Embark on amazing adventures, build lasting friendships or even find romance in this unique social game, where a welcoming community with thousands of devoted players await! Whoever you are, or whatever your heart’s desire, come express it in Mabinogi and start living your fantasy life!
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Release Date: Dec 6, 2012

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About This Game

Welcome to Mabinogi! The world’s most expressive MMORPG, where you create a unique character and live your fantasy life.

ENDLESS ADVENTURE

Enter the mystical land of Erinn, where a century-old battle threatens the balance of the known world. Explore exotic locales, defeat mighty foes and follow the path to destiny.

With the unique Rebirth System, your character can be reborn and live their life over and over again, allowing you to try out all the talents, quests and skills you want without losing progress.


YOUR WORLD TO MASTER

Shape your world and play on your own terms. Choose from dozens of talents ranging from tailors and musicians to archers and professional gunslingers.

Create an anime-inspired idol and customize your appearance with thousands of options, including clothing, hair styles and colors, facial features, expressions and much more.

You can even build and customize your own homestead!


IMMERSIVE COMMUNITY

Join millions of players in Mabinogi's energetic community. Participate in game events, join a guild or take to the forums and social media to share your passion with other players.

When you play Mabinogi, you're rewarded with a deep social experience, both in-game and out.


THE CHOICE IS YOURS

Mabinogi gives you complete freedom to live your fantasy life. Settle into your homestead and engage in the simple pleasures of a cook or merchant, or step into the boots of a heroic warrior or powerful mage and start an epic adventure.

Your hero, your adventure, your fantasy life!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista or later
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8Ghz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.8Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Graphics: GeForce 7900 GS / ATI Radeon X1950 Pro
    • DirectX®: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive:At least 8 GB of free space
    • Network:Broadband internet connection
    • Sound Card:16-bit sound card

    Note: Windows XP will no longer receive security updates after April 8, 2014. However, Mabinogi should not experience issues on XP so long as reliable anti-virus software is installed and up to date.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core i3-530, 2.93 GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 945, 3.0GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB
    • Graphics: GeForce 9600 GT / ATI Radeon HD 3870
    • DirectX®: Version 9.0c or higher
    • Hard Drive:At least 8 GB of free space
    • Network:Broadband internet connection
    • Sound Card:16-bit sound card
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DanielOnPCIn1080p
( 2,358.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
Mabinogi is a different type of MMORPG that allows you to be good in multiple "Talents" (Talents are pretty much classes). The talent system allows you to be a Mage-Ninja-Chef that can dual wield guns; it really allows for you to be anything you want, and there are other aspects of the game that don't have their own talent like fashion (Tons of outfits). The social aspect of the game is what kept me on most of the time. It's just amazing meeting some overall nice people. The PvP in Mabinogi is broken at the moment in my opinion. PvP is 30% Skill, 20% total level, and 50% Equipment(PAY TO WIN). The current state of the game is laggy at times for my high-end computer, a decently low amount but just enough to ♥♥♥♥ you off bugs, and low in players on all servers except Alexina. I would totally recommend this game to people who are into MMORPGS and some that are just into RPGS since I've found myself going through quite a bit of MMORPGS before I played Eve Online for years and then came to Mabinogi. I've been spoiled by the amount of freedom that Mabinogi has that I couldn't even get into Black Desert. It does not make Mabinogi a better game than Black Desert but the freedom aspect is just very appealing to me. There is an Ingame market that allows players to trade almost all items for gold or exchange directly between players.
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Pros+
Freedom
Story
Community
Customization
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Middle Ground+-
Anime style elements
PvE
Market
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Cons-
lag
bugs
PvP (Pay-to-Win)
Graphics
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If you join Mabinogi feel free to send me a note (IGN: Kavah | Server: Alexina)

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Jinoie
( 51.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Pay no attention to my hours on record, I've been playing this game on and off via mabinogi launcher since 2008, before they switched to Steam.

Honestly I have a love hate relationship with this game. It's addicting as hell and even though I hate so much about it I can never leave. Skip to the bottom summary if you don't want a list of reasons for my love hate relationship.

