So you’ve heard of Luvinia, the free-to-play anime MMO / RPG, but you’d like to know more about it? You’re in the right place. This guide will take you through the basics of this novel MMO, from style of gameplay and classes to value for money to what the reviews thought of it!
Updated October 15th 2012
The Gameplay of Luvinia
Luvinia is a classic MMO in gameplay terms, heavily influenced by World of Warcraft. You click on enemies and press hotkeys for your abilities to attack, just as you do in WoW. The interface will be immediately familiar to anyone who has played WoW, too, with 20 slots for abilities – unlike Guild Wars, for example, all abilities are available at once, leading to the usual WoW button-multiplying problems.
Like WoW, again, Luvinia has several 5-man dungeons, but its endgame doesn’t revolve around raiding. Instead, endgame play requires you to play through daily events, like the Pagoda, a gauntlet-style event that happens every Friday. You’ll also need to defeat World Bosses to obtain unique items.
There are a few unique touches to the gameplay, like the heavy focus on daily events and PvP, and the auto-run function to nearby quests, but by and large Luvinia is very familiar WoW-a-like territory, with some tendancies toward grinding at points.
Luvinia has been running for a couple of years now, and has just released a new expansion, so it’s not too likely that it will suddenly be discontinued – good news in these uncertain times.
The Story and Background of Luvinia
Luvinia‘s main selling point is its quirky anime setting. Whilst its story is comparatively minimal, the game’s zones are widely varied and range between “wildly imaginative” and “just plain odd”. Notably, Space Fairyland, where you fight Ghost Butlers and Ghost Maids (complete with, natch, skimpy anime costumes) has attracted a fair amount of press attention, but other areas, like the badlands area of Zendo, are just as vividly drawn if less original.
Graphics are pretty and cartoony in style, although your limited control over your camera (you can’t look up) has annoyed some reviewers. However, compared to the sparse graphics and Web-based technology of many free games, Luvinia has high production values and is very attractive to look at.
Classes of Luvinia
When starting out, you’ll only have a choice of three Luvinia classes: Warrior, Rogue and Magician. However, much like SWTOR, each of these classes subsequently branches out, and then branches again later on, ending up with a choice of 16 classes:
Warrior: Branches to Knight (tank) and Fighter (DPS). Knight then branches to Paladin or Dark Knight, whilst Fighter branches to Swordsman or Berserker.
Rogue: Branches to Scout (long-ranged DPS) or, erm, Artist, a caster class that Luvinia’s manual says “make the adventure more, well, “artsy”.”. From there, Scout branches to Watchman (traps) or Assassin (DPS), whilst Artist goes to Bard (healer) or Sword Dancer (DPS, ish).
Magician Branches to Warlock (elemental DPS – not demons) or Priest. Warlock then goes to Wizard (DPS) or Necromancer (DoTs and debuffs) whilst Priest goes to Bishop or Sage, both healers.
Luvinia is nominally Free to Play, but like most F2P options, includes a cash shop.
There are no egregiously powerful permanent items on the shop, and much of it is purely cosmetic. A few people have complained that the cash shop potions may be overpowered, but in general the cash shop in the game seems to be reasonably under control – arguably more so than well-known games like LoTRO.
Reviews of Luvinia
Luvinia certainly isn’t an instant classic, but most reviewers found that although it might not be a long-term play option, it’s a pleasant distraction.
- Massively, probably the most credible source to review Luvinia so far, said ” It’s not an outstanding game, but it’s not abysmal either. I, personally, am not going to be keeping it on my hard drive. But if you’re into anime-style MMOs with a bit of weirdness to the setting, Luvinia may be right up your alley. “
- MMOHut mostly agreed, saying “If you’re looking for the next big free-to-play, move on, this isn’t it. If you want bright colors, or just something to keep you busy in-between classes or while awaiting a flight, give it a try, but just don’t expect anything deep or thorough.”.
- MMPORG.com weren’t very impressed, saying ” Whilst I found the mini-games and dailies to feel like a chore, the amount of content on offer is gargantuan. Reaching this, however, requires you to slog through a mass of tedious early levels. The few flashes of brilliance on offer are replicated in other F2P MMOs that have better infrastructure supporting them. Even the moments when the setting appeared wondrous were ruined by cluttered screens and irritating sound effects. “
How To Download And Start Playing Luvinia
Luvinia requires a download in order to play, in the order of a few gigabytes – so you’ll have an hour or so’s wait to play the game. However, the registration process is minimal and straightforward, and character selection is easy.
To start playing:
- Go to the Luvinia Registration Page (protip – using this link will get you a free mount when you start playing)
- Fill in an email address, a password, and the username you’d like.
- Select your date of birth.
- Press “Download”.
The game will start downloading. Once it has, you can play!
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Luvinia’s not a particularly deep or innovative game, but it’s a fun, familiar way to while away a few hours. Give it a go if you’re looking for a fantasy MMO distraction and aren’t looking for the next World of Warcraft!Read more →