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Lost Ark Review

Lost Ark Review
Lost Ark Review
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The western version of the game was announced at E3 about a year before its release. Players who have dreamed of a game with an isometric camera angle and a very fast and complex combat system for years pre-ordered the game and started to experience Lost Ark in its alpha and beta. The game, which had a problematic debut, continued to add new content to the game during the 6-month period after its release.

In this article, we will talk about Lost Ark in general and examine its pros and cons in depth.

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General

Lost Ark Review

Lost Ark is a very well thought out, very detailed and well-executed MMORPG / ARPG and Hack’n Slash combination with a lot of systems. It is a bit difficult to describe the genre of the game, but it would be more accurate to say that it is like Diablo’s or Path of Excile’s MMORPG. It has a very large world and a new player can get lost in this world very easily. Smilegate, a producer of Korean origin, agreed with Amazon Games and presented the western version to us. Although his debut was a bit problematic, he picked up within 1-2 weeks and became ready to be played stably.

My experiences also cover the rest. I have examined the pros and cons of the game and some of the features that I am not sure whether they are plus or minus. When you read my entire article, you will be sure exactly what Lost Ark looks like.

pluses

Gameplay and Combat System

Lost Ark Review

Lost Ark is a very well thought out, very detailed and well-executed MMORPG / ARPG and Hack’n Slash combination with a lot of systems. It is a bit difficult to describe the genre of the game, but it would be more accurate to say that it is like Diablo’s or Path of Excile’s MMORPG. It has a very large world and a new player can get lost in this world very easily. Smilegate, a producer of Korean origin, agreed with Amazon Games and presented the western version to us. Although his debut was a bit problematic, he picked up within 1-2 weeks and became ready to be played stably.

My experiences also cover the rest. I have examined the pros and cons of the game and some of the features that I am not sure whether they are plus or minus. When you read my entire article, you will be sure exactly what Lost Ark looks like.

pluses

Gameplay and Combat System

Lost Ark Review

The game was released with 15 characters at release. As a result of the updates, the total number of characters reached 18 at the time of writing this review article. This number will increase in the coming days. One of the strongest aspects of the game is its characters. The 18 characters have been carefully crafted to offer a very diverse and diverse gameplay, but even choosing from 18 is a challenge in itself. Many characters are also very playable and interesting. The first problem that may come to your mind is that the characters are similar to each other. It would be a lie if we say that 18 of the 18 characters are completely different from each other, but it can be said that 14 of them are very unique and different, and the remaining 4 are similar to other characters. If we eliminate a few characters for originality, we still have a lot of characters to choose from. 

You may have thought that the balance system of a game with so many characters would be bad. As someone who has spent a lot of time in the game’s PvP, I can say that I have never thought that any character is clearly superior to another character. Yes, some characters are more advantageous in some game modes, but when we look at the total, every character can take part in PvP in a good and bad way. If you use the right characters in the right game mode, you will have a lot of fun. Otherwise, you can still have a lot of fun.

The character creation screen is also quite detailed and satisfying. In any case, the character creation screen of a Korean MMORPG game could not be expected to be bad. It is possible to create extremely absurd characters or create a beautiful character.

Graphics and the World

Lost Ark Review

The graphics are quite satisfying. We can’t say it’s perfect, but it’s not bad at all. How much graphics can you expect in an isometric game anyway. The general world of the game is also very interesting. We are faced with a universe where there are tens or maybe hundreds of islands and the sea area covers a large area. Diablo-like dark, evil maps and places that look like a corner of heaven are also available in the game. It has a world design and graphics that we can say generally good.

Endgame Content

Lost Ark Review

Many people say that the endgame content is insufficient and repetitive. Although I do not think that the content is insufficient, I interpret the repetition issue positively because the characters in the game are so good that it gives great pleasure to cut the same creatures for days and weeks. This repetition issue, which can be complained about in other games, does not seem to be a big problem when combined with Lost Ark’s character variety and depth. The activities you need to do on a daily basis may bore some players, while MMO players who enjoy daily activities may find it enjoyable. Endgame content is improved and refreshed with each new update. Personally, I’m not bored, but people who don’t like to go to the same raid dungeon every day may get bored after a while. I just played with pleasure.

Systems and Currencies

Lost Ark Review

There are many different systems to improve your character in the game. Although there are systems that we see in many MMORPGs and some as simple as item level, there are also systems that are difficult and challenging to understand, such as engraving. Don’t let this sound like a negativity to you, because it is very enjoyable to learn these systems and build characters according to them. Or why play MMORPG, right? These systems are really many and enjoyable, but there are 2-3 systems that are quite troublesome. I will cover them in detail in the cons section.

