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ArcheAge - A Premium Quality MMORPG Held Down by Resource Problems and P2W Scheme

Updated on July 9, 2016
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Enjoyable overall, but held down by its shortcomings.

If you weren't already aware, ArcheAge is a Korean 3d Sandbox MMORPG developed by XL Games, and published in North America and Europe by Trion Worlds.

I wanted to play ArcheAge when it first came out, but was caught up with World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV at the time. When I finally got around to trying it out, the game was classified by many as "P2W (Pay to Win)". That made me question whether or not I was actually interested in trying it out, considering I'd enjoyed Rift in the past, but didn't like how many advantages the Cash Shop offered players (not top tier, but an advantage nonetheless.) So, I went ahead and tried it out last night with a friend of mine.

We'll break the review up into these categories: Character Creation, World, Gameplay, and Graphics.

Character Creation

ArcheAge definitely has some of the best looking character creation I've ever seen in a video game. I've enjoyed creating characters in games that have extensive character creation in the past, such as Perfect World, Aion, and more recently, Continent of the Ninth, and Black Desert Online, and I have to say I'm most impressed by ArcheAge's. The one part of character creation within ArcheAge that bothered me were the hairstyles. There weren't many, and often a lot of the hairstyles were reused for each race. While that may not bother some of you, I like having a large variety of hairstyles (used to be a Sims player, and Elder Scrolls player.) The sliders made for some fantastic looking characters being able to be made!

World

The world of ArcheAge is enormous. It's not your typical MMORPG world that just has a couple regions scattered around. It has 3 large islands, 2 of them housing the different factions at war with each other. The world itself, based off of the few hours I've spent playing through it so far, and seen through videos and screenshots is absolutely beautiful. Easily one of the best looking I've seen in a long while. Not just that - but the world is interactable. You can cut down trees for lumber, ride carriages between areas, build your own house. I mean, while playing, I came across several player houses decorated differently and it was fantastic seeing their different styles. I haven't had the opportunity yet to fully see the extent of the world but I'm thoroughly looking forward to it!

Gameplay

ArcheAge plays really well. Movements don't feel stiff, skills cast without any real lag, and I have yet to run into any real problems. Granted, running around the world seems to take a little while due to the scope of the game world, having mounts you can tame or train, having the ability to glide around, and even sail your ship between areas, makes for some amazing, entertaining gameplay. Having the ability to pretty much craft your class between around 120 different combinations makes for some really fun combat gameplay, as you're not forced into the normal cookie cutter Warrior/Archer/Mage/Healer/Tank classes that most MMORPGs make you choose. You can see exactly what kind of gameplay ArcheAge has by checking out this detailed ArcheAge Gameplay video on Youtube.

Graphics

I mean, really. The game is beautiful. Stupidly beautiful. It's easily in my personal top 10 for best looking MMORPGs. The characters in ArcheAge look absolutely amazing, and I personally had a blast creating (several cough) characters before finally deciding on one to play.

Enjoyment

While the beginning of ArcheAge may be a little slow for my liking (akin to TERA), it's not a bad game by any means. It's beautiful, the combat is fun, and I've enjoyed playing it over several hours. I'm looking forward to putting more hours into it over the course of the month as well, so if any of you have recommendations on a server to play on, let me know below!

Personally, I wouldn't care (currently, at least), if the game were P2W or not, as I'd prefer to just have fun enjoying what a new game of ArcheAge's size has to offer. I, personally, have always enjoyed trying out new features, and exploring new terrain and regions, so this is a no brainer for me. I'm having fun, and you guys should give it a try if you haven't already.

ArcheAge Official Trailer

ArcheAge Official Gameplay

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