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Review - Cabal Online
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Author: WNxFallenAngel


Cabal Online
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Platform: PC
Genre Catagory: MMO
Date of Release: November 2005
ESRB: RP
Publisher: Game-Masters
Developer: ESTsoft
Rating: A
Official Site URL: www.cabalonline.com

Introduction
Cabal is a great free MMORPG game. It is set in third-person mode and has many great points to it. It would seem MMORPG games have been getting more complexed over the years and this game is definitely one that proves it.

ESTsoft were very clever when making clever, they made sure the avoid the main problems found in MMORPG games. On being PKing, Pking is one item addressed in Cabal, PKers are given penalties like not being able to buy from shops. Another problem most MMORPG games has is leveling, sometimes it takes years for you to get passed the high levels. However in Cabal it takes less then half the time, but there is still lots to keep you occupied


Story

Long ago in ancient Nevareth the people started to commit great sins which the CABAL, a secret religious group were not pleased with. The CABAL brought for evil to cleanse the land, however seven great masters of force led survivors into rebuilding the continent. Years have passed and the people of Nevareth have lived in peace. However the CABAL have rose again to cleanse the land, doing so by controlling evil. They are trying to breed a child to become King of Nevareth. However you play the hero, helping to battle against the evil and keep it out of Nevareth, whilst trying to find out who is behind the strange attacks. You must choose one of six authentic combat skills which have been passed down through the ages of Nevareth. Then you will set off around the battle-scarred and monster ridden continent over icey ground and dangerous jungle to try defeat the evil.

However you are not alone, there wil be many friends, foes and monsters. During the hard times you must stay focused and be watchful as some friends might turn against you. Strangely enough you could end up befriending some foes!


Gameplay


Basic Battle System:
This allows players to use skills which they have upgraded and to regain SP (spirit points). One of the features is auto-attack, which lets you automatically attack an enemy just by right-clicking on them. Also it enables you to use skills which you can create shortcuts to. Another feature is using hp potions to regain health and mp potions to regain magic/energy.
Spirit Points are quite important and are unlocked at lvl20 when you learn the Aura Mode battle style. Aura Mode lets you channel energy to help you lessen damage and have more chance of getting a high hit. However you can only use the SP when you have 1 full lamp on the gauge, as it uses up 1 gauge each item you use it. Later on you get to do battle mode. Which boosts your attack and at higher levels will transform your weapon.

Combo Battle System
This gives the player a better chance of defeating higher-level monsters by letting you continuously use skills. However it only works if the monster is in range and will stop when you or the monster die. To get combo first of all you must meet the requirements to level up and require the skill. Also you must drag down the skill from special skills into the quick-use box. A counter will come up on the side telling you how many hits you have made.

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A screenshot of combo bar.


PK System
Play killing is when the other player doesn't give approval to a PvP (player vs player). Therefore ECTsoft have battled the common problem and have made up punishments. There is no way you would accidentally kill another player, as a warning message comes up. Then if you persist in PKing you will be punished:
Level 1 PK: Cannot use shops for 10 minutes. This can start from 2 PKs.
Level 2 PK: Cannot use shops, storage or do any quests for 30 minutes .
Level 3 PK: Cannot use shops, storage, do quests and will be able to be PKed without the other player being given a penalty. Lasts for 60 minutes.
Level 4 PK: Cannot converse with NPCs and will drop items upon death. Lasts 100 minutes.
Level 5 PK: Player will be place in a confined prison for 150 minutes.


Characters

Not only do you get to customize your character at the start but you get to choose from one of six combat skills to play with. These are: Warrior, Wizard, Blader, Force Archer, Force Shielder and Force Blader. The character customization lets you create up to 6 characters, meaning you could have a taste of each skill, however it is best to work on one character first.

Warriors: People who possess the warrior skill are inherited form the first force. They tend to sue the force to give good physical attacks. As you develop in the game you will need to put more point son strength then on intelligence and speed. They wear armoured and wield great swords or daikantas.

Bladers: These are people who have inherited the second force. They use the forces power as well as their ever developing speed to perform dazzling moves. They use two-handed swords like blades or katanas, as well as a light martial suit. Therefore it is plain speed is the key feature.

Wizards: They manipulate the last force to cover up for their lack of strength. They use powerful magic energy to crush their foes. They tend to wear orbs on their hands to let them perform multiple spells and wear a light martial suit. However while they are not strong or quick, they are full of intelligence. An advantage of a wizard is the fact they can attack from a distance.

Force Archers: This skill was independently developed away from the sage tower. They have developed from teh wizard orb and made crystals which control the magic better. The crystals then helped them create astro bows. They were battlesuits which are light but offer more protection then a martialsuit, seeing as they make quick long-range shots.

Force Shielders: Noticing how the archers had made the astro bow they took tehy idea and made the crystal into a force shield. These shields have a high defense but can also be used as offense. Unlike the force archers they use the force for close-range combat and therefore require a lot of strength. Therefore they need good defense and wear amour sets.

Force Bladers; This lets the player use sword and magic together. They wield a katana in one hand and a orb in the other. They rely on speed so wear a battlesuit to move around quickly. However since they wield a sword and a orb they try to keep their physichal and intelligence equal
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Armour

There are three types of amour in Cabal. There is the strong and defensive amour sets, the light martial suits and the defensive and quick battle suits. Each character skill seems to favor one of these amours. Each town has a armatures, however they seem to sell one type of amour, therefore you might have to move around a bit. Not to worry though when you kill a monster they sometimes drop amour items.

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This is the amour worn by Warriors and Force Shielder's. When you start out in Cabal you will be given training amour which is basic but as you level up you will be able to wear the higher level amour.

