Originally posted by koboldfodder
Played a ton of this game in Bete, and I mean a ton. Not because it was a great game but because it has a lot of interesting things in it.
Here are some things about AOW that I think are true:
-This game is a PVP game. You cannot avoid PVP. You can try, you will be unsuccessful. You will get ganked by players who are better than you, a lot. You will usually not get ganked by a player lower in internal level (which is the color /con thing).
-You can solo in this game, BUT you will have to be good at PVP. Being "evil" in this game is so much better than being "good". The game mechanics seem to favor being evil, or shall I say being corrupt.
-There is a grind in this game and it is a HUGE grind. You get EXP, that EXP turns into Cultivation points and those points go into one thing you are trying to level. Team practice is the way to go. Always TP, always always always. You can buy things to enhance your EXP, you can sub for a month to get VIP EXP bonus stuff, you can even do in game events to up your EXP cultivation rate. So it is about learning how to maximize your time, then doing that.
-Skill means everything. Internal level means a lot, but if you stink at PVP (and I stink, lol) you will lose more often than win. You cannot just /afk grind your way to max skill levels and be great at PVPing. It is a lot more than that, because of the rock paper scissors combat thing as well as Flying skills (which are awesome).
-This is a player even game. You either take part in the scripted PVP events (in any way you want) or you do your own events (raid a guild, stalk noobs, etc). If you choose NOT to do those two things, don't play the game. AOW revolves are PVP.
-There are cosmetic items you can buy in the cash shop. Other than that, everything in the game can be attained be a F2P player. The catch is that you will do everything much more sloooowly. So if you know what you are doind and want to get a leg up on other players (gear wise or skill wise or guild wise) then sub.
-You will have more fun in this game if you play with friends. Most people solo play MMOs in the west, that will greatly reduce your liking of this game. Join a guild or get a steady group of friends and the game is a lot more fun (and more safe, lol).
-The translation of this game is horrible. Beyond horrible. You have to be patient. You will spend a good two or three weeks figuring out what does what and how to do this and what the heck that spinning thing means. This is not a "hey, the game is complex so tough" thing....it's a poor translation thing. It is poorly written. You will have big time trouble understanding even the basic concepts of this game. Just play it, deal with it and it will come to you at some point.
-Lag will kill you and it is unavoidable. Because of the massive twitch nature of PVP, lag could very well be tne death knell of this game. I am not sure how or even if this can be fixed. Twitch is so integral to combat, and lag is it's enemy.
-The company behind this game, Snail Game, is shady. There is no other way to describe them. They are a shady lot. Be careful with your credit cards, in fact do not use them. Use pre paid game cards at ALL times if you are buying anything.
-AOW is not a themepark game, but it is also not a sandbox game. It lies somewhere in between. There are elements of both sub-genres.
-The bottom line is that the players are the ones making the content here. Guild raids, alliances or wars....etc. If you like that server dramam stuff (and it can be a lot of fun) you might like this game.
Although I may disagree a few of your points, I admint it is a decent review. I just hope more review like this showing up here, rather than comments like 'another typical asian grinder', 'player 20 minutes, uninstall it'.