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  • Summary: All players begin their journey on either the Nuia or Harihara continents. From there they explore the world, cooperating or competing with each other. Remnants of the Lost Continent, where the ancestors of the world's races lived together in peace two thousand years ago, still dominate theAll players begin their journey on either the Nuia or Harihara continents. From there they explore the world, cooperating or competing with each other. Remnants of the Lost Continent, where the ancestors of the world's races lived together in peace two thousand years ago, still dominate the landscape. If you explore deep into the hearts of these ancient relics, you may discover the secrets of legendary gods and heroes. Or you may reveal more details about the catastrophe that caused the Nuia and Harihara schism. It all depends on your choices. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Nov 18, 2014
    88
    ArcheAge is one of the best free-to-play games to be released this year, with a near endless amount of content awaiting eager adventurers.
  2. Oct 28, 2014
    85
    ArcheAge has been prepared for the western player in a very good way. Trion Worlds has managed to tweak this Korean game to meet the demands of European and American markets, and that's not an easy task. What's more, the game is being constantly improved and expanded. I'm certain that fans of the MMO genre will be very happy - at least the ones that like fighting other players.
  3. Dec 13, 2014
    85
    Don’t let your judgment be clouded by other people’s opinions influenced by terrible server problems they encountered when ArcheAge was launched. It’s a really good, beautiful game. [Dec 2014, p.76]
  4. Sep 29, 2014
    80
    There’s endless hours of enjoyment in ArcheAge for just about anyone. If you can stomach a slightly stale questing experience, and get your head around the quite innocent labour system, it’s an MMO with near endless potential for player driven, organic content. And to be quite honest, it’s the closest thing to a true fantasy sandbox experience on the market, and will be for a good time yet.
  5. Oct 30, 2014
    80
    A rare example of a sandbox in a MMO, with lots of potential and good quality, but we wish we could arrive at the sandbox part sooner.
  6. Oct 12, 2014
    80
    ArcheAge is a potentially great MMO burdened by questionable decisions.
  7. If you are a Sandbox MMO lover, ArcheAge is for you. There is just one problem, bad management.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 98 out of 389
  1. Sep 16, 2014
    10
    No initial server pboelsm (besides the DDOS attacks) and a lot of new stuff that hasn't been seen in previous MMORPG's... definetely a game to try out
  2. Oct 21, 2014
    10
    Really an awesome all-around sandbox style mmo. A lot of fun. Sure some hiccups but great nonetheless.
    The fact that you can pvp, go fishing,
    Really an awesome all-around sandbox style mmo. A lot of fun. Sure some hiccups but great nonetheless.
    The fact that you can pvp, go fishing, own a house, own a farm or just quest makes it heads and shoulders above everything else that's out there. To top if off, it's a beautifully rendered game. Very enjoyable.
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  3. Sep 20, 2014
    7
    A distinction needs to be made in these reviews between unhappiness with que times, and unhappiness with game itself.
    The overwhelming
    A distinction needs to be made in these reviews between unhappiness with que times, and unhappiness with game itself.
    The overwhelming majority of negative reviews are complaining about the que times, and understandably so. However, the game itself is phenomenal once you get in. It has an old school feel to it where you really feel like you have accomplished something when you finish a job. The open world farming and trade runs where anything can happen bring a much needed breath of excitement and spontaneity to what has become a very stagnant MMO scene.
    Standard tab-targetting combat, the customizable builds bring enough depth to keep it interesting though. Think TBC era WoW with the 3 talent trees, except each tree is an entirely different class.
    There's a lot in this game, and everything is very deep. There's a strong sense of risk/reward in a lot of what you do. For example, you can craft trade goods in most any zone, but they cannot be sold in that same zone, you must travel to a different zone to sell. The farther you travel the more you can sell your goods for. But you also increase your chance of getting robbed by other players during the journey. It takes knowledge of trade routes, timing, market knowledge, etc to decide what kind of trades you want to make. Help from friends never hurts either.
    You can raise your own mounts, and different mounts server different purposes, eg a donkey for carrying trade goods.
    These little details really bring the game world to life and make you feel like the world is much bigger than you as the player, and there is always something to learn and do better at.
    If you're tired of the tame string of recent MMOs that have come out and want something with a bit of a ever present sense of danger in the air, AA might be the one you've been waiting for.
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  4. Sep 17, 2014
    1
    ArcheAge is a great game but it's being ran by a horrible company that won't listen to it's customers and won't even acknowledge there isArcheAge is a great game but it's being ran by a horrible company that won't listen to it's customers and won't even acknowledge there is anything wrong. I'm having a blast playing AA but I can't log out of the game because I'm afraid of being stuck in a queue for 3-4 hours to get back in. I decided yesterday I wanted to support Trion and subscribed but even that system is broken and they won't give me the subscription I paid for.

    The game in itself is quite fun. I'd give it an 8. But the cash grab Trion is doing, the amount of support they have given and info they have given about what they are doing to fix the issues have been nill. And that is enough to drop my rating to a 2.

    I CAN NOT recommend this game to anyone even though I like it.
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  5. Jan 22, 2015
    0
    Pay2Win & if you want to do crafting at all it's Pay2Play. Want to own a house or a farm? Then you must subscribe for the fee.
    If you want to
    Pay2Win & if you want to do crafting at all it's Pay2Play. Want to own a house or a farm? Then you must subscribe for the fee.
    If you want to do any of the sandbox type gameplay, like farming or crafting... you will not be able to do this as a F2P player. Even those who pay a $15 subscription fee must shell out more money for Labor Potions in order to be able to complete their tasks. Those who pay can also get 5 Labor Points every 5 minutes while not logged in, while F2P gets none. Paying players get 10 LP per 5 minutes while playing, F2P gets 5LP while playing.
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  6. Sep 17, 2014
    0
    The game itself is great, waiting in a queue for 2-3 despite paying $150 for it is crazy. Unless you are prepared to wait several hours toThe game itself is great, waiting in a queue for 2-3 despite paying $150 for it is crazy. Unless you are prepared to wait several hours to play, do not bother. Expand
  7. Sep 16, 2014
    0
    All I have to say is if you read the details about owning a house and such, do not get into this game. Land is very limited and though a veryAll I have to say is if you read the details about owning a house and such, do not get into this game. Land is very limited and though a very few say they have seen land open, many players have not. You will be required to wait a min. of 2 weeks to get land, at which point thousands of other players will be vying for that same piece of land, and since there is a time on when the land dies out, everyone will know when to get ready, so it will be a luck shot if you grab a piece.

    Questing is questing. No good or bad.
    Trading..You will more than likely need a farm....Good luck, land as stated above is a problem.
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