Class of Heroes: The First Day Of School

By Louise Yang . March 23, 2009 . 2:50pm

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On my first day of class in Class of Heroes, I sped through the opening intro dialog because I was excited to start dungeon crawling. Unfortunately, I missed a bunch of important parts because when I finally landed in the navigation menu in school, I had no idea what to do.

 

There were already pre-made characters that I could add to my party from the beginning, but I wanted to get a feel of the character customization. I created a female drake thief named Kara because it’s always good to have a thief in the party. It took a while for me to make this first character because there was so much to think about. Will she be female or male? What race would she be? I wanted her to be strong, and the drakes are one of the strongest. They also get along with most other races. Lastly, I made her a thief because I wanted someone in the party to disarm traps.

 

Next, I created a human warrior named Helo, which is pretty generic, but I wanted to use him as a tank. I then filled the remaining 4 slots of my party with another human warrior, a halfling warrior, a cleric for my magic and healing needs, and a devout for healing and support.

 

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Being a novice at the game, but pretty well versed in first-person dungeon crawlers, I went to the first dungeon as soon as I could. It was fittingly called something like the Novice dungeon. I promptly got my butt kicked. None of my back row members could attack because they only had short-range weapons and I wasn’t ready for number of enemies that appeared for each battle. This game is a lot harder than Etrian Odyssey, the last first person dungeon crawler I played.

 

I needed to re-think my strategy some more, so I returned to town. I then encountered my first disappointment of the game. The menu-system in town is too clumsy. Since my entire party died out in a dungeon, I needed to excavate them from a dungeon with a live character, which means I’d either have to enroll a new character into my party, or pick another one from the pre-made roster. After rescuing them from the dungeon, I have to treat them in the infirmary if they’re dead, which costs money.

 

Luckily, most of the time I just had to treat my cleric character. As long as I had enough money to revive my other members, I could just use my cleric to heal the rest of the party. Resting in the dorm to recover MP costs nothing, thank gods.

 

What did I learn during my first day in Class of Heroes? It pays to pay attention to the dialog and do some lessons just to learn how the game works and gain some points that go towards using a party-combination skill. Also, there’s no shame in running away if an enemy looks menacing.


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  • http://denpanosekai.blogspot.com denpanosekai

    The idea of a 6 character party intrigues me. I’m used to 4 or 5, but 6??? that’s quite the extra battle depth…

    • http://www.nakedsushi.net/ Louise

      Yeah, it’s great to have that much freedom in party maintenance. As long as you have a healer, a dedicated physical attacker, a magical attacker, and a thief, you can fill the remaining slots up with anyone you want and still do okay.

      My cleric is doing great being both a healer & magic attacker while my devout can heal AND deal physical damage.

  • http://www.nisamerica.com NickyD

    I’m just jealous you’ve gotten to play this game =) I’ve had it pre-ordered for a looooong time. Etrian Odyssey 2 was just a total difficulty letdown. I’m even more psyched to hear versed dungeon crawlers like yourself had a bit of trouble.

    Yeah, I find difficulty to be one of the main factors in my game enjoyment. If there’s a hard mode available, it’s the only mode I play XD Made Digital Devil Saga 2 extremely fun.

    • http://www.nakedsushi.net/ Louise

      Wow, if you’re psyched about a difficult dungeon crawler, this might be the game for you. I’m seriously starting to doubt my dungeon-crawling cred while playing this game. I must have missed something in the tutorial because the first couple of hours is BRUTAL when you don’t have the right weapons for back-row people.

      • http://www.nisamerica.com NickyD

        Excellent. Not that I needed to be sold on the game, but you’ve definitely reaffirmed my excitement. I do have a question, though — when you create a character, is there only one avatar per race/gender, or multiple? It’s a totally irrelevant/moot point, but curiosity. Y’know. It kills.

        • http://www.nakedsushi.net/ Louise

          I’m pretty sure it’s only one avatar per race per gender. I didn’t really think of it, but it would have been nice to get a choice of avatars like in the EO games. But really, I kinda ignored the avatars as I got into the game.

          • http://www.nisamerica.com NickyD

            Fair enough. Thanks for the response! I sort of haunt this site while I’m at work, so apologies for seeming a bit too enthusiastic to post comments!

  • http://www.nakedsushi.net/ Louise

    Oh oops, slight correction. It turns out that Drakes don’t get along with a lot of races. This might be why my party’s affinity is increasing so slowly.

  • Jams

    Harder than Etrian Odyssey? HARDER? Oh God, I’m screwed >_<

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