Wartune, Reviewed, Sadly

Wartune is as negative an experience as is possible. Any redeeming qualities are far overshadowed by damaging oversexualization, poor design and greedy microtransactions.

I was giving Wartune a fair shake despite the over-sexualized characters, saccharine PvE gameplay and greedy pay-to-win system. The aesthetics actually have a decent appeal, especially to a gamer fond of 16-bit RPGs. The PvP would have been decently engaging if not for the ability to buy your way through it. World bosses are hardly that, as their durability responds to the speed with which it’s being killed (which only serves to make players put more time into the repetitive battles). The MMO elements exist, yet somehow deprive the player of that feeling of living in a fantastic world.

There are barely enough elements scraped together from other genres to pull together some poor excuse of a game. It’s not really an MMO, or an action RPG, and there’s not much strategy to be had. Same goes for any tactical or traditional RPG mechanics. But, hey, it’s a free browser game. I didn’t think I could complain too much.

I don't even...

Then I saw the advertisements, suggesting that the game has an Adults Only (AO) rating from the ESRB, which it does not. Wartune has not been given any rating, and would still only likely wind up at a T for Teen. The ads would receive a worse rating that the actual content in-game. This was done solely for the purpose of attracting horny teenage boys. What this says is that the game itself is not a sufficient attraction, and must rely almost entirely on sex to sell those microtransactions.

Classy.

A worse crime is the fact that much of the content in Wartune has been directly, unabashedly stolen from other RPGs, including The Last Remnant, Everquest and Ys. Such is the state of copyright in China, where Wartune originates. Here is a tune from the OST for Ys 7, an original and well received JRPG. Here is the same exact song, with no attempt to hide infringement, showcased in Wartune. This serves as a great example of the lower levels game development can sink to.

"It is a shame that Wartune exists."

The most unfortunate element of the game, among many, is the tired sexualization of every character. Not to say that they would be very deep or complex otherwise; what little story exists in the world of Wartune has about as much originality as the soundtrack. The narrative, along with nearly every other element of the game, is barely one-dimensional. The entire aesthetic is simply a ploy to get hits and hopefully microtransactions from the lascivious banner ads. I’ve seen more subtlety and respect in porn ads. Wartune is bad, and I truly, deeply hope that the developers feel bad. It is a shame that Wartune exists.

It isn’t even an issue of subjection of women in games, of respect for the audience, of even simple copyright infringement. These lines are all crossed proudly by Wartune, but what is much worse is the ham-fisted, overbearing approach the entire package takes. They quite literally suggest that you will get laid playing this game.

The interface is a poor as the English.

“You deserve an orgy today,” is the sole text on one ad. “Your body is my party, let’s get it started,” reads another. This is ghastly, and many would argue dangerous for how the target demographic (young boys) views sex and women. It would be funny that even this line was stolen from a song by American pop singer Ciara, if only it wasn’t so sad.

I would understand if the game actually featured sex, those games are just fine in their niche. Some are actually decently designed games. But even in that sense, Wartune still doesn’t deliver. When you think that no one would be stupid enough to fall for this tripe (I apologize to tripe for the offense), remember what the great George Carlin said about how stupid the average person is.

What combat?

There is no discernible method to each battle, except for the rather maddening randomness. Exactly the wrong aspects of Wartune have been randomized. Randomly selected content needs to apply to environment, gear, experiences, instances, geography, enemies; these things provide great replay value, new experiences and consistently fresh challenges. Not combat. This removes any possibility for strategy, forethought or involvement. You can choose spells to cast; but not where to cast them.

To call Wartune 'Diablo-like' would be a complete misrepresentation. However, the influence of the greater in both GUI and basic movement is clear. In fact, there is so little substance to the gameplay that it barely warrants discussion. What is there? Enter random battle (the encounters are not randomized, though the combat is). Level up. Upgrade your city. Wait (or pay). Bewbs. There. Wartune.

Careful, ladies...

As I mentioned in my review of Game of Thrones: Ascent, another similar yet actually decent F2P social networking browser game, there is a very specific formula being followed here. Or rather, here is a failed attempt to follow guidelines that would otherwise result in an enjoyable if not original social gaming experience. The social gameplay characteristics laid out here (drawn up from Gothenburg University’s Staffan Björk’s GCO presentation on the subject) shine in many other games in this genre. Wartune simply assimilates these general guidelines into a horrifying hodgepodge, along with elements from many better games, and brands it with terribly offensive advertising.