There are so many different currencies in the game that I don’t know the exact number. In addition to the currencies we are accustomed to, such as gold, silver and crystal, many islands have their own vendors and even these islands have their own tokens. There is a currency like Pirate Coin and you can think of it as a sub-currency of pirates. In short, even learning the economy and currencies of the game is an issue in itself.

Lost Ark Pay to Win (P2W)?

Lost Ark Review

Before the game was released, it was not known exactly what kind of system the western version of the game would have. Some people who played the Korean and Russian versions of the game, and many sources with knowledge of the game, said that the western version of the game would be completely away from P2W, with a fairly fair micro-transactions system. Others said that the game’s shop sells materials to upgrade items, and you can buy almost everything you need in the game with real money from this shop. After spending a lot of time in the game, I realized the truth. To give a short answer, the game is not P2W but… The truth is that both are correct. How? 

A very clever system has been prepared in the game. The game’s PvP and PvE are very sharply separated from each other. In the PvP part, no bonus effects, upgradeable things like armor and weapon buffs do not work. No matter what your character’s level is, when you enter the PvP arena, you choose and distribute your stats and abilities by hand. The game, which gives equal stat and skill points to everyone, offers a 100% skill-based PvP. You try to defeat your enemies with your skill, tactics and experience in PvP, not with your item, the total hours you spend in the game and the money you invest. The producer and publisher need a round of applause here. I had one of the most fair and well-balanced PvP experiences I’ve ever played in my life. So how are things in PvE?

Lost Ark Review

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Progress in PvE and obtaining high items require gold, materials and luck. So much so that you can have all of them by investing money in the game. At this point, the first thought that may come to mind is that the PvE of the game may be P2W. It is not actually like that. Lost Ark’s endgame content provides entry with a certain lower item level. For example, let’s say you can enter a dungeon after 1370 ilvl. After you become 1370 ilvl you can enter here and everyone in your party is on the same side as you. In other words, those who have high items do not crush you, on the contrary, they benefit. After reaching a certain ilvl, you can either not enter the old dungeons, or you can not get a tangible reward even if you enter. In this way, no one who invests a significant amount of money in the game does not pose a problem for you, even holding your hand and leading you to rise. So why would anyone want to deposit money into the game? If investing money in both PvP and PvE does not work, why would anyone invest money in the game? Let’s explain it too.

It is possible to reach the final level by investing thousands of dollars without investing a penny in the game, but people who spend money will be able to access all the content early, because they have done everything before, you have to buy the items sold in the market by someone who spends money on the game. A player who does not spend money can reach the level of a player who deposits in 1 month, maybe in 3 or 5 months. In other words, the system in the game is not pay to win, but a more just system that has just entered our lives, called “pay to progress” or “pay to skip”. If you do not have enough time to have the materials necessary for farming and building characters in the game, you may consider investing money in the game. Since there is no system called “Win” in the game, there is no concept like P2W. You are only buying time. Also, some skins are only sold with a real money crystal. It is also possible to spend money on cosmetic things. So, while I’m navigating the game’s world, can’t anyone taunt and kill me?

Lost Ark Review

There is no system called PK opening in the game. 99% of the game world is safe zone. You only kill creatures. The remaining 1% are PvP islands. Unlike the PvP arena, whoever is stronger here wins. You can enjoy your game even without visiting these islands, which are a small part of the game. The PvP arena of the game will satisfy you greatly, but if you want to spend time on these islands, you may want to spend some money on the game.

cons

Bots and Influence on Gameplay

Lost Ark Review

Unfortunately, the bot issue has not been resolved by the authorities since the first day of the game. Bots don’t do any harm to your raid or dungeon (at least I haven’t seen it), but since bots can farm materials 24/7, there is an inflation in all materials. Material prices are falling to very low levels due to the abundance of materials. Thus, the amount of gold required to print plus seems to be much more expensive than it is. Because selling materials in the market should be your main gold mining method, but because the materials are very cheap, players cannot earn money from the material. Since bots reduce the price of many items in the market to 1 gold, it is very likely that you will fall behind in the game. This is very frustrating and still not resolved.

Lost Ark Review

Systems and currencies, which we praised in the pros section, also have a dark side. There is a ridiculous relationship system called “rapport” in the game. You earn points by playing songs, emotes and giving gifts to NPCs, and when they reach certain levels, the NPC rewards you. The silly part is that emotes and songs are limited to a certain number per day. You can’t emote 100 times and play a song. This means that in order to establish a relationship with an NPC at the highest level, you have to go and emote and play songs every day for about 80 90 days. Gifts come into play in this case, but gifts are not items that you can often find or hoard in the game. Even if you invest serious fortunes in the game, you will not be able to advance your relationship with enough NPCs to your satisfaction. This system, which is highly dependent on time, is very, very boring. Can you get to good places in the game without getting involved in rapport? Yes, but in order to go further in endgame content, you need rewards from rapports and some opportunities that rapport provides.

