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Ragnarok Online 2 - Barely Worth You Time

Posted by Ozzallos Tuesday May 28 2013 at 5:19PM
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There's lots of nice things I want to say about this game. The original Ragnarok Online was a unique and inspired production. The sprite based artwork was imaginative and full of personality. Ragnarok 2, on the other hand isn't. For everything that the first Ragnarok was, the only thing the second can claim from its predecessor is the move from 2d to 3d and even that isn't handled especially well. Rather than tie up the next ten minutes of your time burninating Ragnarok 2 for its inadequacies, we'll try and sum this up:

It's stale.

In the time it's taken Ragnarok to move from sprites to polys, the rest of the industry has already been there, done than and in many cases executed with more competence than RO2 has shown to date. It's not so much that it's a horrible game, it's just that nothing about it attempts to rise above the competition. You could say that RO2 is potentially a victim of its own success-- It did such a good job that it was copied and built upon by every anime themed MMO to walk in its footsteps. Since Ragnarok Online first debuted in 2002 the industry has undergone a F2P arms race that has forced everybody involved to refine their gameplay and graphics. The crap fell to the wayside like a speared corpse. Even the good stuff still has to struggle for its place in the sun.

The minds behind RO2 apparently didn't get that message.

The graphics are at least a generation or more behind the front lines of this war and there simply is no unique artistic style to speak of to help roll a last minute save versus meh. When lined up against other popular titles that have debuted with the last two years, RO2 manages to illicit a yawn at best. The core gameplay likewise suffers. It's solid, but does nothing to get the adrenaline pumping and nothing that you can't get in a better looking package, sometimes evolving on the RO system like RO2 itself should have. It's as if the devs decided that 3D would be enough to sell the game and barely put effort into the rest. They might be right based on the fan base of the original, but they shouldn't be rewarded for what is, in effect, laziness.

If you've still got an RO account, I wouldn't be giving it up just yet. RO2 sure as hell isn't giving you much of a reason to do so.