- Summary: NCsoft brings a whole new experience to the fantasy role playing game genre with Lineage II: The Chaotic Chronicle. This all-new game, developed and published by NCsoft, is a prequel to their blockbuster hit, Lineage. Set 150 years before Lineage, as the kingdom of Aden becomes a unifiedNCsoft brings a whole new experience to the fantasy role playing game genre with Lineage II: The Chaotic Chronicle. This all-new game, developed and published by NCsoft, is a prequel to their blockbuster hit, Lineage. Set 150 years before Lineage, as the kingdom of Aden becomes a unified state, Lineage II: The Chaotic Chronicle is designed to show the struggles that take place during a time where several provinces come under one rule. Old loyalties must change, new structure must be established and national sovereignty and pride must be formed. However, a group of lands coming under single rule doesn't equate to immediate peace... In this world, many players fight for control over any and every piece of the new kingdom. [NCsoft]… Expand
Jan 23, 2014BEST GAME EVER LOVE THIS GAME !!!!!!!! cant stop playing it i have playing this game 10 years. all my firend play it .love the store line ofBEST GAME EVER LOVE THIS GAME !!!!!!!! cant stop playing it i have playing this game 10 years. all my firend play it .love the store line of each chr in the game .… Expand
ManuR.Oct 10, 2006Is a game of PvP, PvP where you want and when you want.
Aug 30, 2012A great mmo. Amazing graphics and a lot of challenges. One of the best mmo that I have played. The community is great and the pvp system givesA great mmo. Amazing graphics and a lot of challenges. One of the best mmo that I have played. The community is great and the pvp system gives some emotion to the game while you explore the environment.… Expand
Mar 20, 2017I define Lineage-2 to be only The Chaotic Chronicle. Everything that happened after Kamael was released is a totally different game.
ForI define Lineage-2 to be only The Chaotic Chronicle. Everything that happened after Kamael was released is a totally different game.
For both PvP and PvE oriented players, out of the Chaotic Chronicle - C5 (Chronicle 5: Oath of Blood) was arguably the most balanced version, where there was no clearly overpowered class, therefore most classes were useful.
However, it seems out of all the servers still running Chaotic Chronicle now in 2016 - there are only ones running C6: Interlude.
Why play such an old game in 2016? I have tried/tested many: Rift, Black Gold, Aion, Blade & Soul, ArcheAge, Black Desert, The Secret World, Bless...
And I'm a developer actually working on Neverwinter and Star Trek online, so I play those too, if only for work.
And guess what? Graphics aside - games are not getting any better than they were in 2004. And even the graphics are reaching a point where improving them further hardly changes the overall impression.
So comparing Lineage-2 to tens of MMOs released since about 2003 to this day, here are the pros and cons:
+ Freedom. The game is NOT railroading you, nor holding your hand in any way. Wanna go kill lvl 40 monsters at lvl 24 - good luck, you are free to do so and it is possible and somewhat rewarding, although questionable for the profit/time.
+ Free PvP outside of towns. Killing players who don't fight back increases your Player Killer counter, which gradually increases penalties upon death yet it is possible to thrive with high PK counters - you just gotta be good enough to avoid getting killed :-)
+ A lot of _distinct_ classes. The Chaotic Chronicle/Throne has 33 different paths after level 40, each has an advanced version available at lvl 76 - which is really a better version of the same. Most other games give you less than 10.
+ Big, open world. Esp. in C5 and C6. Yes you can find the invisible walls here and there but you have to put in some effort to reach them.
+ Teamwork. It's really encouraged. Grinding is not as tedious and MUCH more effective in a group.
+ A live, player-driven economy (except for the x10'000 servers mentioned above). Some games created 12+ years later fail to even come close (I'm looking at you, Black Desert!)
+ Castle sieges, and hardcore raid bosses. They are massive, they are fun. They are somewhat unpredictable because other parties can and often do interfere.
+ Mob AI is a bit diverse and has some freedom i.e. the monsters can chase you for miles. Most later MMOs have dumbed down monsters / put them on VERY short leashes.
+ A lot of community-driven, yet popular (3000+ players per shard) servers, with different approaches to running the shard. Pick one that fits your taste. Some are true hardcore x1 with the bare-bones vanilla content, some are x10'000 with NPCs selling S-grade (BIS items) for 5 coins in every starter NPC shop. And everything in between as well.
- Dated graphics - I'll put it here just to get it out of the way, and - because it's wrong to deny.
- Swimming - still not fixed and buggy. There's a way to exploit it though.
+- The grind. Now, this is HUGELY addressed by the plethora of shards with various rate settings - pick one that suits you best. But, assuming you want to experience the entire game without just skipping to the endgame, and play on x1...x10 rates - the grind is really your best option to level up.
+- Your lvl determines your power more than anything else, including your gear. The game makes it pretty much impossible to deal any damage to someone more than 10-12 lvls above you. Once at lvl-73 I could grab some crappy grade-D gear and take out many players of levels 25-50 without much effort. This discourages anything other than grinding until you reach lvl 78-80.
+- Only dwarves can craft gear, OR collect resources with about 5 times better yield than any other race. Took me a while to realize how funny and kinda dumb that is. Love it or hate it, but while the other 4 races can compete with each other in various forms of PvP, the dwarves are sitting on the side collecting resources and crafting and selling ALL the gear for ALL of the other races. Now, a good player with a well-equipped dwarf (and dwarves often get BIS for themselves before crafting and selling it to others) - can still kick some ass, but it's still gonna be more like a freighter ship with some guns mounted on it - vs. a purpose-built warship that was designed as such from the start.
Overall - while The Chaotic Chronicle is by no means perfect, but - as sad as it may sound - the vast majority of games created since then have their own flaws and too often their flaws are much greater. Most common ones are: lack of player freedom and lack of endgame content.
The fact that there are still a lot of Chaotic Chronicle/Chaotic servers around and people are still playing it - only proves the point that it has long-term potential, while younger games with fancier graphics rise and fa… Expand
JonD.Apr 30, 2004This game is great for the beginning and i beta'd it but once you get to a high level it gets boring and becomes tedious and unfun. IThis game is great for the beginning and i beta'd it but once you get to a high level it gets boring and becomes tedious and unfun. I suggest if you have time to grind grind grind and be a little bored or are used to being alone then you should play this game because soloing is boring and u cant always get a party.… Expand
DanNov 27, 2007Possibly the worst MMO I ever played. Absolutely beautiful graphics I'll give you that, but everything else was terrible. Especially the Possibly the worst MMO I ever played. Absolutely beautiful graphics I'll give you that, but everything else was terrible. Especially the community, and the community is what makes an MMO. All the cool "espoinage and pvp politics" that people keep talking about don't really amount to much if you haven't been playing for 2+ years. There is a serious gap between the "upper class" and the "noobies". Also the economy in the game is possibly the imbalanced of any MMO on the market. I love the idea of being able to create clans and alliances that reshape the land and effect the economy in an almost entirely player driven world, but in order for that to be successful the players must be outgoing and inviting. Instead you have maybe 200 people on every server that basically control everything.… Expand
Nov 23, 2013There are tons of excellent games to try, a thousand time betters than this crap to waste your time, is a plain MMORPG that takes too long inThere are tons of excellent games to try, a thousand time betters than this crap to waste your time, is a plain MMORPG that takes too long in the repeated formula of "kill things to get equipment, the kill tougher things" and access good content, doesn't worth the risk.… Expand