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This is the battlesuits worn by the Force Archers and Force Bladers. In the sets there is battle gloves, battle boots, battle suit and a battle helmet. However in character options you can choose whether to view the helmet or not, as some people prefer the helmet off.

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This is the martialsuits typically worn by Wizards and Bladers.

Weapons
In Nevareth there are six different kind of weapons, each suiting a skill, however some might suit more then one. Like the armour the higher level you are the better the weapon is.

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These are greatswords, two handed swords, which have the best strength out of all the weapons. The greatsword is wielded by the Warrior class.

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The Daiktanas are are also two handed, but have less strength. However they are lighter and have a higher hit rate, so are also favoured by Warriors.

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These blades are one handed weapons, which are usually used as a duel weapon. They are surprisingly heavy and are used by Force Bladers and Force Shielders.

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The Katana is a light but still powerful weapon. It is used in one hand and like the blade is usually used as a duel weapon. Bladers and Force Bladers tend to use them.

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Orbs intensify the power of the force but also lets the wearer control it. The orbs are worn by Force Bladers and Wizards, as they let them use magic.

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They are better at controlling the force then the orb. Force Archers and Force Bladers use them to be able to use the Astro weapons.

Transport

Of course their is walking round the map, but that will take for ever. So instead ECTsoft left a couple of transport items and portals. One of these items is the return stone, which when you click on it lets you return to the nearest town (saves you from dying a lot ). Other items which will help quicken up your journey back to the town are the Astral board and Astral bike. However only higher level players may purchase the items,b ut with levelling up being so fast in Cabal you'll have one in no time.

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The Astral board.
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The astral bike.

Also to help you get from map to map their is the helpful teleport. However to get to a map you must have the maps GPS card. However the first few beginner maps are easily obtained and they contain plenty of quests to keep you entertained at the start. When you step through the teleport you will enter a room with lots of doors each with a symbol above them. Also there is the dungeon door, which when you have a dungeon quest will take you to it.

Maps/Areas:
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These are the first three levels.

Bloody Ice
Desert Scream
Green Despair
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Port Lux
Fort Ruina
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Undead Ground
Forgotten Ruin
Lakeside

Most towns have a weapon seller, amour seller, core alchemist, Grocer (hp&mp). However the first 3 levels have officers and trainers, while some have port agents. All towns have guards and will give you quests as well as quests from the other NPCs.


Quests
There are over 200 quests too keep you occupied on your ventures throughout the continent on Nevareth. There are the Normal quests which all people will end up doing and their are quests which will lead onto new branches of quests. Also when you pick your combat skill you will receive percific quests for it like Wizard Quests. The quests have many rewards whether they are special items, money or exp. However to be able to do some quests you msut be at a certain level, so just be wise about what you level up.

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The quest is depicted by a scroll logo above a NPC or object. A quest box then pops up to help you or to tell you if the quest is complete.

Ending Comments

Cabal is a great game which will keep you busy with its quests. I think Cabel is a really good MMORPG and has avoided many of the problems MMO games seem to have. Leveling up is easy but you won't be done with Cabal too quickly.

Graphics=9/10. There are really good graphics and the makers have really paid attention to detail. Even the tiniest things people don't notice are really effective. However some of the monsters do look a little unreal but the game is a fantasy.

Gameplay=8/10. The gameplay is really good. You get to learn new skills and you can craft rare materials. The fact it has the combo mode is a great addition to the game.

Content=9/10. With 200+ quests you will be busy for ages. You will overloaded with too many quests, but you get the chance to go back to them. My only worry is that people will level up a bit too quickly and the quests will just over shadow the fun.

Overall=9/10. Cabal is great for anyone looking for a free MMORPG. It has all the great additions you expect to find in a MMO but also avoids the common problems of a MMO. The game will have you in amazement and the servers are always busy, but they have enough for all its players.

Thank you for reading

FA



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A neat new review on Cabal Online. Everyone be sure to read this one and rep the author!

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Nice work on that review, you've put quite some effort into this. Your efforts deserve this rep. Nice work!



 
 
 

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Good Review Fallen. Grammar isn't the best but what the heck.



 
 
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Nice job on the review man. Some of the pictures kinda remind me of FF7. It looks like a great game.




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That Astral bike looks wicked Awesome review +rep



 
 
 

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Although I don't really like the game, the review is very beautiful! Much info, with all the armor and weapons, just awesome!



 
 
 

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Great review does anyone know when its released for everyone to play or if it ever will be for global players at all



 
 
 

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Lol it is relesed. But unfortunately Cabal NA didn't do so well. So there is only Cabal EU left.



 
 
 

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hmm...not really into rpg games...great review though ^_^



 
 
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Lol it is relesed. But unfortunately Cabal NA didn't do so well. So there is only Cabal EU left.
CABAL (NA) was closed during the Pay to Play run. There barely was interest on that side. Since the company only had rights to Europe left, they decided to change the system, with succes. If they were allowed to, they would have made it global. They don't have the rights to make it global, so it will stay Europe only for quite a while.

As for the review, there are no class specific quests. I trained several characters and did the same quests over and over again. Apart from that, very nice review.



 
 
 

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Some great review there FallenAngel!
Overall looks very cool,especially the character and weapons also the gameplay looks amazing!

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This game looks great, especially for it's free status. Thanks!



 
 
 

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Hey XD Awesome Review Ive played this game before It is pretty good

Just didnt have time for it and keep getting killed XD

If anyones thinking of playing it is really worth all the low level training XD


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Good review on Cabal really describes the game!



 
 
 

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Good job on the review, looks like an intresting game, i will have to try it out someone.

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Very informative. This game doesn't look half bad. Awesome graphics mate +rep



 
 
 

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