Crusaders of Light offers your standard raid system – 40 players, some poorly designed bosses, a bunch of trash mobs – that’s about it. There’s really not much to say about Crusaders of Light’s raid mechanics, other than… You’ve seen them before. The only big difference between Crusaders of Light and other entries into the Theme Park MMORPG genre as of late would be the fact that CoL boasts mobile crossplay, as well as an autoplay feature that allows you to essentially watch your character play for you. This might allow for gamers who are on the go, or are otherwise too busy in their personal lives to devote the time to an MMORPG game like one of the giants that CoL aims to emulate, to not only play and enjoy an MMORPG again, but to potentially excel at it. As far as standard gaming goes, I’d say an autoplay feature doesn’t lend itself to the projects credibility, however, in some cases (maybe this one) it can be alright.
An interesting feature of Crusaders of Light, and one that further cements the idea that this game is made for casual players in my mind is, that all PvP modes completely balance all competitors to one another. This means, that no matter how much better your gear might be than mine, I’m still every bit as powerful as you are when in comes to PvP. Again, for a casual player who is not willing to pour hour after wakeless hour into an MMORPG game, Crusaders of Light might be the perfect solution to your gaming needs.
Amidst the issues with how casual the game is, one other glaring problem seems to be poking its ugly little head up out of the brush more and more lately. Optimization. As this game was originally intended to be played only on mobile devices, its port to the PC has been… clunky at best. From a lack of manipulatable UI elements, to unintuitive camera controls, Crusaders of Light seems more and more like a cash grab for the PC crowd the more you look into it. Further than this, there are reports of outstanding tickets months old now on the games forums, so really any hope for improvements is basically squashed right there.
Crusaders of Light is an extremely casual Theme Park MMORPG heavily inspired by gaming giants such as Everquest, or World of Warcraft. Because of this direct inspiration, CoL offers next to nothing in terms of new features. What it does offer, however, is a casual and comfortable place for a gamer without a ton of time to dip his toes into, and to be able to compete at a high level in, even without many hours invested into the game. While from the perspective of someone who loves competitive video games, and who loves MMORPG games as a whole, this isn’t my cup of tea. But for someone who likes to play a game here and there, do a quest or two on the bus, and maybe a PvP match before bed time.. This might just be the MMORPG for you.