SoulWorker is a third-person action MMORPG with an Anime style for PC SoulWorker Online is currently in open beta, though the game’s cash shop is online and selling both and Soulworker Dzenai and Soulworker Items. Last month Gameforge finally brought Soulworker to western shores. After getting an early glimpse of the game back at Gamescom 2017, I’d been waiting almost a year for another taste of this colorful MMO. Now, with the equally animated Closers already unleashed on the masses, I logged into Soulworker to check out the competition.
For the uninitiated, Soulworker is an anime-inspired MMORPG that has, like so many other eastern titles, been imminently incoming for far too long. It combines the kind of hyper-stylized aesthetic and flashy combat systems that makes it uniquely appealing to those of us whose wallets are firmly wedged beneath the heal of Bandai Namco’s latest console license. Thankfully for me, picking up Soulworker doesn’t have to interfere with my extraneous spending on the latest Sword Art tie-in or another Evangelion model. Gameforge’s latest game is a free to play affair which means that giving it a go should only require a time investment.
Logging into Soulworker, it is apparent that its aesthetic is one of its most prominent features. The heavily stylized, cell shaded graphics are full of bright colors and bold lines. This might not be any Studio Trigger masterpiece, but the population of Soulworker could be ripped straight from the cells of a top-tier anime studio. Everything from the playable characters, the corgis that roll over and beg for attention, to the enormous boss battles that await are an impressive delight. Soulworker’s deeply apocalyptic narrative is set against some of the flashiest animations that I have seen, and this outrageous style just calls out to every inch of my inner Otaku.