Absolem+ Mar 4, 2013 @ 2:50am
The Real Deal with World of Battles: Morningstar (Quick Review)
TL;DR at bottom.

I was never really into RTS games that much, but was just browsing Steam and saw this title, under the genre MMORTS, and decided I'd give it a shot, being a long-time MMORPG vet. Installed the game, looked around a bit. At first I was hearily discouraged at the cash shop element, but I decided to play for a bit anyways. It's fun. I've played a couple RTS games but this one just feels smooth. I love how you can set up and rotate your units into formation. I love how attacking from the flanks or rear grant a big damage bonus. I like the strong rock, paper, scissor nature of the units. I especially enjoy the cavalry charge and trample mechanics. This was a huge problem in Battle for Middle Earth, the cavalry was just kind of silly, but the charge meter makes it perfect.

Back ot the cash shop, like I said, at first I was discouraged, but after getting to level 15 or so, there's actually a TON of ways to earn gems in the game for free. Challenges later on offer bigger and bigger gem rewards, and participation in the conquest map (which is super cool, btw) also nets you some bonus gems, as well as gems you get for leveling up. The great thing is when you get a unit, and spend gems on it, upgrading jewelery or whatever, and you decide you don't want to use that unit anymore, you can sell it back to the shop at 100% refund. It's really great they did this. Paying players will have advantages that are mostly just cutting down on the time it takes to get to the rewards. Faster XP, more coin, etc. You can even rent the master units for in-game gold, without spending any money, however they rest every 10 battles, for 10 battles, so you have them half the time. This isn't bad later on, as you can rent master units from other races armies. Cycle a couple of Heavy Cavalry from two different races, bam, free Master units. The gem-purchaseable items are not expensive, and you will have plenty to buy jewelery and weapons for most of your units.

I hate the pay-2-win scheme more than anyone, and I'd never put my money into something like that, but I did buy a few gems today, to take advantage of the double gem sale. Havn't spent any yet, just got a month subscription (which is like... $6? 7$?), and I went on a 5 win streak today, without any gem purchases! Gem purchasing is certainly not required, and the matchmaking does a pretty good job of putting you with opponents who wont crush you.

For those wondering if it's a true MMO, it really isn't, but it's a super fun RTS game with a really cool MMO element in the form of clan territory warfare, that initiates kind of like a tournament, where matches are played for conquest point, to push the influence to one faction over another. This is definitely a game worth checking out.

TL;DR: NOT Pay-2-Win, pretty respectable micro-transaction system, plenty of ways to get free gems (I don't mean surveys and credit card scams either, in-game rewards). Solid RTS. Neat MMO-ish element, but not true MMO. Instanced battles over territories on a world map.

Worth a download, give it a try. It might be f2p but it's pretty solid. Looks damn good too. If you wanna add me my army is called Oathforged. Definitely enjoying this game. Close to unlocking my Dwarf giant! These are the questions I had about the game when I was thinking about downloading, so I hope this helps you decide. :) See you in-game.
Last edited by Absolem+; Mar 4, 2013 @ 3:02am
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Necron Lord Mar 8, 2013 @ 2:33pm 
Game sucks kthx bye
Absolem+ Mar 8, 2013 @ 5:10pm 
Aww, get your ♥♥♥ handed to you? K. Bye. Lol.
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Heisenberg Mar 9, 2013 @ 7:18am 
Good honest review i give it a try, and add you once im in game :)
Absolem+ Mar 9, 2013 @ 2:01pm 
Sounds good, do it, and I can get you in my clan. :)
insy Mar 12, 2013 @ 8:35pm 
i like the game too but it gets hard when ur specel troops have to rest and (as a level 5) you only have three squads of troops with no real good traits T_T XD
Last edited by insy; Mar 12, 2013 @ 8:37pm
Mineria Mar 17, 2013 @ 3:15am 
Turtorial lags like ♥♥♥♥
Absolem+ Mar 18, 2013 @ 9:01am 
So after playing at level 45 for a bit, I've decided to stop playing. Basically at 45 everyone has the same units with the same gear. It's the best army there is, and will beat any army you throw at it. When they fight eachother it's basically just a ctrl+a cluster♥♥♥♥ based on RNG and minor shifts in positioning. Not my thing. If anyone has another fantasy-themed MMORTS similar to this, let me know. I might check out Dawn of Fantasy but the controls look terribad, so we'll see. I'll post here if it's any good haha.