There is also a currency called Pheon in the game. This currency, which is only needed at the end of the game, is a currency you need when purchasing tier 3 items from the market. It is quite absurd to demand any money other than the gold paid for the item sold by another player in the market. In addition to this nonsense, it is not clearly written in the game how much Pheon will be cut from which item. So when you draw a legendary item, you don’t know how many Pheons will go, neither from a relic relic item. The game is very stingy about giving you Pheon and worse yet, the only way to get Pheon is to change your gold to blue crystal and buy it from the game store with blue crystal. In the previous article, I talked about how hard the gold contracted and the economy of the game. The absurd system called Pheon sticks to your collar in late game, It pushes you to constantly mine gold and greatly limits your progress. You can buy items from the market for your main character one way or another, but be ready to spend your gold on Pheon when you want to change your build or if you want to string items on your sub-character.

Time Exploitation

Lost Ark Review

Almost everything in the game works in a time-dependent manner. Everything in the game can be done X times a day. Many things in the game require a time investment of 1-2 weeks or 1-2 months. There are many quests such as do 20 daily quests, increase reputation and win that reward. You have to do the same task for 20 days. There is an item in the game that allows you to directly do the task you have done once before. Guess what this item is bought with? Yes, you should turn your gold into blue crystal.

System Requirements and Feeling of Slowness

Lost Ark Review

The game is much more system demanding than I expected. It is impossible to open the game at minimum and play with 30-40 FPS. You must have a machine that can run the game well. If you have a system that runs the game end to end, Geforce Now is a must. The arrival of Lost Ark to Geforce Now is a very positive development, but until Lost Ark came to Geforce Now, many players either could not play the game at all or played it in very difficult conditions. Even if you play the game from Geforce Now, there is a slowness in the loading speed of the maps, opening the market and PvP page. You can clearly feel this slowness while navigating the menus and pages.

Plus or Minus Features We Can’t Decide

Non-Gendered Characters

Lost Ark Review

You cannot choose your gender or class separately in the game. The Berserker class is male, the Bard class is female. You cannot play male Bard or female Berserker. While the issue of gender is discussed intensely both in the society and in the games, it seems that it is not right to produce a game with characters with unchangeable genders in this period. On the other hand, it may also be a decision taken for the characters to have an iconic shape.

skins

Lost Ark Review

There are very few skins in the game. You can model my character’s face and hair as you want, but never his clothes. There is no system like transmog in the game. So at the end of the game, you can’t visually wear a nice armor you wear at lvl 15. Games with the transmog system, especially WoW, are quite enjoyable in terms of character creation, but this is not the case in Lost Ark. While some skins cannot be changed in any way, some skins can be painted, patterns can be added, but you cannot modify these skins, which are already few in number, exactly as you dreamed. While the skins for some characters look incredibly good, they add skins to some characters just to add them. I hope that in the future the transmog system will come and the number of exchangeable skins will increase rapidly. 

Another problem is that there are skins that are very contrary to the world of the game. Do you mean a huge plush cat head or a penguin-like plush body… So this situation undermines the concept of “immersion”. In front of you is an escaped dragon spewing lava from its mouth, the other players in the party wearing a green bear costume and holding a sword 3 times its own height. It’s pretty weird. Such skins are there to entertain the players, of course, but they seem to have a negative impact on the world of the game.

Can’t Change Server and Character

Lost Ark Review

In the game, Turkish players agreed, organized and gathered on some specific servers before the game came out. Many players who are unaware of this situation disperse to other servers and it is very difficult for them to play games together afterwards.

It is not possible to replace the character that we have brought to a certain level with another character. Which character your main character is is really, really important. You have to choose your main character very well. Even if you chose it wrong, you can consider opening a new character without investing too much in your character. Server change and character change should come to the game in the future, but we are not sure if there will be other problems this time. We do not know if this situation will be abused. Therefore, we are not sure whether these decisions are the right ones. 

CONCLUSION

Lost Ark is a very enjoyable game that can be played for free for long hours. If it is well supported over the years and the bot issue is resolved, it will be playable for a very long time. We recommend it to everyone who loves the genre, but we do not recommend it to players who do not have a lot of time and want to play for 1-2 hours and go out. Players who can spare a serious amount of time and mind and are familiar with MMO games should definitely try Lost Ark.

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