Posted: December 17
I've read quite a lot of reviews that say there is a huge emphasis on cash shop items, which limits the player base and enjoyability of the game if they dont want to spend real life currency on the in game currency "Diamonds". I'd just like to mention that in game, there's a currency exchange merchant in most cities, that lets you trade in game gold for diamonds, so if there's something that you feel you "desperately" must have then you have the option of farming in game, questing or a little auction house pvp to obtain the currency for whatever you want.
I have had zero issues with the steam version or the launcher, and I know some people were saying there was no sound at the launch and downrated it cos of that. Maybe they should have checked their settings on the game because on launch the in-game sound slider was down at zero and it took all of 2 seconds to rectify the sound issue and turn it on.
There's the option to play solo or team up with others so really it caters for most playstyles. Most instances/dungeons ,(call them what you will), have an explorer option which allows you to access the content and solo it, there's also party play that lets you plough through with a group of friends and on some a "hard mode" ( I forget the exact terminology QQ).
Some people appear to be having issues with the quest system, such as "go kill 8 of x mob" or "gather 6 of x item". I don't actually know of any other MMO in this particular genre that doesn't contain those quests, I could be wrong though. :) However, the writers do a good job of keeping them relevant to the storyline so they dont get too tedious if questing is your thing. The daily quest system also lets you earn "Dragon insignias" which has its own marketplace to spend them in. Theres also the public events and randomised world events that let you earn Adventurer insignias which can be traded in for blue quality gear, housing items, & gear improvement stones.
LOVE the dragons, yes there are lots of different types (some of which are recolours) but how many times have you seen stuff that you think would look great in other colours hmm? I for one, cant get enough of taming, levelling and plan to hit the dragon arena at some point too. They're invaluable for ploughing through the higher level instances solo as well.
Player housing & crafting are the other things that really sell the game to me. I love the option of not having to choose 1 0r 2 proffessions to level, because I can level them all :D As for player housing...well.....what can i say. Awesome stuff :3
As of December 2014 I can't get enough of this game. Current level cap is 102 & with frequent updates, in-game events and new content I can see myself playing this for a hell of a long time to come.
But don't just take my word for it, at least give it a try up to level 40 or so, as thats when the game really starts getting interesting and the difficulty increases slightly. Much more satisfaction when you clear content imho. :3