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Asheron's Call Lite. kbmb (435) unrated

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Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 1.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 1.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.7
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 1.9
Overall User Score (7 votes) 2.4


Critic Reviews

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100
I could go on and on as this game has plenty of features and plenty of content that you just have to experience first hand. This game is well deserving of the 5 GiN gems rating as it is excellent! It is the only game since April 1999 that has gotten me to change my EverQuest subscription from six months to monthly. This game is indeed for anyone no matter how much experience you have in playing online roleplaying games or any other type of roleplaying game.
95
Game Chronicles (Apr 30, 2003)
MMOGs are a risky venture for developers, either becoming a currency printing license of success, or financial failure plagued by a lack of subscribers. If my experience is any indication, Turbine and Microsoft have hit this one out of the park. The game is still fairly young and there doesn’t seem to be any shortage of players at any given time, and what’s not to like? A MMOG with fantastic production values, monthly episodic content, that’s playable over a 56k connection, you bet people will like it! Give this one a shot folks, despite the initial investment Asheron’s Call 2: Fallen Kings is as solid a MMOG as you can buy.
91
GameZone (Dec 02, 2002)
Asheron’s Call 2: Fallen Kings is an addictive game that has a good spawn rate, wonderful graphical elements and solid sound. Players with lower modem speeds do not seem harshly punished for that, the quests are plentiful, the world changes almost constantly and the action can be intense. This is a terrific game that will raise the bar for MMORPGs.
90
Asheron’s Call 2 is easy to get into, difficult to stop playing and always enjoyable. Its rich virtual world and diverse skill system offer many hours of exciting gameplay within a realm that promises to never stop changing. The simple character creation and deferral of skill specializations vastly improves the game’s accessibility, and the ability to untrain skills means that no character is ever set on the wrong path irrevocably. What’s more, a stable and efficient server implementation coupled with the many communication and collaboration options ensures positive real-time interaction with players around the world. With beautiful graphics that will take advantage of next year’s hardware and a multitude of 3D sounds, Auberean will be looking and sounding sharp for years to come. The struggle to reclaim Dereth is epic and momentous, and whether you’re a devoted Asheron’s Call player or you’ve never set foot in an MMORPG, you’ll be glad if you give it a chance.
90
Gameplay (Benelux) (Jan 31, 2003)
Asheron's Call 2 is een pracht van een mmorpg die zowel beginners als gevorderden zal bekoren.
90
IGN (Dec 13, 2002)
The most important question you might be asking is, is Fallen Kings fun? I have to say a resounding yes! If you've never played a MOG before, this is a great one to introduce you to the genre. If you enjoy questing, lore or role-playing, you will probably love this game. In fact, if you are anything but a power-leveling addict who wants to be the first to reach level cap by constantly hunting monsters, this is the experience for you. However if riding that level treadmill is what you live for, this will most likely not appeal to you in its current state. What awaits everyone in Dereth is a world rich with lore, quests and beauty. Monthly updates indicates that Asheron's Call 2: Fallen Kings will only get better.
88
Gaming Nexus (Dec 19, 2002)
Asheron’s Call 2 is the best MMORPG I’ve come across. It looks great, it plays well, and it is very stable. The plot looks to be an interesting one, and with the continuation of monthly events promises to remain fresh for new and more experienced characters alike. Veteran MMORPGers are sure to find something they like here, along with those wanting to try out the genre for the first time
88
Even with these drawbacks, Asheron’s Call 2 is a fantastic title and a new standard for MMORPG’s. With a fabulous graphics engine, smooth play, deep character development, and what I’m sure will be excellent additions to come in the months ahead, AC2 is more than worth the price of admission.
85
PC Action (Feb 15, 2003)
Nach Asherons Call und der Erweiterung Asherons Call: Dark Majesty setzt sich die Geschichte der Welt Dereth und ihrer Bewohner in Asherons Call 2: Fallen Kings nun fort. Nach jahrzehntelanger Zwietracht unter den Oberhäuptern der drei zivilisierten Völker kommt es zu einem verheerenden Krieg, der das Land ins Chaos stürzt. Des Schlechten nicht genug ruft die von Asheron, Bael'Zharon und dem Imperator der Virindi entfesselte Zauberkraft blutrünstige Kreaturen auf den Plan, die ein Bild der Verwüstung hinterlassen: Häuser und Farmen liegen in Schutt und Asche, der Boden ist verseucht.
