Posted: February 28
MapleStory is that one game you're probably never going to find another game of its calibre. It has that feel of nostalgia even though a person is new to game. Attractive art styles that are pixelated but still look cartoony and cute all together draw people in this game.
Maple was in its prime long back when generation X was around 8 years old. Challenging leveling, but suprisingly a sense of euphoria once you hit level 50, which took alot of time and dedication. No one was hitting capped damage, since 1k was basically awesome damage.
But enough about old times; Maple has changed. Alot of people are saying that it changed for the worse, but don't really consider EVERYTHING. Of course its bad, but it has 2 main reasons why its still good, if you remove all the bad ones.
Of course Maple will never be as good as it WAS back then; it evolves for newer audience because they know the older audience will eventually quit. They succeeded, because there is way more people than there was back then. Easier leveling calls for less frustration, although since Nexon doesn't know how to keep its composition, they failed to make leveling harder in the past updates. Nexon creates even more cute stuff to attract other audiences who like social games and being on their best wardrobe, all for real money.
Nexon did milk this game to its bare bone, but remember that you don't always have to fall into the bandwagon of cute stuff and cubing. Its possible to get all this stuff with enough time. Even though I present this, this is an Instant Gradification Era; no one likes wasting alot of time and want stuff INSTANTLY. This creates the Pay2Win sense that people throw around maple. Its also not so easy to just never spend money on this game, since the community loves having a superiority complex, your tempted to buy not to look like trash basically.
Don't play this game if you dont like being tempted to ever pay for a Free to Play game. Its not worth it in the end, because they will make schemes to draw more and more money. Although this is true, remember that this game, when stripped to just the gameplay, is irreplacable. Its fun to finally get want you want, whether it be 250, or that overpowered item, or just to meet the good people in a hacker community.