First impressions thread!

  • @Killer-Crabs

    Since the game was in developement for quite a while now (no clue as to how long exactly), I expected that you guys had already tested a lot of the ideas I mentioned.

    Trying out a team dmg build would surely be interesting. Regarding the “mana pool” abilities: thats an interesting point, havnt thought about that. That also goes back to my guess that the current magic/mana system is in the game for a reason, and now I know why.


    I think I might know what you mean. First of all there are 6 instead of 4 unique classes in the game, and every class has between 6 and 9 (?) magic abilities to chose from. That might take some getting used to, but coming from the simulation corner of games I would much rather prefer a game with a lot of depth over a shallow game that takes only 30 minutes to learn. Ofcourse one must also not confuse “depth” with “unnecessary complexity”.

    Maybe it would be possible to lock 3 of the classes until the player has enough experience to unlock the rest? That way you can get half of the classes off the players mind, which might also ensure a smoother progression.

  • I have not yet played multiplayer, I will most likely make another post about that experience later on! I will probably compare the game a lot to chivalry below.


    • Parry:
      • The ability to hold a parry is sort of dull and removes from the depth of the game. CMW was far superior in this area as it works right now.
      • Not being able to parry with every class is somewhat annoying.
      • Instead of having a parry held up forever, it would probably be better with a system similar to that of chivalry where you use timing.
      • I noticed that you can’t parry Alcemancers at facehug for some reason.
      • Being able to block all types of attacks is amazing!
    • Movement:
      • The ability to climb ledges is quite interesting and opens up possibilities in the way of gameplay.
      • Not being able to sprint makes it feel a bit too slow, right now it’s quite hard to avoid attacks with footwork.
      • Crouching seems rather useless as compared to chivalry, your character model is still too large and easy to target.
    • Attacks:
      • They feel slow and somewhat clunky with most classes, especially the taurant.
      • I noticed while playing against bots that they could easily hit me as I riposte or combo which felt slighty annoying. Example, I as a taurant blocks and ripostes from an Alcemancers attack, he then manages to hit me once or twice as I’ve hit him with my riposte + tried to combo.

    Teamdamage would be great as a factor too, although I can understand that the abilities could become quite the pain in the ass.

    Art style:
    Contrary to what many people seem to think about the game’s direction of artstyle I myself enjoy it a lot.

    I’ve noticed a few FPS drops with certain spells, example the one which you can take control of as a Alcemancer. But otherwise the game has kept a steady 60 fps for me so far.

    Just as Gauntlet mentioned earlier, I assumed that the melee would be very similar to that of chivalry. The abilities on the other hand were a lot more fun and interesting than I had previously thought they would be, some of them were a bit too slow or had somewhat glitchy animations (Enthropist healing wave for example); but that’s to be expected from an early alpha game.

    Either way, it would be really nice to get more stats about the weapons etc, similar to the spreadsheet wolfy made of CMW weapons. At least for me it’s easier to judge weapons and abilities that way. Knowing the exact damage, the exact time to windup/release etc.

    I ran into a few issues myself as I played, and I’m not sure if all of them or any of them have been reported but a tiny list of some things:

    • The Enthropist carpet disappeared if I looked down as I tried to use the ability for it, not sure if it happened every time, but quite often.
    • Enthropist healing wave ignored the cooldown when I used it.
    • Alcemancer’s attacks go through your parry at close range, as I mentioned in the parry section.

    That’s all I have for now, and I can’t wait to see this game progress all the way until release, as of right now it looks really really interesting and has a lot of potential.

  • Alright so I am going to dump my opinions and feedback here, as well. However, I am very well aware that we are in fact testing an alpha and that most of what I am going to address is probably already on the to-do list of the devs.
    Nothing I write here is a demand, every bit of feedback and every suggestion is here on a take it or leave it basis. Also, my feedback is entirely focused on the state of the game right now, not taking into account planned or inbound changes.

