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Ghost Online also known as Ghost Soul and GO is a free fast paced action-based sidescrolling, massively multiplayer online game that is currently released in South Korea, Japanese, Chinese, and Malaysian-English. On July 8, the Global version went into Open Beta, but was closed down on June 3, 2009. Created by Netgame, which is a division of MGame USA Inc.(Taiwan and China 搞鬼 is a free, 2D computer graphics, side-scrolling MMORPG developed by the Korean company MGame. Several versions of the game are available for specific countries or regions, and each is published by various companies such as GameFlier, Gemscool and OurGame. Although playing the game is free, many player appearances and gameplay enhancements can be purchased from the GhostShop using real currency.

In the game, players defend the "World" from ghost monsters and develop their character's skills and abilities, as in typical role-playing games. There is a soul system that allows players absorb souls from monsters. Players can interact with others in many ways, such as through chatting, trading. Groups of players can band together in parties to hunt monsters, and share the rewards. Players can fight each other with the game PvP system. Players can also band in a guild to battle with other guilds. Ghost Online also many quests, some of which allow the player to obtain new skills.


Story

Lord Tai He and his apprentices rid the world of Demons, but Tai He himself had used forbidden magic that corrupted his soul. So he had to go to the western lands, to find the sacred herb to cleanse them. The player is Tai He for a short time, learning the basics in Batu Caves. After defeating a clone, Tai He eats the herb, dies and is reborn as your character.

Character classes

Peasant: All characters begin the game as Peasants. This is when players are given their first skills such as run, high jump, meditate and palm force, which carry over to their next class. Once the player has reached level ten, a job ascension will become available. The player can then choose to either become a "Warrior, "Assassin", or "Magician/Taoist" from their respective job NPCs.

Warrior: The Warrior class is the main melee class of Ghost Online. The class offers a high amount of defense and offense. They do not have many ranged attacks, so they are forced to approach their target head-on in order to fight. Warriors can battle with a sword, a basic, melee weapon with high attack power, or a saber, another melee weapon with even greater attack power than its counterpart. Sword-type skills are more hit- and target-amount oriented, Saber-type focus on utilizing the Saber's status as the physically strongest weapon, and focusing the damage on fewer monsters, contrary to the sword's.

Assassin: The Assassin class is the most agile and stealthiest class, opting to outmaneuver their opponents rather than attack bluntly. Players can choose to wield a claw, a fast melee weapon, or a glove, a ranged weapon using throwing stars. Different varieties of throwing stars are bought at stores, and are used up as glove-users fight with them. Assassins serve as both a ranged and a melee class, something the other two classes lack. Claw assassins seem to be more single-target oriented, having only one mob-attacking skill (gained at level 18), where glove assassins' skills are highly capable of taking on multiple targets.

Magician/Taoist: The Magician class is the magic user of Ghost Online, focusing on ranged, magical attacks to fight. A Magician may use a fan, the weapon with the higher magic attack, or a staff, the weapon with the higher physical attack. Fan users usually start out with fire-based magics, and staff users use ice-based ones. Fan magic gets stronger than staff magic as the player levels, but the staff's ice-based magic has the advantage of having a random freeze probability on monsters. Magician also serve as a slightly more defense-capable class due to their ability to blind monsters, teleport from danger, and raise the defense stat.

Goliath: The Goliath class is a class that is a close combat class. They use axes and wheels. Though skilled in melee they do not have a very high chance of winning against Taoists and Assassins.

Treasure Hunter: The Treasure Hunter is a class that a huge role on range. They use bows and guns, each carried with ammo. Bowman are used for more power attacks. If you join The Force of Order; they can perform freeze attacks which can be useful in player versus player combat. If you follow the path of Chaos, they can cause deadly poison. Gunner uses the same techniques except their concepts are much faster with less damage.


Monsters

The main source of gold (in-game currency) and experience points are the monsters in the game. They are found in pretty much every field outside of the cities and towns, and portals leading to maps with monsters (usually from town) are colored red.

So far, there are three classifications of monsters, based on their attack capabilities. They are Touch Damage (player receives damage upon contact), Attacking, and Ranged. As usual, Touch Damage can be received from any brown monster. Although monsters may have good attacks, most do not attack, but their aggression depends on the monster, with higher leveled monsters being less aggressive than lower leveled ones.

Monsters also vary in mobility. There are three types of mobility for monsters, which are Walking, Stationary, and Flying. Walking monsters walk or run around on the ground in varying speeds, and are highly common. Stationary monsters do not move, so they usually have some sort of ranged attack in order to fight, along with their touch damage. The last type is flying monsters, who often occupy the higher level areas along with other monsters, and are usually harder for melee classes to attack and fight.

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Shutdown

As of June 3, 2009, the game was shut down (USA version), with two other games, which are Legend of Ares and Holic online, by Mgame USA. The reason for termination was that the three games were not producing enough revenue. Ghost Online Malaysia was shut down on 31 August 2009. There are currently no English servers. Vietnam version also shut down in 31/01/2009.

Official game websites

http://ghost.asiasoft.co.th/

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