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So I've been playing this game for about a day or so and I've dropped the 20 bucks on the delux edition of the game.
Allow me to tell you why.
Firstly this is not an ultra pretty game that will demand very much of your graphics card, infact its about in the range of a 2008 MMO which isn't surprising considering it was created 2 years ago in china. (Where it held the #1 spot for MMOs there for 2 years if I may add.)
But why would I play this game over something like GW2 or WoW or anything else really, well its quite simple but also quite complicated at the same time heres a few reasons why I think this game is worth my money and my time
Then the experience is converted into Cultivation points. 1EXP=1000 Cultivation points. Cultivation being the second currency if you have experience you will eventually have cultivation by doing nothing but simply being logged in. Pretty easy? Sure is.
The third and final currency which everyone simply doesn't have enough of is Time. That's right time is a currency in the game, as experience takes 100 seconds to be converted into cultivation and cultivation takes X amount of time to be loaded into a skill enough to be leveled up. While cultivating a skill can only be done for free members being a VIP member allows you to cultivate skills while offline(Basically giving you more time or atleast allows you to cultivate without your computer being on.)
With these being the main currencies allow me to assure you that experience is not very hard to gain at all and the only wall you'll run into will be the fact that you're waiting for your skills to finish.
So being as lazy as I am if I don't feel like doing stuff and I just want to sit around and talk to people I can do that and not care because I am always leveling up my skills.
Perhaps I don't feel like playing the game at all, perhaps I'll go play my favorite moba, or I'll go outside... lol.... or something well that doesn't take away from my progression either.
And thats why I like the game because I have a real life and having a real life doesn't put me any further behind anyone who acctually doesn't have a life except AoW infact having other games to play can be a plus it keeps you from getting burnt out of the game.
So now there has to be bad things about this game let me talk about those.
Acctually because of the games terrible UI(And shit for brains translations) I could not figure out what the fuck I was suppose to do to gain a decent amount of experience and money(Which I was totally out of because I misclicked a few things and suddenly I was poor but I had basically no money to begin with)
It took me a while to figure out to do a spy mission I could select other schools to spy on and head to those schools instead of the Beggar school which was located in north china.
When I calculated how long it would take me to reach the emei school to the beggar school(Was going to be roughly 2-3 hours of walking) I was like "Fuck. No. Thank you sir." And I was seriously going to quit right there. I went through every thing in the town I was in to try and get some wushu money I even became a fucking begger and begged players and npc's to give me money(Theres an acctuall begging system that you can use on players its quite funny.)
Finally I realized I could select the tangmen school which was about a 5 min walk away and so I went there and got all da monaaaay.
So yeah tl;dr for that part, UI so bad it gives the game a much steeper learning curve.
The game is quite pretty but its definetly not as polished up as any major MMO that came out in the US in the last... year... or two... or three I suppose.
Its very possible to sink a thousand bucks into this game and suddenly be more powerful than anyone else.
So it kind of sucks that that possibility lingers in the game but honestly, if you went through all that trouble to steal your moms credit card, or acctually works for that money, then kudos to you sir. Enjoy your momentary burst of power, the rest of us will catch up sooner or later.
Is it an issue I'm worried about? No not really it seems like even if you spent a ton of money on gaining exp and cultivation points you wouldn't be too far off from other players who have been playing the game without spending absurd amounts of money sure you'll have an edge but no better edge than pure skill.
And yeah thats it.
If you're confused about what you should be doing much like I was I recommend reading the UI very carfully and clicking everything. It helps if your parents first language wasn't english so they already speak in broken engrish so if youre in that boat just imagine you're talking to your insane chinese mother, yeah, try to get that out of your head.