Ragnarok Online

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Ragnarok Online is a well known 3D Fantasy MMORPG with beautifully designed sprites. The game is regarded as one of the best Korean MMORPGs out there, but it has been ‘pay to play’ for years. A new ‘free to play’ server called ‘Valkyrie’ is now available. With a large game world and an incredible amount of job advancements and character classes, Ragnarok Online is one of the most detailed and fun free MMORPGs available.

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Publisher: Gravity
Playerbase: High
Graphics: Medium Quality
Type: MMORPG
EXP Rate: Medium
PvP: Duels / PvP Zones / Guild Battles
Filesize: ~ 1374 MB

Pros: +Plenty of job advancements. +Great music and visuals. +Large game world. +Huge community. +Varied PvP options. +Regular content updates.

Cons: -Poor questing system. -Minimal character customization. -Grind based leveling. -PvP imbalances.

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Overview

Ragnarok Online Overview

Ragnarok Online is certainly one of the most well known MMORPGs out there. The game was originally released in 2001 and has since had a lot of success. The game has always been ‘Pay-to-play’ which is why private Ragnarok Online servers became so popular. I’m surprised it took Gravity so long to launch a free version of their game, but in October 2008 gravity launched a single free-to-play server on iRO (International Ragnarok Online) called Valkyrie which would pay for itself by selling ‘cash shop items’.  The free server ‘Valkyrie’ is largely the same as the pay to play servers, but with slightly slower experience gain. If you’re not familiar with the game, Ragnarok Online is a 3D Fantasy MMORPG with detailed 2D sprites and beautifully animated visuals. It has a large selection of playable classes and a huge game world to explore. The game may be a bit older than other MMORPGs, but it’s still been able to keep fresh with regular content updates from the publisher. If you’ve never played Ragnarok Online before or you’re tired of playing on lame private servers, give the game a try!

Note: In order to play on the ‘Valkyrie’ free server, you have to first install the regular Ragnarok Online client and fully patch it. Afterward, you need to run the Valkyrie installer and install it on top of your current Ragnarok Online folder, and then double click on the ‘Valkyrie’ client. See the Download page on the official site if you still need help or post on the forums.

Ragnarok Online Screenshots

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Full Review

Ragnarok Online Review

By, Omer Altay
Ragnarok Online was one of the first few Korean MMORPGs I’ve ever played and it’s probably the reason I still play them today. If I was never introduced to Ragnarok Online by a friend, I may have never gotten into the entire ‘free-to-play’ MMORPG scene in the first place, as I only started playing free MMORPGs after I became hooked on Ragnarok Online. Yeah, Yeah, I know, back then Ragnarok Online was entirely Pay to Play, so in order to play for free, I must have played on a private server, and I did. In fact, before the release of Valkyrie, the free-to-play server, I bet there were more Ragnarok Players on private servers than all of the official servers put together. Although a lot of people still play on bootleg servers, but I’m sure that after more people learn that Gravity, the game’s publisher, launched a free server of their own,  people will begin migrating to the official servers.

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Okay, What about the actual game?
Ragnarok Online is a beautifully animated 3D Fantasy MMORPG. Players can move around and explore the world through a simple, yet polished point and click controls. The game’s anime inspired graphics and uniquely designed sprites help create an overall memorable gaming experience. Apparently I’m not the only one that appreciated the game’s graphics and style, as both Secret of the Solstice and Water Margin Online copy the game’s graphic style. Ragnarok Online has an interesting system where players have two levels, a ‘base level’ and a ‘job level’. Whenever you gain experience points, both your ‘base’ and ‘job’ levels will advance, but the ‘job level’ tends to level up slower. Each ‘base’ level grants stat points that can be allocated into different attributes and each ‘job’ level earns you single skill point that.  What really makes Ragnarok Online feel like a ‘complete’ and ‘comprehensive’ game is the large selection of job advancements.

