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I was just messing around last night to have a type of side game to play, so I ended up with this game, and it was easy to play and not over the top it, it run great having it all max setting.
Just wonder what happen to it.
1) The game is vastly different than its predecessor. Ragnarok 1, for the most part is a grinder game with minimal quests ( aside from jobs and such), and uses isometric camera and has a very distinctive aesthetic style (2d sprites). RO2, on the other hand, is a very run-on-the-mill and generic WoW clone, with super standard rails for zones and generic quests. RO2 also uses the standard 3rd person camera that all other mmo does, as well as using very sub-par 3d models that lacks redeeming quality or uniqueness to it.
2) In earlier attempt to port this to non-korea areas, SEA gets it first hand. Asiasoft handled it badly, (announcing IP block just right when they want to launch Open Beta, whereas the blocks were not implemented before. Its even worse since the IP block is only for 4 (4!) countries), and it pretty much made everyone bitter.
NA gets it port very much later, when the hype pretty much died due to the aftermath of SEA controversial port ( cash shop priority over testing purposes/fixes, well since this is OPEN BETA). Its even worse for the int crowd since the market for wow clone is already saturated as is.
It also has rather small market/ad.
3) The game flopped hard in Korea, where it is developed. Like super hard. Developments are shut down afaik, so no new contents (expansion, dungeons, patches and such).
From what I understand, a sequel for Ragnarok Online was originally made under a different name ( Sword of the new world? i believe). It was deemed a little too different by the crowd and scrapped afterwards. From that point, I believe Gravity was rather having financial difficulty and opted to go for a quick cash grab and save money, and used a standard make-and-throw mmo model.
Scrapping an already made mmo and renewing the title is hard, case in point : FF14 ARR. FF14 succeeded probably because SE is rich enough to do it from scratch.
RO2 is a terrible and lifeless generic Korean grinder layered with the skin of its tremendously superior predecessor.
It brings shame to the first game as well as disappointment to anyone who expected a real sequel.
You can pick any Korean MMORPG made in the last five years out of a hat and it will probably play just like what RO2 is.
Originally posted by DarkVagabond
RO2 is a terrible and lifeless generic Korean grinder layered with the skin of its tremendously superior predecessor. It brings shame to the first game as well as disappointment to anyone who expected a real sequel. You can pick any Korean MMORPG made in the last five years out of a hat and it will probably play just like what RO2 is.
western mmos have the same problem, we just waste more money on our clones.
I played most Korean games, I don't know about grind yet, I am still leveling in it but the combat so far is not to much korean like I came in too, is not half bad so far but so far I will see if it is that bad when I get higher levels.
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