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Posted: Oct 11th 2011 11:32AM yuberek said

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AC2 was so ahead of its time. Loved that game so much. Even with its flaws.

Posted: Oct 11th 2011 11:32AM KureAc said

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Asherons Call 2 was my first MMO and i still miss it i had a great few years on the game

Posted: Oct 11th 2011 11:42AM (Unverified) said

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Wish i had been old enough when this game was at its prime. One of my moms old boyfriends played the hell out of AC and AC2 and i always wanted to give it a shot, but i was too young and at the time my mom didnt have the money to shell out the sub. Still i wish i could have played it.

Posted: Oct 11th 2011 11:55AM Chiren said

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It was my first as well - it had a lot of nice stuff - as they mentioned - talent trees, quest log, I'd say the interface is very similar to what WoW ended up with.

Part I liked the best that I don't see these days is that if you jump off someplace high into water, your character actually did a diving somersault motion into the water.

Part I didn't like was broken chat for months, and semi-technical replies from the staff telling us why it was difficult to fix (which only made the sense of frustration WORSE).

Posted: Oct 11th 2011 1:31PM MMOaddict said

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Sounds like it was all about timing and lack of polish that did this one in and lack of advertising. My first MMO was SWG. I then moved on to FFXI and then EQ2/WoW in 2004. Not once do I ever remember seeing Asheron's Call or Asheron's Call 2, BUT I was very new to the genre with SWG and was loving SWG and FFXI immensely.

Truly wish this game would have been held back for awhile, polished to a nice shine and launched in 2004 before EQ2/WoW or later in 2006. Just goes to show, competition matters too and one needs to bring out the polish/advertising guns to make it happen. Trion is an example of knowing this facet of the business.

I wonder if Turbine is making another MMORPG and how long before we see it? Don't say Harry Potter, I mean something else as deep as AC, AC2, and Lotro.

Posted: Oct 11th 2011 2:02PM (Unverified) said

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Thanks for this article.

AC2 has always been my favorite MMO. I miss it. It's like your parents selling your childhood home... you still have pictures / memories, but can never go back.

Every game that I've played since has just been a placeholder, I just want to go back to Dereth(2.0).

Damn.

Posted: Oct 11th 2011 3:27PM Kenrath said

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Great article Justin.

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My parents just sold my childhood home a few months ago, it's where I was born back in the early 80's and I know exactly what you mean...


There's a small community growing over at www.lost-company.info (remember that quest?) that's paying homage to the game they love... and watching for something special...
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Posted: Oct 11th 2011 4:48PM (Unverified) said

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Asheron's Call 2 was a failure because it was so hugely different than Asherons Call, gameplay wise.

AC was deep, complex and skill-based where as AC 2 was simplistic, linear and class based. The game was much more like a themepark than a sandbox and it felt incomplete with lack of good crafting, itemization, NPCs etc.

It was simply put a poor excuse of a sequel for the magnificent AC 1.

Posted: Oct 12th 2011 3:23AM Amusednow said

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AC1 was released Nov 2nd,3rd?,1998 if I'm recalling it exactly, AC2 if i recall came around 2000/01 right after the expansion for AC1. Don't remember the exact date for 2 but it was pretty much hey we're adding all this to AC1 and also going to throw the whole new sequel out in a few months. As for not seeing AC1/2 well pretty much they only had one or two ads out for either title the month or two before launch. They existed but weren't shoved down your throat in the gaming magazines of the time.

But yeah AC1 always had the problem of it being too involved compared to the holding your hand genre oh hey look all your gear will have the same stats and we'll pigeonhole you into this class bs. Give me a shield and a weapon and I'd sit in a dungeon for hours on end enjoying the game.

Posted: Oct 17th 2011 10:01AM Luxxicon said

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AC2 was my first MMO and I loved it far more than it deserved :-)
"Diving" off the Deru tree, getting stomped by Gloom drudges the first time you encountered them (as well as going back when you leveled up and stomping them back)... fun memories.

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