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I've read many reviews from these new players and I must say my initial reactions were about the same.
I've played Shaiya since Closed Beta up until now, almost 5 months later. Most people who started playing at tha time have quit.
Shaiya is at the point where people spend $100+ a week in order to stay ahead. The F2P environment is overcrowded and the markets in game are outrageously expensive even for players that have been playing for months.
The top 5-10 players farm everything from high level bosses to people in PvP zones to pad their stats.
If you join Alliance of Light then don't expect to have a good PvP experience. This game is dominated by The Union of Fury in money, numbers, and experience.