    Disregarding the main menu, which is a debug menu at best, it seems that the character and team selection screens are the most presentable at this time. With that said, they are also very pretty and inviting screens that I enjoy looking at. Aesthetically pleasing and straight to the point.
    However, I fear new players may not immediately grasp what parts of the GUI they can interact with, this may need some more work. Highlights for buttons or a prompt like “hey, click this you dummy!” would be options.

    • The GUI is very pretty. Many bright, vibrant and inviting buttons and decorations that I enjoy looking at a lot.
    • The character portraits in the class selection screen look good.
    • Gauging my ability cooldowns from the corner of my eye is very difficult. I want my eyes up front, looking at my opponent during a fight, not on my ability icons. Having a number indicating seconds left until the ability is out of cooldown, as well as having the ability “cooldown meter” filling up in a more noticeable color would help.
    • The block meter is too difficult to notice. May want to make it bigger (and move it further down a few pixels to compensate) and give its edges a bit more contrasting colors.

    Much like the others, I like the art style of the game and believe it works out well with the theme of the gameplay. I like the vibrant world a lot.
    However, I also feel that the world is too empty as it is.
    It is almost depressing, because there could be so much more ornamentation to show off the mystical and fantastical world you have created, instead there are just many plain, near monochrome walls.

    • I like the music, fits well with the theme. I would like a volume slider, of course.
    • The game is bright and vibrant, which I like a lot.
    • The voice acting for the Alchemancer and the Entropist is superb and very enjoyable to listen to.
    • I understand your artists are going for more “broad strokes” and “plain surfaces”, but I have to say it makes some areas in the levels look very dull, even saddening. There are many spots where it just feels like some detail would help flesh out this mystical and fantastical world more and also remove that feeling of dead emptiness.
    • Character animations are fairly smooth and readable, even with my ping of 120+ on an NA server.
    • Some of the walk animations look awkward to me. The very broad stances of some of the characters look great while they’re standing still, but don’t look comfortable while they’re walking.
    • Levels could use more details in many areas.

    As you can imagine, my gameplay feedback list will be the longest. This early in development is the best time to comment on the core gameplay, which will define the game as it is.
    Much like the others posting here, I believe the game has potential, but the combat does not yet entice me to play more, not the way Chivalry does. There is room for improvement that should be filled.

    • I like the impact of weapons, the dismemberment. There is weight behind my attacks and the combat is visceral, which makes landing hits very rewarding.
    • I feel slow. I feel sluggish. I don’t feel excited to go anywhere at all. I would like this to be addressed. Sprinting (even if limited) would work. Giving me more alternative movement options would also be appreciated. Movement options like a short dash, a high jump or skip, a roll, etc. I would love to flow from objective to objective. From combat to combat and most of all, around my opponents.
    • I love the z-axis movement features, like climbing up low ledges. I would love more options for parcouring through the levels like this and more options to flank enemy positions.
    • Melee combat mostly consists of block-attack-block-ability-block-attack, etc. This makes for a dull close combat experience.
    • The block meter is a welcome change from what Chivalry offers, though is currently too simplistic to be enjoyable for me.
    • I would like to have the block meter have its strength deplete as you hold your block. Similar to what holding up your shield does to your stamina in Chivalry.
    • On the subject of parries and timing, I would suggest a hybrid solution. Keep the block bar and have parries. My idea would be to have there be a short time window (maybe <300ms) right after raising your block that allows you to parry and riposte. If you block an attack after that parry window, you don’t get to riposte.
    • I don’t like the trickle damage you receive when your block strength is depleted. I would rather see the block mitigate all damage and having the depletion of the block meter make me unable to block entirely.
    • It seems very difficult to get around an enemy’s block and very difficult to make them run out of blocking strength, or telling whether they are in fact out of blocking strength.
    • I like your approach with the Vypress and the Alchemancer. They could potentially offer a very unique and dynamic playstyle. However, their lack of being able to block makes them very vulnerable up close. Considering they lack any really good escape mechanisms, which don’t also limit their offensive abilities, this is a problem. It is very easy for a melee class to rush up close to a Vypress and just spam attacks until the Vypress is dead. There is little skill involved in this and feels unrewarding for the Vypress as well as to their opponent.
    • Related to my point further above about hybrid block-parry. Have the Vypress only able to dodge an attack (and all damage?) if she “parries” an attack. Basically right clicking shortly before getting whacked in the face, perhaps with some form of limitation to it like a stamina bar. Perhaps it could even act just like the block bar, except resulting in dodges, instead of parries.
    • I like that you guys are going for something different than Chivalry. I like that this isn’t a Chivalry 1.5 and I frankly disagree with the notion of “this game should be like Chivalry with magic”. I believe that would only take away from its uniqueness. Besides, if I want to play Chivalry, I will go play Chivalry, right? Don’t get me wrong, though, I do believe mechanics from Chivalry can be carried over, but I would like to see this game to have its own strengths and not just represent an iteration of Chivalry.
    • I like that there is no team damage. I don’t want team damage in this game. There are too many AOE abilities that would make team damage a constant source of frustration, much like the Vanguard charge in Chivalry.

