Was fun but the long wait until the cap was raised killed my interest. Had two 24s~ and I just couldn't take it anymore. The Cash Shop is BS in this game~ it's NOT an option. The game is not free to play.
You will have so much junk, you won't know what to do with it. So a bag mod is REQUIRED to be able to make any money, or even play comfortably~ as you'll be playing whack-a-mole with items in your bag 24/7 unless you buy a bad mod, which will cost you 14 dollars.
You will have to pay these 14 dollars for pretty much every alt you have MINIMUM, as it is required to be able to continue to play with them. Anyone who tells you otherwise~ ANYONE who says otherwise, has not played this game for a long time, and has no gotten a ton of gear. They are in the honeymoon phase and they too will eventually realize it.
You get Five "Lives" a day to resurect for free~ everything after that, requires you to buy Resurrection Scrolls with money. It costs around 5 dollars for 24 lives which you keep with you. For you to do any sort of daily raiding for gear, unless you get lucky~ will cost you money. You are looking at an hour tops, or 2-4 runs a day for harder content.
Bosses will cheap shot you in the later raids. One hit kills are common~ you will not survive in the long run without spending a massive amount of NX.
Want to sell that epic item that you picked up? It's bound to you~ guess how you'll be able to unbind it? You will have to purchase an Approval Stamp to unbind the item you just busted your behind to get. It will cost you around 6 dollars, for five Stamps. You will not be able to get them easily ingame.
Potions, the ones that actually heal a chunk of your life~ are also items you can only get while spending real life money.
If you wish to play the Auction House~ you will only be able to place five items before you're capped. Players who spend 9 dollars for a 45 Day Marketplace pass will be able to place three times that amount, and will be able to do it for 24 hours instead of 12. On top of this, they get a discount on the Market Fee, AND will have their items featured first in line before yours every time, with a little banner around their item.
In short~ this is not a Free to Play title. It is Free to Log in, but to play the game in any fashion where it is fun, it will cost you money. Sadly, the game IS fun, and I have spent a good 30 dollars on it myself. I saw it as a worthy title for 30 bucks for me to have a nice time for a month or two. Many console games have costed me more, for less~
But to play this game for YEARS down the road? Will cost you hundreds of dollars. There simply is no way around it. This is just with the NX items as well~ as you WILL have to buy items like "Wings" that give you speed increases, or you won't be able to catch up with the players that DO buy the Wings.
The Economy is destroyed, with items costing thousands of gold just to be able to get an item on the market due to the ease that farmers have taken over the game. Buying GOLD is easy and cheap~ and if you don't want to do it, the guy next to you will, and he's setting the prices you have to compete with.
It's a good game, but it's literally destroyed by these factors, which were totally within the realm of Nexon to change. They did not. I recommend people to play the game for a few weeks and enjoy the combat and gameplay, but don't play too long unless you have the kind of money to throw around on a game like this.
Oh, and don't get me started on "Item Jellies".
Edited by Inverse - 9/27/11 at 1:00pm