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Created by Beijing-based Object Software, Prince of Qin is an action RPG set in feudal China around 210 BC. As Prince Fu Su, players find themselves involved in a conspiracy meant to deprive the prince of his birthright, namely, Emperor of Qin. History records that after the death of Emperor Ying Zheng, Prince Hu Hai — Fu Su's younger brother — forged an edict ordering Fu Su to claim his own life, who, believing it to be real, did so. The game, however, proposes an alternate reality, one in which Fu Su does not claim his life, and instead sets out on a journey to uncover the truth.
Joined by a party of up to four others, players must fulfill a series of quests, from fetching seemingly mundane items to slaying beasts, all the while accruing vital equipment and preparing for the final confrontation. As players progress, they're rewarded with skill points that can be allotted to vital statistics and attributes, the latter dependant on the character's class (Paladin, Muscleman, Assassin, Wizard, and Witch).
On their travels, players will traverse wilderness areas and discover cities and villages filled with NPCs with which to converse and interact. Blacksmiths found in the many populated areas will create weapons and armor from raw materials gleaned during your travels, as well as infusing them with ability boosting gems. The five elements — Water, Earth, Fire, Metal and Wood — should also be given consideration, as each possesses inherent strengths and weaknesses that play a role in determining the outcome of battle.
Across the game's 11 chapters, players will find themselves meandering through the vast, untamed wastelands, in which the party will encounter resistance in the form bandits, wolves, tigers, and other such beasts. While combat takes place in real-time, the action can be paused to allow players to strategize and perform more involved tasks. Both LAN and online play is supported, pairing groups of players together as they embark on an arduous journey to reclaim the throne. ~ Gavin Frankle, All Game Guide