    And that’s all I got so far. If you read through all of this in one go, you deserve a break and a coffee. :coffee:

  • Thanks particularly for the GUI feedback UberMann, that’s really helpful since we haven’t yet had too much of it, and the HUD/GUI are vitally important.

  • So I finally got to play this with a few people. 2v2 Me and Yarnu vs lillboots and Tyoson on the training map.

    Also forgive me for not knowing any of the names of the classes, weapons and abilities. I’m a bit ill today and I want to write this now as close as possible to when I actually played.

    Performance. I personally didn’t get the best performance but my computer is rather old and I am planning on upgrading the graphics card at least. But it’s currently:

    CPU: i5 3570k @ 3.4GHz.
    Motherboard: Some gigabyte thing with a Z77 chipset to take full advantage of the CPU.
    GPU: AMD Radeon HD 5850 1GB limited Modern warfare 2 edition.
    RAM: 8GB @ 1600mhz.
    Storage. A single western digital cavier black HDD 1GB and its compeltely full.
    PSU: God knows but it runs everything.

    Don’t know if graphics settings changed anything as they didn’t seem to. But it was running at around 30fps sometimes dipping below slightly and sometimes staying above 40 for extended periods of time. I can however run chivalry almost maxed out at a consistent 62 most of the time. It’s almost certainly my graphics card which has finally reached the stage where it can’t run things after 7 years of service. Star Wars battlefront said fuck you when I tried to play that with it.

    Now the gameplay. I hate fantasy shit. But damn this game is pretty fun. Took me a while to adjust to the combat. But once you get the timings of things down you can have proper duels. Had some good 2v1s as well. However I don’t like the idea of two classes not being able to party. Especially that double swords lady. The alchemiseer or whatever I understand is to be more of a support class and has some rather nice “get me outta here” abilities. But duel swords is in the thick of if. Or at least dueling someone. Movement speed doesn’t seem to be enough. Though maybe you intend a different style of play.

    Shield and spear person. Favorite class. Damage output feels a bit low but they have the most health and good defense so it doesn’t really matter. And throwing a shield at someone’s face is hilarious. Good Melee range in the class too.

    The big two handed mace ox looking guy. Good Melee fighter. But I felt some of his abilities to be a tad weak. Particular the large melee swing (the one that doesn’t launch and earthquake projectile). Doesn’t do much damage. And that aerial strike press shift ability as Well. It’s charge ability is useful, spin move is well done and throwing rocks at people is amazing.

    The other class I played a hit was that woman with the one handed sword, the land mines and the hook. That combination right there. The most OP thing in the game lol. Plant a bunch of mines down in the same place, grapple Someone, all your mines go off and you get two free hits on them where they can’t move or block. Kills every class. The fact you can’t damage yourself in the game is a major issue. However I used the other abilities as well. That black hole is quite fun to use to group people together. Usual in combo with the ox dude. That turret you place on the ground took a bit of getting used to. Shift to fire and you aim at people. Explodes. But you can block those projectiles and destroy the thing so that’s good. And I used that wall thing with no description. Distortion field or something. That is very useful. Blocks some projectiles. But for most others it slows projectiles down which is awesome. So you have time to dodge. Which I think is a better alternative to straight up blocking.

