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Out of all the mmorpg i have seen in the last 14 years since i started playing mmorpg's i haven't seen a game that's great not perfect but great get this much crap. Every mmorpg has it's problems but since WoW came out this is the first mmorpg that gave me that old school feeling after i made my charater first thing i did was turn around and jumped into the water with my friend and went for a swim around for 30 mins i haven't seen that in years, Most of the time you run into an invisible wall or your too far out turn back and the best one turn back or die. Current mmorpg focus on solo play and end game raid/dungeon grind i use to be a hardcore WoW player after wotlk i had to quit if you didn't have a raid to do there was little to do in the game besides dailies. I love that archeage makes grouping up a thing again i remember FF11 you couldn't do anything without a healer once you hit a certain level but it was fun. Some of my best friends today i met in a mmorpg cause they brought people together now a day i don't even read game chats just solo along. Archeage has it's problems but the game has a lot going for it and XL games did a great job on i see people everyday on this forum bashing this game my favorite one is i played 10 level and quit the quest was boring it's not a sandbox game. Anyone who is interested in the game please do your research to determine if the game is right for you before bashing and complaining about the game without knowing anything about it. I put together my thoughts on the game and experience with it so far and some good video's so showcase the game.
Some of the things archeage does right
World - Seamless open world last good mmorpg that didn't put you into loaded zone was lineage 2 WoW did a great job keeping you in the world without them but you still had to load when you traveled to different continents. Archeage is the first mmorpg in years that let you buy land and maintain it the game makes you feel apart of the world.
Trion tour - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awHbWbM8Yac
InporylemQQ western continent tour - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ct6YAfKIog
InporylemQQ eastern continent tour - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2cKq5VSll8
Economy - I know people hate the labor point system and crafting system i think it's great yes it restricts you from crafting anytime you want but it makes working together with of people very beneficial. Example you can have a friend who does metalwork while you do carpentry have your friend send you 300 logs to convert into lumber and you can send him 300 iron to turn into bars that help both of you save labor points with mass production instead of you trying to level both crafts. Trade run's are another great feature that puts players in the world not in instance where you only see your party member.
Tgn Economy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7AdyaHRBew
ZiggyD Gaming Farming - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5W9Hr70I614 pre 1.2 i know you use tax certificate instead of gold
Viso games farming - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ci6kVkY4zW0
Housing - Housing in the game is great i can't remember the last good mmorpg that let you place house's in the world probably star wars galaxy. Yes space is limited but you can alway share a house with a friend both of you putting your LP and crafting materials together to finish the house you don't have to do everything by yourself.
Igniter Poo housing guide - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3VtmIRs5ts
Igniter Poo housing climates - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqLTHMlWHd0
Trion housing,crafting,pvp https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bQ9kI8h-2E
Traveling - Mounts can wear armor level up you also ride flying ships,carriages,boats all of these thing have been in other mmorpgs in different ways but archeage makes traveling rewarding yes you can portal but not with a trade pack on your back.
Viso games ship's and sailing - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiIqDarzxwQ
TGN mounts - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Apb_WGd0__c
Grievance gaming Traveling - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMQvM1i60MY
BikestMan Running from the kraken - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH643ajGXFc
Player vs Player - I think pvp in the game is done right in many way's i like how from 1-30 for the most part your in a safe zones while the game eases you into the world. Most games have pvp servers with open Pvp that means some max level player can come along and kill you ruining your exp before you get an understand of the game. In archeage Pvp is design into the game so once you get to the Pvp zone/area you have a better understand of the game your class and build. After you get your foot in the door having that sense of danger in the world is great the game makes traveling with friends for extra protection fun because you never know who or what is around the corner.
E5mikey naval battle - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYbFo7UNj58
Milt Walker 5 v 5 arena pvp - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cCLbZWWVJ4
theLos1453 5 v 5 arena pvp paladin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrVVj2s574Y
Kutsuu 1 v 1 arena https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AVB8rZdzNA check his channel for more battles
Coffee Tea & PvP 1.2 beginner's guide to PvP - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gym5FP3SDSc
31KeiN Butchers vs Medvedi first siege - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weCngp0Cie4
Some of the things archeage does wrong
Questing - Questing is nothing special or new i do like the under and over achieving it does take away some of the dullness to it but the quest are run here grab that go here for the first 1-30 it's hand holding. XL games said in a couple of interviews that they went with the design to help eases and familiarize the player with some thing they understand but still it's boring and a grind.
MMORPG.com: As we’ve seen from some of the beta tests in Korea, the beginning of ArcheAge is a more guided, traditional experience with quests, a story, and other such trappings. Then the game opens up and allows players to go out and make their own place in the world. Why design ArcheAge this way?
Jake Song: To let players to enjoy the various contents of ArcheAge, we thought we needed to show some kind of a guideline of what content ArcheAge provides. MMORPG beginners may wander in the vast ArcheAge world and get lost and not know what to do. So the early plays of ArcheAge works as some kind of a tutorial, a guided experience that helps the newcomer become familiar with the world. At around level 30, after experiencing the various activities or contents that ArcheAge has to offer, the user can take a more active stance in setting goals and how to enjoy the true fun of ArcheAge.
Classes and equipment - I think the 10 skill set are a great idea but the armor stats at end game limits what build you can effectively play as a good Pvp class. The gear seem to build around tank melee dps,magic range dps, melee range dps, and new healing power gear isn't design to help hybrids builds more viable. I heard before 1.2 you could hybrid a little better but i'm not 100% sure it would be nice to have gear design to make hybrids a lot more effective in the game. Acheage has 120 classes and 80-90 aren't great better stats on end game gear can help.
Trion class crafting - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeSnnsOzyhU
Pohx's Gear level 50 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7l7ss6dnQpo
Pohx's Gear 1.2 gearing up - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMXs9dB37TY
Vespur Class guide - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zjZHQLHMeA good guide
Force Strategy Gaming Crafting gear - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLd2RykWDHI
I hope the video's help if you like any of the channel's throw them a subscribe a lot of them do good work and let get back to the old day's where we didn't troll every game that came out and tried or else things will near change for the better. Games like ESO zenimax should be ashamed for putting out that crap i still don't know how bethesda let them get away with it.