Scions of Fate
Scions of Fate is a 3D, anime-inspired Fantasy MMORPG with brightly colored graphics. Known as Yulgang in Asia, Scions of Fate allows players to form guilds called Houses and engage in wide-scale warfare between the Order and Chaos factions!
Playerbase: Low (in the West)
PvP: Faction Wars
Release Date: November 13, 2006 (NA)
Pros: +Pet and mount system. +Easy to learn and get started. +Skill combo system. +Low system requirements.
Cons: -Poor character customization. -Repetitive gameplay. -Enhancement system is dependent on cash shop. -Dated gameplay and interface.
Scions of Fate Overview
Known as Yulgang Online in Asia, Scions of Fate is an MMORPG in an Asian setting with vibrant colors. Scions of Fate enjoyed massive popularity in Asia, partly due to its low system requirements and the ease of getting started. With simple controls and gameplay, Scions of Fate still offers a fully-featured MMORPG experience in a small package. Some of the major features include a pet and mount system, player-run shops, faction-based PvP, and a guild system that allows players to form their own 'House.'
Scions of Fate Key Features:
- Class Variety – play as one of 8 playable classes (Bladesman, Bowman, Healer, Spearman, Swordsman, Ninja, Busker, and HanBia).
- Fun Pet System – have a pet Mouse, Hawk, Leopard and Tiger. Pets upgrade at Levels 15, 50, 75, and 100.
- Amazing Faction System – join either the Order or Chaos faction upon reaching Level 35.
- Couple System – find love in Scions of Fate with the couple system. The game features 10 "ranks" of love!
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Scions of Fate Classes
- Bladesman – this class uses large, one-handed weapons. Bladesmen have strong defense, but weak attack.
- Bowman – masters of long-ranged weapons. They have high attack power, but low defense.
- Healer – the only class able to heal other players. They have low health and low defense.
- Spearman – this class has the strongest melee power in the game, but they have low defense, HP, and attack speed.
- Swordsman – this class is well-balanced, but they don’t excel in any specific category. They have fair attack power, attack speed, defense, and HP.
- Ninja – stealthy warriors who wield a weapon in each hand. They have low attack power, low defense, and low HP, but are extremely fast.
- Busker – Buskers use rage as their primary attack stance. They have low defense and high attack power.
- HanBia – this class uses blades. They have high HP, but average defense, attack power, and attack speed.
Scions of Fate Review
By Toan Layne
Scions of Fate (known as Yulgang in Asia), is a fantasy MMORPG developed by KRG Soft in South Korea. It was released on November 13, 2006 and later published by Netgame in the United States in early 2007. Despite its 2006 release date, the game had been in open beta testing since 2004 in Asia. It’s very popular in South Korea and China, with over 100 million registered players, but it hasn't enjoyed the same level of recognition in the West. The game sports a distinct Asian theme: much of the music and all of the architecture in game are inspired by the East. Scions of Fate is similar in graphics and gameplay to games like Hero Online, and bills itself as beginner friendly.
Character creation in Scions of Fate is unimpressive, to say the least. Each class has its own distinct hairstyle that unfortunately can’t be changed. Players are also forced to keep the same default face as everyone else, but can choose from a few hair colors and two ‘voice’ options. The voice options can’t even be previewed and they aren’t really used much in game. While the player characters aren’t very diverse, NPCs have varied looks. The environments look expansive, giving the feeling the world is very big, but overall the graphics look old and dated.
After creating a character, players begin the game. There’s no tutorial, so players can start playing right away. Despite this, it’s pretty beginner friendly and easy to pick up on. Navigating Scions of Fate is done entirely through point-and-click, which is great for people who prefer that option, but can be difficult for people who prefer WASD controls.
Scions of Fate is easy to control, but it’s not always easy to understand. There are a lot of translation errors that make playing the game difficult. While it doesn’t affect the overall gameplay, it can make understanding quests a pain. Sometimes I’d look at a quest for minutes before understanding what it wanted me to do.
