With the founding of Kultan, the age of exploration is upon us. Will you be known as a vengeful PvPer or known for the vast wealth you collected in the world? I recently got a chance to try out the browser based sea exploration game Kultan by BigPoint to see if the world is worth exploring, or if I should just stay at my home port for a better opportunity.
The world of Kultan has three playable classes (Adventurer, Commander, and Mystic) with three playable factions (Caliphate Almeerah, Tian Empire, and Republic of Gudthom). The choice of factions seem to be more about the buffs each side gets, more than a factional war between the three people. Classes on the other hand tend to play the same as they do in any other game, having each class be good at a particular role as opposed to any other class.
Diving into the game itself it felt like I fell into a bit of nostalgia in tune with other sea exploration games, but with a bit too much of a mmo feel. The world itself is pretty enough with clean and clear graphics that look very well done almost on a commercial single player game's level. It actually reminded me a bit of Sid Meier's Pirates!, but without the same level of features. For instance, movement is like any other MMO with a right click you're on your way, you target enemies with another click and just auto attack until they die. This makes the combat feel extremely dry, especially for a sea bearing type game, which could have taken from other inspirations to increase the interactivity, or at least mix up the combat enough to make it interesting. It does allow you to move around as your ship fires, but it feels like it is a bit pointless to do that, since it doesn't seem to really do anything for you strategically other than getting your ship out of the agro zone. The only flare to the combat system is that you get a set of skills per class and per ship mate that you have to add a bit of variety, but it makes it feel more fantasy with a hint of generic mmo than an actual sea combat. One saving grace to the combat is that you can collect other types of ammo for your ship to do more damage to enemies, which is a nice addition.
Quests in the game are fairly generic and spread out. You find yourself randomly exploring point to point trying to find quests without any sort of general direction in mind. Some of the quests tend to lead you to certain areas where there are other quests, but I felt more lost in the game than anything else. It thrusts you in the world with some basic quests in an area that just has you hopping around to other areas to complete them, which can make you feel rather lost since it doesn't seem to have any actual main story line to follow. There are a lot of generic quests, that if you follow in the area they lead you, it feels like there is some sort of guiding hand guiding you in the way you need to go, but it still is rather easy to get lost and confused a bit in the world.
Graphically the game is stunning for what they're passing as a browser based game, and it shows that they put a lot of work into it. They added a lot of details to the world to make it come alive. Everything from the animations to the coloration is sleek and beautiful and makes the game very visually appealing. Heck, I have seen more than a few downloadable games that look ten times worse than this does.
All in all the game isn't too bad, despite how I made it sound on some points. For someone looking for a sea fairing game with a lot of bells and whistles, this is not the game you are looking for. But if you're a casual browser based gamer looking for something that is both visually appealing and adds some fun features like PvP, this may be worth your time. From that perspective the game is fun and great to look at with a fairly easy-going pacing.
Self Introduction From Author:
|I have been playing mmos since about 1999, and haven't stopped since, and I cannot even remember when I started console/pc gaming. I'm an avid gamer who does dive back into the real world from time to time. My all time goal is to start my own business, but that is taking a side step as I am going through college.|
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