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Posted: Mar 21st 2012 2:58PM Space Cobra said

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Really, I should give this game a whirl; been waiting for it for a long time, since I am a fan of the SNES games. It got released only in Japan, then eventually came here. Changed companies since then...and I still haven't gotten to it.

There's just a whole lotta trading in this game! Fun, but takes time and planning. Lots of exploring, too.

Posted: Mar 21st 2012 3:31PM Maseno said

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@Space Cobra


Only thing I can tell you is that once you become aware of the grind the game loses the entertainment value very quickly.

Also,, make sure you do the ENTIRE tutorial. It will take you a long time, but it teaches you a lot.
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Posted: Mar 23rd 2012 1:55AM Solscient said

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@Maseno

Yes you're very correct about how the game does lose a lot of its entertainment value after you realize how long it can take in order to level up certain skills. However, one good thing about UWO is that there is quite a lot of different activities to keep you occupied. Whenever I got bored with one job, I'd just switch to something else until that got boring and then changed once again.

The problem of course is that after doing this for a few months when all of your skills at at the point where you have to spend days/weeks in order to level them (sometime doing extremely monotonous things) it become unbearable. This is somewhat offset by the fact that you can still play the game and access most of its features without having to max out all your skills. When I got to the this point I stopped caring about leveling skills and just focused on making money, while merchant skill gains just came naturally - although slowly.

They also release updates pretty frequently too which helps to mix things up a bit, but they can also marginalize certain parts of the game also. The expo previous to this one for example made trading inferior to dungeon grinding for making money which had a huge impact on the economy. Still though, it is a sandbox after all so it's not like you have to do anything you don't want anyways, and when I do play I just carry on doing my spice runs and developing my crafting skills for the future.
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