Originally Posted by Reikon
I wish they would do a remake of Asheron's Call. MMOs have been going downhill since the first big three.
It'd be awesome if they made a new Asherons Call game, or even a copy of the original Asherons Call but with an updated engine. However, the new upgrades/additions do not sound that great compared to the older version of AC. It sounds like they have generalized various aspects of it, so I don't think I'd like that to be included. :p
The ultimate remake would probably be the Asherons Call from 2002 or 2003, or any point before they incorporated the Taper magic component system -- the update that changed spell component requirements from many different herbs to requiring 'taper', which you could stack up (Instead of 7 or so different herbs for a spell, you would just need 7 tapers after the patch.). And instead of experimenting with herbs to learn spells, you could (Or had to.) just buy scrolls.
I think I started to really lose interest around the time they introduced that system -- it just felt so generic and cheap, and I don't think I had even rolled a mage at that point. (Not sure.)
Anyhow, I started playing it around year 1999 or 2000 and quit around 2004 or 2005. It did take awhile to adjust to the game and its systems, I suppose, but it was so very rewarding once you got into it. It didn't really have any hard limits on PvP or PvE like most/all modern MMO's (Example: WoW, and all its PvE & PvP content basically.) -- players with full mastery over their characters and the game mechanics could basically solo the high lvl 'raid' dungeons (Dungeons that required 2+ Fellowships of 7 people each and such.)- or, in regards to PvP, 1 very skilled PvP player could solo 5+ other players.
I didn't play Asherons Call 2 at all, cause, I think, most of the Asherons Call 1 community strongly disliked it, and I was so into Asherons Call 1 at that point that I just ignored it, or something along those lines atleast.
PvP was done extremely well in Asherons Call 1 as well, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. But I've disliked PvP, more or less, in all games since Asherons Call. I don't even like Multiplayer.
Anyhow, I'd love to see a 'remake' of Asherons Call, or even a similar game. But games nowadays require a lot more effort for much less - character models, animations, physics, and so on, so I'm not sure if it's even possible to recreate a game like Asheron's Call with modern graphics, or anywhere near what we'd consider to be 'modern graphics'.
However, graphics didn't make Asherons Call -- the universe, extreme amount of customization options and gameplay did. But it's sort of hard to go back to the current graphics of Asheron's Call when I'm used to playing Xbox 360/PS3 games, and I don't really care that much about graphics, or atleast I try not to.
Also, I just watched a 5 part Asherons Call review on youtube (MMO To Play Asheron's Call part 1-5) cause of all this Asherons Call talk. Quite a good review.