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Hi. English is not my native language, sorry for my mistakes!
In this thread, I am showing the PROS and the CONS of PWI without raging. :P
I'm not an angry kid who overreacts everything and writes untrue things about PWI... I see too many posts like that and I'm sick of them.
I've been playing PWI for 2 years, I have several high lvl characters (even 100+), so I know the game well. I like it, but I have to admit it: PWI does have flaws (like any other games). Perfect World is not perfect, but still a pretty decent free MMO.
+ Decent graphics, detailed character cutomization, a huge world and movement freedom.
Even though the game is somewhat old now and most of the older towns look outdated, the graphics are pretty nice compared to other free MMOs. I have antialiasing enabled at my graphics card settings, it makes the game look even better. The character cusomization is very detailed, especially for older races, you can make your character look unique (including dyeable, permanent fashion). The game world is relatively big compared to other free MMOs, and you can even unlock new maps (Old Heaven's Tear, Heaven / Hell when you reach 89, etc). Flying is not that special anymore, but yeah, we can fly anywhere except for instances (flying time is NOT limited), we can swim and climb on buildings. We have several quests in the sky, under water and even quests that require jumping.
+ Plenty of quests, daily quests and instances. No grinding!
PWI is not your usual grindfest. There are hundreds of quests and plenty of dailies to help you lvl. These might get boring after a while, but much better than mindless grinding, right? Do these quests with friends, talk to others and have fun, I'm sure you will enjoy them. Bounty Hunter, Crazy Stone, World quests, Goshiki quest chain, Frostcovered City and many more are waiting for you to speed up your lvling!
+ Party oriented gameplay, lots of players and nice people.
PWI is one of the most populated free MMOs with lots of players and also one of the friendliest community. There are rude players (like in every games), but most of the time, people are really nice and helpful. If you approach others politely and kindly, they will be nice to you too. You can even enjoy random squads (parties) if you talk to others and try to make friends. The keyword in MMOs: friends. If you have friends, you will enjoy anything, not only in PWI, but in other games as well.
+ Relatively easy to get money.
I know many people don't agree, but it IS easy to get money in PWI. People say everything is overpriced and hard to get. Why? Because they always RUSH. They spend all their time lvling, reaching max lvl as fast as possible. Then they realize they don't have money because they never stopped their crazy lvling to farm instances or world bosses. If you take your time, do your quests instead of lvling with Hyper Exp Stones, go to TT (Twilight Temple) to farm, hunt down world bosses with your faction, you will always have enough money for decent gear for your lvl. After lvl 100, you can easily earn millions of coins just by doing BH100 and Nirvana daily. You can slowly save up enough coins for all your endgame stuff. If you have a good AoE character, you can also farm DQs, high lvl ones sell for 10k or more (each) thanks to the Dragon Point system! I can easily AoE grind 100 DQs in 40-50 minutes with my Cleric (poison mobs) and that means 1 million coins! People who say only cash shoppers win in this game are liars and they are lazy players who do not take their time to EARN coins! You can't earn money as fast as a cash shopper, true. But you can always save up. I don't understand people who want stuff RIGHT NOW. This is an MMO, you are supposed to get good stuff over time, not everything in one day. I'll be honest, I did spend money on this game but only 20 dollars back in 2009 when I was a newbie and only bought fashion (because I'm a girl). xD For PVE, TT / Legendary / OHT or even 3star gear is enough with average refines / gems and these are not expensive. PVP is another story...
I'll be honest, I never PVP, it does not entertain me (maybe because I'm a girl). But since it is a part of the game, and others might be interested in it, I have to mention it. There are these PVP lovers who are rich in real life and they spend thousands of dollars on pixels just to kill other players... No offence, but this is ridiculously stupid. But yeah, there are players like that. Cash shop DOES imbalance PVP. You DO need better gear than the average PVE stuff to compete in PVP. Nothing to be surprised about, PVP works like this in every free MMOs, sadly. This does not mean the game is 'pay to win' because PVP is a very small part of the game, it's highly optional (PVE server), and you basically get nothing for PVPing. You mainly do PVE, that's how you lvl afterall, and PVE is easy with average gear.
- Not for soloers.
This is a positive thing for me, because I LOVE partying and talking to people. But others might not like this. PWI is not for lonely soloers! You can easily do your normal quests alone, but you will need help for cultivation bosses / instances! Just join a faction, most of them are willing to help.
- Too much exp, too fast lvling.
If you're rich, you can easily reach lvl 100 with only Oracles and Hyper Exp Stones in just a few weeks! I really don't like this. Too fast lvling makes too many high lvl people who can't even play their own class. If you don't use any lvling items, you can get to 100 in 5-6 months, if you play at least a few hours every day (this is optimal).
- Bugs / glitches.
We do have bugs and glitches and developers don't really want to fix them. This is the game's biggest flaw, in my opinion.
The game's other biggest flaw, the balance issues what 5aps caused. 5aps aka 5 attacks per second is available for around 700 million coins (total price of the aps gears needed), it is definitely a cash shopper thing. 5aps is mainly for melee classes but I've seen 5aps Archers and Venos as well. It's totally ruining the game, making magic classes not needed. What's a strong magic spell compared to FIVE melee attacks EVERY second??? Nothing! Endgame is screwed up because of 5aps and I really want them to remove it... Maybe one day... x.x
~ Territory Wars.
I didn't mention this at PVP, TW is kind of a 'neutral' thing for me. Factions fight for a part of the map. If the place is not taken by a faction, you have to fight against mobs (that's what I did once). If the place is taken, you have to defend it against an other faction that wants to take it from you. I've never tried it, others say it's fun.
~ Flying and mounts.
Other people find these things too expensive, but this depends on the flyer / mount you get. You can get a decent, maxed mount or flyer for a relatively cheap price. Same or similar speed RARE ones are way too overpriced. But why would you pay more for the same speed just because it looks fancier? Makes no sense to me.
Refining IS hard in PWI, the success rates are really low, especially at higher lvls. You shouldn't refine until lvl 70 or 80, it's a waste of money (unless you're rich). After 90 and 100, your best bet is the Dragon Orb. Dragon Orbs grant 100% success and in the long run, it's cheaper than wasting Mirages. For PVE, +4 or +5 is more than enough, really. It's relatively cheap, you can slowly save up the money you need for DOrbs. For PVP, you better get +8 or better stuff (max is +12).
Other people often complain about lag, but I can't really say anything about it, because I rarely feel lag. Note that I have a very good computer and super fast internet.
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I want to reborn as a Sylvari.