Zenonia is back with the fifth installment to their popular jRPG franchise dubbed “Zenonia 5 – Wheel of Destiny”. We love Zenonia, in fact, the Zenonia series was actually the very first series we’ve done guides for and players loved it.
Zenonia 4 was released about the same time as it is right now in December and it brought a brand new experience for Zenonia players. All the graphics were crisp, sharp and just really well done. Zenonia 5 marks a brand new revolution to their jRPG franchise.
Follow the story of four brand new characters, Abel (Berserker), Evan (Mechanic), Neal (Wizard), and Ryan a Paladin. The story takes place in a distant past after Regret (Zenonia 4) defeated Shaturu. Lu became king and they had peace and harmony but the selfishness of man overtook them and now they are faced with corruption and evil. Your job is to restore order by defeating the Devil Tribe which started growing in numbers to execute revenge on the humans.
Zenonia 5 – Wheel of Destiny Gameplay
Like all Zenonia series, the gameplay is very easy to get immersed into. This is because the game’s mechanics are just really easy to get and you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure out how to do something.
If you’ve played Zenonia series in the past then you’ll feel right at home. If you’re new to the franchise there’s nothing to worry about. There’s really two buttons to press plus some tiny ones.
The battle system is not time-based like other jRPG like Final Fantasy. You have the movement analog stick at the bottom left and the attack button on the right. You can of course set up other special skills by going to your skill menu then adding them into quick on. So if you’re tired of time-based systems this is definitely a game for you.
One of features that players may be used to in the past is being able to charge their weapons right when you begin the game. It was fun to know there’s an increase in damage when you did hold your attack button down for a few second but in Zenonia 5 you won’t be able to charge and it’s your third strike that deals the most damage.
There’s generally a super move for each character on the third strike if you don’t get interrupted by the enemy. The third attack does exceptionally more damage than any normal attacks.
*Note* On the quick on menus you need to swipe the circles to switch.
Abel – Abel in Zenonia 5 is a Berserker which means that he’s a Melee class with a big sword.
Evan – Evan is a ranged class with a mechanic weapon like a shooter.
Neal – Neal is also a ranged class but with mind energy like a spell caster (He shoots crazy energy balls).
Ryan – Ryan is a Paladin and uses sword and shield.
Regardless whichever class you may choose the story is the same but of course the gameplay is different.
For players interested in PvP, there is place for you to compete against other players.
Zenonia 5 – Wheel of Destiny Graphics
The graphics is simply stunning in Zenonia 5. When Zenonia 4 was released, it took the series to a whole new level. Once you get your hands on Zenonia 5, the graphics and experience from it will take you to a whole new realm!
Their characters are now bigger and sharper than ever, and you can even feel the movement between their bodies. Seeing important details on equipment and character design will also entertain RPG item collectors.
Don’t forget about the backgrounds and dungeon design now! Backgrounds for stages are gorgeous. You’ll find that it’s difficult to argue that it’s probably the best graphics we’ve seen in any Zenonia title yet.
Zenonia 5 – Wheel of Destiny Sounds
There is everything there needs to be in a good jRPG here. One disappointing point is that there are no voice dialogues or even during the intro. However, no one knows when the mobile market will be hit with voices for all games like the console gaming market.
Zenonia 5 – Wheel of Destiny Round-up
We’ve always been a big fan of Zenonia. It was one of our top help guides and one of the series we’ve focused a lot on. That being said, the game changed quite a big in terms of visual experience and it’s definitely great to see the series growing into such an amazing experience in Zenonia 5.
Some of the things that players may groan about is the development of the Zen system which is essentially required for anything good in the game or just to survive. Zen is the premium currency of the Zenonia series and requires players to purchase with real money.
The item that most players would probably want to use Zen for is the Origin of Life, which is used to revive yourself when you die (or lose experience). It’s quite essential since the difficulty of the game is high even for veteran players and you’ll often suffer from “one hit K.O” enemies that just come out from nowhere. Other essential items include bag slot expansion, scanning scrolls and so forth. Some other items players may want may be avatars and other things that are just cool to have in your game. All of which requires Zen.
Despite the problems, Zenonia 5 – Wheel of Destiny is an enjoyable game. The rich colored backgrounds and improved graphics will blow players away giving them an entirely new Zenonia experience. It’s probably one of the RPGs players won’t want to put down and the best jRPG of 2012.
Bottom line: The most immersive Zenonia experience yet.
Zenonia 5 – Wheel of Destiny Screenshots
Overview of Rating
The rating for Zenonia 5 will change base on update. It’s the first time we’ve given a rating outside of the increment of 0.5 or 1 point. This is because there are so many good elements in Zenonia 5 but essential items costing Zen like Origin of Life or extra bag slots is difficult to overlook.