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ArcheAge is an MMORPG developed by Korean studio XL Games and one of the most exciting games to be revealed recently. A sandbox fantasy MMORPG set in a dynamic world where players go where they want, do what they want, ArcheAge is like a dream come true for players tired of exploring restricted worlds using the same old restricted classes and skills.

Players begin their journey in one of two continents: the Nuia or the Harihara. From then on, there’s a huge world to explore, discover and marvel at, with goals so ambitious such as building your own castle and establishing your own country. You can also build your own house for personal use or to serve as a shop in the game world and not in instanced zones, as it happens with most MMORPGs. The combination of 10 ability trees and 120 classes allows players to explore the world of ArcheAge in many different ways, using specific skills to each character.

Freedom in ArcheAge goes so far as to letting players have a fully functional farm, with trees and crops planted, watered and chopped down or harvested. There are animals to use and aid you in your tasks or serve as resources. The air and sea are also there to be explored, with gliders to fly and diving equipment to explore the depths of the sea, where you can even go treasure hunting or do some underwater planting. There are several mounts and vehicles such as row boats, ships, carts, donkeys, the aforementioned gliders, even some steampunk-looking cars.

ArcheAge even goes to the point where criminal players may be taken before a jury and face jail time, where they will repay their debt by working, enjoy some soccer in prison and attempting breakout.

This is such an in-depth game, and one that lets players forge their own stories that it’s nearly impossible to describe every feature of this game. There’s an amazingly detailed character creation system, naval combat like we’ve rarely seen before – even with a Kraken joining some of the battles –, arena duels, large scale combats, sieges, and much more. ArcheAge runs on the CryEngine 3 and is extremely beautiful, making this adventure even more appealing that it sounded at first, if we can say that.

ArcheAge is a tantalizing MMORPG with so many options and appeal to all kinds of players, although it may not be aimed at the more casual crowd. With so much to see and do, this is a game  that surely has its flaws and some balance issues (as well as server and optimization problems as seen in the Korean launch) but is one of the biggest titles of 2014.

ArcheAge, 8.0 out of 10 based on 87 ratings


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  • Whats it to ya?

    It actually looks so similar to black desert that it might even be better 😀


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    • Lanza

      Better than Black Desert? That is crazy… Archeage is a Point and Click MMORPG…. Black Desert is an Action MMORPG where you need real skill and dodge to fight, not just clicking to select the Target.

      ArcheAge is a very good MMO, i will play it as soon as i can, but it will never be as good as Black Desert Online.

      Just my opinion though, is a matter of tastes at the end.

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      • archeage comments

        How do you know it is a good game if you have not even played it yet. Watching videos and listening to nothing but what you want to hear does not mean a game is good.

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  • VoidFox

    Can i run this with Directx 9/10 i saw its with CryEngine 3 and my video card is kinda old so pls tell me.

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  • archeage comments

    I am currently in alpha in this game and want to list the pros and cons.

    – Great crafting system. One of the most expansive and in depth crafting systems I have had the privilege to be a part of.
    – Class system is amazing, With the ability to build your own 3 trees to make a class it really makes it where you can really choose how to play.
    – End game gear is all crafted making it less of a top guild grind and instead a personal feat to get top gear. Larger guilds can help this happen faster but it is not out of the reach of a single person.
    – A lot to do in the world. There is a lot of options in how to play. farming, crafting, naval combat, pvp, trade runs

    – It is all about numbers. Get the largest guild no matter the quality of people to get anything other than crafting done because of the open world aspect.
    – Repetitiveness, I really enjoyed the aspect of having a farm but this ends up becoming more of a chore to maintain instead of some enjoyable content.
    – Combat doesn’t feel all that amazing and really underwhelming sometimes. I feel like killing is a slower process that can sometimes lead to this slow combat feel.
    – Bad leveling experience. There are quests but it is very old school feeling quests and doesn’t bring in some of the newer mmo feels of world questing. For example GW2 did an amazing job at leveling. One side note is everything gives experience so you can level to 50 just by farming.

    The big pitfall and the reason I am going to sell my game is ….
    Crime system is completely broken. There is a crime system where if you attach your own faction, steal plants, destroy ships you can be reported for crime points.
    Here is the problems with it
    The jailing system is very weak and doesn’t offer much in ways of consequence. Also you can do community service to remove crime points which can lead to in the end having no repercussions. You can murder a bunch of people and get 12 minutes in jail.
    Reporting system is based on first hit. If you attack someone on your own faction you become capable of being killed with no consequences to the person who killed you, for like 30 seconds. This means that if you attach me and kill me because you where able to sneak up on me I can’t come back and kill you without taking on crime points myself. This also means if I don’t want crime points I have to allow you to hit me first then I can try to kill you which as most people know people that open first hit usually have an advantage.
    A person that wants to be a pirate has to start in 1 of the 2 factions and work up enough crime points to get kicked out of the faction. This means all the people that want to be pirates have to do whatever they can to cause as much chaos and irritation before they can become kill on site pirates. To become a pirate takes a lot of crime points as well so they will need to do this for long periods of time.
    People that plant items outside their farm can have someone else take them, but if you take them you can be reported. This makes no sense to me because you are planting in an open area with the understanding someone can take them.
    When you end up in a jury they almost never listen and just always hit guilty. It isn’t based on majority rules, it is if anyone hits guilty you get at least some jail time.

    In conclusion this game was built to be trolled. If you enjoy pissing other people off and being irritating as possible with no real repercussions this game is great for you. The concept was a great idea I just think it was poorly executed.