    Lack of team damage. At first I thought it was a bad idea. But as I played I realised that the game would be team damage central with all the area of effect abilities going off. So maybe it’s for the best. However, the lack of damage done against yourself is another issue. I think you should do damage against yourself with AOE weapons. Simply to avoid cheese kamakazi tactics except they don’t result in your death.

    The listen server system doesn’t quite seem to be working. The only way to reliably get everyone in game is if we play the training map. Can’t do a TO listen server easily. Only managed 2 people in. It gave me a disconnect then just wouldn’t let me join full stop. With any method. Starting a dedicated server would have solved this issue probably. But listen servers with the party system are so much easier.

  • Developer

    Just popping in to note how incredibly useful all of this feedback is. Definitely some of the most useful stuff we’ve heard so far from anyone who’s played Mirage - so please keep it coming!

  • Hey guys

    Had a chance to play with a few people on a hosted server on free for all. I must say it was quite fun when we got into it.

    I think I actually enjoyed most of the classes apart from the flying carpet guy and the mine lady (Not sure what their names were) simply because they feel underdeveloped to me (have less skills to pick from) The floaty carpet guys E attack (the projectile one that rains more projectiles) cooldown icon is bugged after using it so you aren’t sure when it’s ready for use again.

    I like the fact that you can gain some HP after killing enemies seems pretty useful, I like how the characters and the maps look so far and some of the skills are pretty fun to chain together already. Some examples… placing down a mine and pulling the enemy towards you, being the floaty carpet guy and putting down a wall whilst raining projectiles on them. The shield lady, pushing the enemy back with one skill and then throwing the magical shield as they fly back. I also must say I had a lot of fun as the mage guy (second selection on the menu) levitating to a spot that wasn’t easily found and then sending out orbs to control and fly into people.

    I feel that some of the cooldowns need to be reduced and some of the recovery times. It felt a little hard to chain attacks and skills together sometimes as you had to wait until stabbing again or before you could use a skill that was ready to use. Some skills were also very obvious and easy to avoid (The shield ladies jump in the air and slam down attack for example was very slow and easy to walk out of before she hit the ground) I feel skills like dashes which are purely for mobility could have shorter cooldowns.

    As tumm said I think you need a clearer visual on the screen of when you are hit as I barely noticed sometimes and had to check my hp. As many people have mentioned, It still feels a little slow to me, walking around the map in particular feels a little tedious even with the second wind thing and attacks do feel a little sluggish.

    I liked the voice commands so far and the layout of selecting your skills and characters. I wouldn’t say that the two different sides have memorable names like agatha and mason however but that could just be a case of me playing more.

    I haven’t played any TO maps yet so I can’t comment on that.

    A few questions (if you can answer them)

    1. Are there going to be any other weapons or would that be the weapon you always have to use?
    2. Are you going to make people unlock the next skill or weapon like you did in chivalry?
    3. How many skills will each class be able to pick from?

    So far seems fun though and it ran well on my computer at least! I’ve probably forgotten a bunch of stuff but I’ll make another post later.

  • All of my opinions have already been echoed.

    Please do not allow held blocks to go on any longer. They eliminate the point of , and the flow of, combat. CFTP needs to be smoother and , even in attempting to test how the game would play without held block, their is no parry recovery obviously so it becomes far too easy to crutch on it. I think with parry to parry and player skill a held block is incredibly hurtful to the game. Lacks dynamic gameplay.

    I know you meant it to be in this build. I like where everything is going and there are many very intelligent people here articulating the same opinions I already hold. I will update later. Just my impressions after 5 hours.