THE GOOD:
There are things I love about this game that differentiates it from other games, things that I have never seen in any other game from all my years of gaming. The whole fasion system is AMAZINGGGGG (OMG I cannot express that enough) and for a girly-girl who loves video games at the same time, that's a total sell. Any other time I play a different video game I constantly complain about their lack of costume creativity. Being able to hoard 150+ outfits, AND dye them EXACTLY how I want with such a variety of colors is what makes me never want to leave Mabi. I'm 150% attached to every single one of my imaginary items. Also, I think this game has a really interesting story line, I know some people who even fan girl over it. I love a lot of the music (for those of you who actually listen to the game you're playing), and the fact that it's an anime based game is really appealling to me. In addition, this game is responsible for me having met the best friend I've ever had (including actual face to face friends), and I can see us being friends for a very long time, even forever perhaps if we do not loose touch being long distance and all.

THE BAD:
The reasons I hate mabi seem to be endless. Granted, their customer service is EASILY 200% better than it was even 3 years ago, it still isn't great. The game itself doesn't run very well, it lags A LOT and makes you want to throw your keyboard, punch a wall, or a person, etc.; even though I have one step below business class internet with a custom built compter that can handle games like AION, TERA, and FFXIV perfectly. The community (at least the Mari server) is GOD AWFUL. They are relentless when it comes to harrassment and even death threats if you ♥♥♥♥ off the wrong person who just so happens to be friends with ALL OF THE TROLLS in the merchant channel. They know exactly what buttons to push, things you wouldn't even imagine another human being, being capable of saying. Yet, Nexon has yet to care about any of it. There's also the times where one or a small group of person(s) decide to use an incredibly illegal hack to where the entire server crashes, and there's a rollback that causes you to loose really rare stuff. And does Nexon care and/or replace your items? Of course not, because they don't have any kind of tracking system like that of WOW (not that I've played, because it's hideous, but have heard about) where they can verify that you did indeed have said rare item, and now you want to cry your eyes out for a week because you lost your favorite item(s).!!!WARNING!!!:The whole free to pay thing, yeah not. PAY TO WIN, and have sexy outfits. Which I, like many Mabi players, cannot have enough of. My first 5 years of playing this game, I had kept every single one of my Nexon cards ever purchased at a gas station. Why? Idk maybe one day I had hoped if I spent enough money and could visualize it, I would stop giving them so much money. I had spent literally THOUSANDS$$$ of dollars on this game in that amount of time. After that, when I got my own bank card and started using that online, it only got worse. The prices are ALWAYS rising too. I just came back from a 6 month break and noticed that their outfit shopping bags, which WERE $6.50-$7.50, and are now at $9.90 each. And of COURSE you can't buy JUST one, no! Because their new outfit designs are always THAT appealing, GG Nexon. And don't even get me started on their gachapon system - it's such a scam! You would have to honestly spend hundreds of dollars in one sitting to get anything even remotely good. Maybe you're ok with that, or MAYBE you're one of the few who gets ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ lucky and gets something worth 50m after spending 5 dollars. Lets be honest, that doesn't happen all that often. Although it seems to happen more to newer players than those who are veteran players, from what I've noticed myself and heard through other people. Why give a veteran something good if you already have them hooked on the game and spending money? Let's reel in the newer people to get them to spend more money in the future! Honestly if you're looking to find a game you love and stick with it, do yourself a favor and DO NOT play a "Free to Play" game such as this. Playing a sub game(typically $15/mo) usually includes everything you will ever really need.

SUMMARY:
Sexy outfits with a vast, neverending variety of fashion choices to which you can customize exactly(NEARLY all the time) to your liking=GOOD. If you like anime based games=GOOD. The company, the community, the functionality of the game itself, and of course, your forever empty wallet from too much Mabi addiction purchases when it comes time to pay for rent..and Idk...maybe buy food so you can eat? = BAAAAAAAAAAD

Even still, I'll never quit.
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gabeviator
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Its good
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Varias
( 1,998.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Generations 1-12 were great storywise along with the Saga episodes that closed off the original few generations. Everything after goes downhill in terms of gameplay, constant grinding and Nexon pulling schemes to get players to spend their money over and over. It's basically a pay to win game with a free to play mask over it.

The Alexina server community is absolutely terrible and filled with drama. (People are catfishing others, manipulating and turning friends against one another).

