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This is our Onigiri review, a free anime action MMORPG with an anime Japan aesthetic and some exciting action combat and some very interesting characters. Onigiri officially launched on July 1st, 2014.
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Onigiri is a free to play action MMORPG heavily influenced by eastern mythology and anime culture. The story goes that long ago, God devouring monsters ravaged the lands now seemingly have made a resurgence and it is up to the player character and a colorful cast to save the day!
If you are an anime fan, maybe you should give this game a shot. Expect cutscenes with voice acting and well drawn stylized characters. This is a big plus because Onigiri, much like Dragon Nest, has a focus towards role-playing and NPC interactions such as being able to give gifts to NPCs to further relationships.
Also similarly to Dragon Nest, it is an action-based dungeon crawler with varying levels of difficulty to the dungeons. While the combat might look similar, the overall feeling is much different with Dragon Nest being an overall more complex and fluid game with far more class ability combinations. However, this game does have a level of simplicity that younger players might find attractive. Still, expect a level of grind as is common in eastern MMOs and MMO games in general.
Combat is pretty standard; left click for main attacks and combos, right for chosen ability after you selected it. You can dodge in this game and block too, but it is much more sticky and awkward compared to other games with dodging and blocking in it. Onigiri has the basics required for an action MMO but I don't think it surpasses any expectations. It also lacks PvP which is very much a negative in this case, especially since competing action MMO titles offer it.
Customization in the character creator is pretty interesting with its presets. Very anime inspired, it is also very cartoon in respect to proportions and age limitations. Nothing special here other than the styling which is the main standout point for the game in its entirety. Customization throughout the game isn't unusual but at the start you are able to wield a multitude of different weapons which is nice.
I suggest this game for younger players and hardcore otaku.
If you are looking for an anime action MMO, try out Onigiri and if you are fine with chibi anime style, try out Dragon Nest, or if you are brave and want a more mature art style, then try Vindictus.
Overall, Onigiri doesn't exceed in game design but it does have its interesting stylistic choices which might pull in players, especially those in favor of eastern art and mythology.