84
Game Over Online (Jan 20, 2003)
Fallen Kings does a good job in presenting combat and magic skill sets by the way of a tree. On the other hand, the crafting skills need more organization as the current sort order is anything but intuitive. The inventory could also benefit from a sort feature.
83
Game Revolution (Dec 01, 2002)
All in all, Asheron's Call 2 is a welcome addition to the increasingly lucrative genre of online persistent world gaming. It's a MMORPG that gives you a reason to play, and that reason changes month to month. With a beautiful game engine and elaborate quest system, the game doesn't disappoint. If you try it out, who knows, you may just see a handsome Lugian with a sword in each hand wildly striking monsters to death. If so, say hi. Now if only I could buy a new set of armor...
83
GameStar (Germany) (Jan, 2003)
Asheron’s Call 2 hat nicht nur die derzeit schönste Online-Fantasywelt, sondern auch genug innere Werte, um als gute Partie durchzugehen: Kampagne und Missionen, Radaranzeige und Automap, konkurrierende Königreiche, sinnvolle Bedienungs-Vereinfachungen – sogar das Zutatengefummel für Magier hat ein gnädiges Ende gefunden. Doch manches Feature erfüllt den Tatbestand der Verschlimmbesserung. Charakter-Erschaffung ohne Berufswahl? Hart an der Grenze zur Kastration der Rollenspiel-Faszination. Keinerlei NPC-Händler? Mir fehlt der Schaufensterbummel beim Warenangebot samt »Hui, auf dieses Schwert spar’ ich jetzt«-Ansporn. Der Spielrhythmus ist außerdem extrem zickzackig: Nach der superleichten Unterforderungs-Anfangsphase wird die Handbremse bei der Charakter-Entwicklung angezogen, und es geht nur noch zäh voran. Doch trotz solcher sporadischen Motivations-Schlaglöcher ist Asheron’s Call 2 eine Bereicherung des Genres.
83
GameSpot (Dec 04, 2002)
Also, considering the game's streamlined interface, low learning curve, and unusual setting, if you're new to online RPGs--especially if you're a fan of console RPGs, with comparably bizarre characters and monsters--you'd do well to give Asheron's Call 2 a try. If all these things and the idea of a small, tightly knit player community appeal to you, Asheron's Call 2 may be just the game for you. But if you're looking for a bustling online world with plenty of other people and many different things to do, you may not find what you're looking for in Asheron's Call 2 for some time.
82
We twijfelen er niet aan dat Asheron's Call 2 een boeiend spel wordt zogauw de maandelijkse updates en het verhaal in gang schieten, maar op dat ogenblik werkt de eenvoud het spel tegen. Anders dan vechten en je vergapen aan de prachtige decors is er nog niet bij
81
PC Zone Benelux (Feb, 2003)
Ben je dol op actie-RPG's, in het bezit van een snelle internetverbinding en een gevulde creditcard? Dan moet je Asheron's Call 2 gewoon kopen. Dikke kans dat we elkaar tegen het digitale lijf lopen, want voorlopig scharrelen we nog wel even in Dereth rond!
80
Despite all the cool tweaks and additions, the repetitive gameplay still nags at me. But Turbine is committed of creating interesting monthly episodes, and if they manage to both fix the problems and keep the game interesting, then AC2 will be a worthy successor.
80
RPGFan (Apr 23, 2003)
While far from perfect, Asheron’s Call 2 was not as bad as I feared it would be, though some major issues need to be dealt with. The lag needs to be managed. With such a small number of people on each server, there's no reason for the game to lag as often and as it does. Also, they need to merge servers to increase the average number of players per server so that the player-driven community can truly start to flourish. With 10 servers running at less than 500 on average (the highest populated server, “Frostfell” only boasts approximately 900 players), Asheron's call 2 is a very lonely world waiting for people to realize it's evolving.
80
Jeuxvideo.com (Dec 10, 2002)
Un titre sympathique même s'il n'est pas impossible qu'il lasse rapidement les fans d'Everquest ou même de DAOC. Quoi qu'il en soit, voici un MMORPG bien réalisé et très acessible en dépit de quelques défaut comme des temps de réponse serveur assez agaçants ou des créatures qui nécessitent pas mal de marche avant de se laisser étriper pour que l'on gagne enfin un peu d'expérience.
