卡通MMORPG代表作《仙境傳說》

 

 

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在PC性能還不甚發達的20世紀初期,盡管3D游戲已經成為單機領域的一種風潮,甚至開始朝網絡游戲擴散,但大型多人在線游戲方面依然是2D為主流,這既受到了客觀條件上的硬件限制,2D網絡明顯比3D的體驗更好,同時從國內玩家的審美情趣來講,也是偏日韓系的2D動漫畫風更加吃香。受這種客觀條件的影響,東亞市場上相繼出現了三款影響力巨大的2DMMORPG游戲,分別是1999年上線的《石器時代》、2001年的《魔力寶貝》(均為海外上線時間),以及今天著重介紹的《仙境傳說(Ragnarok Online,簡稱RO)》。

其中前兩款均來自日本廠商,而由Gravity制作,2002年8月31日正式在韓國開始運營的《仙境傳說》則是一款原汁原味的韓風卡通網游,改編自韓國漫畫家李命進的同名漫畫,以唯美清新的Q版人物以及設計精巧的3D場景聞名,比起2D網游界的兩位大前輩在畫面上有口皆碑,不管人物的服裝還是動作的細節處理都更加出色,能夠360度旋轉的精致場景給人十分不一樣的探索感受,同樣是RO能很快吸引玩家的法寶之一。

像ARPG一樣直接在地圖上展開戰鬥是RO區別於其他2D網游的另一個特色,與當時流行的單獨畫面回合制戰鬥模式相比節奏明顯更快,同時從手感來看又不像明顯模仿了《暗黑破壞神2》基本架構的《熱血傳奇》,而是呈現出一種獨特的實在感,玩起來與其他同類作品有著明顯的差異。

正如標題“諸神的黃昏(Ragnarok)”所指示的那樣,本作在設定上參考了大量北歐神話的元素,包括物品名、地名等等,同時又在此基礎上進行了一定的擴展,加入了傳統故事中沒有的蒸汽文明、幾大國家等全新設定,甚至包括東方文明、忍者、火槍等內容,給了玩家更廣闊的探索空間。

這種豐富感也體現在遊戲的職業系統上,除了常見的劍士、魔法師、盜賊以外,游戲還提供了商人這種偏輔助向的一轉職業,等到二轉、三轉階段還有機械工匠、基因學者等等進階職業,總數達到近50種,可以選擇的範圍和玩起來的風格差異相當大,讓擁有各種不同偏好的玩家可以在RO裡找到適合自己的游戲方式,如此龐大的職業系統在當年十分罕見。

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基於上述理由,《仙境傳說》上線之後很快在韓國、日本、台灣地區玩家中產生熱烈反響,常年位居網游排行榜前列,國服也在不到一年後的2003年5月20日由北京智冠及游戲新干線代理上線,以黑馬姿態迅速吸引了一大批鐘情精致2D畫風的網游愛好者,重探索、重社交、重自由度的游戲理念也使其成為一干打怪刷寶網游中的清流,盡管與占據市場主流的《熱血傳奇》等作品相比無論市場占有率還是知名度始終有種不上不下的尷尬,但在粉絲們心目中卻有著不可動搖的地位。

 

最後不得不提到一個對於進入國內的網絡游戲來說十分尷尬的問題,那就是外掛和私服。RO的外掛功能之全面、普及率之高令人咋舌,到後期連客戶端都不用打開就能實現打怪、清背包、切換角色等功能,全自動的過程看似方便,但毫無疑問會極大地破壞非外掛玩家的游戲樂趣。不過由於RO早期采用的是點卡制,所以運營商對此也就睜一只眼閉一只眼,最終逼得普通玩家也不得不使用外掛才能“正常”游戲,其後果就是大量玩家的迅速流失。

但官服沒落的原因更多在游戲自身之外,所以流失的玩家們自然而然地湧向了外服或者私服,而且很多私服都修正了官服很多在設計上的缺陷,所以更受玩家喜愛,並且在官服沒落之後仍然火爆了很長一段時間。

原版上線14年之後的今天,開發商Gravity針對龐大的手游市場開發了一款試圖喚醒老玩家回憶的《仙境傳說RO:守護永恆的愛》,畫面依舊清新,但場景和人物已經順應時勢換成了全3D,不知能否在一干MMO手游中脫穎而出。

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