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Atlantica online is a great title and I must say it has been a great pleasure to have played this game for the last 4 years. To be more specific, it had been a pleasure to have played for the first year.
First of all, this is not a bad mmo to play. It is a great mmo. The contents in this game is enough to keep you occupied for a long time. In fact it's so good, virtually everyone within the game is willing to spend their cash on the item malls. This is where things go down hill.
This is the most expensive item mall mmo i have played or heard. Since I don't want to include other mmo's out there (were specifically talking Atlantica Online), I will tell you that the amount you need to spend in real cash increases exponentially as you level starting from lvl 110.
From lvl 1-110, I have had a great time playing this mmo. I never used IM, yet I was lucky enough to enhance some items through vulcanus and was able to thrive in free league (the pvp portion of Atlantica online).
When lvl 111 hit me, I was able to enter the top tier of free league, division 1. The majority of the people in division 1 were lvl 130-140s. The difference in power was incomparable. This is when the item mall siren's call comes to your head. As I sat there pondering about my first nexon credit purchase, I came to a realization that I had 2 choices: Spend the next 2 years getting the level and the gears that the top dogs owned (by that time those guys will be even greater), or spend cash at the item mall and catch up within a month or two. Since I was so enthralled with the game, I chose the latter. 4 years later, I spent a few thousand dollars. Enough to buy a car. Was it worth it? No. Reason being is I had just as much satisfaction playing a subscription-based mmo tital and paid only $250 total in a span of 3 years.
All the titles for Nexon has one crucial element for their past success: gambling. Anyone thats been playing their titles know what I mean. The items you purchase from item mall are usually boxes that contain random prizes. Everyone wants the best prizes, of course. Unfortunately it is incredibly rare. You need to either be lucky, or spend tons to finally win the prize. In Atlantica Online, we have whats called Vulcanus and Atlas ores. You can either enhance your equipment to the next level, or lose it all (with atlas ore, you simply lose precious atlas ores). When players lose and they have the cash to spend, they usually go straight to the item mall to make up for their losses. Brilliant job, Nexon. And I was one of those guys.
The other half of the reason why we are leaving Atlantica is that a new title came out in the final fantasy series that is taking the mmo world by storm. It allows you to play with console users making it the most massive mmo community in history. Sadly, the game itself is superior to Atlantica Online.
Nexon decided to respond by adding in another sale onto their item mall, allowing you to purchase and win atlas ores at a bargain. But that is all their doing. For the past 6 months, they've been pumping new contents into IM than ever before. Instead of trying to keep their existing players by adding better content, fix glitches, and respond to player demands, they are trying to make you spend more cash. What this shows me is that their trying to cash in and cash out because they can't hang with the competition. They will close this game and look for other lucrative titles. This is very common amongst free-to-play mmos and Atlantica online is no different.
This is why I and other top spenders of this game have decided to end our accounts for good and move onto an mmo that offers much better content without having to spend hundreds and thousands to stay on par with the top guys. I know we've invested a lot into our accounts but it will prevent us from making the mistake of returning to this game which cost us a lot of money. This game is designed to give everyone a great sense of urgency to hit the item mall. The announcements, the imbalance in PVP (purposely designed to make lower levels spend money in item mall), the lucky prize winner in-game pop ups, etc. is enough pressure to make a grown man want to actually pay an obscene amount of cash to get nexon cash. Imagine how it is for a 12-18 year old.
Here is an honest, genuine advice from someone that truly is looking out for everyone out there. Stay away from this mmo. This game is coming to a close. You won't see many of the top guys in free league no more. Bots flourish. The item mall influence will scream at you if this game survives long enough for you to reach lvl 110. Either you pay money, or you spend the next few years playing catch up only to realize that your still far behind from the best.
Have fun, everyone.