Lineage II is NSoft’s new fantasy themed MMORPG. The original Lineage is one of the largest MMORPGs ever, and Lineage II dwarfs the original in every aspect.
We are providing this review of Lineage II in several parts, because (frankly) it is too large a game to provide a quick capsule report on. Therefore, we felt it would be easier to “walk you though the game” in journal format… we hope you will then get a sense of the game and the challenges and frustrations.
Because the game is in several parts, and will take several articles to get it all out… let us give our LEVEL 14 opinion of the game so far.
The premise of LINEAGE II (L2) from the brochure is “…The world of Lineage II is established with three kingdoms at its center which encompass the two large continents. Aden, the new kingdom was established after Raoul, the young king successfully quenched a civil war. Elmore, the military superpower, is located in the northern part of the continent. It boasts that it is a direct descendent of ancient Elmore Aden kingdom. Gracia is located across the ocean on the west. It is currently embroiled in a chaotic battle among blood relatives trying to take over the throne. While these kingdoms buffer each other’s power, within each kingdom since each manor has strong desire for self-rule. Therefore the kingdoms are vulnerable to the potential of internal strife as well.”
L2 starts with a 2 Gigabyte 2 disc game, that you load an then update from the server. When you buy the original game, you get 60 days of free play… then you have to buy additional time to continue. One should note that you have unlimited play during this period, and the servers are quite reliable.
You have the obligatory selection of your character (you can have 3 on a particular server) and there are several servers to log into (so you can have different ones on different servers). The server choice is easy and you can see listed the selection, server congestion, and ping rate (low is good).
Characters are: Human, Dwarf (the female dwarf looks like a small child with a long ponytail), Elf, Dark Elf, Orc.
OK – For the “newbie”: Why you want to even give L2 a try:
• The graphics are absolutely stunning.
• The characters are extremely well designed, and although there is not a lot of customization in characters (other than the name that appears over your head wherever you go)… but the female characters certainly are some fantasy women.
• The world is large enough to immerse you in rich detail and that means is there is just a lot of territory to explore and get involved in.
• You get to join a Clan, and band together for massive “castle sieges”! That is absolutely awesome fun!
OK – For the “newbie”: The “tough parts” of L2 are:
• Players can kill other players! Starting out – I was killed 8 times by various varmints who camped out by my starting position and thought it was real fun to ruin a player (you lose experience every time you are killed – and that can ruin several hours effort).
• After getting to a high enough level (10) I thought I was fairly immune to this – until another varmint came and gave me 536 damage in one shot!
• They do annotate “Player Killers” by having their names in RED… run fast the other way when you see these people. If a RED PLAYER is killed, the can lose/drop a lot of their possessions… I found the remains of a fairly high varmint (thanks to whoever killed them) and they had dropped some nice armor that I quickly grabbed and ran away with. Decent players (non-player killers) rarely drop things when they are killed, but it can happen.
• Leveling up is a bear… it takes a lot of effort to reach level 14 when your mages (for example) start to have some serious spells.
• There aren’t a whole lot of quests – well, there are if you want to go to each village (stay on the roads and avoid REDS) and do some interesting things at your level… a good hint location is on the website: http://www.l2orphus.com/
• Actually, the L2Orphus is a good website to aid you in deciding what to buy, how to level up, where are certain quests, etc. But that isn’t in the original instructions.
OK – Lets start on a summary of the first 10 levels of a Dark Elf Female Mage… so if you see Azul running around – be nice to her.
I started out totally ignorant on the L2 story and system. I awoke to be in the Dark Elf Cathedral… close by the Dark Elf Village. I talked to everyone in the area, got a quest from someone and went outside.
I started killing wolves to level up. Then I took the experience, skill points, and adena (money – which by the way, you can buy on EBAY – go figure!)… and went to the Dark Elf Village to get trained in spells (using the skill points) and to trade for better equipment (using the adena).
Slowly, I built my way up to level 7 which is when I felt strong enough to take on some more interesting quests out of the Dark Elf Village…
OVERALL SCORE: 90%