  • I’m with Cyanide here; it’s all been echoed by the previous posters. However, one thing that I’m having some trouble reconciling is the disconnect between the magic and melee systems. Simply put, it feels like there is no cohesion, as though you’re supposed to use one or the other, rather than both. I would absolutely consider more of an integration between the two realms; combo-spell, feinting spells, maybe a melee-range spell…there’s probably other ways to handle it as well, but as it stands, they just don’t feel like they gel the way they could and should. That also may be by design, so take what I say with a grain of salt.

  • Thus far only played a few hours of ffa with a couple of other players and have largely enjoyed my time. Just going to reel off the notes that I put down whilst playing, can see that many of them have already been said, but confirmation can be no bad thing. Excellent point from Exile on the cohesion between magic and melee.

    First off it feels like the game is trapped in the middle of being fast or slow paced. The ability to vault into windows and over ledges, even from mid-air leads to a very exciting freedom of movement and adds so much to the flow and feel of the game. However, with the lack of a sprint and the overall run speed feeling incredibly slow, it seems that the full commitment to a fast paced game hasn’t been made, which I feel it should be.

    Keeping with the speed of the game, all melee attacks feel very sluggish and lacking in momentum. Almost all projectiles feel this way too, perhaps to make them easier to parry, but with the ability to just hold rmb, this seems very unnecessary. With everything being so slow, no parry window and seemingly no real parry box, in melee or with spells, it is very hard to deal damage to people. The reason that this worries me so much, is me and the people I have played with are new to the game, obviously. Yes we have experience in Chivalry, which no doubt aids a little in learning the mechanics, but I feel that two, or even a group of experienced players fighting, could make for very laborious fights. When you finally do deal damage to someone, if they create enough distance between you and them, they can heal, quickly. Not sure why the heal function is present at all, for mine, just increasing the base heal speed would be much better.

    When it comes to the actual combat mechanics, first hit flinch is excellent, as is being able to flinch or parry abilities that are used. The main gripe I have with the combat at the moment is the queuing up of attacks and parries. You combo two attacks, get flinched during the first, then the second attack happens after you leave recovery from the hit you took anyway. This just feels so strange and I guess is the main reason that it is seemingly very hard to feint to parry, because I naturally combo attacks. Not sure if the windows need adjusting, or just your queue being reset once damage is taken, however it is in Chivalry I guess. Leaving release at the moment also feels very harsh, with regards to the turncap. On many occasions I find myself spinning 360 after a side stab attempt gets parried, it looks very similar to when you desync in Chivalry.

    Having a lot of fun with the game so far, plenty of variation in classes and each one has a nice selection of abilities. The ffa map we’ve played on (market?) is excellent. In this game I feel it is very important to have levels to the terrain. Playing on mass expanses of flat ground is not something this game would be suited to, and I think this map does a great job of keeping that freedom of movement and not being too open.

    I understand that 1v1 combat may not be the main focus of this game, but it is inescapable and fundamentally very important to a game such as this. As I have said, at the moment it feels extremely hard to deal damage to someone. Perhaps something as simple as adding a parry window will fix this, but I am not sure it would.

  • So I got in for the first time last night - didn’t get a chance to play with anyone, so these are just my initial impressions from running around the training map.

    The combat at this stage does not feel fluid, and the weapons don’t feel that different, except for tauranga. without actually having someone to fight, I can’t tell if this is just animations (which may be WIP) speed, or what.

    Further to that point, is that magic does not seem to weave into melee combat very well as others have said. It could just be that I couldn’t see how it connects, but it felt like there was a definite switch. If you guys can find a way for melee combat to flow seamlessly into magic an back again, then it could be amazing.

    As a general trend, I found that I was often wondering why I couldn’t do what I was trying to do. The clearest example would be the Alchemancer (I think?) with the dodge instead of parry. As far as I can tell the only indicator of ‘cooldown’ is the last of the smokey whisps disappearing, which wasn’t intuitive and definitely made the game feel unresponsive until I worked that out. If there’s a character that can’t parry (I won’t comment on this until I’ve fought with her) then the player needs to know exactly what I going on at any given instant.

