To start off, I've played this only for 10 days and will still keep playing it. Turn-based RPG card is always my cup of tea and this one by far is my favorite. Don't be too focused on gacha as this is not gacha-oriented nor heavily depends on gacha. What I love the most is event enemies are the same level as average of three highest level Espers, so it's actually newbie friendly.
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This game is fun and enjoyable be it competitive or casual play. Totally newbie friendly, especially events. Generous rewards and not time consuming missions. I hope by playing this, you're not as addicted to do gachas as in other gacha-based games. You will most likely stuck on chapter 3-28 for quite some times, no need to be stressed, there are plenty other modes for you to play and get the necessary resources needed. Teardrops (rare currency) here are quite easy to obtain, managed to have 40k teardrops even after spent many of it.
Sound and music quality is great, I especially enjoy the song "Unknown Future". Gameplay is good, it's fun and enjoyable. There are plenty of modes to play and enjoy that gives you rewarding rewards. Story is that kind of story where the world is in turmoil and in the brink of destruction from invasions. Esper is born to save the world and as always, you are their leader.
[NetEase being NetEase]
As usual, you are bombarded by cutscenes, medium-long prologue and tutorials. The tutorials take around 15 minutes to complete, that if you skip the story but not the cutscenes. However, it is highly advised to follow the tutorial as it gives you a necessary knowledge to better understand it's system. I understand that many of us global players doesn't understand and can't read the language, but simply following the tutorials will at least give you a grasp of how the system works, especially battle system.
You will be required to deploy 3 Espers into battle and each action will cost you point (Cost Points, CP). You will have 5 max CP at start, it will be reduced to 3 max CP if one Esper died and reduced to 2 max CP if there is only one Esper left. CP consumption is based on the cost of skill card, each skill cards have different costs, so it is highly recommended to set a skill set that's suitable for a critical situation like that.
There is this system where you can generate orb after you casted a skill card, if you reach max of 3 orbs, you will then get an ultimate skill card that doesn't cost any CP. However, orbs generated from each Esper, if you cast a skill from different Esper, the orbs will reset. Cast your skill and manage your CP wisely, a good set of skill will give you best results in battle.
The battle system also adopt the attributes system, consisting four-point system, over each other, and special attributes making a total 7 of them. Attributes advantage gives you 20% bonus. So, deploy your Esper that gives you the most advantage to have best results possible.
[Classes and attributes]
There are 4 classes and 7 attributes:
-Class (sorted by class index)
1. Tanker, your vanguard excel at high resilience and vitality that's deployed at front in order.
2. Attacker, your main physical damage dealer that's deployed at middle in order.
3. Magician, your damage dealer that inflict soul and mental damage who are known for their AoE attacks that's deployed at rearguard in order.
4. Support, this class can protect teammates, give them buffs, and inflict debuffs to enemies which can gives you an advantage over the enemies and increase team survivability that's deployed at middle-back in order.
-Attribute (advantage gives 20% bonus)
1. Four-point system, clockwise advantage system.
Water Dark Moon
2. Over each other, Stone Eye × Light Blast.
3. Special, Space, doesn't get advantage nor disadvantage over other attributes.
[Skill cards, skill set, and skill upgrade]
Understanding each skill cards and their effects are essential knowledge to have better output in battle. Assigning skill card based on their effectiveness and their compatibility with other and own uniques Esper's skill set is a must. Also, remember the CP of the skill cards you're going to assign to your Espers.
You can manage each of your Espers skill set freely. Each Esper have two skill set with 4 slots for each set. The first skill set is your Esper's own unique skill set of cards, the other set is the one you can manage your own desired set of skill cards. Skill cards are limited and bound to a class, so keep it in mind. To note, you can set a same name skill card with a max of 2 per Esper.
Each skill cards are upgradable to the highest tier possible. To upgrade, you need a dupe with the same tier. Don't worry, acquiring skill cards isn't that hard or rare. However, there are skills that I personally advise not to upgrade, this is because some of it are quite rare and already good as it is in their basic tier. Upgrade them only if you think you need to.
I highly suggest for you to think that gacha is for acquiring skill cards, getting Esper is just a bonus of luck. There is also gacha rewards of 30 times and 100 times. The 30 times gacha rewards will give you an item for resources as far as I know and get, though it's not much, but it's useful in some way. The 100 times gacha reward is where you can obtain Esper, you will randomly get an Esper based on the attributes you select. Dupe Esper automatically turned into medal.
