Priston Tale is a 3D fantasy MMORPG with a focus on action-oriented combat and monster grinding that is supported by ten classes with a variety of trainable skills.
Release Date: 2001
Pros: +Variety of classes. +Active playerbase. +360 degree camera control.
Cons: -Outdated graphics. -Poorly translated. -Vague tutorial.
Priston Tale Overview
Enter the continent of Priston, a land with two major towns with a massive stretch of monsters in between that is populated by heroes, regular citizens, and powerful enemies. Players can pick from ten unique character classes that specialize in fighting, magic, or a hybrid of both by using a myriad of trainable skills that increase in power as you utilize them in combat. The game offers a bare bones grindy MMORPG experience that will appeal to players of older MMORPGs such as Ragnarok Online who prefer not having their hands held throughout the game's first ten levels. Priston Tale does feature a tutorial character that follows players around for ten levels, as well as a beginning quest line, but most of the game's mechanics are not directly explained, more or less leaving players on their own to kill monsters, allocate stats, and pick appropriate equipment.
Priston Tale Key Features:
- Ten Unique Character Classes – pick from ten distinct classes that each belong to the Tempskron and Morion factions: Fighter, Archer, Pikeman, Mechanician, Assassin, Knight, Priestess, Atlanta, Magician, and Shaman; each with multiple tiers of unique skills and weapon specializations.
- Action-inspired Combat – actively attack enemies with the mouse button and constantly pop potions with the keyboard in risky situations, lacking an auto-attack feature or a free resting heal.
- Monster Grinding Mania – mow down hoards of quickly-spawning enemies to increase your experience, whose insane spawn rates can become a challenge at times.
- 360 Degree Camera Controls – features three styles of camera control: manual, lock, and auto; which can be used to view the entire game world instead of being locked to an isometric view.
- Monster Collection – unlock map difficulties as you complete the campaign, allowing players to enter Hard versions of maps, and complete achievements and challenges to add some difficulty to the game.
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Priston Tale Classes
Fighter – warriors that exist for the glory of battle, preferring their fights up close and personal. They are a well-balanced class that excels in group settings.
Archer – female warriors unmatched in their ability with projectile weaponry, picking off enemies at a distance. They are able to use all types of weapons but excel with Bows and Crossbows.
Pikeman – masters of polearms that strike terror deep into the hearts of their foes, boasting high damage output that makes quick work of their enemies.
Mechanician – one of the most unique classes in the game, they employ a variety of mechanical attacks, buffs and spells to take on a variety of game roles.
Assassin – a warrior-type class that boasts high movement speed and stealth, utilizing poison and traps in combat.
Knight– disciplined warriors who utilize Holy Magic in combat, harboring a particular strength against undead-type enemies.
Priestess – a supportive caster who focuses on aiding players rather than dealing damage, offering a huge array of helpful abilities that are a hallmark in any group.
Atlanta – agile warriors who prefer the use of javelins to take down their foes, rumored to be descendants of the Tempskron.
Magician – staff-wielding warriors who boast strong minds and powerful spells.
Shaman – a magic-casting class that uses witchcraft and dark magic to devastate enemies.
Priston Tale Review
Priston Tale is perhaps one of the most well known MMORPGs out there, or at least was during its heyday back in 2001-2008. The game was originally released in Korea in 2001 and came to the American shores as a pay-to-play game in 2004. The game has won numerous awards and praises for its beautiful graphics and varied gameplay, but unfortunately the game didn’t age very well. The game’s popularity began to die down and the playerbase was shrinking. The MMORPG industry has grown tremendously and competition became fierce. Newer MMORPGs like World of Warcraft ate into Priston Tale’s once large player base and with the growing popularity of Free to Play MMORPGs, Priston Tale just couldn’t compete as a pay to play title, so they went free to play in May, 2007.
No more history lessons!