Quests are very limited, so players will spend most of their time grinding to gain levels. Even with both quests and grinding, the experience gain is slow. As players level, they receive an in-game pop-up telling them about new quests that are available. Around Level 15, experience gain slows down quite a bit and gets even harder later on. Upon closing in on the game’s level cap of 108, it can take upwards of an entire day of casual play to gain a single level.
Limited Skills and Personal Shops
There are no skills available to players until reaching Level 10. This was frustrating, because sometimes skills can be key to certain classes. For example, a healer can’t even use heal until Level 10. Even after hitting Level 10, skills are acquired at a very slow rate. Players only get new skills every few levels. Stats raise automatically when gaining a level and there are no stat points to distribute, which gives players little sense of progression.
Even though skills don’t come by very often, Scions of Fate has a combo system that allows players to combo up to 3 of their skills together in a powerful chain attack. Using it takes more Chi (Scions of Fate’s mana) than using them all individually, but the boost in damage dealing that comes with it is more than worth it.
Scions of Fate has a personal shop option for players who have reached Level 20, which takes the place of the traditional auction system. Personal shops let players put items they have on sale, and make them available for other players to purchase. Any player can buy from a personal shop, but they’re only accessible by one player at a time.
Houses, Factions, and PvP
Guilds in Scions of Fate are called Houses. To create a House, players need to reach Level 35 and pay 1 million gold.
Houses can gain levels by getting House fame. House fame is the sum of experience the members have and members of the House get rewards based on their level. For example, at the 2nd level, members get a House uniform. Houses can also participate in special PvP events against other Houses. Those worried about balance and fairness will be happy to know that the system will match Houses against those of similar level.
At Level 35, players have a choice to side with one of two factions: The Order or The Chaos. Despite their names, there is no distinctively “bad” or “good” faction; instead The Order sticks to the rules and The Chaos choose to live freely. Each faction has their own unique clothes that players get after choosing a faction. Players get new outfits every ten levels.
Not only does Scions of Fate have a dueling PvP option, which can only been done in special PvP zones starting at Level 35, but it also sports a few other PvP options as well. Other PvP options include House Wars, Authority Clash, and C.C.R. Each PvP type has it’s own set of rules; for example, in C.C.R, factions see who can take a flag from a monster first.
The enchantment system has a few variations that players can do to upgrade their weapons. All of these require special gems. The chance of success decreases after every attempt. Players can use emeralds or sapphires to enchant items two to four times. Gems are dropped from monsters. There are also rubies that can be used to enchant weapons and armor. If the enchanting is successful, a player’s armor will have +3 to defense and weapons will have a +6 to attack. This method lets players enchant up to 10 times. The third gem is amethyst. When enchanted, this gem gives equipment special effects, such as increased attack speed.
Final Verdict: Poor
Scions of Fate has a lot of potential, but it falls flat. The graphics are dated, it’s poorly translated, lacks quests, and the frustrating skill system makes it hard to feel absorbed into the game. It does have some nice features, such as a powerful enchantment system and a variety of PvP options. While Scions of Fate may have had its place earlier in the century, it is just too dated to compete in the MMORPG market today.
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Scions of Fate System Requirements
Operating System: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
CPU: Intel Pentium 3 800 MHz or AMD equivalent
Video Card: Nvidia TNT2 / ATI Radeon / Matrox Milenium G400
RAM: 256 MB
Hard Disk Space: 1 GB
Operating System: Windows 7 / 8
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 1.4 GHz or AMD equivalent or better
Video Card: Nvidia GeForce 4 FX / ATI Radeon 9000 or better
RAM: 1 GB or more
Hard Disk Space: 4 GB or more
Scions of Fate Music & Soundtrack
Scions of Fate Additional Information
Developer: KRG Soft
China: CDC Games
Known as Yulgang: Balance of Power in Asia, Scions of Fate was recognized as the MMORPG of the year by the Korean government in 2005, after initially launching back in 2004. The game is based on a Korean martial arts comic also called Yulgang. Scions of Fate never found a large audience in the West, but reached massive popularity across Korea and China with over 100 million registered players and over 600,000 concurrent users as of November 2006.