Grow your power by leveling up your Espers and equipping them with good gears for better stats. To boost your power greatly is by evolving your Espers to higher tier, it costs you corresponding Esper's medal to evolve. Alternative way to boost up your Esper is by equipping best gears and upgrade them. Don't worry, you can get Esper from events, rewards, shop, and exchange. Keep an eye out for Esper stone shard.
You don't actually need to level up every single Esper you have, there is a feature do the Soul Link so that the linked Esper's level will match to the lowest of the 3 highest level Esper. Also, reaching certain level will require you breakthrough stones to advance to the next level. It's easily obtainable, so there is no need to worry.
[Gears and upgrade]
You need gears to boost up your Esper stats. Gears will become upgradable starting from blue-colored gears, some of it have attributes, equipping it to corresponding attributes will give you certain percentage bonus (normally 30%) to that gear stats. Upgrading gear costs you materials that's obtainable from instances, rewards, or shops. You can also use unused gears as substitution for upgrade materials.
[Shop and exchange]
Highly recommended to buy gears from basic shops as the price is cheap for early game. While in exchange shop, it is recommended to save up for the things you needed the most, spend it wisely. There is also event-based shop and exchange, in there, they offers many valuables and things you need cheaper than ever. Always check and participate in an event.
PVP here is ridiculous in a good way. It adopts total points system to determine ranking. You would be surprised when you're trying to challenge the 3 scores opponent and see that their power actually higher than you despite having same level Esper. However, there is a trick to this, you just need to refresh the opponent until you find the one that has power lower than you.
I see that there are some people that says PVP is automated and can't be manually controlled, well that's not true. When you try to challenge the opponent, there is an option, the left one is the option that gives you double of the initial points reward, this is locked AI controlled while the right one is manual fight (you can still activate auto there) but only give initial points reward.
The entry to PVP is limited as you're only given 3 participation tickets daily. You can buy additional ticket, the first buy is free and the next buy cost 100 teardrops, multiplied by two after each buy.
Oh right, there are three rewards from PVP, which are total scores reward, daily reward that the total reward was determined by your total points, and seasonal reward that was determined by your PVP rank. Total scores and daily rewards gives you PVP coins usable for an exchange at PVP shop.
There are othe modes for you to play and explore. One of them that you will unlock early is "5 Challenges" where you can get gold, gears materials, gears, skill stone shards, exp, and stone materials (don't know yet what was it for). Here, you are given 2 attempts daily, if you missed it once, the attempts accumulates to the next day. Don't know how many you can stack as I've only missed it once.
Dungeons, there is this dungeon where you are in a 3-2 nodes style paths. Here, you can get gears, teardrops, and compass (don't know what was it for yet). Each participation cost you 12 "time" points (TP), you have 200 max TP and are recharged over time (still don't know the recharge rate).
You can enable auto mode here by simply tap the TV icon on bottom left, right on top of chat button and you will be able to choose the path for the auto to go to. Non-bosses nodes are finished within 5 seconds after battle preparations. After every battle, you are given a choice to select one out of three Badge Boosters, auto always choose the left, feel free to interrupt auto selection if you want to choose not the left one. Interrupting auto process doesn't cancel auto mode, it will resume few seconds after the interruption, unless, you disable the auto mode yourself.
[Friends and news battle-scout]
Friends, go find and add them. News, this menu is where you use your drones to patrol the areas and will give you rewards at times and sometimes you will have emergency alert if enemies are sighted in areas.
In this news battle, it is highly recommended to deploy your damage dealer as the enemies attacks are weak despite having high power. Sometimes there is only single enemy, sometimes 3 enemies, and sometimes single enemy but can summon 2 familiars. Deploy your Espers accordingly for better damage output. Tips from me, just go aim for the boss. To take a note, enemies level are based by your three highest level Espers.
Don't worry, you are likely won't be able to beat them in one go and as the system only allow you to attempt that battle once, you will need other player's help to defeat it. You can request help from world players or your friends. Take a note, you are only given 2 attempts of this news battle participation daily.
[Daily and weekly rewards]
The rewards from daily and weekly missions is satisfactory and very rewarding, you get the resources you need in moderate amounts. Rewards from events is quite generous especially crossover event rewards. Event-based mission also gives you a generous amounts of rewards.
Many of players tend to forgot this guild feature where you can participate guild bosses and guild trials. I eventually too forgot to talk about this, haha. Guild bosses and guild trials is your typical another battle to obtain materials, gold, gears, and guild points usable for an exchange at guild shop. Though you don't earn much because you still deal low damage, but participating daily doesn't hurt and actually quite beneficial. Also, once you participate on guild trials, you can do quick raid there, it saves up your time.