This game used to be fun after awhile, but it eventually ended up dead thanks to a horrible gaming community. Not all guilds are bad, but some are just completely manipulative & deceitful. (One example is a certain "Knowledge" group with a catfish for a leader and a deceitful liar as the secondary).

While the other servers are practically dead, Alexina is brimming to life with nonstop drama.

This game is not worth your time, money, and sanity.
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rkathryn98
( 145.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
This game is a VERY lovely game with lovely players in it! There are good events every now and then, so many nice people! like if your a new to the game most players won't call you noob they will help you! Its a really fun game but they could add another game other then mafa? that would be awesome! maybe they could add hide and seek? mini games? racing? id love that! So anyways... i rate this game 10/10! Also could you add more classes? that would be awesome! thank you for taking your time reading this ^~^ (PS the game keeps saying i have scurity theart and idk why but can you fix that? thanks!)
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NukaWolf
( 20.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
The Game Is Good I Like Its Simple Art Style And Its Gameplay 8/8
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Weeb Theorem
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
>open Mabinogi, currently optimistic
>started customizing my character
>Realized the age was actually the height and tiddy modifier
>realized age changed your clothes' colors
>picked age with the coolest colors
>realized changing anything changes clothes' colors
>sort of confused and frustrated by this, no longer optimistic
>begrudgingly continue to customize my character
>clothes change to all sorts of ♥♥♥♥♥♥ colors
>finish customizing my character
>wow, I got the original colors I wanted back
>optimistic again
>game puts me in what I can only assume is Heaven
>start wallking around
>cutscene plays where Fate/Stay night girl with big tiddy comes in
>I continue walking around like a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ while the cutscene is still playing
>internally laughing like a maniac
>skip all the dialogue, who cares amirite?
>she gives me some things and the game fades to white
>oh, it didn't fade to white
>game crashed
>Mabinogi music is blaring in the background
>I open my task manager
>realize the crashed Mabinogi window is covering task manager
>can't do ♥♥♥♥ now as I struggle to think of some solution to closing Mabinogi while Mabinogi blares it's music
>reluctantly restart my computer

10/10, what a trip
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teeheeman™
( 18.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
I cant believe how much i played this before
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Douglas Bolden
( 1,307.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Almost 1,300 hours on record as I write this. Let's start out by saying that Mabinogi is an older game. They have a lot of broken controls(MAINLY FULLSCREEN), Immense Lag, Potential Hackers/Soft Hackers, bugs(Name one game that doesn't have a bug), and potential for seizures. I want you to know, as a reader these are not as bad as they seem. IF ANYTHING, they are what make the game awesome.

This game is one of the best games I will have ever wasted my life on.

The events cause alot of chaos and turmoil.
The events are usually crap, and then you have the events that are some of the best ever.

Everything in this game will cost you real money, if you are looking to become one of those super players. (OR IN MY CASE, A LOT OF MY TIME.)

You will simply fall in love with the game for it's broken controls, the rage it gives you and the people. THE ECONOMY SUCKS. Do I suggest this game? YES.

TL/DR:

This game will make you want to slap a sibling, but you will love the ideology behind it's smooth, beautiful interface.
IF YOU DO NOT LIKE THIS GAME, YOU ARE AN ABHORRENT, YELLOW BELLIED IDEALOGUE.

9.3/10 I give most game 6/10. PLAY IT. Add me in game, and I will help you start.

in-game name is dougbolden

See you there.
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Rosiesprincess
( 30.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Ive been trying to log into mabinogi because ever since I first saw it I always wanted to play on it but either the thing never launches yet it says its running on steam or it wont even open the actual game and instead just the launcher for it but never launch it. Im kinda disappointed with the launching of the game not working for me because I was so hyped when I saw it. I dont know if its just my computer or a actual bug but I would like to know if this is fixable or a glitch. And yes I know this might get hate- but still. I tried to open it several times- it just wont open.
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50 of 62 people (81%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
685.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Mabinogi: The Fantasy/Anime Life
(This hits the character limit, by the way. Scroll to the bottom for the important summary/spoiler.)

Mabinogi is my number one favorite game of all time. I'm not one for number ratings so base your opinions on my biased ones. This is the first time I've actually devoted time to seriously reviewing something, so feel free to leave me any feedback or whatever. I'll try not to spoil anything. Here we go.

