Age of Wushu Review
Age of Wushu Box Art
System: PC
Dev: Suzhou Snail Electronic Co., Ltd.
Pub: Snail Games
Release: April 10, 2013
Players: MMO
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol, Violence

Outside of combat there is still plenty to do. Crafting, called life skills in the game, is a prominent feature in Age of Wushu. Along with the more standard professions like mining and smithing, there are some interesting uncommon career paths such as musician and painter. Fishing, farming, and the other gathering professions are available to everyone, but you are limited in the amount of production jobs your character can be trained in. Instead of simply throwing your created goods in an auction house, the marketplace allows you to bid for a stall where you can sell your goods and customize the look of your shop. Like most elements of Age of Wushu, it is a more complex system than simply slapping a random price on an item sending off to the digital auction house, but once mastered, it’s a much more thrilling experience.

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Like every MMO, Age of Wushu is not without its share of bugs. I've found myself running through hillsides and hovering above the ground after performing a flying move. Text boxes frequently overlap each other and cover other important information on your HUD. The auto-pathfinding feature is a useful way to have your character run to a target location, even if it's clear across the continent, but sometimes the pathing has you taking the scenic route. The biggest annoyance for me was having to adjust the mouse sensitivity every time I entered a new zone. So far I haven't come across any game-crashing bugs, but when the developer explicitly brags about Age of Wushu being bug-free, not making good on that promise comes as a disappointment.

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There are plenty of other features I've not even touched upon, and as you progress further into the gorgeous land of Jianghu, the expanding options allow you to play Age of Wushu your way. There are many cosmetic quirks that clearly indicate the smaller budget Snail Games has at their disposal, but overall this is a successful blend of familiar MMO concepts with plenty of unique twists. If you've grown tired of sending your orcs and elves on fetch quests filled with humdrum combat, you'll definitely want to give Age of Wushu a try.

By
Sean Engemann
Contributing Writer
Date: April 10, 2013

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
It's a gorgeous and authentic representation of Chinese culture, with some great water and weather effects. However, like most MMOs, close inspection of the surroundings reveals rough details.
3.7
Control
It's a complex system with hotkeys galore and skillful timing. If you're willing to train, you'll marvel at your own mastery once you've got the controls down.
3.9
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
A nice blend of Asian orchestrations and Wuxia-inspired combat effects. There's no voice acting though, and the sound quality on the effects is a little lacking.
4.7
Play Value
You'll be familiar with the MMO format almost instantly, but there's still a ton of new things to discover, and all for free!
4.1
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • No Classes or Levels: Choose from an extensive collection of martial arts disciplines. Develop and improve your own unique combat style.
  • Innovative Combat System: Draw on a strict logic behind real martial arts. Each attack can be countered and exploited.
  • Train in a Persistent World: Thrive in a world controlled by player's actions. Be a hero or a villain to a living world.
  • Authentic Culture in a Virtual World: With diverse professions such as painter, musician, and blacksmith, the world of Jianghu goes beyond the battles.
  • Make a Name for Yourself: Become a leader of a martial arts school, seize a territory for your guild, and choose your own destiny within the Age of Wushu.


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