No. Just… no.

Our Rating
1
Wartune is as negative an experience as is possible. Any redeeming qualities are far overshadowed by damaging oversexualization, poor design and greedy microtransactions.

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Joel Cornell... what can you do? Joel has written about everything, but he groks gaming above all. He's been featured on Level42, C&G Monthly, Examiner, and GameSkinny.

Published Sep. 16th 2013
  • skyedeva
    I have been playing for a long time and actually enjoyed building and having a working strategy of slow growth for strength The way the game was promoted as having 2 strategies for growth.
    The recent patches however are pushing players to level up and removing all the perks for "camping" players. We all have to be level 80.
    1) battleground, a killing field use to separate levels now all are combined. Which of course the advantage goes to high spending level 80 players. I pay for vip but that is like nothing.
    2)recent move which again the arena use to separate by levels. Is again now all mixed together awards are now lessened a ton because once again if you dont spend you will not win.
    3)The wilds shop a place we could trade for goods with items earned in the wilds was changed to now you must pay and not cheap pay to use.
    4)New players forget starting all the benefits enjoyed early to help you grow are going away. Items that once were rewarded during events at lev 3 and up now start at 5 if the events even exist at all anymore.

    my point is if you have a big bankroll and want a game to enjoy competitive spending this is the game for you you will get all that you want and maybe even get a statue with your name in the city.

    the rest of you stay away from this game every change they make is a dollar grab

    I am dropping vip and considering leaving ... I just have so much time invested in the game and I am a guild master so I have responsibilities to those who trust me.

    I wish I had never started this. The game breaks their own rules to suit their needs and leaves us empty

    sincerely

    Skye
  • jester_2457
    I enjoy playing the game but the thing is collecting the required items needed for upgrading your armor and stuff is beyond repetitive and disgusting because it's like, you need 400 crystaloids or whatever just to get what you need which is by far boring and it makes the game really tiresome and the cooldown time for leveling up your city and stuff is worse were talking after you have leveled your buildings up to 50+ or so there is a 40 or so hour wait till you can level the city up again which is also beyond tiresome and repetitive
  • FartMaster_9864
    If you do not intend to spend $500 per week on the game prepare yourself for disappointment. You will be barely able to play as you have to pay to store the crap they drop for you to use (and that you need). You will spend $100's on that alone, storage! Game play is very poor with extreme lag and long load in times. Disconnects during the game are common place and re-logging in is something you will do constantly. Upgrades usually mean you need to spend more to do the same things you already have learned to do and you will do so with decreased playability. Senseless graphics are added every update to ruin what little playability the game has left. It will cost you less to go to the movies every night of the week with a date, and out to dinner after, that playing wartune. I have played for 2 years and they have to combine servers because so many people quit. My server have been combined a few times. with over 300 logical servers I wouldnt be surprised to find that ther are only 10-12 hardware servers running quad core processors to service the whole community. Find something more fun to do, that's my recomment
  • Peggy_7035
    If you want them investigated, sign the petition

