EpicDuel is Artix Entertainment’s most PvP oriented RPG to date. The game is set in the distant future on a world known as Delta V. The art style and turn based combat are in the same fashion as previous BattleOn games, but this time PvP takes center stake. Players will be able to jump into 1v1 or 2v2 duels using the game’s auto arrange system from any map. There are some NPCs scattered around the world which players can challenge, but this servers as a minor distraction. Achievements, player run factions (guilds), and player housing add some replay value, but this is definitely one of those games best enjoyed in short busts.
Mercenary – Powerful, but slow fighters capable of dealing heavy damage. Mercenaries use clubs and other mainly blunt melee weapons. They are comparable to classic RPG Warriors.
Bounty Hunter - Striking a balance between skills and physical attacks, Bounty Hunters make use of mounted wrist blades and other piercing weapons. They are the Rogues of EpicDuel.
Tech Mage - Equipped with magical staffs, Tech Mages are the wizards of EpicDuel. They possess energy based skills.
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EpicDuel Full Review
By, Erhan Altay
EpicDuel is the sixth addition to Artix Entertainment’s browser based RPG lineup. While it looks and plays like any other Artix game, it was originally designed by a separate company called Epic Inventions that was later bought out by Artix Entertainment. Like AdventureQuest, DragonFable, and MechQuest, EpicDuel has a simple turn based combat system. But unlike previous titles, EpicDuel is predominantly a player vs player (PvP) oriented game.
Artix has recently upgraded their sign up process. Players must now create a single ‘Master Account’ then individually ‘activate’ games before logging on. The process is painless, and it doesn’t even require email verification! Gaining access to the whole range of games offered by the company with a single login is a great boon, but a valid email is required for password recovery. Once logged in, players have several servers to choose from. In reality these servers act more as channels. Players can switch between them and their character will carry over. The disadvantage to this system is that players can only create one character per account.
Flashed Out Costumes
Luckily, that single character can be customized to great detail. There are three classes to chose from in EpicDuel and they are the warrior-like Mercenary, the wizard-like Tech Mage, and the rogue-like Bounty Hunter. Each has a slightly different body build for both their male and female versions. Players can customize their character’s hair, eye, skin, and costume colors using a huge palette. There different components make up a character’s costume, primary, secondary, and accent. What this means in practice is that some very original costume designs are possible. I went with a dark green and black costume for my mercenary. In addition to this there are several hair styles available for each class and gender combination.
Pick Up & Play
New players can be forgiven if they suffer initial confusion when starting EpicDuel. There’s no tutorial or explanation beyond a small prompt that describes several of the buttons on the bottom taskbar. The reason for this lack of explanation is that EpicDuel is incredibly simple. Players are not getting themselves into a full fledged MMORPG like AdventureQuest Worlds, nor are they getting themselves into a single player RPG like AdventureQuest. Instead, the entire EpicDuel world can be thought of as a giant lobby for players to wander through in between PvP duels. Sure there are NPCs scattered around to challenge, but it is player vs player battles that yield the most experience, and credits. Controls are entirely mouse driven. Player left click to move, and left click the select skills while in combat. Right clicking will bring up some Flash menu option thing, so the only time player will be right clicking is by accident. The graphic quality of the game is on par with Artix’s more recent games. The visuals don’t push the envelop of Flash development, but the bright colors and distinct style show through. Whether or not you’ll enjoy looking at them comes to personal preference.
Punch, Kick, Cast
Players can challenge one another to duels while traversing the overworld, but by far the most effective way of finding a fight is clicking on the 1v1 or 2v2 match-making buttons on the bottom tool bar. This will automatically place players in a fight with opponents near their level range. The first few matches are sure to be frustrating, the combat is generally slow paced and new players will end up facing off against higher level opponents. For these reasons, its best to start off with 2v2 matches. Newbies are usually placed with higher level players to balance out the teams. All classes start with three skills and will eventually have access to a total of 11. The single, universally shared skill is a healing move called Field Medic. Besides these skills, players have a physical attack ability that doesn’t take any energy. Beginners will usually only be able to use two skills per battle, but as they level up they will be able to increase their max energy. Experience and credits are gained even if a player loses, but far more are rewarded after a victory.
Working Your Way to the Top
Each level, players gain four stat points and a single skill point. There are six attributes to distribute points among: health, energy, strength, dexterity, technology, and support. Each class has several viable builds to consider, but luckily players can hover their cursor over a stat to see exactly what it does. The skill tree is straight forward, there are 11 skills, some of which must be unlocked by learning the ones above them. Players can unlock new skills with their first few skill points or use them to increase the rank of existing ones. There is an achievement system that may give some players an extra incentive to keep playing. Winning battles earns players battle tokens which are used to purchase badges. Others players can see the total badges you’ve collected when they view your profile. A world-wide leaderboard can also be viewed from anywhere. the leaderboard shows the total number of wins, and the win percentage of the top player. Getting to the top is no easy task, and will likely require spending a lot of real cash to acquire the game’s premium currency: Varium.
Super Secret Metal
The backstory in EpicDuel surroundings a devious businessman named Balius who has discovered a new metal called Varium. This highly valuable resource eventually lead to a destructive war pitting Balius’s Legion faction against the Exiles lead by Oz. All player run factions must align themselves with one side or the other. The collective rankings of players on these two sides serves as a sort of meta-game to determine which side is currently ‘winning the war.’ Unfortunately, the creation of a player run faction requires varium. Many powerful pieces of equipment, including weapons and armor also require this metal. Varium can be purchased in three amounts; 2500 for $20, 5000 for $35, and 10,000 for $50. There are plenty of competitive weapons that only cost credits during the early stages, but as players approach the current level cap of 31 they’ll run across more premium content wielding opponents. Those who make it to that stage may very well decide the game is worth the expense, but for the rest of us EpicDuel is still a pretty interesting casual game.
Final Verdict: Good
EpicDuel doesn’t offer a whole lot of features, and it won’t enthrall you for hours on end. But it does provide a simple, fun PvP experience that compliments the other games offered by Artix Entertainment. It’s kid friendly, and a decent way to kill time on a browser tab while working on something else.