The Graphics
This game is simultaneously great and terrible with graphics. Earlier content is standard, not too detailed or appealing, and may be all around bland. In my potentially terrible and possibly uneducated opinion, the game would leave more to be desired considering it's an anime inspired game.

AND YET...

Due to the lack of amazing cutting edge graphics, you can generally use your imagination to fill in the amazing level of detail. Also, considering how long ago the game was made, and how easy the game is to run (even if it doesn't run perfectly or crashes or whatever), I could let it slide. My toaster didn't short out, so it's a win in my book.

The Stories
This one is tricky. The game has a storyline based on many of it's major updates and they're labeled as generations. The writing and detail in most of the game's dialogue and story pretty much can be summed up in the word "anime" with you being the star of it all. My only complaint would have to be that some of the later generations seemed to be excuses for adding in newer skills to the game. Some things wouldn't add up to me while playing, and the skills you get being the ace in the hole to beat that certain end generation boss, or that last unexplained solution or clutch thing someone does to save the day inexplicably just screams "anime." The latest generation (Generation 20 as of this review) is the perfect example.

But hey! You can turn into a god of immense power with dope skills that do massive damage for no reason halfway through the story. So there's that.

The Gameplay (This is my favorite part. Try to stay with me on this one, of skim/skip it to save time.)
Playing Mabinogi is like playing a smaller, and simpler version of World of Warcraft. You run around this world, hit things to level up, run dungeons for loot and experience as per any other MMO of the like.

But Mabinogi is kind of special. Let's talk about skills first. Skills are grouped together and collectively add experience to a "talent" system, and upon leveling up, adds stats to your character. Every skill has a rank, which is increased by ability points earned from leveling up, and range from Novice->F->A->9->1, with 1 being the highest. With the transition from novice to F and A to 9 being instantaneous, that's a total of 16 ranks per skill. Some combat skills works in a basic Rock, Paper, Scissors fiasco(smash beats defense, counterattack beats smash, etc), while some works based on properly timing your skills to deal, avoid, and spread damage (looking at you, Gunslinger and Ninja). The non-combat skills and talents vary from the standard MMO cookie cutter stuff (Fishing, Cooking, Adventure, etc) to somewhat unique things that only playing the game could explain (Battle/Construct Alchemy, Wine Making, Carpentry, etc). The skills in the game are well complimented by the leveling system. On a side note, skills have certain requirements that have to be met to gain experience. The system feels broken/improperly scaled for most skills, but that's just an opinion. Anyway, this system allows you to take on literally anything at any time, which lets you make that perfect MMO/Anime character you've always dreamed of.

Let me also add briefly that the game has a hidden stat called combat power that guages your power based on how much you've leveled certain skills. Moving on...

Leveling up in Mabinogi is very different from other games due to the unlimited level cap for CUMULATIVE levels.
Here's the kicker though: you can only reach a maximum CURRENT level of 200.
To clarify, this means that as you play the game, you can play up to level 200 before you can't level up anymore (which is hard, tedious, and dumb), so to make playing the game fun again, you get to REBIRTH, which sets your character back to level 1, and lets you grind back up again for more ability points. Rebirthing works on a 24 hour limit up until cumulative level 1000, and afterwards works on a time frame of 1 week. Fortunately, you can reallocate every single point you get before you get there, which means at level 999, you can talk to an NPC who can set all of your skills back to novice and give you a chance to remake yourself entirely if you're not happy with the results. By the time you hit 1000, though, you'll be strong enough to handle majority of the game, if you haven't already, with the only main downside being that the game scales with you on some fronts in terms of enemy difficulty, which can lead to many instances of artificial difficulty.

Nexon is very good at creating that, by the way. Speaking of bad things, time for the opinionated negatives.

This all ties together, actually. Playing the game, you level up as you normally would, putting your points into your skills like you want to, and being the awesome character you want to be. Then you get to that dungeon or boss you can't beat that hits you like a truck because you're stuck in the asphalt in the center of the road. No problem. Go train your skills and get better at the game. By the time you get better though, you reach a level that ups the game difficulty, which makes the dungeon harder, and on top of that, the skills get harder to train, because the monsters that used to be "boss" level to you are only "powerful" now due to increased combat power, so you can't fulfill skill requirements as easily or as fast.

