There is a whole host of MMO games on the market, and there doesn’t seem to be an end to them. Every year, several entries are introduced to the point they’re becoming like Call of Duty – every year, it’s all new and exciting, but, in fact, it’s all the same. However, this time, we look back upon the times of antiquity when a game such as Lineage II: The Chaotic Chronicle came to be. Lineage II is new and unusual in some aspects, but it doesn’t bring enough to the table to be interesting.
Ain’t Nothing Special
Believe it or not, Lineage II was one of the most successful games of its time. It sold really well, and the gaming community loved it. However, the game succeeded because it was played mostly in Asia, where players appear to be much more tolerant toward repetitive and grindy RPG games.
And, indeed, Lineage II is just that. It’s endlessly repetitive and it comes down to grinding hours upon hours upon hours to get to levels 20 and 40 where something more significant happens, and to buy weapons and armor to fight for longer and to grind even more. When it first came out, Lineage was a game that focused solely on PvE, which made it very unappealing to western players. Later, large-scale PvP was added, and it was pretty impressive, but, until then, PvP was rare because of the game’s unforgiving karma system, where players that attacked other players got branded as outlaws and could be attacked with impunity.
Naturally, Lineage II features several races and classes. In this respect, the game allows for a decent amount of freedom. Most races can play most races, with dwarves being restricted from using magic, but being able to become craftsman faster. Each race has their own racial attributes that makes them stand apart from the others.
Once you’re in play, the grind immediately starts. The story exists, but you’re probably not going to care about it. Quests are WoW style – either kill monsters or fetch items. All classes are pretty restricted when it comes to their skills, with significant skills being granted at levels 20 and 40, but they’re very far away in terms of experience, and you’ll have to spend quite some time to get there. In addition, high-level monsters don’t drop enough money for you to grind gear fast enough, so you need to fight smaller monsters and not progress as fast, but you can fight them for longer, as you have to stop at some point, and rest and heal your wounds.
All in all, Lineage II isn’t that impressive of a game. It’s not bad, but it’s pretty repetitive and boring. If you think WoW is bad with its quests, then you certainly should stay away from Lineage. If you don’t find grinding boring and enjoy PvE, then we still wouldn’t wholeheartedly recommend this game, but we’d certainly suggest it.