    What I would do to fix it.
    Remove the Jail system completely or make it more of a repercussion. This middle zone of a little jail makes it great for trolls.
    Mark people purple (faction killing) for an hour after engaging with the same faction. This allows people to come back and stomp their face in without getting crime points.
    Don’t half-ass the sandbox aspect and allow anyone to plant anyplace but risk losing those if someone sees you plant outside your farm. You have safe farm areas if you choose not to use them that should come with real risk.
    Allow people to get kicked from faction on something like a 3 strike system instead of needing to kill tons and tons of their own faction to get to be a pirate.
    Force the jury to have majority rules or some sort of system that doesn’t allow 1-2 troll in the jury to screw you because they always hit guilty.

    If the jail system was fixed I could completely see myself coming back to this game and ignoring any of the other cons I listed.

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    • freemmostation

      First of all, thank you for your amazing comment and first hand experience on the game. We tried to get into the alpha but no luck, so it’s good to get your honest opinion about a game that some people seem to love and others to hate.
      I was convinced that combat was kinda bland and you confirmed it. But I was hoping the sandbox/open world aspect to be the major draw, with a lot to do and keep busy without boredom settling in. And the jury system seems completely broken (was wondering how fair it could be too).
      So it seems that ArcheAge is a massive but flawed game that will take quite a bit of improvements over time to make it appealing as it should be.

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  • Visias

    Has anyone changed their mind about this game as a result of playing in the beta?

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  • Anonymous

    After playing WoW, LOTRO, STO, SWOTR and RIFT, it will be so refreshing to play ArcheAge instead. I also think people need to have some patience. Stick with the game, report things you like or don’t like, and make it a game you like rather than crying about it and leaving the game after alpha or beta.

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    • freemmostation

      True. If there’s one game that deserves our patience and could evolve into something special, it’s ArcheAge.

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    • archeage comments

      There is a bit of push and pull when it comes to any MMO and being able to comment on parts you like and dislike to get them improved. You come on here and talk about people crying over an alpha or beta version of a game. There are many issues with your comment.

      There is always this perspective in games that if you complain about something you are just crying and QQ to those people. This is ignorant place to be and props up bad ideas as being ok because everyone deserves a blue ribbon mentality. Games should be criticized for good or bad, this not only helps others in choosing a game but also helps future development.

      You ask people to be patient, does that mean playing a game that people don’t enjoy hoping some day they make it into one that you do enjoy. What should people be patient for? We can only judge what they put in front of us and not judge what we can hope to be in the future. You don’t seem to respond to people putting positive posts saying be patient some day they could ruin the game for you.

      There is a difference between bugs in alpha / beta and an innate baked in flaw in the game. I would be hard pressed to be critical on a server crash or some game bugs from early access but when the design of the game itself is boring repetitive seen before content with horrible implementations of their core systems, that is something that will be in release, is in release and is obviously intended.

      Complaints are not the same as crying. Everything is open to critique as long at it is honest and you can try to demean anyone that makes a comment that you don’t like but it doesn’t mean the comment is not valid.

      Spending $150 on a game that is so disappointing has a lot people in an area where they feel ripped off. I understand the choice was made by the person spending the money but that also is a justified place to speak from.

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    • archeage comments

      One last thing,

      this game has been out for a long time in Korea, this thought that things will change and this is a new game that needs some leeway is just not honest. This game has it’s roots and if you want to get an idea on how it will play out you can look at the Korean or Russian versions.

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      • freemmostation

        Can’t help but salute your comment. I understand both sides of the discussion and I know how someone would expect more of ArcheAge (I did think the “betas” were so short that they weren’t actual betas with the intention of improving the game).

        I was always certain it would be flawed, but the unnerving thing is the crash/bot/land taking part of it. I would be very frustrated if I had spent money on it only to enter a still very unstable game world. As a free player though, I didn’t mind it a lot because I can’t stick with one game for long. I’m pretty sure the game will improve when all the commotion is gone and that will be the best time for it, even if it takes quite a bit of patching to make it more exciting/fair for all players. For now, I know how some players feel ripped off and I understand them. I’m not a fan of early access and founder’s packs though, I think that the first months in some games are filled with bugs and problems, so everyone should think carefully about which games to support with their hard-earned cash.

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  • Sorrow

    I don’t know if the re-spec system is viable. I quit the game because my class is useless in PVE.

    I was never interested in the PvP aspect of the game (or any other MMO for that mater) I’d rather PKK then PK….

    I was going for a pure “tank” because that game seemed to lack them. Tanks suck in PvP though and I don’t know how to play them in PvP….

    I May re-try that game as an archer….

    (Especially because of the f**ked system where tanks have no magic defense and casters have no physical defense. Archers/Assassins are the only ones that have -any defense vrs. both evenly.)

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  • Sorrow

    I was playing “Shadowknight” Which is entirely dependent on debuffs and combo attacks…

    I mean ENTIRELY! and the boss mobs of dungeons where immune to my status effects and didn’t seem to have any reaction to them.

    They just ran around attacking whoever did the most damage, and I couldn’t pull them back on me because none of my status attacks worked on them…

    The whole basic system of “tank/dps/healer” was messed up.

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  • Fancy YaoiGirl

    Seems like a nice game

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    • jason lim

      its pay2win and too many hackers

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  • Intelli92

    best pvp mmorpg

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  • Lex

    Such a beautifull game ruined by Trion :/

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