See where I'm going with this? The game mechanics can unknowingly make the game harder on you the stronger you get. This isn't a common problem due to Nexon locking the difficulty on most missions via updates, as well as making most missions "partyable", but when it hits you it hurts.

Phew...moving on.
Still with me? Hey! Wake up! We're almost done, I swear.

Everything else.
Here are all the other things that are not or may not be worthy of mentioning for one reason or another. I'll try to keep these in a few sentences or less.

The community isn't very large, as the game has been around for a long time and other games have surfaced. Most of the time you'll get complaints of people going AFK all the time, or higher lvl people treating weaker players with less respect, but that's every MMO at this point. Let's be honest. It doesn't always happen either. A good amount of the community is actually pretty cool for the most part, but keep in mind, you don't need people to play the game. It's only recommended, and there are few instances where teamwork is necessary, especially if you already know what you're doing.

The game almost always has an in game event going on, but they're all usually uneventful. Ironic eh? They're usually simple, easy, or uninteresting due to one of several factors. The events that get the most attention generally involve some fancy or amazing skill, action, item, etc that everyone wants to claim, or sell for the profit.


In Summary
Mabinogi has captivated me. It showed me what I wanted in this genre of video game, and even though it's far from perfect, I love it to death. I wouldn't recommend playing it though...it hasn't aged well unfortunately...

#Discussions_QuoteBlock_Author
"Nexon loves their ♥♥♥♥. They turned Nao, a 9 year old, into an F Cup over the course of several in game years. Even if she's technically is an adult now, isn't she a teenager in age? Good job Korea."
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
51.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
I would mainly prefer this game for people who who are bored and don't know what to play.
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52 of 82 people (63%) found this review helpful
91 people found this review funny
11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1,500.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Love this game! Have played for abut 8 years. They are always coming out with new events and new pets you can get for your characters! Plus its a free to play. You can make purchases such as pets and outfits but can still do really well in the game without using real money! I would recommend this game to anyone there is always something for everyone!
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
60.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Hello! My name is Nyxis and I am going to review Mabinogi! This is my first review, so I'm sorry if it sounds off at all.
Mabinogi is an MMORPG based around... well, life itself. Fantasy life, specifically. You can be anything, from a bard, to a dual-blade weilder, to someone who just milks cows (production mastery!).
The game is very old however, and the graphics in the starting town for humans (Tir) definitely shows it's age. The textures for newer items and such look much better than the older counterparts, but it can be a bit offsetting if you compare it to some newer games.
Overall I'd give Mabi a 9/10 since other than the graphics (and some say clunky controls, but I digress) it's a really amazing, and really enjoyable game! (I for one don't even mind the older graphics, it's a bit endearing to me, eheh. )

P.S. I DO prefer the nexon launcher to the steam launcher at times, but they both work wonderfully. It's always a good idea to use both, however, since sometimes one works when the other does not.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
>open Mabinogi, currently optimistic
>started customizing my character
>Realized the age was actually the height and tiddy modifier
>realized age changed your clothes' colors
>picked age with the coolest colors
>realized changing anything changes clothes' colors
>sort of confused and frustrated by this, no longer optimistic
>begrudgingly continue to customize my character
>clothes change to all sorts of ♥♥♥♥♥♥ colors
>finish customizing my character
>wow, I got the original colors I wanted back
>optimistic again
>game puts me in what I can only assume is Heaven
>start wallking around
>cutscene plays where Fate/Stay night girl with big tiddy comes in
>I continue walking around like a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ while the cutscene is still playing
>internally laughing like a maniac
>skip all the dialogue, who cares amirite?
>she gives me some things and the game fades to white
>oh, it didn't fade to white
>game crashed
>Mabinogi music is blaring in the background
>I open my task manager
>realize the crashed Mabinogi window is covering task manager
>can't do ♥♥♥♥ now as I struggle to think of some solution to closing Mabinogi while Mabinogi blares it's music
>reluctantly restart my computer

10/10, what a trip
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Recommended
50.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
Friends, ignore my low hour count on steam. I've invested atleast 5 years into this game in the standalone version.
This is a fun wonderful game that I only have good things to say about. The only negative things I'd ever say about Mabinogi were community-based. (E.G. trolls, afkers, bullies - jerks you find in a lot of places)

Mabinogi is probably the most diverse anime-themed game I know. With a fantastic gigantic fashion clothing & armor system where you can express yourself in anyway you imagined yourself. It's a fun ride when you're playing it together with friends you know on there. Having a huge friendly community makes the experience inside this game ever better! And it's a shame the community suffered many declines in the past years, but it's being revived in 2016. I've met a lot of friendly people and seen a lot of new beginners finally flowing through the northern towns in the Uladh continent as well as explorers flying throughout Iria again. And I'm glad. This game needs some attention.

