Lineage 2 is a free-to-play MMORPG which has been around since 2003, from developer NCSOFT. This is a high-fantasy game with a truly enormous world, one of the biggest maps in all of gaming. The game runs on the Unreal Engine and is a single-world map – meaning that you can run the whole way across it, with no loading screens. If you do wish to do so, you will have to spend a couple of hours running, and it is massive.
Within this giant map, there are always things to do, with plenty of quests, even if a bit quirky in places, to play in the PvE form of the game. Lineage 2 is still alive and well, after a decade, but there are now numerous different ways to play the game. There are private servers and classic servers, as well as the standard servers to the game.
It was recently revealed that a Lineage 2 remake is due to come out soon, but the retail version of the game is still active alongside the classic servers, which emulate the game’s original state. There is a level cap of 100, and you can achieve this entirely for free, however, with all F2P MMORPG games, there is the ability to spend money through microtransactions, to gain money and bonuses for your character. This classic MMO still has a fairly active community, and so the economy is a central part of your endgame abilities and items.
Creating characters is somewhat less varied on face-value than most MMORPG games, with only one or two class options for each race, and limited appearance customization, although there is a deep ‘classpath’ system which gives depth and weight to decision making for progression. The races are very standard, and the two classes of either Warrior and Wizard are standard, but they
There is a click-based movement system, and combat, for the most part, feels quite basic compared to most modern MMORPG players. The hotkeys and binds are unique, but early-game combat doesn’t force you to use too many of them at once. You’ll be using F1, F2, and F3 for a while before it gets any deeper. The progression early on is very fast, and you will find your level creeping up with minimal effort.
The game looks dated, as you would expect, but does have an element of old MMO nostalgia on its side, and the sheer scale makes this forgivable. The social elements and endgame content are the most common focuses of those who play the game, but the PvE content will provide something for new players to do.
The soundtrack of the game has a recognizable medieval/high-fantasy vibe, which is very popular with players, and adds even more to the nostalgia.
The type of players who would enjoy Lineage 2 are people who want to experience a nostalgic old-school MMORPG game in 2019. They don’t want loads of updates and expansions which make the game feel newer, they’re hoping for a blast-from-the-past with some recognizable character types and basic combat, to relax and casually play – preferably without running into those who have been playing the game for a long time, and who have spent money on it.