For the best gaming experience in Asheron’s Call a stable internet connection is required. Don’t get me wrong, this game comes from the days of dial-up, but with its certain NAT requirements and protocols there can be issues playing the game with some internet services. Cable One in Joplin is a good choice as their service is compatible with Asheron’s Call.
In this third and final part in this series we will take a look at game play, gaining experience and how personal skill can make a difference.
Playing Asheron’s Call a person can really see its true beauty. Killing monsters earns experience, which in turn is spent by you on your skills and abilities. Every time you put experience into an ability, you raise it by a point. The more experience you put in an ability, the more experience it takes next time to raise it. By design each character in the game is very unique this way. Just like other MMORPG games, Asheron’s Call offers a Player vs Player option. This adds a nice challenge to the game, since by character design, two level 73 mages that face off won’t have the same skills and abilities so it’s truly a combat of skill.
The interface in which you’ll be controlling your characters various actions is not an easy one to learn and leaves little for customization. Some actions are even performed via a command line function in the chat window. Instead of taking away from the game however, the interface forces a person to actually “play” the game and become very involved in their character’s actions, some of these actions including building armor, cooking, questing, decorating your house or villa, and so much more. There is literally a whole world to explore and as almost as many things to do in game as there is in real life. With non-instanced dungeons and a loading zone free world there is not even a hint of linear game play. Each time you play this game it will be a different experience.
Even though the game is dated, there are very little issues or bugs. Everything has pretty much been worked out and with the low graphical demands of the game a person won’t have a lot of visual lag when a lot starts happening. The network connection is also not very demanding, a person can have an enjoyable experience on dial-up even, though broadband is still preferred. The game costs about $12.95 a month to play and has a several hundred people active on each server. Overall the game is very enjoyable and well worth the money to play. There’s a lot a person can do in the game and it gives you a “my character matters” feeling.