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.