Since the Free-To-Play version of Tree of Savior has recently kicked off, we decided to take the game on a test drive and here is how it went.
Leveling a Cleric might not have been the best of decisions but it was good enough to get a better picture of Tree of Savior. Right from the start, the controls were… well, surprisingly awkward.
It has been quite a while since we have seen any game with arrow controls and it since I was lazy and arrogant, it took quite a while to figure out how to actually hit the mobs that were chasing me around the map. So after about 10 minutes of kiting various vegetables, I finally figured out the basic auto attack control, but as a Cleric that was basically the only offensive skill initially. As most of the skills are spread around the WASD keys, it was not hard to accidently press an unwanted skill while attempting to instinctively control the character with the WASD keys and not the arrows.
The unusual controls definitely need time to get used to, but the game’s mechanics and the pleasing anime-inspired visuals clearly make up for this. Sadly, a good deal of player reviews on Steam indicate that the community is not exactly satisfied with Tree of Savior at the moment, and many are complaining about the publisher itself and the handling of RMT plus bots. Server issues have also been pointed out as well as the irritating limitations on non-token accounts. The global channels are often filled with gold seller spam which shows that there are indeed some issues to be dealt with.
As Tree of Savior is still a relatively new game in the western regions, there are bound to be problems that will hopefully get addressed in the near future. We had a great time trying out the game, and the only frustration we really had was getting used to the controls and perhaps the lack of offensive skills for the Cleric class.