    I’m really not sure about the lack of sprint. Most FPS games have this feature and I think most players will sorely miss its absence. I can’t comment on how it affects combat until I’ve tried it. I will say that the acceleration mechanic is a cool idea, but ultimately it’s removing control from the player. Chivalry let us move precisely to dodge attack and land our own, and being able to control our speed helped this.

    Things I did really enjoy were pressing K for customisation at any time (but this does need a rotate), holding space to climb, and the art style.

    I’ll try and get some combat done toys weekend and I’ll post more.

  • @ColonelAxeman Is that the same Colonel Axeman from the AUS community? Matey, our little gang is growing it seems, we occasionally hop on and get a few of us playing.
    You must play with REAL people, the experience is VERY different when you play with real people. I dont mean 1v1 duels necessarily but rather having a partner to work with, thats when the combat really shines. I do get your point about a seamless connection between melee/magic, hopefully that will be worked on, we have made numerous posts in the ALPHA chat group about that.

  • @YarnuTheDog in the flesh, mate ;)

    I’m certain it is, very very keen.

  • You should not have taken away what people loved in CMW. This is going to be mostly what is wrong with the game. I played about 30 minutes. Here are my first impressions.

    Section 1
    You should have kept in:
    Weapons variety (skills are not a replacement for weapon variety, if anything skills should be the icing on the cake, now there is no cake)
    Kicks \ Shields (the old shield\kick system should have stayed the same)
    Big maps\Player count per map
    Interesting Team Objectives (get rid of capture the points or make it its own mode instead of using it to water down team objective)

    Section 2
    What I like most so far
    Deflecting magic
    Flying on a magic carpet

    Section 3
    What I do not like
    Everything in section 1 was either taken away or changed. Section 1 should have remained the same while adding section 2.

    Section 4 edited
    What I would like to be added aside from what was already mentioned
    The ability to aim your deflections if you can’t.

    The ability to deflect multiple ranged attacks, say you deflect one ranged attack let that lower the cool down on your next parry maybe?

    Realistic instead of cartoony maps, it looks like your leaning at half life instead of chivalry type style which takes away from immersion.

    Wilderness maps. Forects, jungles, sand dunes riddles with palm trees, camels, dust storms, bones from fallen beasts, caves?

    maps where you feel like your assaulting a real castle(city\palace?) or outpost of some sort instead of being boxed into a small death match

  • @BandOfTheHawk I definitely agree with weapon variety, I want to see as much as possible, but at the same time remaining balanced.

    To be blunt, kicks and shields in Chiv are retarded, I shouldn’t really have to explain why but I can if you want.

    Player count is something that they seem to be pretty solid on, it’s a debatable point that has many sides to it. I personally liked the bigger players, but I’m also content with the 6v6.

    Also agree with the variety in TO, although remember this is an early stage, so they don’t have a lot of map variety to offer yet.

    Pretty sure you can double-parry projs, just like melee hits, maybe I’m wrong, idk.

  • @wizardish said in First impressions thread!:

    @BandOfTheHawk I definitely agree with weapon variety, I want to see as much as possible, but at the same time remaining balanced.

    To be blunt, kicks and shields in Chiv are retarded, I shouldn’t really have to explain why but I can if you want.

    Player count is something that they seem to be pretty solid on, it’s a debatable point that has many sides to it. I personally liked the bigger players, but I’m also content with the 6v6.

    Also agree with the variety in TO, although remember this is an early stage, so they don’t have a lot of map variety to offer yet.

    Pretty sure you can double-parry projs, just like melee hits, maybe I’m wrong, idk.

    Whats wrong with the chivalry kicks\shield system? What rank are you in chivalry?

  • @BandOfTheHawk Rank doesn’t matter, but I was a competitive player with 2500 hours.

    Shields were either really good, or really bad, it’s a hard mechanic to balance. They ended up being this niche thing that could only be supported by exploits. So they’re not necessarily bad in a sense, but it’s just not a really good “system” as you describe.

