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  SBFord

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OP  6/21/12 6:09:35 PM#1

Like the Energizer Bunny of fame, Asheron's Call is one of those games that keeps going and going. We have put Asheron's Call through its paces to see how it stacks up all these years later. See what we think and then leave us your thoughts in the comments!

Asheron’s Call is a fantasy MMO set on the island continent of Dereth, in the world of Auberean. You are an adventurer who answers the call of the mighty wizard Asheron to come to Dereth and fight the evil that lives there. This fight takes place in a seamless, persistent medieval fantasy world full of unique monsters; you won’t find an elf anywhere! The game’s immersive storyline, extensive lore, and unique questing system create an interesting gameplay experience. We’re going to look at this venerable classic today through the eyes of a first-timer, and as someone who wants a new MMO home. Can Asheron’s Call stand up against other games in this day and age? Read on to find out what we think!

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  kirak2009

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6/22/12 7:06:53 AM#2

played this until wow came out, Loved every minute of it. I have gone back and tried to reclaim the old magic but it wasn't there for me. AC will remain a fond memory in my gaming stable

"All expectation leads to suffering" Buhhda

  hardicon

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6/22/12 7:53:49 AM#3

i disagree with your assessment of combat.  once you get the hang of combat and learn how to use the keyboard instead of a mouse combat is simply awesome.  after playing that game for years i find combat in modern mmos such as wow etc to be boring and unintuitive and slow.  combat in ac was very fast paced and you had to stay on your toes especially in the tusker dungeons when sometimes you would have 50 tuskers (big apes)  at one time.  its truly the only game ever that allows you to fight that many mobs at one time and survive. 

you also forgot to mention the hub which is a new player experience.  basically its a portal that takes you to a hub quest location that has alot of the lowbie quests with portals to the quest area.  its designed to get a new player to level 50 so they are not completely lost.  I also noticed you lamented the fact that you had to buy quest directions from a barkeep.  you must have started around wow because back in the old days quests were adventures, not exp pinatas with a arrow saying hit here for exp.  they were adventures, something you went out and explored and found and figured out.  yes mmos have been dumbed down for morons but hopefully one day some company will put out a up to date game that is like ac that made the game a world to live in, not just a place to visit and ride the rides. 

too bad turbine invested time and money into crap like ac 2 and ddo and lotro instead of updating ac to todays standards.  they had a rare gem and they forgot to treasure it, now its like a tarnished old piece of jewelry.  you remember when it used to shine but it just doesnt have it anymore.  turbine needs to get off their butts and make ac3, same gameplay just updated graphics.

 

  Cuppett5

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6/22/12 8:16:48 AM#4

AC is my favorite MMO of all time, any game created like AC today with updated graphics and a bigger population would put everything else to shame.

  makii

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6/22/12 8:47:10 AM#5

i dont think so sir. Acutally it was retty bad and 2 hardcore . Even with u dated grahics it wont survive.

  Scot

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6/22/12 8:47:21 AM#6

AC is a game which has far more features than any modern MMO. But because of the graphics it will be a non starter for most new players.

  PyrateLV

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6/22/12 8:55:37 AM#7
Originally posted by Scot

AC is a game which has far more features than any modern MMO. But because of the graphics it will be a non starter for most new players.

^^^

This

Turbine should really concider doing a Graphics Overhaul on AC

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  Theocritus

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6/22/12 9:21:08 AM#8

     You'd think with the f2p success of both LOTRO and DDO that Turbine would look at doing the same for AC, but for some reason they havent......

  FireRunner

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6/22/12 12:07:36 PM#9

Asheron's Call was my first MMO and I loved every minute of it.  I cannot believe not one MMO company has created another MMO in similar style.  AC was the only game with:

1. True open world.

2. Perfect PvP system (you can go PvP server or go Perma Red on PvE server).

3. No level restrictions or "zones".

4. Abiliy to drop items on the world.

5. True massive world, you can hide for days.

6.  Alliance system is great as is the housing.

If Turbine recreated AC with today's graphics and a bit more refinded questing, it would blow WoW out of the water.

 

MMOing since 2000

  Synthetick

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6/22/12 1:18:38 PM#10

Thanks for this post. Like many others, Asheron's Call was my first MMO. Started playing on May 6th, 1999 and enjoyed every minute of it. Didn't actually uninstall until around 2006 and still hop in from time to time.

The biggest issue that plagued me, and a lot of friends who used to play, when we tried returning was always the router issues. Couldn't connect to the damn servers half the time with certain routers, or Turbine said it was the ISP and blah blah.

My brother recently told me that issue was fixed, so we debated jumping back in. Just waiting for all my current beta access to die down to other titles and plan on checking things back out in Dereth.

  rdrakken

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6/22/12 2:38:19 PM#11

If Asherons Call was rereleased with modern graphics and NO gameplay changes I doubt I would be playing a different MMO for at least 3-4 years...

