UPDATE: This game has been shutdown and is no longer available
HolyBeast Online Overview
HolyBeast Online has the gameplay elements of a generic MMORPG, but introduces an incredibly interesting and unique concept to the genre. Players can transform between their animal and human forms at will. Players will find that this doesn’t have a great deal of impact on the game early on, but later on in the game both forms have their own distinct advantages. As players gain experience, their ‘animal form’ will progressively improve and eventually transform into a higher level animal with a new appearance and abilities. All players start the game as a ‘Young Beast’ and can transform into a human starting at level 3, while animal evolutions occur as players level up. HolyBeast Online’s playable races (animals) are Taurus, Bird, Dragon, Tiger, Monkey and Dog. The classes are:
Warrior – Warriors are proficient with the sword and shield. They have high defense and hit points, but lack ranged attacks. They are the primary ‘tank’ type class and can absorb a great deal of damage in melee combat.
Thief - Thieves typically use claws, chakrams or two swords. Like the warrior, they have powerful melee attacks but few ranged ones. They can deal an lots of damage in melee range and can even inflict poison on their enemies, but have much less HP and Defense compared to the Warrior.
Hunter - Hunters can use Bows and Crossbows. They have powerful ranged attacks but weak melee ones. They have high damage output but fairly low HP and defense.
Illusionist -Illusionists are capable of weakening their enemies with ‘debuffs’ and hurting them with powerful ‘damage over time spells’ (DoTs). Since they are a ‘mage’ class, they have very low HP and defense.
Elementalist -Elementalists are the typical offensive spell-casting class in the game. They can use any one of the game’s four elements to deal powerful damage to either a single target or even a group of targets. Like the Illusionist, Elementalists have very low HP and defense.
Healer - The healer (as the name implies) is the primary support class in the game. They can heal and buff other players, but have minimal combat capabilities and like the other two mage classes, have low HP and defense.
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HolyBeast Online Review
By Omer Altay
When I first saw screenshots of the new MMORPG HolyBeast Online, I immediately had my doubts. The game looked a lot like… well you know, every other free MMORPG with cartoony graphics, but, to my surprise it had some originality to it. For those that haven’t heard much about the game, it’s a 3D fantasy MMORPG that looks a lot like Fly For Fun and Dream of Mirror Online. The most ‘original’ feature in HolyBeast Online is the ability for players to transform between animal and human form at will, which basically adds an entirely new level of gameplay to the title.
Before I get into the meat of the HolyBeast Online review, players should note that the only way to log into the game is through the HolyBeast Online official website over at HolyBeast.com. Simply double-clicking the game’s executable file will not work. Unfortunately, the game didn’t exactly explain this anywhere, so it took me a good 15-20 minutes before I figured out how to actually log in.
Off to a Good Start
Unlike many MMORPGs, I was quickly impressed by HolyBeast Online’s character creation and customization options. Players start by first customizing their character’s appearance and then selecting their race. There are currently six playable races in the game: Taurus, Bird, Dragon, Tiger, Monkey and Dog. Each race has its own strengths and weaknesses and certain classes can only be played by some races. A player’s race also determines what ‘beast’ they start off as and what beast they can transform into in the future. On top of having six races, HolyBeast Online has six unique classes, from the traditional melee warrior to the more unique Illusionist class. Without a doubt, HolyBeast Online has significantly more variety in terms of playable races and classes than most MMORPGs.
A Slow Beginning
Without a doubt, my biggest complaint with HolyBeast Online is the game’s incredibly slow start. Players begin their adventure as a classless ‘young beast’ with zero abilities and must slowly grind their way up to level three before being able to ‘transform’ into human form. Even after getting to level three, players still don’t gain any useful skills until they grind their way up to level 5 after they select their class. Grinding your way up to level five may sound easy, but the fact is, it’s incredibly boring because HolyBeast Online has very few quests; so much of the gameplay is grind-oriented. Luckily, though, the ‘advancement’ quests at level three and five are incredibly simple and usually involve killing a handful of random monsters outside of the town. Much of my first few hours in HolyBeast Online were spent mindlessly grinding away at endless hordes of cute monsters. The concept of grinding isn’t foreign to me, as I’ve played countless MMORPGs, but I would have loved it if the game offered more quests.
For those looking to play HolyBeast Online, the best starting advice I can give them is to purchase a weapon from either an NPC or another playER as soon as possible, because equipping even the worst weapon in the game will be an enormous upgrade from your character’s fists, as players don’t start off with any equipment and don’t receive any as quest rewards until after they select their class at level five.
A Novel Concept
Without a doubt, the most unique aspect of HolyBeast Online is the ability to transform between human and animal form at will. Excluding this one feature, HolyBeast Online plays a lot like every other generic MMORPG. As players gain experience, their ‘beast form’ continually improves as well, and ultimately ends up transforming into a more powerful beast every so often. Every one of these new ‘transformations’ are basically ‘evolutions’ which result in a new appearance and increased stats for the Holy Beast. If you’re a bit confused at this point, try to imagine beasts in the game as Pokémon, and as the player gains experience, their Pokémon evolve into a bigger and better Pokemon. I would have loved to see the game developers expand on this feature a bit more though, as it’s really the only aspect of HolyBeast Online that distinguishes it from other MMORPGs. As it stands, transforming between Human and Beast form really doesn’t make a huge impact on gameplay until much later in the game after players unlock all three evolutions of their beast.
One of the most important aspects of a game, in my opinion, is its fluidity. World of Warcraft, for example, as popular as it is today largely because it’s has extremely fluid gameplay. Everything from combat to walking around in HolyBeast Online feels smooth, which results in more enjoyable gameplay. One aspect of HolyBeast Online that I would like to see improved is the game’s interface. Quest NPCs should be marked on the game’s map and quest locations should also be marked on the map. Many newer MMORPGs have both of these features, so I’m surprised HolyBeast Online doesn’t have these simple features. For the most part, though, the gameplay is quite responsive and fluid.
Final Verdict – Good
For those looking for a new MMORPG to sink their teeth into, HolyBeast Online is well worth checking out. Though the game doesn’t exactly revolutionize the MMORPG genre, it has an exceptional amount of variety and a unique beast transformation system that should keep players occupied. My only real complaint with the game is its slow start and limited number of quests, but those issues will likely be patched in the future.
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HolyBeast Online System Requirements
OS: Windows XP
CPU: Pentium 4 1.5 GHz
RAM: 256 MB
HDD: 2.0 GB
Graphics Card: Geforce 2 MX video card or better
OS: Windows XP
CPU: Pentium 4 2.0 GHz
RAM: 512 MB
HDD: 2.0 GB
Graphics Card: Geforce FX video card or better or higher