Valhelsia: Origins is a massively-multiplayer, role-playing mod that draws heavily from the classic games of the same genre. It is one of many mod versions based on the original game developed by Valve Corporation. The game has received critical acclaim and has achieved popularity among many gamers worldwide. I personally feel that this is a great game to play and has many positive aspects. If you’re looking for a game with lots of unique elements and a compelling storyline, then I definitely recommend Valhelsia: Origins.
The storyline revolves around an ancient mining operation that has gone terribly wrong. You play as one of few survivors, thrown together with other survivors at the beginning of the game. Your task is to explore and find a way to escape before the area is overwhelmed. As you trek throughout the mine, you meet and grow relationships with some interesting characters along the way. What really makes this game fun is the realistic fantasy elements, which manages to add some real charm to the overall experience.
One of the most interesting things about the game is the world map. The top portion of the screen is divided into nine areas, each featuring a variety of different areas and storyline. To reach the next area you must first find your way through the wormhole. It’s quite difficult, but not impossible. The whole game plays out like an almost linear experience, which is surprising given its modish theme. However, the main theme is one of exploring, so don’t be put off if you don’t know what you are doing at the start.
Unfortunately, I ran into a few problems while playing the game. At one point, I fell through a rope near a waterfall and had to save myself by jumping onto a rock. Other times I got stuck on a narrow path with many torches blocked by obstacles. The latter is especially annoying, as you sometimes have to backtrack quite a way just to reach a certain area.
Despite these problems, it was still a lot of fun and I thoroughly enjoyed playing the mod. There is some interesting lore behind the game, which will be interesting for those who have done Minecraft before (especially if you loved playing Minecraft). For a smaller game, it has a very nice interface, too. The controls are very easy to use and the game itself runs smoothly.
It does have some bugs, though. When I died, there were a few seconds of time where my character didn’t get dismounted. When I tried using the compass it told me that I was too close to the location I wanted to go to. These are minor things, though, and I’ve only had them crash out of existence occasionally. Overall, it’s a fun mod, which I recommend.