Continent of the 9th Seal (C9)
Category: 3D MMO
PvP Support: Yes
Pros: +Action combat +Varied classes +Fun boss battles
Cons: -Repetitive dungeons
Continent of the 9th Seal (C9) is an action combat dungeon crawler from Webzen. Players can choose from a diverse set of classes, each with specializations and unique skills and playstyles. There is a huge amount of instanced dungeons with varying difficulty levels and unique boss battles all wrapped up in a stylish action package.
Varied Classes - Players can choose from a number of base classes that all have multiple specialization possibilities that will fit virtually all playstyle preferences. The base classes include the Fighter, Hunter, Shaman, Witchblade, and Mystic and each class has its own strengths and weaknesses.
Multitude of Dungeons - As players progress, they will find themselves in new continents that bring unique dungeons in diverse environments. Ancient ruins, lush forests, dangerous caves, ethereal temples, and more.
Intense PVP - There are various PVP modes available and each battle is balanced so timing and skill are the deciding factors when it comes to victory.
Processor:AMD Athlon XP 2400+, Intel Single Core 2.4GHz
Graphics:ATI Radeon 9800, Geforce 6600 Series
Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
C9 is a stylish action-packed ARPG. The animations are fluid and visually impressive. The environments, at times, change drastically even in the same level zone. The classes are distinct and the specializations in each class all feel different, even if the core concept is the same.
All About Action
C9 is billed as an "Unrivaled Action RPG" and it takes pride in its action combat system. Unlike the tab-targeting seen in many fantasy MMOs, C9 has a third-person perspective and is built around mouse targeting and combos which are supplemented by hotbar actions. Right-click and left-click control light and heavy attacks, respectively. Many skills are then built around combining mouse clicks to unleash powerful moves along with the WASD keys. This is a combo system and it works quite well. Combos, after some practice, are easy to use and the animations are quite flashy.
C9 has a nice variety of classes to suit individual playstyles. When starting out, players can choose from 5 different base classes with class specialization opening up at level 20. Each class specialization has its own unique focus, either through more defensive-minded abilities, more speed, more offense, or more crowd control. The Fighter starts as a sword and shield user with decent damage and defense. The Hunter relies on quick melee attacks supplemented by a bow for ranged attacks (It should be noted that every Hunter class except the Shadow must purchase arrows in order to use their bow skills). The Shaman is the mage class, using varying types of magic with high AOE (area of effect) damage potential. The Witchblade is a dual blade wielder who mixes physical and magical attacks. The Mystic is a bit unique in that they only have two class specializations with one using a gigantic hammer and the other using a chakram. Each class utilizes strong melee and AOE skills with the chakram-using Erta class having slightly more ranged abilities. Main hubs each have their own class trainers who must be interacted with in order to buy/upgrade new skills. Before choosing a specialization, players will have access to several abilities that come from the specialized classes so testing out what those abilities are like is possible. You can also talk to your trainer before level 20 and speak to NPCs who will give you an overview of the specialized classes complete with animations and explanations of the strengths of the new classes. This is a really nice touch so making that choice is much easier.
C9 is an ARPG, so gameplay is completely centered on entering dungeons to complete quests on varying difficulties. This means that you may be spending a lot of time in the same cave or forest trying to open up the next set of dungeons. Fortunately, the quests are rather plentiful and boss battles continue to change depending on the difficulty level which made the fights feel more interesting. Each dungeon also has distinct environments that are quite varied and detailed. The combat combined with the environments make for a very attractive experience. However, there will be times that the experience gains will decrease and playing the same dungeon repeatedly can test patience.
C9 is a nice game. The combat system is fluid, the animations are flashy, the environments are detailed and diverse, the class-specific gear can be quite unique, and the PVP is fun and skill focused, for the most part. The game is simple to understand and the developers continue to add more content. It is similar to games like Dragon Nest and Vindictus, but has its own look and feel. If you don't like the dungeon crawler formula, you will want to look elsewhere but if you like combo-based action in a stylish fantasy package, C9 is a solid choice.
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