World of Battles is pretty damn fun, and a decent game until you get to 45. Just don't buy premium if you wanna actually play for a while on the same army. =/ I bought a bunch of master units and can't get my gems back from them, and I'm not gonna go cookie cutter anyways, so ♥♥♥♥ it, I'm done lol.
krutyvus  [developer] Mar 19, 2013 @ 1:27am 
What do you call the best army which all players take to play and to win ?
Could you be so kind to share the recipe, cause i`m also playing on lvl 45 and can`t find the build that rules everything.
On top of that i strongly disagree that universal build exists at all.
I play with 5 shooters, 4 pikes, 2 cavas, 1 giant and win 75% of battles. Sure all of them are master units and in full gems equipment.
krutyvus  [developer] Mar 19, 2013 @ 1:58am 
Originally posted by Mineria:
Turtorial lags like ♥♥♥♥
Mineria, what are your computer specification ?
Absolem+ Mar 19, 2013 @ 11:36am 
Basically get two Minotaurs, two Charmed Encounterers, two Spellbreakers, two Centaur Pikes (the master unit, with the net, don't know what it's called). That's what almost everyone runs at 45, it's ♥♥♥♥ing boring. Disagree if you want, but everyone recognizes this problem, that's why everyone rerolls when they hit 45. Or buy $200 of gems and buys all the units. I'm just completely not interested in doing either. Especially since I can't play the faction/units I want and be competitive. I won literally almost every battle I fought between 30-44. I played with clan groups. At 45 it's just a joke.
Last edited by Absolem+; Mar 19, 2013 @ 11:38am
krutyvus  [developer] Mar 20, 2013 @ 1:25am 
Right now unit delta between opposing teams on 45th level is 20%. This mean that if you don`t want to meet such armies you should just have more units in your army.
24 units could play vs 20.
I mean i don`t meet such armies at all with my 12 units :)
Concerning the army you named, almost all units in it are afraid of pikes, personally i use 2 Dark Elf Weavers and 2 Lords of the Hunt. Except just countering Minotaurs, Charmed Encounters, Centaur Pikes those units also put them in nets.
If you take 2 dispellers on top of that you could kill charmend encounters that decided that they are invulnerable :)
Concerning Gems - Global Map gives 60 000 gems every day, why not to get them from it ?
Absolem+ Mar 21, 2013 @ 2:42am 
Because I have a useless level 45 army that can't win battles to get CPs to get the gems to get the units I need. And this is after spending $90 with 2x gems already.
Aramaki81 Mar 26, 2013 @ 2:22am 
Originally posted by krutyvus:
Right now unit delta between opposing teams on 45th level is 20%. This mean that if you don`t want to meet such armies you should just have more units in your army.
24 units could play vs 20.
I mean i don`t meet such armies at all with my 12 units :)
Concerning the army you named, almost all units in it are afraid of pikes, personally i use 2 Dark Elf Weavers and 2 Lords of the Hunt. Except just countering Minotaurs, Charmed Encounters, Centaur Pikes those units also put them in nets.
If you take 2 dispellers on top of that you could kill charmend encounters that decided that they are invulnerable :)
Concerning Gems - Global Map gives 60 000 gems every day, why not to get them from it ?

Please be serious. Not one of the units in there is afraid of pikes when they swarm/crowd. They just chew through them.
Your solution to the whole problem is get yourself more master units and trick them out in gem equipment. That is a joke. I want to be able to use my regular infantry with a few master units added in the mix. Now I just watch as they are being stomped over and over and over by the same army(with slight variations) x 2.
And your premise to get gems on the global map also isn't grounded in reality as you can't win if you run any other army as Absolem pointed out.
krutyvus  [developer] Mar 26, 2013 @ 6:09am 
4 Nets from Weaverrs and Lords of the Hunt does not allow 4 units to pass through them.
On top of that 2 curses from blighted ones slow 2 more enemies, and finally Runt slayers have a great mass slow.
Why to play with line units on the lvl 45 ? Use Masters, they are stronger and more interesting.
Absolem+ Mar 27, 2013 @ 3:22pm 
Because they cost money, dude. Obviously you want me to buy them and you make NOT buying them not an option at 45. Either buy them or roll 4 alt armies to get enough CPs to make the gems over the next 5 months, while your 45 armies are useless because you can't get a return on gems for buying Master units, so... it would be stupid to. I spent $90 on this game during double gem sales, and it's not enough to make a competitive army at 45. I now have to spend additional money, or roll an alt army to make CPs, because my 45 army will not win ♥♥♥♥ without more gems. The game was ♥♥♥♥ing AWESOME 1-44...

Make subscription more expensive, make gear and master units less expensive (2700 gems is crazy). More people will play your game if they dont percieve it as pay2win immediately. You can buy sub with gold, but not the best gear? That's weird.
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