UPDATE: This game has been shutdown and is no longer available
Arcane Saga Overview
Arcane Saga, formerly known as Prius Online is a 3D fantasy themed anime style MMORPG that features a unique three character system. Players become heroes accompanied by a young girl known as Anima on a cursed planet. Complete challenging quests, fight hordes of monsters, and battle other players while on a mission to unlock the mystery behind Anima’s origin. As warriors level up so do their companions. Take up your sword and put an end to the evil forces haunting the land. The most interesting feature in Prius Online is the Anima companion system. All players will encounter a girl named Anima during their adventure. This woman has lost her memory and it is up to the player to help her on the path the recovery. The Anime system sounds a bit like the Pran system from Aika Online.
Races – Hume, Lon, Ayin, and Beriah
Gunslinger – A force to be reckoned with at close and long distances. This class has an arsenal of pistols to fire away at unsuspecting foes.
Occultists – Harnesses ice and fire elements for impressive yet deadly attacks. They can immobilize through freezing or engulf their enemy in flames.
Huntress – Equipped with the bow these female warriors can tap into the Spiritual World to heal themselves when injured.
Berserker – They rely on brute force and tackle enemies head on. Berserkers are notorious for their high damage yielding attacks.
Legionnaire – Legionnaires are feared desert warriors that execute continuous blows until their enemy is no more. Using their intelligence they hone in on opponents weaknesses and strike.
Shadow Templar – Physically not as strong as other classes they make up for it with their ingenuity. Armed with a rapier and shield they possess the ability to reverse incoming attacks to take out fierce opponents.
Minstrel – This class is part of the female only race known as Beriah. They use lutes infused with mystical powers. Their tunes are beautiful and deadly.
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Arcane Saga – First Look
Arcane Saga Review
* This review was done when the game was still under the name Prius Online*
By Ange Perdu
Prius Online is a 3D fantasy anime themed MMORPG where players enter a tormented world cursed by a vengeful God. As a reliable warrior suffering from amnesia users must embark on a dangerous mission to reclaim their memory and reputation as a hero. A young girl called Anima joins the journey. Forming a strong bond with her and a giant named Gigas players create a powerful team. Complete challenging quests aiding the destruction of evil in the land and unlock the mystery behind recent unexplainable events. Battle other players in the Coliseum to earn respect or participate in guild championships. The game features an in-depth storyline reminiscent of today’s popular anime series with an integrated three character development system.
Journey of a Warrior, the Gameplay
Players start out as warrior with a slight case of amnesia. Various cinematic cut scenes starring a user’s character plays on cue while progressing through the storyline. Most of the gameplay involves completing quests. There are three core types consisting of mission, story, and Anima tasks. A hero may have to deliver a package to a Battalion Officer stationed at a Desert Post or investigate an area. Many of the objectives require Adventors to slay creatures. Eradicate Ghost Owls, conquer the Greysnake Shamans, and eliminate the gigantic Muscle Rabbits. Lifs the in-game currency, rare items, and experience are usually awarded for completing missions. Although there are hundreds of monsters to slay grinding provide only small amounts of XP. Questing which often involves fighting is crucial for leveling. Similar to Divine Souls there’s a lot of different skills that can be mastered. The sleek interface allows users to quickly invest points into skill trees. Perform the Black Tear, Blood Pull, Seeing Red, Carnage, Infectious Presence, Grizzly Retort, Aketer’s Hand, or Dark Unification. The animations for each move are impressive. Most of the combat is automated turn based. Players click on the combative or magical skill they wish to execute during a battle. The tiny mini- map displayed in the corner of the screen notifies players of potential threats, their current location, and mission destination. The never-ending mountainous areas, deserts, woodlands, and swamps make for an arduous expedition. Some quests require players to find hidden realms or NPCs surrounded by fierce beasts. The gameplay is very challenging. Players have to perfect their navigation, fighting skills, and a bit of strategy to advance.
The Mysterious Anima & Her Giant
At level 10 players will receive a quest that introduces Anima. Once completed the mysterious girl joins the adventure as a companion. She can level up and earn skill points as well. Players must bond with her emotionally through communication. The selected characteristics of your Anima determine her personality. Whether active or dependent it’s up to you. The constant chatter of Anima was a bit annoying especially during difficult quests. They serve as supportive characters similar to the pet Pran system in Aika Online. Skills like the Dazzle stuns targets for 3 seconds and the Expose reduces an enemy’s defense by 10%. Giga is the third character in the game. Gigas are giant beasts devoted to Anima. They can be summoned to assist in battle against challenging bosses. Giga is also controlled by players. When heroes reach level 54 they can enter the Coliseum for PvP combat. Although, throughout the world of Prius players are able to initiate a duel with another random player there is a penalty for PK if performed too often. There’s a bounty system that allows users to list annoying players for a hit. In the Coliseum 4 or more players can wage war. Guild battles can also take place with 10 to 40 warriors per team. Most of the PvP features are designed for veteran players. There’s also a cool emotion display feature that allows a player’s character to perform an action like flirting, smiling, clapping, crying, or blowing a kiss. It adds a Sims-like appeal to the game.
