It’s time for fun and fantasy with this next review! It’s time for a Fiesta! We’re going to pick apart another free-to-play role-playing game to determine what’s unique about it, what’s so-so, and what just plain stinks. This anime style MMO boasts colorful cell-shaded 3D graphics and a snazzy music score. Many consider this game a classic as it has been going strong for quite some time now. Let’s jump in and uncover the mystery as to what has fueled its longevity!
Developed by Ons On Soft, Fiesta—or Fiesta Online—has been around since late 2007. It seems that Ons On Soft has tapped into the fountain of youth. Since Fiesta’s North American open beta on September 10th, 2007, it has grown by leaps and bounds and currently boasts a significant playerbase. Ons On Soft publishes Fiesta in Korea. However, Fiesta is also published in German, French, Spanish, and English by gamigo. Outspark is the publisher who brings Fiesta to North America.
Have Some Class
Once you’ve downloaded the client and signed in, it’s time to create your character. Much like many other MMORPGs available today, the character customization options in Fiesta are slim. Once you’ve chosen whether your character will be male or female, your customization options include only a couple choices each of hair style, face, and hair color.
Getting started, you’ll also choose between 5 classes—and only 5. Don’t be concerned, however, because as gameplay progresses advanced classes will become available. You can expect to see the advanced classes at levels 20, 60, and 100. At level 100, you will also be given the choice between 2 specializations. The 4 classes are: Archers, Clerics, Fighters, and Mages. Here’s a bit about each:
Archer – This class is skilled at inflicting massive damage to a single foe. An Archer’s talent lies in the use of bows and crossbows. They are the only class with damage over time abilities.
Cleric – Clerics utilize maces and hammers skillfully at close range. They are also skilled in healing and performing the resurrection of their allies—they are the only class who can do so. To top it off, Clerics serve well as a tank and thus, make an excellent friend during battle.
Fighter – This close-ranged class excels in the use of both one or two-handed swords as well as axes. Fighters are agile in combat as they can battle equipped with a sword and shield, or pack a two-handed sword or axe to inflict serious damage.
Mage – Using their unique and powerful AoE spells, Mages inflict raw damage. Their weapon of choice is a staff or wand with which they excel in dealing the most damage per second. Alternatively, Mages lack significantly in the area of defense.
Trickster – The latest addition to the class group in Fiesta. Tricksters are masters of lightning fast DPS, using dual weapons to tear into their foes, detecting an enemies weaknesses the Trickster uses this advantage to deal massive amounts of damage in a short period of time. Acquiring souls with each attack, the Trickster can then unleash these souls wreck havoc on their opponents.
You’ve Got Mad Skillz
Something to keep in mind; as you progress in terms of skill, your equipment options also progress providing you with more advanced equipment. As far as skills are concerned, as it stands, there are 3 skill types: Active, Passive, and Alchemy skills. Let’s take a look at each type:
Active Skills – Utilized during combat, Active Skills are the only skills which may be empowered through the skill window. Active Skills have individual level, class, and spirit point requirements.
Passive Skills – These skills become innate once they are obtained. Passive Skills are not able to be upgraded; however, they are valuable as they increase particular aspects of your character’s class such as weapon damage.
Alchemy Skills – Alchemy Skills should be called Show Me the Money Skills because they enable your character to create upgrade stones, scrolls, and potions which may then be sold for profit. Stones are used in combination with weapons and armor. Scrolls are consumable and give one hour of buffs. Potions are used to heal. Alchemy Skills cannot be upgraded.
A Feathered Welcome
Newbies will be welcomed by a very helpful NPC who will offer simple tips on acquiring their initial quests. Fiesta’s tutorial comes along in the form of a bird. This little bird will pop up from time to time in the top right portion of your screen. When appearing the bird will provide you with helpful explanations of just about everything. With each new character you create, you’ll have the privilege of meeting this little bird again… and again. The bird will also alert you to when new quests are available and who to get them from. While initially helpful, this little bird can become quite annoying—and make you long for a traditional tutorial.
Currency, Guilds, and PVP
There are 4 types of currency in Fiesta: gems, silver, gold, and copper. These may be acquired by selling items but are easily earned by successfully completing quests.
Fiesta also has a Guild system where a group of players can unite using one name. While a guild may only declare war against one other guild, multiple other guilds may declare war on it. The location of a guild war is limited to particular maps. Once a guild war has started, all maps are then closed to PvP fights. A sub category of a guild is called an Academy. Anyone can join an Academy and rewards are obtained by leveling up.
Along with a Guild system, Fiesta also offers PvP gameplay. Each town possesses several free player versus player zones which are restricted to particular levels. PvP battles are in a free-for-all format unless players are established in a party and are not made available until level 20.
Arguably one of the most unique features of Fiesta is the in-game Wedding system. The Wedding system was also the very first feature released in Fiesta and was very highly anticipated. For 2 players to tie the knot, they must first buy a wedding application. They must also purchase a virtual ring for the proposal. Once a proposal has been accepted, the player’s engagement is then broadcast worldwide at the top of the screen. And yes, there is even a virtual wedding in which the couple is allowed to invite up to 30 special guests. Those guests will be teleported to a wedding chapel for the ceremony. As wedding gifts, the newly wedded couple will receive special rewards. A married couple is capable of warping back and forth to each other, with the exception of restricted locations.
Home Sweet Home
Last but certainly not least is Fiesta’s Estate system. This is a newer release and was also widely anticipated. The Estate system provides players with the opportunity to embark on a quest that will reward them with the skill to acquire an estate. An estate can host up to 15 guests. The fun doesn’t stop there… you can also decorate your estate to suit your style.
The Final Word
In many ways, Fiesta is much like many other MMORPGs by basing gameplay progression on a questing system. Unfortunately, in order to gain XP, you’ll find that grinding becomes imperative. Fiesta encourages social interaction with its Mentor Apprentice system… Not only that, but the majority of Fiesta’s gameplay requires teamwork which also promotes interaction between players. Fiesta is very user friendly and simple to learn. It offers a nice selection of gameplay for both PvE and PvP fans alike.
There are only two complaints that I have with Fiesta. First of all, Fiesta can tend to be a bit grind heavy. Second, Fiesta lacks a good back-story; aside from the quick good versus evil blurb that is a sorry excuse for a plot. So, if you can get past those issues, then you really will love Fiesta.