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Mabinogi is a unique game that is hard to describe. If your thinking about playing, it's best to download it and try it yourself.
But if your wanting some info on what to expect from Mabinogi, including the good and the bad, read on.
Please note that players who don't pay a monthly fee are penalized, but if you pay $10 for a mount, you can use the pet's inventory as a mobile bank to make up for space and the game is still playable. If you don't want to pay a one time fee of $10 for a mount, then I suggest this game isn't worth playing.
-Great storylines, including cutscenes.
-An aging and rebirth system. All players start at 10-17 years old. Every Saturday, they age 1 year. Each year they get better stats and gain AP, which is used to upgrade skills, until the age of 25. Players can rebirth anytime to reset there age back to 10-17, and there level to 1. There skills stay the same and they can continue there skill building as if a new player.
-Tons of character customization options. 50 hair styles, 40 face parts including eyes, face shape and mouth, over 20 hair colors and 10 skin tones.
-Classless skill based system. Skills are broken into Combat, Magic, and Life skills. Combat includes skills such as Smash, Counter Attack, Critical Hit rate and Windmill. Magic is broken into elemental and healing, and Life skills include harvesting, crafting, and music skills.
-A unique battle system. No sitting there autoattacking playing the timer game. Your skill actually matters.
-Randomly generated dungeons makes it so you never have the same trip twice, and each dungeon ends with a boss battle, each having there own cutscenes.
-In depth crafting system. Crafted items are highly sought after since the player can dye the items a certain color. In Mabinogi, crafted items are just as good as looted items. You can specialize in making weapons, armour, accessories, clothing, potions, food or tools. Fishing is also included.
-What really improves your weapons and armour are upgrading it. This can be done by using Enchant scrolls on the item through magic, getting an NPC to customize it to your taste limiting it's use to you only, infusing your weapon with a Spirit, and socketing gem stones in weapons. This ensures everyone can look how they want, but still be ready for combat.
-Compose your own music and play it in game on a variety of insturments.
-Better NPC's. They can form friendships with the player character, and remember if you've done tasks for them. Depending on if you befriended other NPC's can also change there outlook on you.
-Updated very often, at a steady rate. Just two months ago we got a new volcanic zone that added fossil scavenging, air combat, and tons of skills. 2 months before that we got two new races, new zones, etc.
-Rebirthing requires the player to have an item purchased from the item shop for $8. However, the player get's a free rebirth at age 20, so if the player sets there age at 17 each time, every 3 weeks they can rebirth for free.
-Not very PVP intesive. Players can duel each other for fun, and there is a scheduled Guild Battle every so often. Besides that there are some PVP events, but nothing that has a big impact on the story and such.
-Player's who don't pay $15 a month get's there bank space cut in half, doesn't get birthday presents, and has a harsher death penalty.
-There are no free mounts and pets in the game, they all cost money. Mounts usually are $8-$12, the lower price being slow mounts and the higher ones being flying mounts.
-The game is dated graphics wise.
-There are occasional moments of lag, usually during high traffic time.
I know that was a long post, but if you read through it all give Mabi a try. You suffer no penalties like the harsh death penalty and half bank space until you reach level 30, so it won't hurt to try.
Playing - EVE, Wurm
Retired - Final Fantasy XI, Anarchy Online, Mabinogi
Waiting - ArcheAge, Salem