With companies such as Perfect World (Swordsman) and Snail Game (Age of Wushu) churning out flagship martial arts title, China’s biggest gaming company, Tencent Games, could not resist making 1 of its own. Enter Moonlight Blade, based on a famous novel developed by a world-class team.
Moonlight Blade’s music, character actions and almost every aspect is being overseen by an expert consultant, including movie director Peter Chan and renowned martial arts choreographer Yuen Woo-ping. The game is crafted using a self-developed engine with assistance from Nvidia.
While I had taken part in the previous tests, I had problem with recording videos. The latest client seems much more stable though. First off, the character creation. 1 option is still unavailable, but the sliders and selections are still plentiful. I am not really a “creator” guy, a random appearance will do.
1 of the main strengths of Moonlight Blade is its intriguing storyline from the novel, 天涯明月刀. I watched the most recent TV series from China, and man, the storyline and plots were quite awesome. There is more mystery element than other novels, which tend to be too predictable most of the time.
Combat wise, there are 3 modes to choose from, with the main mode a mix of tab-target and non-target action. I am not sure how to describe it, but for me, the control is kind of weird. I can’t fathom any player who is using WASD and mouse to move, while clicking on CTRL+3 to use a function.
There are several more functions which I have yet to try (PvP for instance), and there are also 4 more classes yet to be added (teased below). Tencent Games is looking to export this title to the English market, but I don’t really see anyone hosting it other than Perfect World Entertainment.