Scarlet Blade – Getting Suckered In (NSFW, Nudity)

A man named David Hannum once said the famous line “There is a sucker born every minute.” Throughout my life, this has been proven to me time and time again. Interestingly enough, as educated as we have all become and with as much warning as we all get from various sources about this and that, people are still suckered into spending money or buying a product that is anything but useful. The same can be said for many of the items available from Aeria Games for their game (if you want to call it that) Scarlet Blade.

As time has gone on, it’s been made very clear to me and many others that the game itself lacks any real substance. People often attribute the dullness of the game to the MMO genre. To this, I must disagree. While playing World of Warcraft (Yes, I am using the gold standard again), it was rare that I found myself as bored as I am with this game. I admit I did eventually grow tired of WOW which is why I quit. My quitting for some proves that WOW is the same. I beg to differ. While I am getting extraordinarily bored with Scarlet Blade just a handful of weeks after it’s release, it took several years for me to get bored with Warcraft. That is a massive difference. I started playing all the way back in 2005 and I quit playing back in September of 2012. 7 years vs a few weeks is hardly the same thing. While I agree that many of the mechanics are similar, the over all lore, support, and quality of Warcraft is what sets it apart from SB. The same can be said for Star Trek Online. Again, I know that both WOW and STO have been around longer so they have had more of a chance to iron out any problems they may have. Problems aren’t really my concern here. My concern is does this game have legs?

Leveling from 25 to 29 is so boring that I have ended up turning the game off after less than 45 minutes. The lore provided feels contrived and doesn’t always make sense. I have said it in game many times that the SB method of leveling is “Kill 5 of these monsters, done? Oh, go kill 7 more of them. Done? Oh, well go kill 15 more. Done? Oh, go kill 10 more of the same monster along with another monster you killed while following the same pattern.” It doesn’t take long to figure out that while the game itself might look nice, ultimately you realize that it’s kind of like the pretty blond you went to high school with: really nice to look at, but if you go deeper you realize there is little to no substance. The game has no heart and there is little to no brains behind it. In a lot of ways, it makes me think that the designers were so focused on giving their core demographic boobs that they forgot that they actually needed to build a real game.

For a few players I have spoken to in game, the novelty of the big boobs and nudity is wearing off and I don’t think it will take long before people figure out this game is just a big, dumb blond.

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2 thoughts on “Scarlet Blade – Getting Suckered In (NSFW, Nudity)”

  1. I feel the same. I’m interested in the story, but the grind kills me. I stopped playing after getting my first character to level 29 +100% to 30. I’ll go back when they raise the cap, probably for the story, but I won’t stay any longer than I have to to get the rest of it. For now, it’s Neverwinter and waiting for Legacy of Romulus to hit. 🙂

  2. It does remind me of some of the early days of vanilla WoW before they starting to make things more interesting.

    There’s a lot to enjoy in the game beyond the eye candy. But what’s holding it back…
    1) Appearance – The game’s mostly about it anyway, so they need to take advantage of it more by having…
    a) Barbershop – Let people mix up their character designs once in awhile so the grind can at least feel slightly less monotonous.
    b) Easier clothes – The costumes and all are cool, but currently too hard to get for many. Want a new costume? Well you have to chance it with those luck boxes. Cosmetology is cool (and it’s nice to see this game starting where WoW took 4 expansions to get to) but the supplies for it are really hard to come by.
    c) They don’t even need to release items with new stats as much as they can just release new skins for everyone to run around in.
    d) And don’t even get me started on the bikes. It would be nice if some other models became available as you leveled up.

    2) More quests – Yeah, the kill ’em all is a staple of MMOs, but we know this game has exploration and escort quests in it, they should put in more of that variety. Particularly the exploration since sometimes you can go through some parts of the game without ever seeing whole zip codes. Or just allow exploration to generate xp like… some MMOs…

    I mean, there’s not much of a market out there for scifi MMOs so SB has a rich niche to tap into. They just need to keep up the work and not rest on their laurels.
    (uh… or so I’ve heard)

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