Lineage 2

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Overview

Lineage 2 Overview

Lineage 2 is set 150 years prior to the events of the original Lineage and fans of the Korean MMORPG will find Lineage 2 to be a worthy successor. The game has a heavy emphasis on PvP and allows open PvP. The world is divided into three kingdoms; Aden, Elmore, and Gracia. Players can chose from six races during character creation, and will eventually be able to branch out into one of 36 classes. Each character can take on up to 3 sub classes which allows for an enormous amount of variation. Linage 2′s plot is told through large ‘Sagas’ of which there are currently two: The Chaotic Chronicle, and The Chaotic Throne. Major content updates known as Chronicles are released every 6 months and add new quests, areas, skills, items, and increase the level cap.

Races & Classes:

Human - The most populous race. Humans control the most territory in Lineage 2. They haveĀ  the most specialized classes, along with balanced stats.

First Classes: Warrior, Human Knight, Rogue, Wizard, Cleric.
Second Classes: Warlord, Gladiator, Paladin, Dark Avenger, Treasure Hunter, Hawkeye, Sorcerer, Necromancer, Warlock, Bishop, Prophet
Third Classes: Dreadknight, Duelist, Phoenix Knight, Hell Knight, Adventurer, Sagittarius, Archmage, Soultaker, Arcana Lord, Cardinal, Hierophant

Elf - A slim and nimble race. Elves worship the goddess of water and love nature. They have fast attacks, movement speed, and casting time. They are great marksmen, and have high evasion.

First Classes: Elven Knight, Elven Scout, Elven Wizard, Elven Oracle
Second Classes: Temple Knight, Swordsinger, Plainswalker, Silver Ranger, Spellsinger, Elemental Summoner, Elven Elder
Third Classes: Eva’s Templar, Sword Muse, Winder Rider, Moonlight Sentinel, Mystic Muse, Elemental Master, Eva’s Saint

Dark Elf - Once part of the Elven tribes, Dark Elves were banished after learning black magic. They are similar to Elves but taller and have blue-gray skin. They worship Shilen, the goddess of Death.

First Classes: Palus Knight, Assassin, Dark Wizard, Shillien Oracle
Second Classes: Shillien Knight, Bladedancer, Abyss Walker, Phantom Ranger, Spellhowler, Phantom Summoner, Shillien Elder
Third Classes: Shillien Templar, Spectral Dancer, Ghost Hunter, Ghost Sentinel, Storm Screamer, Spectral Master, Shillien Saint

Orc - The most physically powerful race. Orcs are resistant to status ailments like poison and sickness. They also have high health, and recovery rates. Their strength comes at the cost of speed and evasion.

First Classes: Orc Raider, Monk, Orc Shaman
Second Classes: Destroyer, Tyrant, Overlord, Warcryer
Third Classes: Titan, Grand Khautari, Dominator, DoomCryer

Dwarf - A hardy race of craftsmen. Dwarves are an isolated race and are known for their physical strength.

First Classes: Scavanger, Artisan
Second Classes: Bounty Hunter, Warsmith
Third Classes: Fortune Seeker, Maestro

Kamael - A mysterious race that appeared under the guidance of the Gods. Kamael serve their ruler known as Mother Nornil and can absorb the souls of their enemies, and manipulate darkness. Their class choices are gender specific.

First Classes: Trooper (m), Warder (f)
Secon Classes: Berserker (m), Soul Breaker (m/f), Inspector (m/f), Arbalester (f)
Third Classes: Doombringer (m), Soul Hound (m/f), Judicator (m/f), Trickster (f)

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Full Review

Lineage 2 Review

By, Erhan Altay

The Korean studio NCsoft arrived on the MMORPG scene with Lineage in 1998 which exploded in popularity across Asia. Now, they are one of the major players in the industry with big name games like Aion and Guild Wars. They even publish a few free to play games like Dungeon Runners, and Exteel. But back in 2003, NCsoft released a prequel to the original Lineage titled Lineage 2: The Chaotic Chronicle. This was a year before World of Warcraft dominated the pay to play arena. Lineage 2 improved upon the original in all areas, but it never changed the basic grind based gameplay.

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Trial Tensions

NCsoft has a love-hate relationship with free trials. Unlike almost every other major P2P game, the Lineage 2 free trial is not universally available. It arrives for a month or two and then disappears again as quickly as it came. In early February of 2010, the re turn of the free trial was announced and has given veteran and new players alike a chance to experience everything Lineage 2 has to offer. The trial period is 14 days and requires no credit card information. The client download will take some time, at nearly 5 gb it is quite large. The recommended available disk space for the game, fully installed, is 12 gb so even though this is an old game, it still deserves the first ‘m’ (massively) in MMORPG.

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Unequal Races

Following a series of server mergers, Lineage 2 currently has five US servers and 3 EU servers. The population on all of these is usually ‘light’ which is a good indicator that interest in the game is waning. Lineage 2 has continued to add new features, including races bringing the total number of races to six. Humans, Elves, Dark Elves, Orcs, and Dwarves are all classic fantasy fare but the Kamael are unique. They resemble angels since they have large white wings, but are actually more associated with darkness in the game’s lore. They are also the only race with gender specific classes. The rest of the races can start as either Fighters or Mystics and further branch out into one of the 36 classes as they level up. For a more complete race and class guide, see our overview section. It should be noted that some races have access to far more classes than others which leaves many races like the Dwarves feel incomplete. Appearance customization is very limited, besides gender players can chose from a few hair styles, face styles, and hair colors. Clothes and other party parts cannot be customized.