    Kicks are broken in so many ways, and absolutely terrible. Before they were ok, not as terrible in their current state. You use to be able to jump over kicks and it was a clear counter. The absolute worst part about kicks is that they drain stam, it’s incredibly rewarding for the kicker to kick, and too punishing for the player being kicked. Then there is kicks in a 2v1 situation. If you kick someone in a 2v1 situation, there is nothing they can do about it. Being kicked basically places you in a stun, you can’t parry or do anything. Overall, kicks just became this really irritating crutch to avoid feints, 2v1s, amongst other things.

    Obviously it’s your opinion, but most comp players agree that kicks are really dumb. There is a lot of things that could be done to balance them, but I think a game without them is so much better.

  • @wizardish
    You can also swing at someone 2v1 and they will not have enough time to parry both swings if timed right. Even though quick kicks have become annoying, it still beats not having proper shields or kicks. For everything you mentioned they could just remove quick kick like they did before. Making it mainly to counter shields while keeping the fun of being able to kick people off ledges.

    If you dont mind me asking whats your steam profile? I play mainly play on west I’m ust curious.

  • @BandOfTheHawk Uh, not really, you can PiP and therefor stay in active parry. Your riposte also works as a parry to make 2v1 situations less of an issue where you’re stuck in parry.

    Back in march every character had held parries instead of timed parries, it was terrible, it rendered ripostes completely useless. The vigilist had a held parry until 2 months or so ago when it was changed, and that for the better.

  • My first play session for the game was a little over two hours long, which is interesting because I don’t usually play games uninterrupted for that long. After getting warmed up a bit and getting used to the feel of the game, I was really enjoying myself and I wanted to continue playing for longer than I was able to.

    I only encountered a couple of problems during this first session. It appeared to me that your own attack animations in first person won’t cancel immediately when you are struck and are caused to flinch. A few times I started up a swing, got hit, and noticed that my arms and weapon were still moving, so I figured that I had not been interrupted. A split second later however, my character would stop the attack animation, but I had already queued up another swing, leading to me getting hit again. If my attack had been cancelled immediately, I would have known to parry my opponent’s followup.

    Another problem was a bug that occurred while trying to join a server. The server I tried to join was “Official Mirage Test East US- 711474” and the map was to_bazaar. When I tried to join this server, after a brief loading time, I got the message “Client attempted to join but failed session authentication, closing connection.” This error occurred repeatedly, though I did not attempt to join a different server. After exiting the server browser, I was unable to open it up again. I was able to fix this by opening and closing the options menu, then opening the server browser. Closing the server browser again resulted in the same problem occurring again.

    My apologies if I was supposed to put the information about bugs somewhere else, but it was a part of my first play session and thus my first impression, in a sense. As for the game itself, the only possible problem I identified was that many abilities could be used to rain death down on top of melee combatants fighting on the objective. I suppose that this isn’t necessarily a problem, since there is a bubble shield in the game, but it sometimes seemed like the abundance of ranged abilities made fighting on the objective a complete suicide mission.

    My, I feel like I’ve been too negative with this post. Despite the aforementioned issues, I really found the game to be a lot of fun! I’ve only played for two hours so far, but that time was enough to make me set aside most of my skepticism for “Chivalry with magic.” I felt that the magic added a lot to the combat, and that was definitely the #1 thing that I was looking out for with this game.

    I feel that it may be hard for me to list all the things that I like about the game, there’s quite a few! The maps, characters, and abilities all look great. Melee attacks are satisfying to land, and the same goes for the spells. I especially like that bodies will sometimes be thrown across rooms by powerful melee attacks and spells. I haven’t seen anyone ballerina dancing, flailing their weapon and popping heads as they go with their reverse overheads, so I think that’s a plus, if only because it doesn’t look so silly. Last, but not least, the screaming. The screaming is top notch, as you would expect from Torn Banner. I relish having a dedicated scream button.

    Well, that’s all that I can think of to say about my first experience with the game. Thank you very much for the opportunity to play early, I am looking forward to playing more.

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