A once great game now nothing more than a black hole for your wallets bordom. Maginogi, coming on 9 years live, has seen better days with more activity. What can be said? Nexon, the publishing company for the devcat studio based in Souel, South Korea, has watch its hit game run into the ground.
Nexon is no better, letting employees abuse the job by ban hammering anyone they please or creating chaos without due consequence or respect. Before Danel Kim showed up with KNoxxr, the infamious CFO, VP to PR; Mabinogi held on to the top 5 list in IGNs best free to play, letting player customize thier "Fantasy Life" and giving them room to follow a path of their own choosing without talent trees to follow. Mabi once held a hybrid subscription, where you could play as much a you want but things like mainstream storylines and talking with your egos, was not premitted unless you paid the 15$ a month. Rebirths weren't free either.
So whats changed and does it get my seal?
First off lets look at events.
Events have always had something to remember them by in terms of unquieness. Now every three months there is a fishing event. Events now do not reward the player justly as it did 2-3 years ago. Events are also tuned a step above in terms of difficulty. So no matter what your doing some event that you just can't solo, and if you do; the reward never fits, ever.
RNG, or random number generator, is heavly used in Mabinogi, mainly with life skills. If you ever enchanted something, you know what I mean, if not this is how it works, mabi never has a 100% garuntee unless it involves quest items. Now normally 100% meant 100%. From experence, 100% isnt 100%. At times the RNG feels more broken then working within the bounds it was meant for. Even Will Saves don't always roll and check. That being said it doesn't seem like the game likes playing fair.
Lately Content seems exhusted from being crapped out every 6 months for huge lore updates. The latest Saga season feels rushed and doesn't even explain anything past the re washed Ruairi hates everyone and no one live a hapy life. Old content has now been nerfed. Honestly, I hate how g1-12 have been reduced, even noobs can take Glas on alone and win. Although I do get bragging rights for about 90% of my toons passing g3 before nerfdom, the nerf given is a bit extreme. Without a level cap, or an end game result, nerfing kinda felt pointless.
Leveling no longer require grinding. Before g17, players were capped at 100, requiring more exp to be gained between times. Level 30 for most was the start of grindy. Now players can level to 100 with no problem. With Mobs that carry the Ancient title, exp is increased greatly for those not label weak against you.
Combat, Loot and game Mechanics.
Ok, here I'll start with combat.
Starting off in G2, you could use the skills you obtained from vairous parts of Ulhaid, and make combos or useful ideas to down a somewhat OP mob. Now the combat engine features a no load, post-use cooldown. Effectivly making me feel weaker and using my skill with way more cumbersome use. Before you could use stradegy or have a unquie fighting style, where now is more number crunching to one hit everything.
Loot is for the most part off and on when it comes to getting that one thing. For one, Ancients used to drop items that normally you would find in Advance dungeons, Theater Missions, Shadow Missions, or quest items like Fireball shockwave thunder or Ice Spear. They now drop nothing. Mabinogi also has annoying times where the loot given for very hard mobs dont fit what so ever. Where trash drops better than average stuff where the boss drops trash.(Yes some do). And if your looking to farm gold from Mobs, do not bother. Your better off playing the market.
Game Mechaincs are the only thing that do make sense. If someone has a shield and is defending, no matter the skill the cannot be knocked back unless being charged. SOme mobs have certain restrictions when it comes to fighting them. However limited, mechanics still exist.
Community is dead.
Customer Support is really a bad joke now. Submit a ticket and get a response in a week, if your graced with good fortune. Everyone who answer a ticket is cryptic, ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ like, ♥♥♥♥♥♥ bag, or plain ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ and lazy. They treat you like ♥♥♥♥ and still expect you to be ok with it. GMs are now not allowed to make them selves public due to a bad day in Dunbarton. PR is not something Nexon is fond of assocating themselves with. Modders have even moved on, not to the 5 anti cheating systems now in place, but merely because Nexon will ban anyone for any reason no questions or refunds.
It has its sales, it has good things. Mainly more for people who have nothing else to blow money on.
The same when it launched. Mabi uses an anime style of CGI. But no improvements have been made since. Same with Sound.
This is a game for those who once played it, I will never recommend a Nexon game, ever. Mabinogi is more for those who want nostagla. Otherwise, your in for a night of swearing.