Atlantica Online quick thoughts.

Just a quick post for today, and this whole week might be a bit slow here. You have been warned.

I’ve been playing a bit of Atlantica Online (AO) lately, currently about 20 hours into it, as part of my “try free-to-play games again” initiative. I’ll probably do a more thorough post about the game itself later, but I wanted to make some quick points about it today. For starters, if AO was not free, I would not be happy about spending $30-50 on it. I would also not pay more than $5 a month for it, as comparing what it offers to something like WAR and it just does not add up. As a free product, so far, it’s been worthwhile however.

AO is basically a console JRPG online, including PS2-ish graphics and sub-par translation. Lots of pink/purple hair, oddball creatures, and talk of mystical happenings. You have a party, you talk to NPCs, and grind away happily on mobs you encounter on the overworld, fighting them in a personal combat space just like on consoles. If you hate JRPGs, you are going to hate AO. If you always though it would be cool to play a JRPG online with others, AO might work for you. It’s very MMO-lite, but that does give it a nice ‘relaxed’ feel. Currently for me, when I want to take a break from a more ‘serious’ MMO like WAR, I log in to AO. More to come.

4 Responses to Atlantica Online quick thoughts.

  1. H00LiGAN says:

    I actually took at stab at AO myself this past weekend and my thoughts are along the same lines as yours. I enjoy the turn-based squad combat and reminds me a bit of Sword of the New World.
    Really, in the end, I would just assume pick up my 360 and play a jrpg on that.

  2. syncaine says:

    Yea my first thought was it was exactly like SotNW, but it’s actually a lot better once you get further in. SotNW was designed around afk-grinding, which made it utterly pointless. AO has some good PvP in it as well, which shocked me more than anything else.

  3. Tesh says:

    I’ve been very favorably impressed with AO. I’ve written a few articles on it over on my blog. Bottom line, I really like the combat (I’m an old Tactics Ogre/Suikoden fan), the crafting and economy are well plotted, the storyline is passably interesting, the visuals are great, and PvP is sufficiently skill (tactics, mostly) based that I actually enjoy it. Their monetization strategy (buying convenience stuff) is solid, even if I can’t quite tell myself that I want to buy in.

    It’s the only “free” Asian style MMO that I’ve played that I didn’t turn around and uninstall in a month. I have some complaints with it, mostly based around grind and grouping, and it’s not a perfect game, but it’s certainly something that I’ve enjoyed playing, and look forward to picking up again at some point.

  4. lee says:

    I agree also, i would deffo not pay for 5$ a month for it, they should have free accounts that aren’t trial accounts, and have perks for paying customers. But don’t do what Conquer online did and be greedy…they don’t even answer free users email grr!

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