Do you love vampire games, but hardly ever experienced their true savage nature in any available MMO out there? Well, the developers of Square Enix Studios created their masterpiece called Nosgoth that delivers us the full experience package of an exquisite and refined free-to-play online team-based player-versus-player game dedicated for hard-core vampire game fans. We present you 5 reasons why you should not miss the opportunity to try this game out and satisfy you thirst for blood and revenge as either a noble creature of the night or an adventurous vampire slayer.
The first Nosgoth open beta was from August 7 to August 10, 2014.
#5 Unique Storyline
It may come as a pleasant surprise for you, but Nosgoth is based on the storyline of Legacy of Kain (PC Game) historical events, where the two faction of humans and vampires are fighting over the dominion of their lands. The world was dominated for over a millennium by the vampire Lord Kain, who was the founder of his elite vampire clans that ruled among the ruins of the Pillars of Nosgoth. Kain had six loyal lieutenants by his side to rule over the lands of Nosgoth, each leading his own clan. Humans were nothing more than a source of raw meat or target practice in the vampire concept and escaped refugees were hunted down and made an example of, to show their genetic superiority.
Out of his six lieutenants Raziel was most trusted by Kain, but upon finding out that he tried to surpass his master’s evolution he was trialled and thrown into the Abyss. In his never-ending search to return Nosgoth to its true former power and glory, Lord Kain abandons his clans leaving them in the hand of his lieutenants who divide and start fighting among themselves out of jealousy and personal conflicts.
Humans took the opportunity in their own hands while their enslavers were busy with their own personal war, making it possible for them to reorganize into large groups and relearn the old vampire hunting ways in order to retake Nosgoth for themselves.
Seeing that the human rebellion threat was growing stronger each day, the vampire lieutenants put their differences aside and allied their forces to face their common enemy, thus giving birth to the Great War for Nosgoth.
#4 Great Combat Experience
The game has been developed with Unreal Engine technology, which is especially dedicated for real time RPG games. The gameplay involves a set of two teams (humans vs. vampires) to combat in an arena environment using melee and ranged weaponry. There are two alternating rounds each game, where you play once as a vampire and once as a vampire slayer.
At the moment the Beta version has only two types of Map Modes available. The team deathmatch mode involves eliminating your opponents by scoring a high kill count and staying alive as long as possible until the end of the round. In siege mode the humans are tasked to capture and defend key points on the map in order to earn points, while vampires can only earn points by killing the human hunters.
#3 Brave Vampire Hunters
There are 4 classes of vampire hunters who use range weapons since vampires have superior speed and strength abilities. Most weapons consist of bows, crossbows, grenade launchers and flame throwers, but keep in mind that if a vampire gets too close to you these weapons also have a secondary melee attack.
The Alchemists, also known as the Red Sisters of Anacrothe, are part of a long lost generation of human alchemist and chemist. Vampires destroyed all knowledge contained within the human libraries but did continue to experiment with alchemy on their own in the hopes of discovering new ways to advance the food chain. Slaves were the source of the experiments, but one brave heroine named Elustra managed to escape and kill her captives with a newly discovered substance named naphtha. Later on she managed to found the Red Sisters of Anacrothe and lead the to unite with other groups of humans to hunt down vampires through the use of potions, occult weapons and poisons.
The Hunters of the Ironguard are the original vampire hunters and were the first force to be dispatched against Kain’s legions before the onslaught. Unable to defeat them, they took refuge deep in the heart of Nosgoth lands, recruiting any human who would devote their life to take revenge on the vampires. The hunter’s favourite weapons are the crossbow and the bola – a chain with two balls attached at each end that when thrown will entangle its captive rendering them unable to attack.
The Prophets of the Lost Seers of Avernus are a very unique breed of humans that use the arts of magic to overcome their foes. When their leader Azimuth the matriarch of Avernus went insane and turned to demon worshiping, the prophets fled for their lives, understanding how easy it is for humanity to turn from protectors into aggressors. They used their powers to locate humans with special magical talents in order to recruit and train them. Prophets also managed to create ballistic weaponry but also discovered blood fountains that changed the survivors own blood into a weapon against vampires.
The Scouts of the Watchers of Dark Eden are the messengers of death, being skilled in the arts of archery that makes it easy for them to pick vampires from afar. They also relayed important messages between the colonies of humans that were fighting the Great War of Nosgoth. Aside from being long range fighters they are also trained assassins through the use of their stealth skills, allowing to them to easily take down any vampires crossing their path.
#2 Awesome Vampires
Like humans, vampires are split into 4 classes of warriors who are able to either crawl, stealth, fly and crush their food source. All vampires are known to be able to climb walls and use their fearsome claws to slash into the fragile flesh of the human body in melee combat. They also can carry and feed on the corpses of their defeat opponents far away from the dangers on the battle field.
The Deceivers from the Zephonim Clan are gifted with mental talents, but over the years they have become twisted and degenerated through self-torture and alchemy experimenting. They are rather fragile in combat, but can stealth and assassinate their victims when they least expect it. They can project multiple copies of themselves and confuse their enemies by using their psychic abilities on their week minds. Due to their insane tactics and unclear agenda, the Decivers are feared throughout the humans as well as throughout the vampire clans, but being capable of managing the entire human food resource, they are a highly valued clan.
The Reavers from the Dumahim Clan use their cunning techniques through speed and devastating blows in hit-and-run tactics. They are skilled assassins who use stealth to their advantage and speed when needing to engage or flee rapidly from combat. They also mastered the craft of forging armour, making them harder to hit in combat thus ensuring their survivability in tough situations.
The Sentinels from the Razielim Clans are direct descendants of Raziel, who was cast into the Abyss for evolving wings before his Lord Kain could. Being driven almost to extinction by the other vampire clans, they fled their lands and took refuge in the Erebus Mountains. In time they lost their divinity turning into powerful winged monsters and when finally reaccepted in the vampires clans, they were highly valued for their ability to scout and perform aerial attacks by dropping their victims from lethal heights.
The Tyrants from the Turelim Clan are followers of Turel who proclaimed himself hair to the throne of Nosgoth, after Kain’s abandonment. Turel was also the lieutenant who hunted down and decimated most of Razielim clan. Though the others lieutenants did not agree with his ways, they did follow his decisions as he was the eldest of them all. The Tyrants are extreme brutes who consider themselves physically superior to any other vampires and they are always the first in battle, never fearing death in combat. They are able to stomp and crush their enemies with their bare hands and they obey their orders without question.
#1 Lore Friendly Maps
Currently there are five maps available from Nosgoth lands (Freeport, Provance, Sommerdamm, Valeholm and The Fane) and each has its unique and stylish medieval-gothic feeling, which reveal the scars from the conflicts between the humans and vampires. Developers did a great job of including aspects of each vampire clan in the architecture and artistic value of the surrounding structures and buildings.
With such a huge difference and variety between vampire and human classes, Nosgoth brings us a free MMO where you can be sure you will enjoy every moment when hunting lurking vampires or feasting on your human prey. The game is still in its beta stages for now, but being a free-to-play third person game and considering its potential, it is easy to foresee that Nosgoth will have some awesome surprises prepared for us when the final version will be released in the near future.