Those who grew up in the ‘90s playing RPGs online were probably familiar with some Asian companies that were prevalent in the industry. Groups like Nexon, Aeria Games, and Gala Lab, among others, were all Korean companies known for one thing: their constant releases of MMORPGs that, for the most part, were quite straightforward and forgettable. However, in some rare cases, these companies would release games that developed a cult following and became much more popular than the rest.
Aura Kingdom is one of such games that garnered a rather large following back when it first came out in 2013. The original was first developed by X-Legend Entertainment and published by Aeria Games, and featured much of what you’d expect from any MMORPG, including questing, exploration, real-time combat, and other goodies. Furthermore, like most Korean games, it also included lots of grinding in order to level up and increase the player’s power.
Needless to say, Aura Kingdom definitely set a trend a few years ago, so much that X-Legend decided to release a sequel for the game, but this time for mobile devices. Aura Kingdom 2 is marketed as a great remake of the original MMORPG, but does it live up to that description? As MMORPG enthusiasts ourselves, we decided to give it a try and see what all the fuss was about, and we were definitely NOT disappointed at all.
Let’s take a look at everything you can find in this awesome free MMORPG.
1. Dynamic and Intense Real-Time Combat
We needed to get this out of the way first since we think it’s one of the strongest aspects of Aura Kingdom 2. The combat in this game is quite good. While it’s pretty much par for the course in terms of controls, the animations feel smooth and your character is completely mobile while using his skills and special attacks, which means that you can easily dodge enemy attacks while keeping the pressure up.
This simple combination of features makes the combat very dynamic and skill-based, rewarding the players for their ability to execute attacks and skills while keeping safe and avoiding enemy attacks, which is something we really appreciate. Especially when we’re playing on PC with BlueStacks, we have access to a vastly improved experience compared to regular touchscreen controls. BlueStacks makes it easier so that we can move around the field, attack our enemies, and dodging their AoE skills, and while keeping the pressure up at all times.
In any case, the combat in Aura Kingdom 2 is quite fascinating, and it only gets better as we continue to progress further into the story and unlock more features and skills. And this is without mentioning that there are four classes to choose from, all of which feel different and unique to the point that it almost feels like playing a different game every time we switch characters.
2. Collect and Deploy Eidolons in Combat
Speaking of unlocking skills, another interesting aspect about Aura Kingdom 2, when it comes to the combat, is its Eidolons, who are companions that you can equip and deploy in combat. These characters are unlocked through several means, including from the story, and from unlocking them using their fragments, which are called “Wills” in this game. In order to obtain fragments, however, you will need to use the Eidolon Gacha feature which, as its name implies, gives you the opportunity to receive random Eidolon Wills in exchange for Blue Diamonds, the game’s premium currency.
In combat, your Eidolons manifest as NPC characters that follow you around and assist in attacking the enemy. However, only the Eidolons that are set as leader actively enter combat, while the others only help out once their assist gauge charges up. This gauge only appears in combat, on the bottom of the screen, represented by the portraits of your equipped Eidolons scrolling from left to right. Once they reach the rightmost end of the gauge, they will manifest, unleash a few attacks, and exit combat until the meter fills again.
Your main Eidolon, however, can do much more than just attack. As combat goes on, his ultimate attack gauge will charge up. Once full, you can click on their portrait to command them to unleash powerful skills upon your enemies.
This system of Eidolons makes the combat feel more like you’re managing a team of characters instead of relying solely on the strength of the main protagonist, which is cool. Furthermore, it gives players a drive to keep on playing even after they’re finished with the story, as there will always be new Eidolons to unlock and upgrade.
3. A Myriad of Collectibles and Achievements
We’re always suckers when it comes to collecting items and filling up our codex with entries in games; it makes the grind in games feel more like an adventure rather than busywork. Aura Kingdom 2 is very satisfying in this regard thanks to its “Book of Ramayan” feature, which functions as a record of every single monster type you slay in the game. After you kill enough of every enemy, you can unlock their respective entry in the book, which also grants you permanent stat bonuses. In this sense, completing the Book of Ramayan is not only useful for completion’s sake, but it’s also a good source of extra stats.
All things considered, Aura Kingdom 2 is a stellar mobile MMORPG, which offers exciting combat and class variety, while also bringing some awesome mechanics like the Eidolon and Eidolon gacha systems. It’s also pretty nice to look at in terms of visuals, especially if you play it on BlueStacks with the settings cranked to the max.
With all there is to do and explore in this game, players will probably be glued to the screen for a long time playing this game.