Swimming in the Sky
Explore a whole new world under the sea. Mitrasphere is a unique MMORPG that gives players plenty of options for playing. Premier anime producer and distributor Crunchyroll manages to create a simple story-driven gacha game. Besides the unique storyline, the art and gameplay are the run of the mill RPG design.
Mitrasphere focuses heavily on storyline to create a distinctive atmosphere. In a world thriving below a water sky, people are mutating into trees. Outsiders are avoided so losing your way isn’t the best thing to happen to you. It’s your characters mission to return home to your little sister. However, a world of adventure stands in the way. The biggest issue with the story is that the plot meanders. It takes way to long to get to the point. Plot begins to build from the moment you start up the game, but it is delivered in a haphazard style.
While the story lacks a concrete direction, players have an endless number of choices during gameplay. The first thing you get to do in the main menu is customize your character. Not only can you change the hair, eyes and color of your avatar, but you can also choose the voice. The option to customize can be accessed as often as you want.
Drowning on Dry Land
As with most RPG games, Mitrasphere has a fully integrated battle system which is where you’ll spend most of your time in-game. However, unlike other RPGs, you have the ability to play as all the classes with the same character. Instead of being stuck as a class the whole game, you can switch between them. Play as a swordsman for a while then try out the magical mage and therapeutic cleric. There is also archer and guardian for a total of five classes to switch between.
Mitrasphere uses a turn-based battle system. However, your “turn” relies solely on your skill cooldowns. If you have available skills, it’s technically your turn. This forces players to be more strategic with the moves they make. Crunchyroll states they did this to prevent button mashing. Battles can also be co-op with players available online. This is useful for battles that you struggle to beat alone.
In order to utilize each class, you’ll need weapons and gear. That’s where the gacha system comes in. Instead of a shop, Mitrasphere features a lottery tab that gives you random gear. It’s separated into categories, and some are one try only. Each day, you can get at least five pulls for the chance for better weapons and armor. As with most gacha games, there are limits to playing. The premium currency required to spin will dwindle quickly. After that, you will have to spend real money to get more chances. Gear can also be farmed through the battle system. Hard stages give the best chance for higher leveled gear.
Mitrasphere sets the atmosphere skillfully with beautiful anime style designs and an orchestrated soundtrack. The fact that you can customize your character so completely allows you to feel integrated into the title’s unique world. Overall, Mitrasphere does a great job of creating a magical world but overdoes it with the gacha system. Encouraging real money spending mixed with a confusing storyline cracks the immersion.
Is It Hardcore?
Mitrasphere is a free-to-play gacha RPG that can give players a fun way to spend some time. Just hopefully not too much money.