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Returning player, new (ish) europe server, how long before the cash shop pull is too strong?

Domy1Domy1 Member UncommonPosts: 46

So was originally closed beta player in 2008 on US server, spent 4 yrs playing and admit to spending maybe $1000-$1500 over that time (not much compared to the 10s of 1000s some have but still a fair amount) . Quit at end 2012 cursing the overpriced cash shop and gamble boxes but at least having had a good time, max lvl 150 and league one in FL.

Bored now, just cancelled FF14 arr sub and waiting on elite dangerous, looked around and Europe now have a dedicated English server and only 2 mths old.

In all these threads someone moans about cash shop (I think I did) and how to compete you need to spend. Then there's always one who shouts they never spent a dime and were in Div 0 and had all best gear.

So I have set myself a challenge, see how far I can get without using cash shop.  Luckily I have the time to invest as I am easily gaming 4-7 hours a day 

Graphics have changed (new starting area, and I don't recognise some of the monsters or map), new main characters, you get a full team whilst recruiting the mercs you actually want but gameplay is the same.

So much to re-learn plus a lot of new stuff

OMG 1 hour in and found people from my old server, have declined offer of power levelling, gonna give this experiment my best shot.


  • mcrippinsmcrippins Member RarePosts: 1,412
    Did they actually update the graphics for this game?
  • Domy1Domy1 Member UncommonPosts: 46
    I wouldn't say updated graphics, just changed them and so far the world around them from what I have seen. Graphically wise it's certainly nowhere near GW2 or FF14 more like Perfect World's Asian MMOs with UI being changed but luckily graphics was not the enticement for me.  
  • Domy1Domy1 Member UncommonPosts: 46

    Correction, its not new graphics, its a whole new starting zone. I guess for everyone but in my case am a blademaster.

    Got to lvl 60 in starting zone and now transported to main game and everything is as I remember.


  • grindingamergrindingamer Member Posts: 65
    I too have recently started playing again, can't say I didn't miss it while I was away. There's just nothing like it! I also hated how the boxes are random and low rate to get the mounts and wings, but this time around I ignore the cash shop and I now remember why I really enjoyed Atlantica. I'm glad I'm not the only one! How many games still hold 6 servers after 5 years? I just wish more people knew about it! 
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