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Soul Master

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: GamesCampus
Developer: NPluto
Release Date: 2010

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'Soul Master' - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on May 26, 2010 @ 8:59 a.m. PDT

Soul Master is a free-to-play online action RTS featuring an endless combination of skills and combo with powerful action based on non-targeting system.

Soul Master will feature a unique combat system that will allow players to create structures, progress through technology trees and produce and command units-all while developing a persistent character of their own. With resource-driven RTS combat, Soul Master allows players to create defensive towers, barricades, resource harvesting structures, and unit production facilities while progressing through simplified, traditional RTS tech-trees that let players focus on strategic, active gameplay in both Team and Free-for-All PvP.

Soul Master includes rich item customization systems that enable players to acquire unique stat and skill bonuses both for their personalized avatars, as well as their RTS buildings, production capabilities, and controlled units. In addition to the robust PvP content, Soul Master features a wide range of PVE scenario modes such as defending objectives, escort missions, co-op challenges, boss raids, and AI RTS battles.

With fast paced combat that combines the high-speed action of a character vs. character brawler- and the tactical elements of a squad-based RTS - Soul Master sets out to take the very best of both worlds and merge them into a genre unto itself.

Soul Master features a character progression system similar to traditional MMORPG's, where a player is able to take their character on quests and missions against NPC-controlled monsters across a variety of maps; leveling up and hunting for increasingly better items and armor along the way. The similarity ends there however, as each player-controlled character also happens to be able to gather resources, construct buildings, and produce and upgrade their own army of units during instanced PvE missions and PvP battles while either alone or in a party of other players. The set-piece PvE adventures are essentially a unique combination of the storyline campaign of an RTS and the dungeon raids of an MMO. Including giant raid bosses, escort and town defense missions, sieges of enemy strongholds, and multi-map endurance challenges allows Soul Master to contain as much variety during character level progression as a pure MMO.

The armor and items found throughout the game also combine aspects of both genres, granting not only the character attack and defense stats usual to an RPG, but also providing RTS bonuses to your character's buildings and units through the game's comprehensive upgrading and crafting systems. Gameplay bonuses include everything from increased unit attack range to stronger defensive structures, faster unit production or building creation times, to faster character re-spawn or
skill cool down times.

Each of the three factions players are able to choose from provide their own set of unique units, and each of the six currently available classes grant their own set of different character skills and abilities. With the added bonuses gained from items, players are able to change their combat tactics and strategies on the fly based on their own playing styles and preferences through a quick change of gear. If an opponent is heavily focused on building large armies of
units and rushing their opponents' bases early in a PvP match, another player is able to counter that by gearing themselves with armor and weapons they own which have stats that instead benefit their own defensive structures' hit points and tower damage to hold back the oncoming rush attack of weaker, lower level units until they can tech up past them and counterattack.

Like an arcade-style brawler, a player or team loses when their characters run out of lives during the match, or their bases are destroyed like an RTS. During a PvP match players must take over "Seed" points by defeating groups of NPC monsters that are guarding them. After capturing them they begin to receive a steady flow of the resources used for creating buildings and units based on the number of Seed points they control around the map. Players are also then able to advance through technology trees during the battle, unlocking access to higher tier and more powerful units. A player's units can be controlled and ordered around the map independently of their character, which allows for assaults on opponents from multiple sides, or against multiple enemies at once. Alongside each character class' skills and abilities, each of the different sets of units for the three factions also have unique attacks that players are able to activate at will; such as charging knockdown attacks, launching artillery bombardments, and creating force fields that absorb incoming projectiles. With the extensive control and customization options for both units and characters affecting strategy to such an extent, the depth of Soul Master gameplay promises to be something worth keeping an eye on.

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