I was really looking forward to Lineage 2 Revolution. It looked like it could be a very interesting mobile take on an MMO. It was released yesterday, and I had a chance to spent a few hours with it.
- Looks amazing. Seriously amazing
- Sound is fantastic
- Fairly easy to figure out how everything works
- The game literally plays itself. You click a button, and it walks you to the next quest objective. It will even go find and kill/collect whatever is required to complete the quest. Just for kicks, I sat my iPad next to me as I worked this morning, and randomly just clicked the "Advance" button every couple minutes. I went from level 11 to 14 in the process. You can turn off the auto functions, but it's not really any more compelling to manually move your toon to the next "!" than it is to just have the game do it.
- Combat is booooooring. Auto targeting, mash attack and use three skills once they come off cooldown. That's pretty much the extend of it. Oh, and I've played for about 3 hours, and have yet to see my HP bar budge off 100% yet.
- Oh my god...the currencies. There's an absolutely absurd amount of currencies available, each of which can be purchased through the store, of course. Red Diamonds, blue diamonds, gold, enhancement scrolls, soul crystals, varnishes, soulshots, friendship points, runes, SP, CP, on and on and on. I've played plenty of freemium games before, but this is utterly ridiculous.
- Upgrading/crafting is lame. You combine gear to upgrade to either a higher level, or create new gear. Easy enough, I suppose. But combining even crappy gear takes a rather significant amount of gold, and combining or upgrading anything that's actually worth a crap will require items that are either ultra-rare or (you guessed it) have to be purchased from the store.
Granted, I'm super early on, and maybe things improve as you get further into the game. As of right now, however, it's really only fun in a Progress Quest sort of way. Let your toon run around, occasionally press a button, and collect the silly amount of (mostly worthless) loot and rewards that roll in. Playing a "manager" like that can be kinda fun in spurts, I suppose, but wears thin with me pretty quickly. YMMV.