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Been playing this game since CB (July 2010), and still have a love affair with this game. I try a lot of F2P games and quickly delete them from my hard drive. If I do continue to play a game, I get bored with it in about 3 to 4 months. Here I am, after almost 10 months, still plugging away, playing.
I'm a casual player, slow to level, get called away from the computer often. That happens when you're a Mom. I was originally attracted to it for the cute graphics. Yes, I know, some of you graphic snobs hate the look of the game. But don't judge a game by it's cover! If you can get past the cartoony look, it's a delightful game.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways...
1. Quests - I hate to grind levels. Sure questing can be considered grinding, but at least at the end of killing the mobs you get a little bonus. There are so many quests, I almost get overwhelmed. There are mainline quests, side quests, bulletin quests. Quests out the kazoo!
2. Crafting - You get 2 life skills to begin with. You can also buy additional life skills from your guild NPC. The hardest thing about the crafting is gathering the materials for it. Since you can run 3 clients, most people make gathering alts, and have the alts mining, collecting, etc all day. You can make armor, weapons, HP/MP pots. There are recipes you can buy or are dropped from bosses that allow you to make very nice items.
3. PvP/PvE - You can choose between a PvP and a PvE server. In the mood to pk the heck out of people? Play PvP. Want to veg and just quest? Play PvE. You cannot transfer between servers, but you can always have characters on both! I do!
4. Guild System - The guild system is nice You have a guild square that everyone in the guild can to go, and it's HUGE! At the square there is a personal warehouse and a guild warehouse. You also have guild quests you can do. There is a series of guild quests that you can do solo. A series of quests for a guild team that people refer to as G4. And a quest you can do as a guild. There is also a golden tree that comes alive twice per day for 10 minutes. You get exp everytime you hit it during those 10 minutes. At the end of that time, the tree will place treasure chests around the guild square. Hide and seek!
5. Events - The GM and CM are great about providing events for us all. Free stuff is given out all the time through these events. Costumes, mounts, talisman covers, gold chips. I've never played a game where there is always some kind of event going on.
6. Taming - You can tame pets and mounts. The pets give help you with passive skills and are used for autopathing. They don't fight. But you do level them, and choose the passive skill build that will benefit your character. Mounts are generally combat mounts, and are somewhat class specific. You can also get traveling mounts (non-combat).
7. Cash Shop - YOU DON'T HAVE TO SPEND REAL MONEY. Should I repeat? You don't have to spend real money. Yes I said it. Sure there are some very nice items you can get from the cash shop, however, you can buy tokens (cash shop currency) with in-game gold. At level 60+ gold is fairly easy to earn. There are also surveys you can take to earn tokens (haven't done that). Yes, you can also spend money if you have it. I'm sure the company would be happy about that. In general, you can get most of the cash shop items in game. Is it hard to get the items? Yes. But you can get them. You do benefit from getting the perm costumes from the cash shop for additional attributes. But costumes are also given away in Events held by the CM.
There's probably a bunch of stuff I've fogotten to mention. But it's only because there's so much to this game.
Now for the cons: Sure this game does have it's share of problems. What game doesn't? Did people leave the game? Yes, people have left for various reasons. Some left because they felt they couldn't get any further because of the controling guilds. Others left because they either felt the GM's did too much or not enough. The problems get amplified because there's a small player base. In every game you'll find people that are unhappy, however, there are also a lot of people that are happily playing.
I still check other games, but I always come back to Zentia.
I'm looking forward to seeing this game grow and reach it's full potential. Try it out and see if you like it!