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Originally posted by Vannor Originally posted by SpectralHunter I can confirm that if you buy AC1 you can immediately get into the AC2 beta server.
thanks, is the game in just about the same state it was when it was shut down? expansion included?
Yes, it includes Legions, so it has the npc consignment vendors, crafting 2.0, empyrean and drudge races on top of human, tumerok and lugian.
It looks surprisingly good for a 10 year old game, but it was pretty cutting edge in 2002.
Plenty of people playing it just now too - mostly vets, but quite a few who never tried it the first go-round.
humm interesting.. i played on release for a bit i remember it having a decent combat system but i didnt play for long and i cant remember why lol....
Might just check it out again
Originally posted by ragz45 Wasn't AC2 shut down because it was seen as inferior to AC1 in many ways? I never played much of either one, so I'm not really sure what to think about this.
Yes that was one of the reasons. Basically AC 1 is a freeform MMORPG much more into the sandbox area than anything but AC 2 was a much more linear experience and a very different game than AC 1. This resulted in many AC 1 fans, like me, not making the switch to AC 2 and it never gathered enough new players to be viable.
We were promised some sandbox elements, such as rebuilding the world and what not, but that never realised and the most you could do is to use the crafting stations in the cities to craft armor and weapons but you can do that in almost any MMORPG, ThemeParks included.
The leveling is a very linear experience as you go from level bracketted area to level bracketted area and there are also dungeons which needs to be done in a very linear way to be wortwhile.
More over the magic system was severly dumbed down and the open ended skill system of AC 1 was replaced by some rigid class based system. Essentially this game was one of the very first ThemePark type of games.
"It was a sequel to 1999's Asheron's Call, although content, graphics and gameplay dynamics differ greatly from its predecessor."
The game is NOT a sandbox and nothing like the predecessor. Dont expect to find something like that if you do try it. And with the "success" of LOTRO, I dont think Turbine plans to implement any sandbox elements.
on a personal level, this is really good news to me. It was so strange back then because when they released the exp. pak for AC2, most of the bugs that had haunted the game, such as global chat in the beginning, were fixed but the hate was just too strong in some quarters and so it was closed down. Pretty amazing to see its return even though old chars. wont be available,doesnt matter. I am re-subbing, can hardly wait.
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ok found this thread, bought AC1 which I played for 5+yrs but lost account info, started DL. Finished DL at 8:45 pst
Just logged off its now 3am almost, and I never got out of my chair.
I never played AC2, but this game is captivating, its actually really a complicated game. Still cant figure out how to use my map to find a survey sight.
I am starting a rumor
AC2 relaunched f2p to judge interest in AC3!!!!!!
I used my old box version, couldn't get that to work as the launcher is still tied to the Microsoft data centre, however I used the DL option here and after reactivating my old AC1 account I'm now in the game .
So good to be playing again, Turbine will make a few quid out of this one no doubt, but AC2 was always a game that alot of ppl still wanted to play.
Originally posted by TangentPoint Resubbed myself and back in game! Great to be back! Been toooooooo long....
Maan, why can't we get fonts like that in modern games? that looks so much nicer . It's the little things, ya know?
Originally posted by azzamasin Originally posted by Tamanous Originally posted by DEATHRAMENT Its only 10.00 it cant be worse then the crap that's out now.
This is crap from several years ago!
You know what they say:
One mans Crap is another mans Treasure.
good luck to all those giving this a shot because yea contrary to what Tam here says, most games released in the last 6+ years ahve been total crap and it will be nice to see what the games were like back then.
There's also a lot of people who were/are AC1 player who were "offended" that Turbine would "dare" to make an AC2 that wasn't AC1 with better graphics. They raged about it back then. They've raged about it almost any time someone brought up AC2 since, and they're right back at it, raging about it now. For a game that went offline 7 years ago.
And we thought the SWG/NGE people had trouble letting go and moving on?
I'm just hoping this doesn't turn into a case of "Hey, let's see how we can take this more old-school, classic game, with its own style and personality, that developed a following for the things it did differently, rather than for "doing everything the same", and figure out how to squeeze it more into a "modern MMO" that does everything the same" instead".
In other words: As in, I seriously hope Turbine is planning to keep AC2 as AC2 and not intending to give it the "hyper-linear, casual friendly, hand-held everything" overhaul so many MMOs have received over the past several years, or turn it into yet another "quest hub-chasing race to end-game to raid non-stop until you're bored" routine.
I'd like to see them expand more on what the game was supposed to be, what with people rebuilding towns, and such..
What's really great to see is how it looks like the community has just picked up where it left off. People talking, organizing groups for Vault runs... People ask questions and get helpful, respectful answers, not a bunch of ridiculous insults hulred at them for daring to not know. The trolls who have barged in got bored and left after some time. A few who persisted were chased off by GMs who have been quick to jump on any nonsense (specifically use of profanity), issuing ban warnings (for their AC2 and AC1 accounts) if they continued, etc.
After the first couple hours it seemed to settle in and become more reminiscent of the AC2 community I fondly remember
Originally posted by DEATHRAMENT can someone tell me how to talk in general chat. Ive only got local atm.
They give you some of the chat commands on one of the Training totems when you first start out. The text is kinda small and so it's easy to over look if you're skimming it.. but it's there.
Wow, this really sucks...
sucks for you guys =p
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omg. this is man just mind blowing. never played ac2 back in the day, was too busy with ac1. alot of friends played it though and the problems with the game is microsoft pushed it out too early. from what some friends told me is the game was just before its time.
but im looking at big picture, is this to get more people interested in the franchise to pave the way for ac3 that has been rumored to be in development. we know turbine has been working on a unnamed game for a few years now. either way im gonna resub to ac1 and try this out.
good job turbine.
Well, I was almost suckered into playing WoW again at full throttle, but with this news... forget that.
I never really got a chance to fully play AC2, and now I shall seize that chance. I enjoyed most of my days playing AC1, and while I did try AC2 out for a bit, I seemed to be stuck on AC1 back then. It's been quite a few years, clearly, so I'll definitely be giving it a try.
I'm not sure where Turbine is going with this move; let's hope they don't decide to immediately take it back/within a few months.
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I think you guys thinking how awesome this is have forgot what a sub-par game it was and why many of you quit it to begin with...
Dont want to rain in on anyone's parade but I dont think people realise what a sub-par game this was.
Originally posted by Yamota I think you guys thinking how awesome this is have forgot what a sub-par game it was and why many of you quit it to begin with... Dont want to rain in on anyone's parade but I dont think people realise what a sub-par game this was.
I've never played any asherons call game before. I actually bought the first one and subbed just for a chance to try ac2. Personally, I am actually enjoying it. One of the first games in a while I actually want to play. May be sub par, but may also be better than some other offerings today