Ragnarok Odyssey Ace is the predecessor to original Ragnarok Odyssey game that was released back in 2012, this game feels more like an expansion and an updated re-release of the original game.
Ragnarok Odyssey Ace plays like a Monster Hunter wannabe with a dash of Toukiden. Like MH, you can take on quests from the HQ. The quests ranges from taking down bosses, wiping out a horde of monsters and collect various items from monster drops and crates. The quest can be replayed as much as you like so you can aim for better times and/or better loot.
There are 6 job classes available for you in the game, the Sword Warrior, Hammersmith, Assassin, Mage, Cleric and the Hunter Class, one great thing about this game is that you are not stuck to the one specific class when you start the game, you can change jobs between quests as different classes offer different advantages and disadvantages to depending on the situation.
Just like in MH, you will be able to battle it out with different monsters, from cute Porings, hundreds of hillgiants to Towering giants such as the Hgungnir and the Lava monster Surt. However, the combat feels a lot faster and the pacing is quicker, you’ll need to practice those quick dodges and escapes by studying the monster’s attack patterns as some of these monsters can one-hit you especially if you do not have any health or defence boosting cards equipped.
Much like the online game, there’s a lot of grinding to be done, upgrading armours, weapons and hunting for stat boosting cards will require you to take down the same set of monsters and do the same sets of quests over and over again until you are able to get the required number of items needed for the upgrade. However, this gives the game a big replayability factor, grinding is not mandatory, but hunting for the items so you’ll be able to wield that +10 Balmung or get that Health Up Lvl 5/Attack Up Lvl 5 Cards feels satisfying once you do get to equip these.
Unlike the original multiplayer game, you don’t receive experience points from taking down monsters, but instead, you gain additional health, AP, and Rank after finishing certain quests that unlocks progressively. Much like MH, you character never really level ups, you just get better armour and weapons. However, you can gain additional health, improve your attack and other attributes from cards that you can equip to your armour. There are various types of cards you can equip, from health boosting to attack boosting cards to status effect cards. You can combine different cards combinations to suit your gameplay. You can equip a max of 8 cards to a fully upgraded armour. Cards can be obtained from monster drops and can be bought from the card seller, which the better ones can be obtained from the former.
The game has an auto targeting system that you can greatly help you when attacking specific parts of huge bosses (great when you’re farming for boss drops) but is a pain in the ass when dealing with huge mobs. The target switches to the next same kind of monster instead of the one closest to you or the one you are facing and making it hard and confusing when you are being surrounded by different types of mobs. This is just a small nuisance, but can get pretty frustrating when you start getting KO’d because the target cursor chose the next poring on the far side instead targeting the Death Rock that’s right in front of you.
Having played hundreds of hours (if not thousands) of the original MMMO Ragnarok Online back in the early 2000’s, I didn’t expect this game to be so different from the Ragnarok Online game I used to play back then. The familiarity to the online game is lost as the game only presents vague representations and mentions of the content from Ragnarok Online. At least there are still Porings you can easily take on early in the game. Some familiar skills, weapons, monsters, and places are there, but are presented in a much different way.
Ragnarok Odyssey Ace was released in August 29, 2013 for the PS Vita.