WARNING: THIS WILL FEEL MORE LIKE A COMPLAINT THAN A REVIEW
Okay, I'll stop being lazy and post an actual review of this game. For the heads up so you don't go all, "You haven't even tried this game!" on me, I have played this game from 2009-2013 (with several breaks inbetween).
Anyway, this game is the generic anime MMORPG with men running around disguised as women and vice-versa (you know, to keep the creeps away). With a click-and-sit system and months of grinding-even with an EXP. buff. Honestly, all I can say is the friends/guildmates I met are the ones that kept me coming back after 2009-2010.
PS. (11/1/14) After looking at this half-done "review", I take back my statement with men-playing-as-women. Some men just enjoy trying different things, same goes with women.
PROBLEMS WITH THIS GAME?
The cash shop. 'Nuff said.
The problem with the cash shop, is that it ruins PvP. Entirely. I remember walking into Uruga (main city), fresh 60, with a bunch of 100's and 90's with an arrow above their head (which I later learned, it was a debuff), and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. However, PvP since then has died down - rapidly. The excitement of Abyss wars, FBZ wars, or just wars in general, used to be the most exciting and anticipating thing in the game that kept me going (well, part of it was my guildmates).
The cash shop allows you to use CHARMS IN PVP.
When you kill someone, "CHARMED!"
When someone kills you, "CHARMED!"
When you get killed by the hammer in PvP KQ, "CHARMED11!!1"
Nobody assumes a player is good anymore - heck, the "good" players are considered good when they use charms. However, I am not discrediting those who worked hard in raids to earn their well-earned gear. Just those who assume one is using charms or is one of those pvp-charm-users.
(A/N) This is an exaggeration, of course. However, some people really did act like this. Also, charms aren't as bad as they seem, it's just that it caused people to become somewhat paranoid of it and believe that everyone that doesn't take 10k dmg from them is charmed.
Right, now for the more serious problem. PvE.
This game is literally a grind-fest. At level 90 (or so), I was able to run Leviathan runs for gear and EXP. While using an EXP. booster, it still took me OVER 4-6 HOURS just to gain maybe 20-40%. That's terrible. Kid me not, it was MUCH longer once I hit 100. (I don't even understand why I stuck around). Heck, I was looking forward to leveling my alts again, which normally would be the thing I hated the most.
At level 93 or 94, all you can really do - besides that terrible leviathan run - was to do a quest repeat which gave 1% every turn in and had terrible drop rates.
Leviathan became around 10-15% every 4-6 hour grind in the later 90's.
I salute everyone who took the time to level their characters to 100+.
PS. I hated when they stopped making that cool mage animation with their spammable skill.. forgot which, but they kicked and it was cool.
Okay, yes, this game had a few good things. (From my point of view, it was the nostalgia that kept me going). If you're lucky, you would've made a guild/found a guild that's friendly and fun to be with, making everything much more worth it. However, the rest of the community... not so much.
Although they rarely do, but the events in this game are fantastic. My favorite was the Christmas one and I kept killing GM's. :)
The flashiness of the weapons - yesss. I thought +10'ing my stuff made my character look absolutely beast. Heck, when I first hit 100, I walked around (like a boss) Elderine and Roumen with my +10's looking so fresh. (Then in a few seconds, I would be bombarded by, "Buffplz," but who cares?)
RIGHT. I WILL NOW BE GETTING DOWNVOTES, BECAUSE.... this didn't really feel like an actual review, more like an experience of my pain. Haha.
TL;DR. I would never play this game again and would not recommend it - unless you like big grinds and people walking around in the opposite gender's character. ;)
PS. THAT MOUNT DURATION STUFF WAS ABSOLUTELY MONEY-EATING.
PPS. I downloaded this game on steam and sat there for 20 minutes, just to write a review.