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Snipers, Dancers and Wizards oh My!
Players start off their adventure in Rune Midgard, the game’s world, as a classless Novice but can quickly advance to one of the game’s six starting ‘jobs’ of Swordsman, Mage, Archer, Merchant, Thief and Acolyte after reaching a level 9 ‘job level’. The game has another starting class or ‘Super Novice’, but it’s mostly for bored veterans of the game looking to kill time, so new players should just ignore it. The beauty of Ragnarok Online is that the game’s job advancements are a great way of keeping players hooked onto the game. After the first job advancement, players can advance their jobs again at job level 40. If you’re really hardcore about Ragnarok Online, The game doesn’t end for you here because after reaching your level 40 ‘job’, you can advance your class one more time, but only after reaching maximum level and ‘rebirthing’ your character by effectively starting over at level 1. After rebirthing your character, you’ll have access to special skills and bonus stat points, but you’ll need to work your way up the experience ladder again, but this time the amount of experience you need to level up will be significantly more. After reaching a level 40 job class on a ‘rebirthed’ character, you can advance to your character again. For a more detailed explanation of job advancements and a list of them, click here

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Content Galore
The single best aspect of Ragnarok Online is the game’s regular content updates. The company behind the game, Gravity, has done a remarkable job in keeping this 7 year old game fresh and addictive in a world where there are over 150 free MMORPGs. Ragnarok Online is currently on its 12th episode called ‘Nightmare of Midgard, The Destruction of Morroc”. Each of the episodes for the game have been major content updates, so seeing that the game already has 12 major content updates is quite impressive. The game’s 11th episode introduced the country of Arunafeltz, a religious nation modeled after Middle Eastern culture, to the game. The game’s 10th episode introduced the Schwaltzvalt Republic, which is an industrialized nation located in the northern part of Rune Midgard. Each of the new zones also has some solid background music which adds to the overall enjoyment of the game. Since leveling up is heavily grind based, having catchy background music certainly helps. The fact is that the sheer amount of content in Ragnarok Online is simply massive, so if you’re looking for a game that has consistent content updates, Ragnarok is a game for you.

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War of Emperium  / PvP
The single most popular aspect of Ragnarok Online by the game’s playerbase is the ‘War of Emperium’ feature, which is basically a series of massive guild wars between all the qualified guilds on the server. The series of guild wars only occur once a week and for a period of two hours. The War of Emperium takes place in a series of castles available in the game and the purpose of the battle is to try and capture the ‘Emperium’, inside of a castle. Whichever guilds successfully capture and hold their castles will have the benefit of exploring a special dungeon and have their guild name and banner recognized on the server until the next War of Emperium.

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Last minute Thoughts
With so many new and more advanced MMORPGs coming out, Ragnarok Online does a remarkable job of being able to retain its player base, as the game’s population on the new ‘Valkyrie’ server is huge and increasing every day. I may be nostalgic, but I believe Ragnarok Online has truly survived the test of time, as even though it’s over 7 years old now, it’s still better than a lot of the newer free MMORPGs out there and can hold its own against MMORPG heavyweights like Atlantica Online and Perfect World. The only real complaints I have with Ragnarok Online is the game’s occasional server lag and absolutely terrible questing system. I’m not sure why Gravity hasn’t upgraded the game’s questing system, as it doesn’t even have a quest log, so keeping track of what quests will usually require pen and paper.

Final Verdict: Excellent
Everything from Ragnarok Online’s beautifully animated game world to the content rich gameplay helps make it one of the best free to play MMORPGs of all time. The only real drawback is that the game is heavily grind oriented and the questing system needs to be entirely remade.

Screenshots

Ragnarok Online Screenshots

Videos

Ragnarok Online Videos

Ragnarok Online PvP Video War of Emperium

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Ragnarok Online Boss Battle

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Ragnarok Online Town Walk through [So Many Players!]

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Ragnarok Online Gameplay Trailer

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Ragnarok Online Combat Video

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System Requirements

Ragnarok Online System Requirements

Minimum Requirements:
OS: Windows XP / Vista / ME / 98
CPU: 500 MHz Pentium or equivalent  Athlon / Celeron
RAM: 128 MB
HDD: 2.2 GB Free Space
Graphics Card: Any 8MB VGA Card

Recommended Specification:
OS: Windows XP / Vista / ME / 98
CPU: 700 MHz Pentium or equivalent Athlon / Celeron
RAM:  256 MB RAM
HDD: 2.2 GB Free Space
Graphics Card: Any 32 MB VGA Card or better.

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