Haven't given this game a try? It's a fun free-to-play without any attached strings. Only thing essential in the Cash shops are the pets, but new players get permanent flying and ground mountable pets on their first login anyways!

So what's the harm in trying? Do it. You might find yourself enjoying it for a week, if not more.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
440.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
I like how compaired to the other mmos that I have played in the past this gives you such control over the differnt skills and classes you can have for your character. It gives a feel that makes it seem like you are able to customize the characters not only in a cosmetic fasion but their skills also. I feel like anyone who wishes they had more choice in play stile in their mmo should try this game.
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Not Recommended
51.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
Pay no attention to my hours on record, I've been playing this game on and off via mabinogi launcher since 2008, before they switched to Steam.

Honestly I have a love hate relationship with this game. It's addicting as hell and even though I hate so much about it I can never leave. Skip to the bottom summary if you don't want a list of reasons for my love hate relationship.

THE GOOD:
There are things I love about this game that differentiates it from other games, things that I have never seen in any other game from all my years of gaming. The whole fasion system is AMAZINGGGGG (OMG I cannot express that enough) and for a girly-girl who loves video games at the same time, that's a total sell. Any other time I play a different video game I constantly complain about their lack of costume creativity. Being able to hoard 150+ outfits, AND dye them EXACTLY how I want with such a variety of colors is what makes me never want to leave Mabi. I'm 150% attached to every single one of my imaginary items. Also, I think this game has a really interesting story line, I know some people who even fan girl over it. I love a lot of the music (for those of you who actually listen to the game you're playing), and the fact that it's an anime based game is really appealling to me. In addition, this game is responsible for me having met the best friend I've ever had (including actual face to face friends), and I can see us being friends for a very long time, even forever perhaps if we do not loose touch being long distance and all.

THE BAD:
The reasons I hate mabi seem to be endless. Granted, their customer service is EASILY 200% better than it was even 3 years ago, it still isn't great. The game itself doesn't run very well, it lags A LOT and makes you want to throw your keyboard, punch a wall, or a person, etc.; even though I have one step below business class internet with a custom built compter that can handle games like AION, TERA, and FFXIV perfectly. The community (at least the Mari server) is GOD AWFUL. They are relentless when it comes to harrassment and even death threats if you ♥♥♥♥ off the wrong person who just so happens to be friends with ALL OF THE TROLLS in the merchant channel. They know exactly what buttons to push, things you wouldn't even imagine another human being, being capable of saying. Yet, Nexon has yet to care about any of it. There's also the times where one or a small group of person(s) decide to use an incredibly illegal hack to where the entire server crashes, and there's a rollback that causes you to loose really rare stuff. And does Nexon care and/or replace your items? Of course not, because they don't have any kind of tracking system like that of WOW (not that I've played, because it's hideous, but have heard about) where they can verify that you did indeed have said rare item, and now you want to cry your eyes out for a week because you lost your favorite item(s).!!!WARNING!!!:The whole free to pay thing, yeah not. PAY TO WIN, and have sexy outfits. Which I, like many Mabi players, cannot have enough of. My first 5 years of playing this game, I had kept every single one of my Nexon cards ever purchased at a gas station. Why? Idk maybe one day I had hoped if I spent enough money and could visualize it, I would stop giving them so much money. I had spent literally THOUSANDS$$$ of dollars on this game in that amount of time. After that, when I got my own bank card and started using that online, it only got worse. The prices are ALWAYS rising too. I just came back from a 6 month break and noticed that their outfit shopping bags, which WERE $6.50-$7.50, and are now at $9.90 each. And of COURSE you can't buy JUST one, no! Because their new outfit designs are always THAT appealing, GG Nexon. And don't even get me started on their gachapon system - it's such a scam! You would have to honestly spend hundreds of dollars in one sitting to get anything even remotely good. Maybe you're ok with that, or MAYBE you're one of the few who gets ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ lucky and gets something worth 50m after spending 5 dollars. Lets be honest, that doesn't happen all that often. Although it seems to happen more to newer players than those who are veteran players, from what I've noticed myself and heard through other people. Why give a veteran something good if you already have them hooked on the game and spending money? Let's reel in the newer people to get them to spend more money in the future! Honestly if you're looking to find a game you love and stick with it, do yourself a favor and DO NOT play a "Free to Play" game such as this. Playing a sub game(typically $15/mo) usually includes everything you will ever really need.

