Review by lugiadude12

"MapleStory: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly."

MapleStory - Overall: 8/10

Gameplay: 9/10
With the great controls and easy to use skill and stat system, you can start playing MapleStory in no time. To level up, you need to kill monsters and gain exp. When you gain a certain number of exp points, you level up, allowing you to become stronger by getting new equipment, improve or get new skills and improving your stats. With the higher levels, it really takes a while to level up, but the rewards are immense.

Graphics: 7/10
If you like 2D side-scrollers then this game is for you. With its old-school graphics, MapleStory's graphics are less-than-par to today's standards, however, its 2Dness makes it easy to play as it does not need a good graphics card. The gra[hics, although 2D show the charm and character of the game. It's simple and straight-forward, allowing an audience of a wider variety to enjoy the game.

Community: 9/10
MapleStory's community is immensely diverse. You can make friends and chat with them over MapleStory. There is also the forums in which many people post and its easy to make friends and and get your questions answered. Everyone, for the most part is very friendly and chatting is no problem. With the optional "buddy", "party", or "guild" chat, or chat rooms, there are many options to interact with other players around the globe.

Music: 7/10
The game does have it's good tunes, but most of them being boring and repetitive, the music really lets the game down. The music os repetitive and there is basically one tune for every region of the MapleStory world. However, since it repeats over and over again, the tunes get very boring very fast. There is also the option of turning the music off and listening to your own music while you play.

Character Development: 9/10
The innumerable ways to customize your character is great, including its hair, face, and clothes. However, most of the best clothes are only available in the Cash Shop. There are four different character classes: Bowman, Thief, Warrior or Mage. When you start the game, you will have a limited amount of customzation, however in the later levels, more options open to you. However, to get most of the good clothes and to be able to change your hair and face, as mentioned above, you need to pay real money to be able to use the Cash Shop.

Stickiness: 10/10
With its great charm and character, MapleStory will have you addicted FOREVER! Once you start, you cant stop. Very addicting, and if you manage to get your friends to start playing it, those friends will play with you for quite awhile. The game may get boring at the higher levels for some players.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.0 - Great

Originally Posted: 11/08/07

Game Release: MapleStory (US, 11/30/05)

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