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From Nexus TK to MapleStory, to this. It appears that the Nexon crew is really starting to get into this MMO thing. From what I see in the trailer, it looks like this game is going to feature what other MMOs don't have: a sense of living communities and a style that makes you feel like the game doesn't revolve around seemingly endless days of grinding.
I just got my closed beta key from MMORPG.com, so I'm going to be trying this thing out as soon as it's finished downloading. In the trailer, I've seen singing, playing musical instruments, harvesting, cutting meat, and a lot of things that look pretty fun to me. They haven't excluded battling, either, which is a great value to have if implemented right. From what i saw, it looks like they're using a different combat style instead of that of WoW. Perhaps they'll consider the style witnessed in DarkAges?
Nexon is mostly known for MMORPG's actually. They started off with Nexus TK back in the 90's, which is still a pretty well populated game having been existant for about 10 or so years. They then came out with DarkAges and Shattered Galaxy (A strategic sci-fi game - looks like Starcraft). Since then, they've used these games as a source of critique to develop newer titles, like MapleStory and Mabinogi.
Well, Maplestory might have done a better job if they had eased on the EXP crunch and the consistant lailing of a weapon and/or spells. I really appreciated the 2D style of a platformer being used in an MMO, though. I gave them credit for that ^^. However, MS tended to get really boring once you hit the 20s.
Enough of the past. Let's see what the future holds with this game. I might even get hooked.