Crystal Cave to Swamp of Death
Traveling can be a nuisance in the game. Players usually have to trek across vast terrains in search of special realms or dungeon entrances. It can take forever to get from point A to B and back. Fortunately for heroes with enough lif or coins they can travel in a mechanical vehicle called the Celero. These units allow players automatic teleportation to certain locations. Once activated the device drives itself to your desired destination. The only thing a player has to do is relax and enjoy the scenery. This feature makes moving fast and comfortable. Celero Stations are scattered throughout different territories. When a player stumbles upon one they can simply click and pick their route via a map displaying various locations available. The process is not very expensive. Each trip is only 10 lifs. Riding the Celero is a fun option that definitely beats walking which is often a hassle. Many of the missions require players to find distant NPC or caves. It’s easy to get lost or killed while traveling. There are dozens of massive dungeons like the Crystal Cave, Vicious Mansion, Tomb of Hero, and treacherous Venom Ground. Prius also features an ingenious donation program. At the Donation Manager NPC a warrior can donate their lifs or coins to those in need. They are delivered to other Adventors in the continent with the donator’s name on it. All generous donators are given a reward for their good deed. Random players automatically receive the donation when they’ve reached an achievement in their journal. It’s an excellent feature for maintaining an even playing field in terms of items and weaponry.
In the Merchant Shops
Depending on hero’s class or level a variety of armor and accessories can be purchased using lifs in one of the merchant shops. The shop selection is relatively small. Many of the items are somewhat generic making it difficult to customize a character to stand out. Buy breast armor, pants, gauntlet, shirts, trousers, boots, belts, fans, shoulder straps, tights, and wrist protectors. Items are made out of snake skin, luxurious sheep skin, or leather. In the Accessory Boutique jade pendants, bronze necklaces, pearl studs, gold rings, and silver earrings that boost stats in battle are available. Special Coliseum items that possess the ability to increase attack and defense stats during battles are sold in shops too. Warriors can prepare for combat with Heroic grade clothing and armor. Invest in the Aus Raven’s Battle Knuckles, Dark Raven Suit, or Dual Sword. Weapons much like the rest of the items in Prius could be better. The lack of variety is disappointing. Each class has a set of standard weapons. Equip character’s with the Legionnaire’s Sword, Knight’s Rapier, Wind Raven’s Lute, Occultist’s Staff, Wanderer’s Dagger, Cheap
Traveler’s Bow, Gunslinger’s Pistol, or Veteran’s Rifle. There’s also an Auction House where players can sell unwanted items to others. Bid on Noble Tuner’s Clothes, Unusual juggernauts Pants, Ranger’s Ankle band, Torturer’s Bloodstone, various potions, and cooking ingredients.
Final Verdict: Great
The three character system, anime style graphics, and engrossing storyline give gamers on a one-of-a-kind adventure. In Prius Online players become a hero on a mission to save the world from evil. Enter a unique enchanted land filled with mysterious secrets and creatures. Tackle challenging quests accompanied by mysterious Anima and her giant Gigas. Explore various realms and dungeons. Battle other warriors in the Coliseum or duel rivals on your own turf. Players who enjoy games like Aika Online or Divine Souls will enjoy this polished fantasy themed MMORPG as well. This game is addictive and loads of fun.
Arcane Saga Videos
Arcane Saga Announcement Trailer
Arcane Saga – First Look
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Arcane Saga System Requirements
OS: Windows XP / Vista / 2000
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 2 Ghz or AMD 2000+
RAM: 512 MB
HDD: 450 MB Free
Graphics Card: Geforce2 Mx440 or ATI Radeon 7500
OS: Windows XP / Vista / 2000
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 2.4 Ghz
RAM: 1024 MB (1 GB) Free
HDD: 1000 MB Free
Graphics Card: Geforce 6600GT or ATI Radeon 9800XT
Arcane Saga Articles
- Summer Promotions Come to All Netmarble Games - Posted on June 28, 2013
Netmarble.com, a leading worldwide online game portal, celebrates summer in style with a series of promotions for all of its free-to-play online PC games: Uncharted Waters Online, District 187, Arcane Saga and Dice Venture.
- Netmarble Unleashes First Content Update for Arcane Saga - Posted on June 20, 2013
Netmarble.com, a leading worldwide online game portal, introduces the first content update - much of which driven by player feedback - for its free-to-play fantasy massively multi-player online role-playing game (MMORPG), Arcane Saga.
- Arcane Saga Launches on Netmarble and Steam - Posted on June 6, 2013
Netmarble.com, a leading worldwide online game portal, is sending out a call to all adventure-seeking heroes as the free-to-play fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), Arcane Saga, launches today on Netmarble.com and Steam.
- Beta Testing Begins For Arcane Saga - Posted on May 8, 2013
Netmarble.com, a leading worldwide online game portal, kicks off the beta test today for the highly anticipated massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) Arcane Saga in North America, South America and Europe.
- Arcane Saga Marches Toward Beta Test On May 7 - Posted on April 5, 2013
Beta testing for Arcane Saga - previously Prius Online - will be starting in May 2013.