Gujian 3 is a Chinese RPG and I think it’s the first Chinese RPG I’ve ever played that’s not an MMO. Here’s what I think of my first 3 hours!
I’m really enjoying Gujian 3 right now. It reminds me of Final Fantasy with the character models while the world, music, combat, and enemies remind me of Wushu or any of the other really neat Chinese MMOs out there. This game, like most Chinese MMOs I’ve played, can be played in two different ways. It can be played like an action RPG (you have complete control of your character in battle) or in what I assume is a top view of the game.
I haven’t tried the other mode so I could be very wrong on that assumption. I chose action mode because the gameplay trailers I’ve seen of this game in action looked insane and I wanted to try it like that… and I’m glad I did. The combat in this game is really good. I struggled with it at first and I got my ass kicked because I couldn’t just spam buttons until I killed an enemy. I mean… you can do that, but it’s much more rewarding to learn the combat system and set up counter attacks.
Every time I hit an enemy I noticed a blue bar under their health filling up. Once it filled up they would unleash a special attack that would hit me for heavy damage unless I dodged it. This seemed really easy at first but got more difficult as I fought groups of enemies because I couldn’t tell who was about to open up a can of whoop-ass on me.
I learned that hitting an enemy with one of my skills would temporarily stun them and knock them out of their skill. The only way to perform skills in this game is to strike an enemy. Chaining up combos help the bar fill up faster. I’m trying to go with a crit build right now and so far it’s working really well for me. Especially in boss fights. I know I’ve compared this game to MMOs. This game is NOT an MMO though. It’s a single-player RPG with a full story, voice acting, companions, etc.
I think my favorite part of this game is the soundtrack. It’s incredible and matches the situation perfectly. Gujian 3 is a bit of slow-burn though. I feel like the game just started and I’m near hour 4 right now. I just got the ability to use skill points on my character and companion character. My second favorite part of the game is the animations. They’re so smooth! This game is animated beautifully and it looks good too. This is like a triple-A JPRG or should I say CRPG (Chinese RPG)? Regardless of how you choose to classify this game it’s really good and I’m loving it. I wish more CRPGs would get localized here.
My biggest negative is actually the localization. It can be really bad, but, for the most part, I know what’s going and can easily put things together if something doesn’t make sense to me. I just appreciate that this game can be played in English because it’s really rare when a game like this gets localized and the very positive rating on Steam is helping it sell too.
I’m really, really, enjoying Gujian 3. I had no idea what I was getting into when I first booted this game up. I told myself that I had two hours to decide whether or not I liked this game before I refunded it to Steam. When I glanced up at the clock I noticed that I played for almost 4 hours and I still wanted more. The story is really interesting, even though the English subtitles can be really bad at times, and the gameplay is good too. I wonder how much deeper it’ll get as I progress through the game. I have to tip my hat to the developers of this game. They did one hell of a good job here. This game is pure eye candy too which is no surprise since some of the best looking games I’ve ever seen are Chinese.
Gujian 3 completely blew me away. It wasn’t what I expected at all and I’m glad I bought it. It’s currently on sale on Steam right now for $10.19 (weird price right?) and if you’re looking for something really similar to a good JRPG I think you would like this game. There’s some good quality stuff here and it’s only held back by the poor English translation, but that’s not enough to make me not want to play this again. I plan on playing this one all the way through.