All Eyes On Korea
On the tail of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea – where the fanfare and drama brought out the competitive nature in every nation – we wanted to look at their mobile gaming market.
Often considered the indefinite leaders in competitive eSports, Korean gamers are a serious type. See: Any major worldwide gaming competition. One of the first regions to ever treat eSports players as athletes and superstars, Korea has a unique take on the market.
The popular titles in that region are very indicative of the level to which Korean gamers take their passion, even on the mobile platform. Here are four of the most popular games right now, in Korea.
Lineage 2: Revolution
Why Play? In line with the extremely popular desktop games World of Warcraft, Lineage 2: Revolution takes an RPG element, and turns the PVP to 11. With upwards of 50 vs 50 battle arenas, and 200 player dungeon raids, Lineage 2 takes mobile gaming to a whole new scale. It does, surprisingly, also include a gigantic PVE role-playing game, for those looking to partner with other players, or go about some questing alone. It’s by-far, the largest mobile game we’ve ever seen, and the polish on it means it easy to see why it is so popular.
Why Play? One of the first-ever team-building battle games to hit big on the mobile market, Summoners War does an amazing job setting the atmosphere of the world, and includes intriguing character designs. There’s an easily understandable path to upgrading and leveling. Like most popular F2P collectible games, transactions for in-game currency can be used to speed up processes, or purchase loot and characters. With a fully passive mode, Summoners War changed the future of team-battle mobiles games and makes for an insanely pleasant experience.
Why Play? An epic next-level version of Summoners War, King’s Raid takes on a completely different visual style, and player UI to adapt and improve on the formula established before it. King’s Raid is a stunning display of Dragonball-like animation and art style, and high-contrast Final Fantasy inspired attacks and FX. There’s a lot of game here, and it will take up a lot of your time if you’re looking to max everything out. Much like Summoners War, King’s Raid is a fantastic game to pick-up and play for short periods of time, or just let run on your charge stand.
Why Play? Nexon’s HIT (or Heroes of Incredible Tales) is an action-RPG game that reminds us of a hyped-up Diablo-like dungeon crawler. While touch-screen controls are still a thing that seems to never reach its full potential, HIT does a fantastic job of using up as little screen real estate as possible, while still being mostly effective. HIT tremendous things to deliver and build out an atmosphere. Giving players a beautiful world to slay monsters in.
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