Looks familiar? Yes, it is the game where most of you all had played or heard before sometime in your past time. Maplestory.
The purpose of this post is to recollect my past memories of this game and share it with you guys, as well as introduce this game to those that have little experience in this game. Like my other posts, the next section would be about some background information on the game. If you guys want to skip to the next section, simply go to “My gameplay experience”
MapleStory is a free-to-play, 2D, side-scrolling massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), developed by the South Korean company Wizet.
Several versions of the game are available for specific countries or regions, and for Singapore, it is published by NEXON.
Like any other MMORPG, although the game is free-to-play, some character appearances and gameplay enhancements can be purchased from the “Cash Shop” using real money.
Maplestory is one of the most successful game ever made even when it is only a 2D MMORPG, and is earning a lot of revenue through support of players buying in-game cash items.
The reason why it is successful now is because of the frequent updates by the developer. In addition, it is a user-friendly interface for starters.
My gameplay experience
One of the favorite blogs that i visited during the time I am playing the game was Spadow’s blog.
Spadow’s blog includes lots of future updates that the Maplestory version in Korea is having. The blog is written in English thus it is easy to read and I know what to expect in the future patches of the game.
In one of his posts posted in June 2, 2011, Spadow described the skill sets of cannon shooter, a new job coupled with a video that is supposedly to come into maplesea ( the version Singapore is running ) only in May 2012. This shows how fast the Korean version of maplestory is advancing and I’m happy to get fast and reliable news from a blogger.
Another blog that I enjoy reading is Ayumi’s blog. In one of her posts, she posted a guide on how warriors go about doing the quests to get their skills. I was doing my 4th job quest at that point of time when I came into contact with the post. It helped me a lot as the steps are clear easy to follow, thus I began to frequent her blog as well.
Since Spadow had stopped posting since end of 2011, I began to look for alternative sources that update news from the Korean version of Maplestory. And thus, I came across the blog named Orange Mushroom’s Blog. As you can see from this post , the blogger posted it on 30 May, 2012 which was just recently. The news posted would be beneficial for all maplers out there who wants to know what’s happening in the future for MapleStory.
Other than killing monsters and doing quests which most MMORPG offer, personally I like the trading system in Maplestory whereby it gives you an opportunity to be a mini entrepreneur by buying items at a low price and selling them for a profit.
This is a picture of the free market in maplestory. If you are playing maplestory without planning to spend any real cash on it, you can shout out in the market on what items you are buying or selling.
The drawback of this method is that the platform is used by many, thus it is hard for people to notice what you are actually typing at a glance.
The other method you can use is to buy a shop using real cash and set it up in the rooms of the free market. You can put up items in the shop and people who takes an interest to the item that you are selling may buy it on the spot.
The advantage of this method is that you do not need to be physically there to sell an item but rather you just need to update the contents in the shop regularly.
Most MMORPG has similiar trading system but I was first exposed to it in Maplestory. I found this system enjoyable and I could experience being a mini trader online.
Overall, I would rate this game 6/10 as in my opinion, the game is developing to the stage whereby players that spend more real life cash on it gets lots of benefits whereas those who don’t lose out. I would say this game is unlike GunZ in the previous post, whereby skills matter more than anything else.
However, it is still a favorite past time game of mine and I enjoyed doing quests and killing monsters with friends when the game first started.
One of my deepest memories of this game is that I organized a boss run with 30 party members to take down the boss Zakum in the early stages when Maplestory first came out. Although I didn’t take a video of it, it was a successful run and it was really an enjoyable experience.
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