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Author: starelven

Atlantica Actual CB2 Update Review

Posted by starelven Saturday August 9 2008 at 6:54PM
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I would first off like to apologize to anyone who was upset and misled by my previous reviews/statements regarding Atlantica. At the time those statements were made the game was accurate and true to the outstanding and excellent points I made about it. However without any prior warning the game has been patched with a new "stamina system" which has in my opinion, and the feelings of a vast majority of the experienced testers currently offering their precious time and diligent efforts there, entirely changed the face of Atlantica from what it was in the previous beta testing phase.

I had glorified it's combat system, which on it's own is/was excellent, however with the stamina system in place as it is now PvE combat is limited and unenjoyable. I know it may be difficult to understand without having experienced it when Atlantica used to be a great game, but the addition of stamina requires that the player think very carefully before entering any combat fight. The stamina system limits a player to only 100 fights each day, which avid gamers will all know is far too few for any reasonable amount of enjoyment.

I had stated wonders about the auto-walking system, which is now defunct due to the stamina addition. Auto-walk tends to sometimes run you into battles and with the stamina system players can now simply not afford to enter into unexpected fights if they wish to be at all productive during the limited amount of play allowed.

PvP has likewise been damaged by this addition. Prior to stamina, PvP was tactical and challenging. However due entirely to this new addition PvP has become a complete joke and is almost entirely used now just as a work-around to try and get a few more stamina points recharged to extend the limited playability of the game.

I think one of my most glowing statements regarding the former phase of the game was the helpful, friendly and close-knit community. Stamina has entirely destroyed that and it is perhaps the greatest loss in all the bad which has come from the addition of stamina to Atlantica. No longer are people friendly, generous and helpful in game. Stamina has forced the players to scheming, scamming, and bullying newer players to gain even a small bit more play time.

Mentoring now feels forced and almost required to advance to any reasonable degree. Guilding also feels forced now, where before it was a benefit, now it's practically required. Grouping likewise feels forced and is practically a necessity now due to the stamina system.

Formerly I mentioned how inventive and flowing the questing in Atlantica was during CB1, this is no longer true in the current build due to the stamina system. No longer can one move freely through the quests and storyline and enjoy the thrill of advancement and exploration. You get cut off unexpectedly by the sudden loss of xp and drops when stamina runs out and can no longer complete any quests with drop requirements as a result. This also disrupts the story flow, making you wait another full day to continue onward.

I had spoken of the revolutionary and unique mercenary system in Atlantica and about how enjoyable it was to strategically select the right mercs for your goals and advance them to higher and more powerful upgrade levels. However stamina has ruined that aspect of the game as well. No longer can you gather the necessary crystals to upgrade your soldiers and procure the equipment, skills, and stat potions needed to make them exceptional. Stamina limits this drastically and makes the ability to obtain the higher grade of mercenaries not only difficult but in some cases almost inconceivable within a reasonable period of time.

I had spoken about how amazing the crafting system was, about the immense number of choices which were available and that you could feasibly craft nearly anything available in the game. Stamina has crushed it as well. No longer can you easily gather the needed materials for crafting, there are simply not enough stamina points available to do even a tiny fraction of what a player might wish to do in game.

Previously I mentioned how both the casual and hard-core gamer, the pvp enthusiasts and solo play styles were all encouraged and enjoyable in Atlantica. You could fully enjoy the game either alone, in a small group, or as member of a large guild depending upon your individual desires and preferences. This is no longer the case following the addition of stamina. The new system forces all players into a single play style which to most feels both forced and restrictive.

I will state for the record that I have personally tested/experienced all of what I have spoken of here and that this is all valid and actual fact and real first-hand knowledge, not hearsay or conjecture.

I place a great deal of value on my personal honor and reputation and am disappointed and ashamed that my former views regarding this once great game have been so swiftly and unexpectedly overturned. Had I known beforehand of this upcoming addition I most certainly would have given all of you fair warning, and now all I can offer is my sincere regrets toward any and all of you angered and hurt by this turn of events.

It has always been and still is my belief that games should be enjoyable. Whether you play to relax or be the best, you do it for entertainment and a sense of accomplishment. There is no longer any enjoyment or accomplishment to be had in Atlantica as it is currently with the stamina system in effect.

At the time of this posting there has been no official response from the staff or admins of Atlantica, and lacking that I cannot say with any certainty if the game will remain in the horrible and unplayable state in which it now exists. I have requested time and again that they answer our requests to remove the stamina system and have as yet received only silence and disrespect for my efforts. I will endeavour to update you all if something changes in the future, however as it stands right now I would NOT recommend Atlantica Online to anyone and would strongly discourage anyone who may be considering trying it out.

I once considered Atlantica to be a 9.5 on a scale of 10, however it now is a 0 out of 10 in my own experienced and honest opinion.

I regret any loss of trust and respect which has occurred from those who read my previous reviews regarding Atlantica and went to try it based on my recommendations. They were accurate at the time they were posted, however the addition of stamina in the game has entirely invalidated all the good points I once made about this formerly exceptional game. It has now become complete trash and is unworthy of even trying. In my opinion.