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When I first tried Lineage 2 a couple of years ago, I was fairly new to the MMO scene, and I must admit, I did not enjoy it. The community was very clique, and no one would help me (the poor newb), and the server was crammed full of bots. In fact, I began to think that there were no real people online at all!
So after my month free play was up, I dropped the game. However, I did not uninstall it from my pc (something which I rarely do, even if I don't like a game, prob why I've used up nearly 350 gig just on games).
I come from a role-playing background, and as such, I was getting my rp-fix on specific servers on EQ2 and WoW. However, a part of me always likes a challenge. The bigger the better. The idea of putting in an insane amount of hours grinding, had not appealed to me, until I started to seek a demanding game. For awhile I got this from FFXI, but the UI was very unfriendly and awkward (prob because it was console adapted). Then, a small voice started whispering at the back of my mind. It was telling me to try L2 again.
I read an excellent thread on the official site's forum, about a player called Jute, and how she played the game, and then I decided I would give it another go. Afterall, there are few games out there that present such a monstous challenge as L2, and whilst this is a turn-off for many players, I like it.
I was disappointed that the bot problem was as bad as ever, and equally the community was not the friendliest. However, I persevered and eventually met some good friends.
The fact is though, that I am not a hardcore player, no matter how much I wish I was. I have a friend who is yet to play a MMORPG, but I would love to see how he would fare in a game such as this, as he is certainly a hardcore gamer when it comes to single-player games (I've known him to play 48 hours straight without sleep, or leaving the screen for longer than a few minutes). I sometimes wish I had that determination.
As such, I soon got disheartened when I learned that a lot of people were using third-party programs to create bots. What was the point in me doing all this work, if everyone else was cheating?
Shortly after, I moved house, and did not have internet access at my new address until recently.
That was over a year ago.
Now coming back to the scene, I have downloaded quite a few free2play games. They are all very similar to Lineage 2, and it makes me wonder if I am better picking one of those to play, rather than paying good money to pay L2.
Like I said, it has been awhile since I last played L2, and even then I did not get very high level. So what do you think? Start one of those free2plays? There is one in particular called Shiaya (think that is how it is spelt) that looks very similar to L2. I have only just finished downloading it, and have not played yet, other than to see what it looked like, but it seems almost identical.
So, in short, what I am asking is a couple of things. What changes have occurred in the past year or so in L2. Is the game worth the subscription charge, over these free2play games, and if so, why?