A full walkthrough of the first 30 levels of Jade Dynasty -- really!
Ok, so, for those of you who don't know (which is probably many of you) we covered Jade Dynasty last week when Massively ran riot over E3 and stopped by Perfect World Entertainment's booth. Our managing editor, Shawn Schuster, grabbed a few interviews with the Ether Saga team, Perfect World team, and the Jade Dynasty team. When push came to shove and the staff was asked to write up these interviews, I ended up jumping onto the Jade Dynasty story.
About 10 minutes into the interview, I was incomplete disbelief as the game was described to me. Three of the main features of the game -- meditation, dreaming, and invigorate -- were basically systems that persuaded the user to not play the game. Meditation let you afk in cities and gain experience every 60 seconds, dreaming gives you three times the experience meditation gives you except you have to be offline to do it, and invigorate lets the game effectively bot your character. Yes, that's right, you click a button and the game plays your character for you. You can even set up lists of monsters you don't want to kill, skills you want to use, potions if you get too low on health or mana, and if you want to kill everything in the area or just quest monsters.
"Yes, that's right, you click a button and the game plays your character for you."
I couldn't believe it, so I had to see it for myself. I got into the beta, grabbed myself the client, and was soon on my way to making a character and starting out in the wonderful land of Jade Dynasty
I wanted to level as fast as possible, so I got into the game and began to do a few of the quests. Besides becoming insanely tedious at level 1, I was able to quest up to level 5 in about an hour and half after doing a few "kill X" quests and some "mandatory quests," which are the game's way of saying that these are storyline quests.
Soon, I got curious and I checked into the cash shop. Lo and behold, they had given all of the beta testers some cash shop currency to use to buy some items. I ended up purchasing 24 dreamland scrolls, which allowed me to use the dreaming feature for 24 hours. With that I logged out, putting my character into dream mode so she would gain experience while I was logged off.
One day later I logged back in, only to find that I was no longer level 5 but level 30. Yes, that's right, level 30. And that's my experience with the game from 1 to 30.