So I see a lot of people complaining about difficulty/honing rates, PVP, bots, but I would like to offer a post from a positive perspective as a new player (well 500+ hours now) who fall in love with the game (despite having a horrible launch experience, I mean I restarted on EU West after reaching 1080 on central, lost all my founder stuff, anyway :p).
First, let me start by saying that I don’t think the game is perfect (but what is) but I will focus on the aspects I like. Since T4C & Vanilla/BC WoW all MMORPGs bored me to death in one to 2 weeks max, with Lost Ark I finally found that “thing” again, every day I can’t way to finish work to play I’ll also like to say before starting this post that the only money I put in the game was my founder pack & buying an additional character slot, so it’s kind of a f2p perspective (I mean I don’t buy gold).
The leveling experience (1-50) was excellent, some design & art of the dungeons you encounter during leveling are just breathtaking it was so fun, that even with the possibility to pay 600 gold to level to 50 I did it 3 times (sorceress/paladin & shadow hunter), quests are well design most of the optional quests followed the same path as the main quest a globally fun experience. It feels more like a hack and slash than an MMORPG, and I love that about this game.
After reaching Vern at first I was kind of worried and to be honest a little overwhelmed with all the new systems the game introduce (honing/ability stones/chaos/guardians/abyssal/unas) but after reading some guides on Maxroll I decided to do my islands (always wanted to be a pirate) to get my first pirate coin & a lot of mats. I also loved doing islands, a little microcosm every time. I did the same after reaching T2 and the fun was still here
Chaos/Guardians: Chaos was a fun discovery too it’s basically a hack’s slash map inside an MMORPG, it’s fast, it’s fun, you feel like your character is overpowered, and it feels good. Guardians were fun too, a quick boss fight learning the combat system for the first time (counter/stagger,wp), we wiped a lot on your first Tytalos, but it just made is death more satisfying ^^
Then I had some extra time so why not try to get 100% on the first 3 regions, it was a bit of a grind but fun nonetheless, and I got a useless aura item for it ^^ At this point I decided to try to understand the world of the lost ark and watch some videos explaining the lore, and leveled my paladin without skipping all cinematic I kept doing most of the region on my downtime (still missing Feinton, but all other continents are 70%+)
At this point, I decided to try abyssal dungeons, and it was hell. I was T2 at this point (with all my islands completed i was around 1050 ilvl), So I started with Sea of indolence, we wiped a few times, but it was fine, the same goes for Tranquil Karkosa. But after that, I wanted to do Alaric’s Sanctuary in pub. We wiped like 30 times on the last boss and half of the group rage-quitted, not a great experience. So I avoided abyssal for a week until a guild mate convinced me to try again we did all T1 with our reroll (still wiping a few times) and then started doing T2, and it was a lot of fun. Yeah, it’s hard, especially in pub groups, but when you clear it’s also really satisfying. Weirdly enough, I find the two t3 abyssal easier than the last T2 ^^
During this time I also discovered the calendar and timed events and I thought it was awesome, I mean you always have something to do, an island a boss, and now a race (cool event BTW) I started chasing ghost ships and doing una for the astray it’s slow, but it’s progressing ^^
I finally reached T3 and did the Punika main quest, starting upgrading my gear, I’m currently 1345. I see a lot of complaints because it’s hard to reach 1370, but I don’t see it as an issue, you have so much to do in this game.
Right now I’m focusing on my shadow hunter (I think I want to main it) and I still do my T3 dailies, but I’m not in a hurry to reach 1370. My main goal ATM is to reach T3 with my shadow hunter and of course complete the harem I’m slowly building in my stronghold.
Anyway that’s all for this post I just thought I was going to share my feelings about the game (I’m a little tired of seeing all the posts complaining about everything) ^^
(My characters, may their adventures continue for a long time!)