My internet finally decided to stabilize last night, so I was able to get in to play some Maplestory 2. It’s cute, the translation/localization is good, it plays smoothly and it is pretty fun. It is worth checking out if cuteness isn’t a dealbreaker.
I can’t decide how I feel about the aesthetics, but I can tell you that I don’t particularly like either set of controls. There’s one using arrow keys (keyboard only) and the other using WASD (keyboard and mouse). I played each for a significant amount of time while trying out different classes. I ended up preferring the keyboard only/arrow keys set-up because it separates movement and actions to right and left hands, respectively. It didn’t take long to get used to. That’s 100% personal preference though, and you may find that you prefer the other.
Each class seems to have a different starting story, but they all converge into the same main quest line. Luckily, you can skip a lot of cut scenes, so you don’t have to watch those every time you try out a new class.
Without further ado, here’s some of that sweet, sweet visual content: