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Author: neschria

Archlord (A Short Entry, For a Change.)

Posted by neschria Wednesday August 15 2007 at 1:14PM
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 MMORPG.com is giving away Archlord keys. I snagged one and applied it to my closed trial account. I am not sure if I posted a forum review of Archlord somewhere already, but I'll say that it is not a bad game for a free/item-mall game. I realize that's not saying much, akin to saying it wasn't the meanest of the guys who beat me up for my lunch money... but I've played worse. In fact, I've played many games that weren't as good as Archlord.

I actually met some nice people when I played my trial. That may have made the difference for me. People group for auto-loot, if nothing else.  It seemed like some of the "optional" things from the item mall were a little too useful to be really optional. (If you're the only person in your group that has to run back when you die, for instance, you'll soon start to feel that buying the resurrection thing isn't so optional... It's been a long time since I played, but I think that may be a more-or-less valid example.)  I did have fun, even without any purchase from the item mall, and the community did seem pretty nice at the time.

Also, I was a ridiculously cute moon elf, or whatever they are called. I am a sucker for cute. That's why I played Scions of Fate for more than 30 seconds.

In the end, I decided that if I was going to play a game that had the general gameplay style of a Lineage 2... I'd just go play Lineage 2. And that's what I did. Now that I am not playing L2 and I don't even have to buy a box, I think I am going to keep Archlord around as my free, part-time grinder. I rather expect the community to take a nosedive if it goes 100% free (i.e., no purchase of any sort necessary), but I don't think it will end up any worse than any other item-mall game. We'll see how it turns out.

I should have a disclaimer on all my reviews of Asian-style games that says up-front that I don't hate that sort of game across the board. I don't mind click-to-move. I rather like the flexible camera angles in many point-and-click games, actually. I know they are all essentially grinders, but I guess I am immune to the sheer frustration of an endless uphill grind. I think I must have fried the grind-sensitive part of my brain while playing EQ in the supposedly good old days.

If you aren't allergic to Asian-style MMORPGs, check out Archlord. It won't cost you anything but a few clicks and a download.