CABAL Online is a fantasy free to play massively multiplayer online RPG. At first sight it seems like most generic MMORPG's out there, however, the game is quite different in many aspects. It relies less on story telling and more on combat features, like combos and fight animations to keep players entertained.
The story is not a strong point in Cabal Online, with forgettable quests and lack of cinematics or audio dialogues with other characters within the game. Basically, you're a hero in the world of Nevareth and you are fighting against an evil of Cabal.
The character creation has very few customizable options, you can only choose among 7 hairstyles, 8 hair colors and 4 face shapes, that's it. In Cabal online if you want to stand out in a crowd or if you want to feel original, you need to play a lot and acquire shiny armors and weapons. There is a huge variety of sets of armor and weapons so I guess the whole character customization is really done progressively in the game.
The game has a total of 6 battle styles or classes : Warrior, Blader, Wizard, Force Archer, Force Blader, Force Shielder. Each of them has different skills and play styles as well as different sets of armor and weapons.
The gameplay is the strongest aspect of the game. It involves a lot of grinding the first 50 levels or so and after that you can participate in nation wars and other huge instances. Unlike other MMO games, in Cabal Online you gain XP when hitting a foe, rather than the classic way of gaining XP when the foe dies. You can also gain XP and rewards by completing quests. A very nice feature of the game is the combo attack. After level 10 you unlock combo attacks and if you time them well you can do additional damage to the enemy and the animations are awesome.
Also the skills and magic have exceptional animations that bring a visual delight which helps a lot through the first 50 levels because you won't get bored as easily as in other games.
The graphics are pretty good considering that the game was first launched in 2005 and most of the graphics engine has widely remained unchanged since then. The artwork is nice with a strong Asian style considering huge over sized weapons, very huge and shiny armor and acrobatic fighting mechanics with complex animations.
The game is Free to play, however, you can buy a premium account which will enhance gameplay, like giving you more inventory space and increased XP gain, drop rate as well as giving you the possibility to warp between maps without going to the warp portals. With the premium account you can also join premium channels which have a bit more content like additional bosses and dungeons.
- Great combo fighting mechanics
- Good PvP
- A lot of armor sets and weapons
- Huge player base
- Weak story/storytelling