80
Gamesdog (Dec 15, 2003)
From launch to now to whenever you read this review, there'll be something else for you to do (well, fight) in the Asheron's Call 2 universe. You certainly won't be bored, whether or not you're a hardcore RPG player. Definitely worth a look especially if you can find it at the lowered street price. Being cheaper at retail is fair enough for what will become a single-game ISP, you're getting massive value for money out of it. Do a search and check on technical progress and community opinions before finally shelling out, but we reckon you won't be disappointed.
80
GamesAreFun.com (GAF) (Aug 28, 2003)
Aside from a rocky start, AC2 stakes its claim on a significant portion of the MMORPG market. The game looks better than most in the genre that are currently released, even though we all know that looks aren’t everything. Is it fun? For the casual gamer, this is what you’ve wanted. For diehard players, this probably isn’t your best option, but it will probably provide a couple of months of entertainment. The bottom line is this is a good online game, and at the very least you should check out the fan sites to see what Dereth might have to offer you.
79
Gamesmania.de (Jan 23, 2003)
Nach über einem Monat intensiven Spielens ist mir wahrlich nicht leicht gefallen, Asheron's Call 2 fair zu bewerten. So verhindern die im Review aufgeführten Mängel leider eine bessere Bewertung, trotzdem macht AC2 einfach Spaß und ist vor allem für Einsteiger absolut empfehlenswert, sofern genügend Zeit, ein leistungsstarker Rechner und eine Kreditkarte vorhanden sind.
75
ActionTrip (Dec 09, 2002)
This game, whether you like this genre or not, is a very good game, with some vary noticeable flaws. Its promise of new content every month with a changeable world affected by the players is very attractive, but the game itself can be laden with boredom, substandard equipment and obnoxious PvP (in the wrong zones). If all of the developer's promises are fulfilled, it will put a new spin on the MMORPG world. If the updates are not what they are cracked up to be, this game will be just another run of the mill online RPG.
75
PC Games (Germany) (Jan 20, 2003)
Beim Bewerten habe ich mich schwer getan: Wenn ich lese, was alles noch kommen soll, werde ich euphorisch. Doch wenn ich spiele, dann langweile ich mich ein bisschen. Es fehlt einfach noch zu viel. Dass geplant ist, die ganzen Städte über die Zeit hinweg im Story-Kontest wieder aufzubauen, das ist eigentlich eine grandiose Idee – nur nützt sie mir nichts, wenn ich mich darum den ersten Wochen und Monaten mit einer leeren Einöde herumärgere. Die 75 Prozent beziehen sich auf den aktuellen Stand des Spiels - und der kann sich ändern. Trotz der Ungewissheit steht eine Sache aber fest: Die Grafik ist - entsprechend teure Hardware vorausgesetzt - schöner als das meiste, was sich im Augenblick auf PC-Monitoren abspielt. Und in Sachen Einsteigerfreundlichkeit ist Asheron‘s Call 2 dank simplen, aber motivierendem Kampf- und Fähigkeitensystem ungeschlagen!
74
GameSpy (Dec 22, 2002)
With more content on the way and an already large fan base, Asheron's Call 2 may yet blossom into a special game. But if you're looking for something new that's going to keep you up day and night, month after month, you'll want to wait on this one.
73
GameBanshee (Jan 14, 2003)
Aside from the awesome graphics I find the game to have a noticeable lack of core game content. It easily can become another experience treadmill game. If you are looking for a MMO that will keep you playing until the wee hours of the morning then this might not be the game to choose. If you are looking for a MMO to play casually that is fun and simple to learn then Asheron's Call II is a game you will enjoy.
73
FiringSquad (Dec 11, 2002)
But in the end, AC2 didn’t manage to grab us. Like a hot but completely insipid college girl, there’s plenty of reason to be attracted to it, but little actual feeling. It’s a solid and fun gaming experience, just not something that will have you reaching for the caffeine pills. In a MMORPG were you pay to play, and don’t get your money’s worth if you don’t play, this is a serious problem.
70
RPGamer (2002)
Asheron's Call 2 is a game that is innovative and addictive. Many will love it, but many others will be put off by the game's technical problems, crafting difficulty, and poorly designed travel system. Online games are constantly being updated, so these issues may be resolved in future patches. AC2 is a fairly good game now, but may be a great game later.