Anyone Playing Asheron's Call 2?

Okay. I need some help. Do any of you play Asheron's Call 2?

Certis foisted the responsibility of reviewing Asheron's Call 2 upon me. After a handful of hours, I'm already fighting the urge to make up a review just so I can stop playing it. I'm frankly having a miserable time. But, having played EverQuest and Dark Age of Camelot, I know that the game is often only as good as your companions. Well, so far I've seen exactly 4 other players in AC2. Nothing in game or in the instructions have given me any indication how I might find some other people in this vast world. I'm staying away from web sites, since I'm trying to review the game, and not any web site's approach to it.

I want to give the game a fair shake, but if I have to spend any more time trudging across some frozen wasteland hunting Edge Beetles for no apparent reason I'm going to weep...long and uncontrollably. Someone save me.

Can''t help ya about the game, buddy. Whan I can do is to tell ya to be honest. Being fair and being honest are two different things.

If you honestly don''t like the game, and find lots of problems with it, then there''s nothing wrong with expressing this in your review as long as you explain your reasoning. A review is basically a written documentation of your opinion anyway, and if your opinion is that you''re having a miserable time with the game, then so be it.

Just be sure you''ve given the game a fair shake first. If, however, the game works against you by being difficult to use, poorly documented, buggy, etc etc, then there''s not much you can do in terms of fairness.

Good luck with the review.

Thanks, Veloxi, I''ll fight the good fight. I know there is fun to be had in this game. I''ve read about it in other reviews. I just need some help finding it. I know I wasn''t very clear about what help I''m looking for. I''m hoping that one of you is playing the game and will say, ""Come on over to ____ server. I have a low level character and would love to show you around."" Anything along those lines would be fine, indeed.

Don''t worry, though, I''ll try out more aspects of the game before I write any review.

I play AC2. Ive kinda hung up my boots for now but my account is still active.

Im surprised you couldnt get Elysium to help you? *chuckle*

AC2 is a great game! Its just not complete in many aspects.

What server are you on? A bunch of Evil Avatars are on Morningthaw but if you want to start fresh we can go to another server since I have 3 level 34 chars and my lowest is 22 on Morningthaw.

I absolutely will not play on the PvP or KvK servers. I refuse to be portal ganked, thank you.

I knew you''d come through for the poor boy Fang

I''ll admit I felt slightly guilty sending AC2 off to Sway but I just couldn''t drum up the enthusiasm to give it a fair shot. I''ll need something a little more unique before I dip my toes in another MMORPG.

To be blunt the fact that nobody really wants to review the game (who has played it) pretty much tells the whole tale IMO :).

I wish I could say warm and fuzzy things about AC2 but in the end it''s pretty boring, character development is boring, leveling is boring (even with a good group). The story is sorta ho hum if you follow the vault bits. But really there is not much that feels epic to do. I can''t just hop in with my friends and have some adventure... unless of course you consider adventure to picking an area and slaughtering everything in it for hours, or maybe checking which good quest timer and has expired then doing that one again and again. I wish AC2 was a lot of things, but mostly I wish it was fun to play past 35 or so (or even up to 35 or so). I was going to pass but my guild sucked me in (helped out in beta for a good while hoping things where going to change), but one by one they gave up until the last 3 of us collectively tossed in the hat to go check out the SB beta (hah). I think we will all end up back in EQ or AC1 before AC2 again. COurse this is why nobody asks me to do reviews, I never have anything nice to say :).

To the actual question, there are certain collection points where people seem to bottle neck. Cragstone (Excavation etc)... first thing to do is go run through all the vaults on the first Continent, there will often be groups loitering around out front waiting for somebody who would love one more person (for those soulless jogs through tedious unrewarding vault scape''s),. Then head to cragstone will get a low level 10-20th level group there pretty easy from there you will probable get whisked away to somewhere more frolicsome.

The key is there in front of you. Not too brag and not to exemplify the route to take, but I reached almost level 30 in 3 days.

I am really surprised people miss this stuff.

Do the Lost wish, Arwic, whatever explorer quest. Do the Kehan Windmill quest. Do the Arwic vault and Lost Wish vault. Do the Drudge Slayer Cadre quest in Millstone. Do the whatever the Millstone vault is I forget the name. Now you are level 12. Go to Rithwic and do the Warder Scout quest to get a Mad Crone Vault glyph. Do the Mad Crone Vault. Hunt Drudges around the Cobalt Vault near Molwirth to get a Cobalt glyph. Do the cobalt vault (grouped). Now you are level 15. You can do the Mist Opal quest (grouped) to get some nice boots. Grab a partner and do the Rashan''s and Head Hunter''s quests. Now you are 18. Beg someone level 21 or over to add you to a broken totem quest for 10k xp and you are level 19. Do the Kydi vault to get you to level 20. Find a group to fight Marsh Dillos to get to 21. At 21 do the Prosper Vault. Try to get into a Burun hunting party at 22. At 24 do the Ariaki vault to approach 25. At 25 do the bread and butter Moarsman Quest. At 26 do the Deru tree quest and the Onaro Burial Mound quest. Level 27 is the Lumari vault. You will pretty much be fighting Burun all the way till 30. You can do some vaults at 30 (Tou Tou sucks) and move over to Linvak to hunt dillos till you are blue in the face.

Unfortunately, most people are frustrated because at that point, you''ve done everything AC2 has to offer.

"fangblackbone" wrote:

The key is there in front of you. Not too brag and not to exemplify the route to take, but I reached almost level 30 in 3 days.

I am really surprised people miss this stuff.

Do the Lost wish, Arwic, whatever explorer quest. Do the Kehan Windmill quest. Do the Arwic vault and Lost Wish vault. Do the Drudge Slayer Cadre quest in Millstone. Do the whatever the Millstone vault is I forget the name. Now you are level 12. Go to Rithwic and do the Warder Scout quest to get a Mad Crone Vault glyph. Do the Mad Crone Vault. Hunt Drudges around the Cobalt Vault near Molwirth to get a Cobalt glyph. Do the cobalt vault (grouped). Now you are level 15. You can do the Mist Opal quest (grouped) to get some nice boots. Grab a partner and do the Rashan''s and Head Hunter''s quests. Now you are 18. Beg someone level 21 or over to add you to a broken totem quest for 10k xp and you are level 19. Do the Kydi vault to get you to level 20. Find a group to fight Marsh Dillos to get to 21. At 21 do the Prosper Vault. Try to get into a Burun hunting party at 22. At 24 do the Ariaki vault to approach 25. At 25 do the bread and butter Moarsman Quest. At 26 do the Deru tree quest and the Onaro Burial Mound quest. Level 27 is the Lumari vault. You will pretty much be fighting Burun all the way till 30. You can do some vaults at 30 (Tou Tou sucks) and move over to Linvak to hunt dillos till you are blue in the face.

Unfortunately, most people are frustrated because at that point, you''ve done everything AC2 has to offer.

Yep! There are some slight variation on that but that is the formula in a nut shell, the world tree quest is not bad too though, just all running... and the kill a bunch of different flavors of the floaters (can''t think of the name) and get nectars from them I think that is the one that gives you an ok weapon too, but I get them confused now it''s all such a brain dead blur.

This was one of the best massive on-liners I had ever played....for about 2 hours. Then it became the same piece of ($&#% I hated about the others.

I know that oodles of people were always hanging around the furnaces...players kept coming and going, and with the exception of an occasional bohemian (sp) music jam session, not a whole lot of fun.

My review would be simple: If you like the other crap, then this crap isn''t too offensive.

[insert fanboi comment of Planetside ruling over the above suxor non-133t pos]