Rebirth Online World Chapter 2
Rain was stupefied as he saw the medieval setting in the 3D world. Even if it was only an MMORPG, the graphics were superb and it took Rain’s breath away.
As he moved his mouse to look at the surroundings, he tapped the keyboard to make his Moving Water walk around. Rain didn’t even blink his eyes.
Slowly but surely, Rain became immersed in Rebirth Online World.
Finally, Moving Water arrived in front of an NPC (non-player character) who will guide him through the game tutorial. As he clicked on the NPC, a quest window popped up.
After that, Rain read the instructions on the Tutorial carefully. The tutorial was designed carefully and flawlessly to guide newbies like Rain through the gameplay of Rebirth Online World. From interacting with others, making a party, buying and selling items, equipping equipment and taking them off, allocating your character status and skill points, learning about basic skills, some basic movement and shortcut control – everything that Rain needed to know was taught to him in the one hour long tutorial.
Now that he has picked up the basics and he entered the battle tutorial.
It started with only a simple battle against 「Tutorial Slime Lvl 1」, however it was really not that easy.
As the game that was said to be the foundation of VRMMORPG gaming, Rebirth Online World had a unique battling system. Rather than click and wait for the character to hit the monster and being hit back while hanging onto potions to defeat them, there were various movements available.
《Dodge》, 《Counter》, 《Block》, 《Roll》, 《Jump》, 《Side Jump》- it wasn’t a boring MMORPG where a player only had to click on a monster and let the character finish the job. This way, by utilizing the player’s personal skill, it was even possible to defeat a monster without taking a single point of damage. Combined with the skills from the character’s classes, there were various movement tricks that were available to be executed.
You could double or even triple jump by chaining skills, fast roll by adding extra weight on equipment and even blocking using your weapon instead of a shield was possible. This was also the reason why this game was still a hit despite others jumping into the VR console wagon.
The first slime that Moving Water killed was done in an old MMORPG style. By trading hits with the monster, Moving Water’s health was left in critical condition by the end. After consuming a health potion, the second slime Moving Water faced was taken care of by combining some basic movement commands executed perfectly and he had 80% health left in the end. Just as Rain was getting used to controlling Moving Water, the tutorial stepped up the game.
「Tutorial Wolf Lvl 3」. The wolf was an agile creature that caused Moving Water’s attack to 《Miss》. The wolf also showed the capability of utilizing similar movement commands such as 《Dodge》and 《Counter》. The level of AI (artificial intelligence) inside this game has been said to be one of the best. Monsters were able to adapt to various conditions and even turn the tide and kill a player instead when they were cornered. Some Boss and MVP ranked monsters even had their own skills and signature moves that were able to overpower the players. This was why Rebirth Online World wasn’t losing to other VR game in the market.
As the battle ended, two hours had passed. Moving Water reached level 10 and was able to get his first class. Leveling up at the lower levels was quite fast but it will get slower as the character level gets higher. To move from level 99 to 100 which was the current level cap, the fastest record was 720 hours or one month time.
Rain moved Moving Water to the Tutorial NPC again and read the explanation. It wasn’t hard finding the Tutorial NPC since his name was shown above his head. However for other players, their name won’t be shown unless you befriended them.
For now, there were over 40 first classes that Moving Water can change into. There were various interesting classes such as the 『Gambler』which relied on odds when battling. They had a skill that will inflict damage based on the number they roll and sometimes they can even increase the chances of a rare item being dropped. As if the first classes weren’t enticing enough, the second classes that can be taken on level 50 were even more amazing. 『Battle Mage』, 『Horse Knight』, 『Magic summoner』and 『Dark Assasin』 were some of the unique second classes that everyone dreamed to have. And that’s not all; the skill tree will also able to turn a normal first class『Swordsman』 into a『Fire Swordsman』 or a『Water Swordsman』based on the skills they chose. The combinations of skill, class, and player style were limitless.
Just when Rain was about to decide on a class for Moving Water, the alarm on his computer rung. It had already reached the time for him to sleep since he still had school tomorrow. Rain decided to log out from the game and browse a little bit about classes on the internet before going to sleep. (Optional by Moritan: He could not wait to continue playing tomorrow.)
Editing Complete: Hayashi Moritan