SUMMARY:
Sexy outfits with a vast, neverending variety of fashion choices to which you can customize exactly(NEARLY all the time) to your liking=GOOD. If you like anime based games=GOOD. The company, the community, the functionality of the game itself, and of course, your forever empty wallet from too much Mabi addiction purchases when it comes time to pay for rent..and Idk...maybe buy food so you can eat? = BAAAAAAAAAAD

Even still, I'll never quit.
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Recommended
78.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
I've only played for 60+ hours, but I think I have a good idea of what this game is all about.

Here is a list of everything subjectively good or bad about the game:

-Buggy and glitchy. I've only tried the Steam client, but it's almost impossible to start up and impossible to quit. It crashes all the time, and lots of things ingame don't work. It usually takes me 3 tries to get the game running.

-Visuals. The game does a good job at being very cutesy and anime, the style is not the problem. I'm sympathetic for a 2004 game, but the graphics are very outdated. And even then, the game is very poorly optimized and your performance is usually impaired by flashy abilities. Many of the dungeon maps are reused often resulting in confusing awkward rooms and hallways that have nothing in them. And the game's dungeons are always the same thing: Hit the orbs. Kill the mobs. Get the key. Go to the next room. Repeat until boss room.

-Soundtrack. The music in this game is usually really bad, and sometimes ok. It's also very repetitive, with the same tracks used over and over again. Many characters have their own unique theme, however, which is a plus. Here's an example... make sure to turn your volume down for this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEY7xS7-6ig

-Clunky Combat. The combat system in Mabinogi is unique, with a rock paper scissors type of system going on. Mabinogi is not a button smasher, and if you go in and press random buttons you will die. You have to actually go through the tutorial, and it's pretty frustrating and complicated to figure out at first. It's not even worth it in the end; yes, it makes the game harder as it forces you to pay attention, but the horrendous LAG that Mabinogi innately has makes the combat system which relies on reflexes impossible. Generally you just DC, everything stands still, and when you reconnect you're already dead.

-You can play the game without paying money, with an exception of the social life aspects of the game. You have a homestead, which you can put things on for free overtime. However, you can't go inside your house (unless you pay for a different kind of home in a seperate place), and it's purely for looks or for a place to put work stations in. Even the houses you can buy and go into in the game cannot be decorated, and are used as stores where merchandise literally just lies on the ground. The game is very bland and has minimal scenery decoration indoors. You have to pay for pretty clothing and pets, making roleplaying even more difficult without spending money, especially for "fashionistas".

Most everything combat wise however, is given to you for free as you go through the main questlines. You can get decent armor and weapons, and you can get a land mount and a flying mount. Most of the "talents" or classes are unlocked for free. Rarely, especially during certain "events" that happen over and over again annually (no new content), you can get the ingame shop items for free. Overall though, I'd say the game does a good job at not being P2W.

-The game is essentially dead. You do most things alone, with the exception of some dedicated groups of players left. Definitely play on the most popular servers.

-Bards. The game has bards, which is an usual sight in an MMORPG. The bards are a perfect example of something that can be both combat capable and something that can roleplay well. The music system in the game is really awesome too, since you can compose your own songs. There is a variety of instruments, though most are very expensive and difficult to get besides the standard lute.

-No endgame content. There's very little to do eventually, especially if you power through it and try to progress quickly. I took my time slowly, which is where most of my playtime comes from.

I wish I could give an unbiased recommendation, but I'm going to recommend it. I've heard that in the past it was much better. But as of right now, it's at that threshold where if you're really bored and looking for something to do, it's worth a try, especially for being a mostly free game. I had a fun time personally.

Turn back now if you're looking for a good game.




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