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Hold your tongue...breathe...exhale...very good. I researched the internet and wanted to know the main reason why Rohan Online did not have the appropriate recognition, and I was in shock. The main reason...again hold your breathe...exhale. If you are thinking of grinding perhaps but the major reason, graphics.
It turns out in order to really appreciate Rohan Online in its beauty a little bit of playing around with the graphics settings was to turn off "BLOOM OPTION," and have Antiliasing (keeps staircase effect from occurring) on.
I remember when I first played for the first time I said, "I have a powerful graphics card, and this game is on high settings, it looks horrible."
Though as my innate open minded nature kept me from quitting on the game I searched endlessly in forums, even on mmorpg.com and everyone had the same problem. Well I searched...and searched...and there it was all along the settings to make Rohan Online look wonderful.
And here it is for you gamers out there...with older graphic cards...
Anti Aliasing/Multisampling: 4x
Anisotrope Filtering: 8x
V-Sync on + Triple Bufffer (these two options aren't needed, only if you get the "tearing effect": either turn both on or turn both off)
Texture Filter Setting: Quality (dont use High Quality, otherwise the driver will ignore alot of other settings)
Trilinear Optimization: off
Anisotropic Sample Optimization: off
Negative LOD Bias: don't allow it
Force MipMaps: TRILINEAR
And if you get an older graphic card dont use the glow effect, otherwise you can't force anti aliasing. Anti Aliasing > Glow Effect imho.
Another game that suffers from this is Blood Requiem but it could not defeat RO for my pick as f2p.
In addition in the first few levels I did not see a soul, I could rarely see a player pass by me...I searched the towns and cities and could not figure out where everyone was...until after a nice player told me, "Everyone is over that hill yonder."
He/She was right I could not guess it but around 30 players of every type of level where gathered in front of an instance, as I entered the instance I noticed another 30-40 players in the same instance. Truly amazed that the lag was not an issue...praise.
Now the community is up to par with my demands. I can ask a question and someone is there eager to help. Though I have realized some are lost in translation as you have players form all over the world, luckily I know a few languages.
The biggest Pro to this game that kept me playing...regardless of grind (grinding is ridiculous in this game) was the addictive armor upgrading. So if your a level 5 you can wear level 15 armor if your lucky enough to lower its prerequisites...a gamble.
Reaching level 30 the game gets routine, find a group and grind your brains out...however once you reach endgame pvp kicks in, at a certain level anyone can attack. You will see hordes of guild members attacking others, or showing off their dominance on a server...true tyranny.
There are enough classes to choose from and a decent...DECENT... amount of looks to choose from.
To this day I still grind away but I for some reason enjoy showing off my newly acquired armor.
Yes there is crafting, an auction etc...I'll worry more about that when I hit end game.
I hate putting a number on games so I'll just say my final thoughts, Graphics sexy and decent, Replay Routine but addictive, PvP annoying but enjoyable, Crafting complicated for first timers priceless once learned, Community is lost in translation sometimes
While for many grinding issues and a cash shop will leave a sour taste in their mouths, I can truly say its one game where I found myself playing comfortably.
I am sure another game will come out to overshadow this opinion of mine but so far its the closest game I can playf for free rather than Lineage 2.