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A Barren Landscape

After entering the game, players are met by a simple interface and 3D graphics powered by the Unreal 2 engine that have stood up surprisingly well since 2003. A tutorial prompt explains the game’s basic movement and even has optional voice overs. Movement is done exclusively with the mouse in Lineage 2 which is unfortunate. Even most Asian MMORPGs that are 3D give players the option to walk with W,A,S,D. The tutorial goes on to explain combat (click on a target), and picking up loot. Each race has its own starting area, but they are all equally empty. There are a few quests available, each area has one that involves talking to nearby NPCs. Completing this alone brings players to around level 6, but things slow down considerably after that. The bulk of the quests are simple, repeatable, fetch quests which involve bringing back fangs from wolves, or other items from monsters.

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Climbing the Jobs Ladder

As players level, they will unlock new skills and spells. Lineage 2 does have attributes like STR, DEX, CON, INT, WIT, and MEN but these go up passively as players level or equip new gear. The current level cap is set at 85, and players must undergo 3 job changes along the way. Class transfers require the completion of lengthy quests that often start several levels before the actual class change can be done. For example, players start the first class change quest at level 18 but must wait until 20 before actually making the transfer. The second change is made at 40, and the third at 76. For a full list of classes and their descriptions, players should check out ‘The Library’ on the official site. A full list of all available quests, monsters, and items can also be found there. Lineage 2 takes the old school approach the gameplay, so expect a lot of heavy grinding. When players click on a monster, their name will appear color coded. Lighter shades indicate that the target is lower level and easier to take out. Monsters are very predictable, but the huge environments make finding new hunting grounds or traveling between areas frustrating.

Jack of All Trades

One of the more interesting features in Lineage 2 is the ability to take on subclasses after hitting level 75 and completing a special quest. There are some restrictions involved, for example classes of the two Elf races don’t mix, but most class shuffling works fine. Sub classes start at level 40 and players can switch between their sub class and their main class by talking to a special NPC. Once a player hits level 75 with their sub class, they can take on up to two more. Players can ditch one of their three sub classes to learn a new one if they so chose. The subclassing system allows players to invest all their time into a single character rather than grinding up half a dozen alts. Grinding alone is inevitable in Lineage 2, but at least players can call pets to fight alongside them. Several classes can summon pets, but even those that cannot can enjoy some animal companionship. Certain items and quests grant players various monster pets which can hold items, wear equipment, and stay with the player as long as they are well fed. There is also a small fishing mini game to help kill the time. Players can catch ingredients used in the game’s simple crafting system.

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Castle Fights, Player Fights

Like the original, Lineage 2 heavily promotes player vs player combat. Players can attack one another anywhere outside town though they risk penalties for doing so. Kill enough innocent players and you’ll ‘go red’, like in Ultima Online, which means others can attack you with no penalty. Back when Lineage 2 was more popular, almost every camp spot was filled with bots. Many frustrated players would kill these bots, even if it meant temporarily leaving themselves open to retaliation. Botting, bugs, and technical issues still persist. The game crashed several times before I ran a ‘check file’ scan from the patch screen. But enough about that, let’s get to the good stuff. Besides ‘world’ PvP, guilds can participate in Castle Sieges. These castles originally started under NPC ownership but can be taken over by player controlled clans. Once conquered, the clan leader has to schedule a siege time within the next two weeks so that others can have a shot at running the surrounding area. Control of a castle grants occupying clan influence over the surrounding region. Tax rates can be adjusted for the local NPC vendors, and the clan leader is even given a flying mount to ride. As fun as the castle fights sound, players are more likely to spend their time grinding it out in small groups. Lineage 2 isn’t a bad game, but there are many free to play MMORPGs available today with many of the same features, graphic quality, and gameplay.

Final Verdict: Fair

Lineage 2 doesn’t look bad for such an old MMORPG. The trouble is that the gameplay is outdated. Even with a huge world to explore, a diverse class tree, and open PvP, Lineage doesn’t have enough to draw in new players. Veterans who enjoyed the game but quit from boredom should give it another try. The recent expansion and updates have added plenty of content.

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System Requirements

Lineage 2 Requirements

Minimum Requirements:
OS: Windows XP /Vista
CPU: Pentium 4 2.0 GHz or AMD Equivalent
RAM: 512 MB
HDD: 10.0 GB Free
Graphics Card: nVidia FX 5700 or ATI Radeon 9600

Recommended Specifications:
OS: Windows XP / Vista
CPU: Pentium 4 3.0 Ghz / AMD Equivalent
RAM: 1.0 GB or more
HDD: 12 GB Free or more
Graphics Card: nVidia FX 6600 / ATI x800 or better

Lineage 2 Articles

  • Lineage II Launches Ertheia Update - Posted on July 30, 2014
    NCSoft has announced the launch of the massive Lineage II update, Ertheia, breathing inter-dimensional life into the long standing PvP heavy fantasy MMORPG.
  • Lineage II – New content expansion coming July 30th - Posted on July 17, 2014
    NCSOFT, the world's premier publisher and developer of massively multiplayer online games, today announced July 30th as the release date for Ertheia, the next free content expansion for Lineage II, one of the longest-running MMOs in history and flagship title for NCSOFT.
  • Lineage II: Ertheia Continent Expansion Annouced - Posted on June 9, 2014
    NCSOFT, the world's premier publisher and developer of massively multiplayer online games, today announced Ertheia, the next content expansion for Lineage II, one of the longest-running MMOs in history and flagship title for NCSOFT.
  • Lineage II Celebrates 10th Anniversary in North America - Posted on April 28, 2014
    NCSoft celebrates Lineage II's tenth anniversary with a bundle of events until May 21.
  • MMO Valentine’s Event Guide 2014 - Posted on February 13, 2014
    MMOs from A to Z are celebrating Valentine's this year. Check in OnRPG and MMOHut's guide for the latest V-Day events!
 
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