat was very annoying. I played a mage and when you shoot magic, you can’t really move much, also there is some annoying combo system where you spam LMB and sometimes you see RMB on the screen, which prompts you to spam that too and you never learn when it occurs, it feels completely random, like you can’t control it. If you played that flop Magic Legends where random abilities (cards) pop up and you have no control over them, it feels like that.

You can’t sprint and jump, you have to stop sprinting in order to be able to jump.

The game is a complete joke and a piece of trash.

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Yangers

Neowiz: I’ve sold crappy repackaged mmo’s to Brockway, Ogdenville, and North Haverbrook, and by gum, it put them on the map!

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Hikari Kenzaki

Yeah, I played Bless Online and the last test of Bless Unleashed.
BU is clearly the better game, but it was such a half-assed port from the console version that I’m just not interested in taking the time to put it on my computer this time around.
Maybe I will Who knows.

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Dug From The Earth

Last beta I was able to take my level 2 character and run all the way to where there were level 26 or 28 enemies without getting killed. Even ran right by a couple large giants.

Even had a player follow me and try to gank me but I guess as long as you keep moving, killing something is hard to do.

I did this because i was sooo bored with the generic gameplay elements this game offered at the time. It felt like the Ikea of mmorpgs.

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Greaterdivinity

Why am I downloading this? I don’t even know, but I am. Send help.

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wratts

We’ve all been there. It may look bad, but at least it’s kinda new?

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Arktouros

It’ll be pretty fun/neat at first. However after you get to around 20 or so you’ll notice the “hourly” (not even daily) quests and faction grinds to unlock things and make progress gets pretty real. To speak nothing of the mobile style key/lockbox design for dungeon rewards and the like.

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Greaterdivinity

Heh, I played a bit of the first version after it went F2P and wasn’t super impressed. I have a fancier rig now so I’m more just planning to check out the visuals, but I’m trying to keep an open mind and not remember how many times this game has been shut down over the years : |

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Arktouros

Well this version hasn’t been shut down, this is the Bandai Namco version of the game that launched on Consoles and while it uses the IP is an entirely different game.

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Greaterdivinity

It’s the Bandai published version*

Different development team (Team 8 or whatever), but this is yet another of the like, 20 versions of Bless released over the years. I haven’t seen anything about it taking off on console, so I don’t have much of a reason to think this version will be any different than prior versions, sadly.

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Arktouros

Far as I know there’s basically only 2 base versions of the Bless game: Bless Online (the big flop) and Bless Unleashed (console).

Bless Online did try to overhaul it’s combat to be more interesting, but it was still the same basic game and no one thought it was very interesting.

Bless Unleashed has been on consoles for a long time now and as far as I’m aware hasn’t really changed. They’ve continued to update and support the game pretty good for a long time, which typically only happens if the game has some sort of audience and is at least doing okay.

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Greaterdivinity

In the west, yes. But globally it’s launched, closed, and relaunched in a few other territories. There was a reason with the original PC launch that there was so much heavy snark about it from the MMO community.

I’m not 100% sure on the console version, but I think it’s bringing a lot of stuff from the older versions in as updates? It doesn’t even need to have a huge community to get updates, Astralia (not too big out here) still gets periodic updates etc.

I’m just trying to be realistic about the franchise given it’s…less than stellar history.

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Dankey Kang

Jeezus, you must be bored. Just wait for the NG beta tomorrow like everyone else.

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Dug From The Earth

Although… NG certain is upping the visual elements of the game to a pretty spectacular level… but is the gameplay really changing much from what it is currently? If not, then its not got much to hold over the gameplay in Bless.

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Dankey Kang

From what I can tell there are some pretty significant changes to gameplay. First of all is the movement, you can transition from dash striaght into a (fast) sprint so movement is a lot quicker (and less stiff), double jumps are super high which lets you climb quickly and you can glide to help with exploration. A lot of archaic systems (like feeding mags for stats) have been streamlined or just removed outright. Combat is fast paced and skill based which will turn off a lot of players but it’s right up my alley.

It seems like Sega have learned a lot in 8 years for what works and what didn’t in PSO2 and they’re taking the best parts but also giving players an open world. PSO2’s lobby based, super linear mission system is a big turnoff for a lot of players, myself included, so having a big ol’ open world and all the tools we need to explore is exciting.

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Vanquesse V

quite a lot by my understanding. They also do some pretty nifty tricks with dynamically having people enter and leave based on proximity, so while a massive zone might only have 10 players, all of those will be near you.
Massive improvements to traversal and zone size. A general sanity check on archaic noob traps like mag feeding.
I haven’t played myself but from looking at it it seems more like an “action” game and looks to be more responsive.

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Bruno Brito

what’s NG?

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Bruno Brito

OOOOH ITS PS2

On your Windows 10 PC, sign-in and launch the Xbox Insider Hub app (or install the Xbox Insider Hub from the Store first if needed)

Not again. Last time was complete awful installing this.

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Dug From The Earth

it surprisingly installed super easy without any hitches for me this time, which was the exact opposite of what happened before.

I still hate the MS store and anything related to it.

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Dankey Kang

I didn’t have any problems either. The only catch is you have to link your MS and Steam account if you want the beta goodies, but that doesn’t seem too hard.

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Dug From The Earth

Wait, wut? Link steam to MS? or the other way around? I dont see any option to do either of those things in the MS app, or steam.

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Dankey Kang

It’s actually in game, information here: https://pso2.com/news/announcements/steamlinkaccounts. NG doesn’t seem to allow it yet so might have to wait until full release to do it or perhaps download the full PSO2 client on the MS account.

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Dug From The Earth

Starving people will eat most anything