Open classes...shame on the genre for abadoning this because idiots complained about gimping themselves with poor choices...skill resets fix this.

Actual, original mobs outside of Golems or giant apes(tuskers!).

A story that was NOT ripped off from something before it.

And 30 minute long one on one PvP fights...lol

Yeah, I would even welcome back the buffing system if it meant I had to relearn the 1000+ spells with the original taper system.

True action combat with massive amounts of spells and being able to take on 30+ mobs and living!

  Nadia

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6/22/12 2:46:16 PM#12
Originally posted by Synthetick

Thanks for this post. Like many others, Asheron's Call was my first MMO. Started playing on May 6th, 1999 and enjoyed every minute of it. Didn't actually uninstall until around 2006 and still hop in from time to time.

im assuming you mean the beta because AC didnt launch til Nov 99,  6 months after EQ

  Nadia

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6/22/12 2:48:29 PM#13
Originally posted by Theocritus

     You'd think with the f2p success of both LOTRO and DDO that Turbine would look at doing the same for AC, but for some reason they havent......

I agree not sure why they havent

  sirphobos

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6/22/12 2:54:15 PM#14

I have great memories of AC and would love to play a modern MMO in the style of AC.  That being said, usually about once a year I go back and play AC for nostalgia's sake.  Despite being a fundamentally great design, some things just make the game near unplayable today for me, such as the poor user interface, the lack of players, and the fact that there has been over 12 years of updates and it's very hard for a new or returning player to pick up on everything.

One of my favorite MMO memories ever has to be making the run to Fort Tethana on my first character back in November/December 1999.

  Synthetick

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6/22/12 2:59:14 PM#15
Originally posted by Nadia
Originally posted by Synthetick

Thanks for this post. Like many others, Asheron's Call was my first MMO. Started playing on May 6th, 1999 and enjoyed every minute of it. Didn't actually uninstall until around 2006 and still hop in from time to time.

im assuming you mean the beta because AC didnt launch til Nov 99,  6 months after EQ

Uncle had beta access, but due to his guild on EverQuest on Veeshan, I got to play with that beta access. You're right, tho, I was a day off. Because the Microsoft Game Zone page for it didn't launch until the 7th. And that day, I took a boatload of screens. You caught me.

Title launched November 2nd, 1999 officially. Zogblaster (Turbine's) beta page went up sometime in mid-March. First beta event party was on 6/2/99.

  Synthetick

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6/22/12 3:00:39 PM#16
Originally posted by Nadia
Originally posted by Theocritus

     You'd think with the f2p success of both LOTRO and DDO that Turbine would look at doing the same for AC, but for some reason they havent......

I agree not sure why they havent

Turbine recently put out on article stating why they were no going to migrate Asheron's Call into the F2P closet. They said the game just wasn't developed with that goal ever planned, and the mechanics of the game just didn't compliment the F2P system.

Does that mean they won't ever do it? No idea. Developers say one thing and do another. But they recently said they had absolutely no intentions. I believe I seen the article on Massively or Kotaku.

  Thorbrand

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6/22/12 3:00:44 PM#17

AC is a great game but today most gamers wouldn't play it. Requires you to build your character including stat distribution which is one of the staples of being a true MMO but is gone today but to much customization makes the game to difficult for the standard gamer.

  Synthetick

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6/22/12 3:04:15 PM#18
Originally posted by Thorbrand

AC is a great game but today most gamers wouldn't play it. Requires you to build your character including stat distribution which is one of the staples of being a true MMO but is gone today but to much customization makes the game to difficult for the standard gamer.

I never got the feeling of too much customization with Asheron's Call. Now, when I logged into Anarchy Online for the first time coming from Asheron's Call, I was absolutely overwhelmed. 

But with the original system, it was fairly simple. The amount of stats and skills weren't excessive. There weren't a lot of filler, useless, or fluff skills. Mostly everything had it's use, save for the gimped weapons. But my favorite two characters was my Creature/Bow/Magic Defense specced character, and my OG Staff. Just loved all the extra points.

They really nailed character advancement with Asheron's Call. There wasn't too much, there wasn't too little. And once they added the slow respeccing process, you were never completely gimped. And even if you had a gimped toon, it wasn't the end of the world. Most of my allegiance were full of characters specced every which way. The only people intent on perfect builds in my experience with the hardcore PVP crowd. 

  PigEye

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6/22/12 4:34:43 PM#19

I loved AC/DT back in the day... but that was then.

 

*Shout out to all of my former "Blood" Brothers from Dark Disciple (Double D) ;)*

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  Golelorn

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6/22/12 4:36:51 PM#20

With updated gfx and updated combat(the melee is atrocious) I'd probably just quit life. Good thing no one would ever try this.

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