Is Lineage 2: Revolution the Most Beautiful MMORPG on Android/iOS?
Where do I even begin with this one?
I did a video on Lineage 2: Revolution for the main MMOByte channel a year or two ago when they released the brand new Orc race.
Since then, I’ve actively avoided the game because it was so heavily auto-play that I almost threw up a little in my mouth.
But I can’t operate the MMOByte Mobile channel and not do a video on it.
It’s one of the most popular MMORPGs on mobile – not to mention it’s one of the highest grossing mobile games.. pretty much ever, having pulled in tens of billions of dollars.
So here we are, at the end of 2019.. doing a video on Lineage 2: Revolution.
WHAT IS LINEAGE 2: REVOLUTION?
Lineage 2: Revolution is still one of the best looking MMOs on mobile devices. You cannot honestly look at this game, or the character models, and say that they are anything other than top-tier.
The game is set in the same world as the rest of the Lineage franchise – and adopts a very fantasy-esque style of graphics and setting.
It features a large open world, open-world PvP allowing for hundreds of players to participate in large scale battles, has a plethora of dungeons, raids and.. well, I’ll be real here.. this is one of the most “MMO” feeling MMOs on mobile devices.
It’s just a shame so much of the game is auto-play. But then again, with how difficult things got on my Orc last year, I don’t think auto-play will cut it at end-game so my concerns may be for early to mid-game only.
HOW IS THE COMBAT?
It’s a weird hybrid of action and tab-target. You technically need a target to use your skills but at the same time as long as you have one you can use AoE skills that make it feel more.. action-y.
My one issue with the game was that combat was pretty much complete auto. Yes, I don’t need to use auto-combat. It’s a feature – it isn’t meant to be the sole form of combat used.
Nevertheless, the game is difficult to play without it. Or, without auto-pathing, at the very least.
You’re all but required to auto-path to your quest objectives, and upon reaching your quest objectives, you begin auto-attacking everything.
Yes, yes, technically you can stop yourself from auto-attacking. But since I auto-pathed to pretty much every objective, by the time I looked back at my screen, the 2-4 enemies I was required to kill were already dead.
So I just let it do everything for me.
Again, I’m sure this changes the further you go through the game, when you jump into PvP, and when running dungeons or raids because I can’t see the AI working properly with difficult mechanics.
CLASSES AND CHARACTER CREATION?
What would an MMO be without unique races, classes and character creation, right? Right. An MMO that isn’t worth playing.
Customization is part of the game – it’s one of the most important facets of an MMO.
Lineage 2: Revolution thankfully offers players 6 different races: The Elves, Dark Elves, Kamael, Orcs, Dwarves and Humans.
Each race has their own unique classes associated with them and yes.. yes the game is so auto-play that it attempted to automatically create my character as well. That is legit how annoying the auto-everything is in this game.
There’s a basic amount of customization, not nearly as much as I’ve seen in other MMOs like Rangers of Oblivion or Dawn of Isles.
You had a few hairstyles, clothing choices.. and then you made your character. That was it. For a game that is as beautiful as Lineage 2: Revolution, you’d think they’d provide you more.. anything.
Again, the game is very auto-play. Every aspect of the game is automatic. Auto-pathing, auto-equipping, auto combat, auto-customization.
Yes, you can easily opt out of those but when they make the game easier.. people will end up falling victim to the ease at which they’re accessible. Myself included.
But disregarding auto-play, the game is still one of the better ones out there. At least mechanically. Visually. Lineage 2: Revolution is a whales paradise: It’s heavily pay-to-win according to players.
While I’ve not experienced it, I don’t doubt it.
This game could very well have been one of the best MMOs on mobile if it weren’t such a prevalent pay-to-win mess filled with microtransactions, catering to whales and auto-play.
But then I know a lotta people love the game.. so make of that what you will.