Vindictus News & Events & Guides
If you're not already familiar with Nexon's Vindictus, it's both a free-to-play online role-playing game and a 3D beat-'em-up reminiscent of the console-based Dynasty Warriors series. Or, if you prefer, it's a 3D version of the classic side-scrolling brawler Final Fight, except once you're done kicking your enemies' faces in, you also get experience points and loot. Vindictus (also known as Mabinogi Heroes in Asia) is now in open beta as of a few weeks ago and offers two different playable character classes to get Vindictus Gold. First, there's Lann, a fleet-footed, offense-focused warrior who wields dual swords; then there's Fiona, a more-defensive character who wields a sword in one hand and a shield in the other. In the game, once you create a character, you can hop onto a boat to head out to an instanced dungeon, paying for a few trips with a handful of free coins that are regularly refreshed in your character's inventory.
You may also know that Vindictus is powered by Valve's Source engine, the same engine made famous for popularizing in-game physics in action games like Half-Life 2 back in 2004. There's a lot of physics-based stuff in Vindictus as the game lets you both smash up environments and actually wield environmental objects (as well as debris from said smashups) as impromptu weapons. This is not unlike how our old Final Fight buddies Cody, Haggar, and Guy could pick up pipes and swords to whack their foes way back when. Source also lets Vindictus display visible damage to your character's armor and items on your character model as you play. Fiona's shield can eventually be shattered, for instance, and characters who fail to maintain their already-damaged armor may end up on the battlefield stripped to their skivvies (known in Vindictus as inner armor). Fortunately, unlike the game's outer armor, the underwear in Vindictus is completely indestructible, so the game won't offer Vindictus Gold to any wardrobe malfunctions that are wildly inappropriate for younger audiences.
There are a few new updates to discuss for Vindictus, such as the game's open beta status and new cash-op--the in-game store that lets you trade real money for in-game items. The cash-op lets you primarily purchase only two types of items: convenience items, such as various potions that can aid your progress or platinum tokens that will let you take extra trips on the game's boats; and superficial apparel items (primarily clothes, hats, and boots) that don't affect your character's power level at all, except for a few types of special inner armor (again, underwear) that increases your character's luck scoreVindictus Online Gold. This, in turn, increases the chances that monsters will more often drop better loot for you.