Ragnarok is an online role-playing game based on Norse mythology. Users can create characters and venture off alone or in groups in far-flung fantasy worlds full of adventure.
- Pets! Capture 'em in the wild, and raise them as your own.
- Fight the War of Emperium, to ensure your guild gets the top dog slot, and the sweet castle that comes with it.
- Use the card upgrade system to create personalized equipment.
- Level up your character exactly the way you want to by allotting stats and skill points, nothing is automated.
Though your brown robes look tattered and a little cheap right now, in time - that is, after you complete a few jobs - you'll be able to advance to your first job class. That's when you decide whether you want to be a thief, merchant, mage, or whatever. Then, after completing more jobs, you get to choose you next job class; master smith, sniper, high wizard, lord knight ... and yes, there are even more job classes after that! You get experience and loot from bashing monsters, and there are a lot of the pesky bleeders out there, let me tell you.
In 2010, the Ragnarok Online servers had a renewal of sorts, with a new version of the game that improved character balance, and the user interface. These new servers are called "Renewal" - funnily enough - while servers with the old ruleset and version of the code are referred to as "Classic".
Ragnarok Online is played in a 3D environment with 2D sprites, in a Fantasy RPG setting. Though the international server is free to play, you have the option of buying extras through the in-game store. There's also a VIP account system, allowing you to pay for extra in-game benefits; increased storage, XP, immediate access to updates and so on.
The theme's broad-strokes Norse mythology with an Asian feel. There's been a thousand years of peace, after the great war between God, Demons and Humanity, but some chucklehead seems to have upset the delicate balance somewhat. Now demons from the Stygian pits are committing atrocities all over the place, and it's up to you, brave hero, to do something about it. Or get rich trying; always a popular option with the adventuring types.
There's also a card system thrown into the mix. Cards buy upgrades, and you get cards by killing monsters. You can slap those upgrades on your equipment, perhaps in some kind of useful combination of abilities, but you need to be careful as, once added, a card can't be separated from the item it's attached to.
- OS: Windows-based (with administrative ability to install and patch)
- CPU: Pentium II, 400MHz (or better)
- RAM: 128MB (or higher)
- Hard Drive Space: 1.7GB (after installation)
- Monitor Resolution: 640 x 480 (or higher)
- Graphics Card: Any with 3D Acceleration & at least 16MB on-board RAM
- Sound Card: DirectSound (or compatible with 3D Sound Effect Support)
- Other: Keyboard & Mouse
- Internet Connection: 56 kbps (or faster)
- DirectX: 8.1 (or newer)