MapleStory 2 Review: A Dynamic Block World Worth Exploration

MapleStory2 CN server is now in its final closed beta test, I got a chance to give the game a try and find it really funny and unique in modern MMO industry. Some of the gamers may still remember the joy when you got out of Rainbow Island, so many years passed, MapleStory has turn from the 2D side stroller to a 3D block anime MMORPG. I did see a brand new open world waiting for me to explore.
Graphic and the World:

The cute comic graphic combining block construction gives us a dynamic feeling, the new world offers us various choices of settings, you can walk, climb, swim, go fishing, racing, take a taxi or play your piano in the city. There’re some hidden boxes in the map for you to explore so as to gain a mount. MapleStory2 has prepared hundreds of different achievements for players to unlock, such as Good Walker, Good Climber or Good Swimmer etc. and these achievements can unlock you mounts and badges. Some of the gamers think the game is so leisure so it’s only suitable for kids, however, I think the game could be the love for those who love exploration and those MapleStory fans.

Comabt and Control:

As for combat, all I can say is that the combat strike is awesome, the fast paced combat, flashy skills and ultimate fighting pleasure are really unforgettable. But as a gamer who’s used to mouse and keyboard control, the total keyboard control did make me confused sometimes, movement, skills and any other options can all be done within your keyboard.

Dungeons and Bosses:

The dungeons in MapleStory2 is far more than MapleStory, you can play solo or team group in 4 or 10. Interesting thing is that you can torture the body of the BOSS if you kill it in a limited time. Of course you get rewards for dungeons, and there’s no limit to the times you want to try, but the rewards only appear 3 times. World boss is also available for players to kill with abundant items dropping.

DIY Your Character:

If you think character customization is enough for your character, then the DIY function in MapleStory2 can totally set your character free. The Atelier allows you to design your own fashion, yes, it means that you can design hats, tops, bottoms, shoes, capes, as well as weapons, mounts! This is amazing, isn’t it? When you finish your original design, you can upload it to the shop for others to buy, so this is a way of making money in this game.


Housing System:

If the blocks remind you of Minecraft and Trove, then you should know you can also build your own house in MapleStory2. There’re many different kinds of houses for you to choose, there’s villa, normal residential buildings, wooden house, and even house in the forest. Of course the price varies for different locations. You can buy furniture to decorate your house and you can even have a maiden.

MapleStory 2 is extremely suitable for anime game fans and MapleStory fans, the old memory and new gameplay are giving you special fun. There’s a lot features I haven’t covered yet, maybe I will keep playing the game to discover more funny things. I have no idea if Nexon plans to bring this game to the west, but I do recommend them to give English gamers a chance to experience this special open world game with blocks and anime MapleStory elements.