Well sadly, the history of Priston Tale is perhaps the game’s most interesting aspect, as the game was once the best MMORPG out there, but it just wasn’t able to keep up with the times. Free MMORPGs like Runes of Magic and Perfect World are just better games, as they’re newer. Older games like Ragnarok Online and MapleStory are still around and kicking because they did what Priston Tale couldn’t, adapt. Priston Tale is a 3D Fantasy MMORPG that is heavily grind based with only a handful of available quests. Players start their adventure in the world of Priston tale after selecting one of the game’s two ‘tribes’, the Tempskron or the Morion. Each ‘tribe’ has four different classes to choose from, so chose your tribe carefully, as it does directly impact what you can and cannot do in the game. The Tempsron tribe consists of powerful melee oriented characters with limited magic capabilities while the Morion tribe has access to characters with powerful magic attacks but poor physical ones.
The fact is that Priston Tale lacks a lot of the content that newer MMORPGs have today. The game’s character customization is terrible, as players cannot even select their own gender. The game’s interface is also difficult to use and feels clumsy. The least the folks behind Priston Tale could have done to make the game more competitive with other MMORPGs is update the game’s interface, but alas, it hasn’t happened. To make matters worse, the game’s single most annoying aspect is the horrendously designed camera. Players can set the camera on either ‘automatic’ or ‘manual’ but surprisingly, neither option is perfect, as the manual setting requires the player to have to constantly update the camera zoom, as giant trees and terrain can easily cover the entire screen. A good part of my experience with Priston Tale was spent wrestling with the camera to get it to work as it should, but I found myself having to constantly adjust it for optimal viewing.
I’ve been highlighting a lot of the negative aspects of Priston Tale, so it’s only fair that the game’s positive aspects are also brought to light. The game has eight playable classes, which is surprisingly more than a lot of the newer MMORPGs today and each of the game’s eight classes have three job advancements, which should keep interested players further hooked onto the game. One interesting component of Priston Tale is the game’s crystal system. When monsters die they have a small chance of dropping a crystal of themselves which can be used to summon that same monster to fight for the summoner. It’s an interesting twist to the generic pet system that some MMORPGs employ and it works pretty well as using the crystals can significantly speed up the game’s exp rate. Unfortunately, as players gain more and more levels the amount of experience needed to level seems to increase exponentially, so gaining levels towards the end of the game becomes ridiculously difficult.
Survive or Die!
Perhaps the most interesting feature in Priston Tale is the Bellatra ‘survive or die’ mission which is between four different teams. The goal of the ‘Survive or Die’ event is exactly as the name implies; teams have to survive waves on monsters spawning inside of their room by working together. Whichever team ‘survives’ the longest usually ends up winning the event and gains control of the town of Bellatra. The winner is actually determined by whichever team kills the most monsters, but that team is usually the one that survives the longest. Another interesting aspect of Priston Tale is the game’s ‘bless castle’ system which is the game’s PvP event where one clan defends their castle while another tries to capture it. Unfortunately, aside from the ‘bless castle’ system, PvP in Priston Tale is limited.
Final Verdict – Good
Although Priston Tale hasn’t aged very well it was one of the best games of its time and still has a fairly loyal playerbase today. If you’re looking for a new game to play, you may want to skip Priston Tale. I gave the game a good score because of its past glory. The game won’t appeal to newer gamers.
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Priston Tale System Requirements
Operating System: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
CPU: 600 MHz Pentium 3 or equivalent
Video Card: Any 32 MB card
RAM: 256 MB
Hard Disk Space: 1 GB
Priston Tale Music & Soundtrack
Priston Tale Additional Information
Developer: Priston Inc.
Publisher: Yedang Online, SubaGames
Release Date (South Korea): 2001
Release Date (US): 2004
Closure Date (US): September 30, 2008
SubaGames Re-release Date (US): October 3, 2008
Priston Tale is developed by Priston Inc., formerly known as Triglow Pictures Inc., a developer based in South Korea; and was published initially by Yedang Online for Korean audiences in 2001. It was since published for Japan, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, England, Philippines, Brazil, and Spanish-speaking countries, with an English version released as a commercial pay-to-play game in 2004. Its pay-to-play service was dropped in 2007 when the game became free-to-play, eventually closing its servers on September 30, 2008. Only three days later, on October 3, 2008, the game was re-opened by SubaGames, the current publisher of Priston Tale.