If you are looking for a school-themed, combat MMORPG that is free-to-play then Ran Online may be the right choice for you. Ran Online was developed by Min Communications, Inc. from South Korea.
My first experience with Ran Online was back in 2008. I thought that like with many MMO it would wither and disappear rather quickly. But as of 2013, Ran Online still has a bustling community, or at least on the Philippine servers it does.
Ran Online Gameplay
In Ran Online you assume the role of a student on one of the three schools named Sacred Gate, Mystic Peak and Phoenix. You start off as a freshman given various task that allows your character to progress. Similar to other MMORPGs, most in-game tasks include having to find an item or defeating a certain type of mob.
There are 6 character classes you can choose from. Brawler, Swordsman, Shaman, Archer, Gunner(Science), and Extreme. I usually go for either a Brawler or a Swordsman. Each class has their own exclusive weapons. Mobs usually drop weapons that are intended for a different class. Selling high-priced weapons is best done in the market place where items are not taxed.
Players can form parties to help one another gain experience, gold or complete a quest. Dueling amongst players is also another way to showcase your character. These PvP battles can happen between students from other schools during certain time periods.
Like most free to play online games, Ran Online provides options to use real money in game to purchase upgrades, potions, weapons, clothing, armor and a lot more.
Ran Online Gameplay Screenshots
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The game’s launcher could use a few polishing as the UI doesn’t look very good. The game is quite old in relative terms and the graphics won’t impress new gamers. I understand that an upgrade on the game engine would require slightly higher PC requirements but I believe that a visual upgrade would rejuvenate the community and attract more players.
In conclusion, I think the game has really nothing new or creative to offer but there is something in it I can’t quite put my finger on that makes me want to go back again and again. Maybe because its one of the few free-to-play MMOs that are decent and stable enough to play.
Download Ran Online Game Client
You can download the free Ran Online client from here: