I'm going to be honest...I kind of liked this game, at the start. Steampunk and fantasy, what could go wrong? And at the start, it was quite fun, seemed like good story...until you get to Arkadia.
It doesn't take long for the game to get repetetive. In fact, to level up all you need to do is log into the game and claim daily prizes, that's about it. Fighting is routine, just mash hordes of monsters. As a player of MMOs such as Dungeons & Dragons Online and The Lord of the Rings Online, I had high hopes for City of Steam.
Alas, while it was cool in the beginning...it gets boring once you get to the main city in the game. There's not much storyline after the intro, and you can't do much in the way of exploring. The races are balanced, the concept of the game is very promising...but if you're intending on playing it past the intro, I can't suggest it. All it's good for in the end is going into a dungeon and killing hordes of bugs and mechanical annoyances, which aren't that hard to beat. Even the bosses are easy to take down. As a player of MMOs, I was hoping for more actual fighting and...well, being able to explore the world.
As much as I wish I could, I can't recommend this game. Does the story show promise? Yes. Could the game have been more than it is? Yes. The sad part is the developers didn't take that route, and City of Steam: Arkadia seems like it's vastly unfinished in terms of story and exploration.