    https://www.change.org/p/proficient-city-stop-stealing-money-from-players-bank-accounts-refund-stolen-money
  • Leo_3838
    To be honest, this game was great in the beginning. And then came the unpleasant truths about it that I wished I had known before I started playing it. The first thing was the game became monotonous and ponderous somewhere around lvl 40+. Collecting legend stones! Hah! What a tiresome thing to do! I got tired of it after collecting 100+ legend stones from the multiplayer dungeons over and over again. And guess what?!! There were 800 legend stones to collect to get lvl 60 legendary equipment. It gets worse with lvl 70 and 80 because you can't use your summon keys for summon bano to get those legendary stones and the number of legendary stones that you need to synthesize for lvl 70 and 80 equipment are much higher. I've been doing it for more than six months, collecting legendary stones like a zombie. Now I feel like one. The second unpleasant truth I had to face was the staff who treated me like an idiotic horny teenager. I lost balens mysteriously in the game and they never refunded it even though I brought it up to them continuously for close to a year. They don't even want to check the records to verify it. Guess they're just too lazy or incompetent to do it. Forget about dragging them to court over this. The company that develops the game is registered in China and follows Chinese copyright laws which are different from those in the West. The game publishers for Wartune are based in Hong Kong so they are still technically under Chinese laws. The third thing is the sylph system. I have this to say about the sylph system especially in getting the sylph skills that you want for your sylphs. Every time you need a new sylph skill to add to your sylph you have to use balens or bound balens. The problem that I have with this sylph system is this:- If you have already filled up all available sylph skill slots, then it defaults to random sylph skill replacement meaning the system will replace any available skill that the sylph has with the new sylph skill. And you don't get to choose the skill that you want to replace or remove. I have spent thousands of balens buying the same sylph skills over and over again just to get the right combination of sylph skills that I want and I still haven't got it yet. The sylph skill system does not have a delete sylph skill option making this a big gamble. And speaking of gambling, that is essentially what Wartune has become, sadly enough with their 39 balens pack, 65 balens magic pot, VIP Wheel of Fortune and 25 balens pack. The fourth complication that I have with this game is the fact that even though you have paid for this game with large amounts of money, you have no say about what the company does with character class skills, experience points from one level to another, rune skill effects and so on. For example, Wartune developers recently nerfed the Block Heal skill for Knight Class of 4% to a cap of 3000 hit points and made archers Deep Freeze skill and Mire rune (that was paid for) useless in multiplayer dungeons such as LLNM and NNM making it more difficult to complete the dungeon. I learned one important lesson from this. Never trust a company that changes the product scheme two months after you have paid for it to something else entirely from what they promised in black and white earlier on. Dragging them to court over these is simply not worth it because their developer is based in China and their publisher in Hong Kong making lawsuits difficult if not outright impossible. And now the fifth and worst problem - game lag! The game takes an insanely long time to load from one scene to another that it's absurd! I have sent in many complaints about this but what the staff suggests doesn't work at all. Even upgraded my PC and bandwidth. Sadly enough to no avail. It gets worse with every new patch into the game. What am I going to do about this? This and the black patches that keep appearing during WB? I wish the developers and publishers would really fix the bugs in the game. Not just the bugs that cause them to lose money (which are always almost fixed instantly).
  • Chai Chien Liang
    Contributor
    This game looks similar to that other game (I think it was called Ebony or something like that)

    And the placement of that click now button o.O
  • Jade Arsenault
    Contributor
    If I'm not mistaken, I believe you're talking about Evony. The graphics and the 'build your own city from the ground' is the same, so are the scantily clad women, but to my knowledge Evony never used advertisements the way Wartune did. Though, of course, I could always be wrong.
  • terre almeida
    i played this game for 2 months before i got sick of it ,lag delays and a very unfair system guild wheel and vip wheel is fixed everything is overpriced , the slyph system is a total joke and still people are stupid enough to keep investing there money in this very unfair and ripoff of a game .
    wartune server 259
    omegachaos
    class - knight ( Former player)
  • Grey_8348
    Well I did play it, I figured it was free so why not, for 2 months. I have played games like WOW for about 8 years so I have a good idea what to do and where to go. I find the game ponderous unless you are willing to spend money, a lot of money! From the 7.99 VIP status to the cost of balens to do everything from talk in chat to fight world bosses. Some of the cross server gamers I played with told me it cost hundreds to level up their mount and slyphs to be competitive. Every time I had a problem their customer service told me they could not assist and I was on my own. If I could rate this game I would give it a 1-2 out of 10. Could be decent and fun if they did not try to extract cash out of you every time you did something. I tried other Kabam games, they were just different skins on the same game. Stay Away and save your money!
    Grey
  • Manta_9431
    This game is Pure scam, u never had a chance, only payers cam play and enjoy, and its like 300-400U$$ a month ... beware and stay away from this crap
  • Theomega76
    LMAO!!! Never played the game because i always saw the ads on a site I visit to watch TV shows and movies online. Therefore since the content of the website was someone clandestine I guess one could say, I am smart enough to pretty much assume that any advertisements on that site (letmewatchthis.at) are going to be just as illicit or even more so. I was just always amazed by the ads themselves and the pathetic level they stooped to in an attempt to draw in customers, or better said their next casualty. Actually I’m pretty shocked that it is real at all, I have to say when I googled it (after literally prolly close to a year of seeing the ads) and saw it was real I was quite surprised. That being said, that surprise was immediately mitigated when I read just about every single review of it anywhere online lol. Lastly I was laughing through this entire review, it was just so, expected I guess. However there a sucker born every minute, and to refine that in terms of the internet..... There's a sad, lonely, pathetic, usually horny, desperate, naive and gullible, complete fucking moron born every millisecond.
  • garce_1781
    Right after reading this review I went to check out Game of Thrones: Ascent via the link in your post. The first thing I saw was an advert for Wartune, right below the number rating for Game of Thrones: Ascent.

    I find this sadly hypocritical. Can't you filter out ads that you find "offensive"?
  • Lolwut_5255
    And yet it gets tens of thousands of players and makes more money in a day then you ever will. You probaly didn't even play it, it actually is fairly entertaining. I could go into detail about how wrong you are, but your already set in your thoughts so I'm not even gonna bother. Inb4 I get called a dev/PR rep/someone else who works for it xD
  • chris_3196
    well For the most part this game is okay. You see this type of game popping up all over the place being re-skinned here and there, This game is basically a money pit. It is a money hungry game that goes so far as making you pay to even chat in world. How absurd is that. A social game that charges you to talk. On top of that they do keep drop rates extremely low. You are also put against servers that are much older and have huge advantages. If your looking to be number one you may want to pass on this game as there is no way to be number one. Mostly the newer servers are there for the original servers to have something to do. Not much end game here, and the cost for what little bit there is extreme. I would also say stay away from aeria games as they have horrible customer service on this game and they will constantly tell you they have no control over the game. So if you have any issues you are basically on your own. So if the game rips you off you are out of luck. They make no attempt to fix any issues. Also after a month of game play I have noticed most people lose interest in game and most have spent 20 or 30 bucks. but basic play is insanely slow unless you keep your level low. then it could go fast. Other than that this game is fun at first but you quickly lose interest in it once you realize how money Hungary this game is.
  • chris_3196
    well For the most part this game is okay. You see this type of game popping up all over the place being re-skinned here and there, This game is basically a money pit. It is a money hungry game that goes so far as making you pay to even chat in world. How absurd is that. A social game that charges you to talk. On top of that they do keep drop rates extremely low. You are also put against servers that are much older and have huge advantages. If your looking to be number one you may want to pass on this game as there is no way to be number one. Mostly the newer servers are there for the original servers to have something to do. Not much end game here, and the cost for what little bit there is extreme. I would also say stay away from aeria games as they have horrible customer service on this game and they will constantly tell you they have no control over the game. So if you have any issues you are basically on your own. So if the game rips you off you are out of luck. They make no attempt to fix any issues. Also after a month of game play I have noticed most people lose interest in game and most have spent 20 or 30 bucks. but basic play is insanely slow unless you keep your level low. then it could go fast. Other than that this game is fun at first but you quickly lose interest in it once you realize how money Hungary this game is.
  • GeeBee_7495
    Klepp sounds precisely how a Chinese internet game employee sounds trying to make a counter argument in his second language... But Im sure any reader can guess that. Scared of sex? The review states there IS NO SEX. Oops, did that spoil your marketing strategy? Ive had some XP in the game industry in China, and the way they cut and paste other people's work and IP is atrocious.
  • Big Chief 1
    Featured Correspondent
    I've seen those ads before. Makes me not want to play the game even more. Thanks for the review. I know to steer clear of it now.
  • klepp0906
    Let me guess, you got shunned by all the girls in high school OR you are one of them however of the un attractive variety so you hate on the ones that are? Why is the USA so scared of sex? It's archaic and hilarious.

    Saying its over sexualitized (to a fault) implies their is absolutely anything in the world wrong with sex. Way to look like an immature leper.

    I invite games with more mature realistic themes. Ironic that you would give it the lowest possible score based on your fear of sex alone while the last review I read gave it an 8 and didn't even mention it.

    Who am I going to put my faith in.. Hmmm....

    You fail as a journalist/blogger that's for sure. It only takes two lines or so to realize subjectivity is a word you aren't familiar with.
  • Gwareiga
    I tried this game out while taking a break from my usual game of choice, Shaiya. After a couple of days of waiting for Wartune to deliver on its many many promises of much fun and hilarity....I got bored with it and went back to Shaiya, which is actually an amazing and fun free-to-play game with great graphics and a sense of adventure.

    I agree with this reviewer wholeheartedly. Don't waste any time on Wartune. There are way too many great games out there. ;)
  • mee_4798
    After playing this abortion of a game (wartune) for 18 days, i have decided it sucks donkey nutz and needs to go back to china!!
  • Nuserame
    There is a morbid kind of amusement in seeing a complete and utterly terrible ad for a game, and then looking up reviews to see how the game lives up to its advertisement. Which then got me here!

    Gotta say this one is at least not lying about what its all about.
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