Mabinogi is a free to play MMO from the company that brought you MapleStory. In this game you'll be put in a 3D world with anime looking characters. This game also has sometimes to Celtic mythology. Hopefully through this review I will be able to give the reader a little bit of an idea of what this game holds.
Graphic wise this game is not too over powering on your system, but the models of the different characters and enemies look good any ways. There are a lot of slightly different looks that your character can take on, but most of them will cost you some actual cash.
The controls are a bit over simplified for my taste. You'll be using the mouse by itself, sure there are a couple of hotkeys that can be utilized, but overall its simply point and click. The problems start to arise if you are trying to spin the camera around while manually fighting a creature, if you are not careful you can accidently right click the creature instead of the ground to spin the camera which causes you to stop attacking doesn't spin the camera and causes a pop up box to appear.
The music is light and not all that annoying, though there is a chance of hearing a couple of the same songs over and over again, but that's the case in almost every MMO so I think that people will be able to survive it.
Now there is so much to this game, and it is a bit overwhelming. You'll find that the majority of the early quest, and I sure the later ones as well will arrivew to you, you don't have to find them. An owl will be delivering your quests and your rewards for completing said quests. This can make certain parts of the game a bit easier on you but it can also cause some confusion as there is a good chance early on that you'll feel like you are leveling up really freaking quickly. I think they do this so that people get a feel for how the game is done but also to allow your character to take a couple of hits before croaking, then again I've only died once in my entire time in the game. Which brings me to this point, spam the crap out of the left mouse click, change your tactics once in a while, but don't lightly click on an enemy. This is not the type of game where you click once and you attack and then the enemy attacks, and then you attack, unless you were smart enough to put it in auto mode, which I was not.
There are a lot of exclusive services and items that can be obtain for a price. Sadly whatever money you put into the game stays in the game. So if you are going to spend some money I'd recommend going to target or someplace that has the set point cards ($1.00 == 1000 points).
Throughout the early part of the game you are going to have the chance to gain a ton of skills, and that can also be overwhelming. It gives you the feeling of the game wants you to have everything early on so that you can do what you're going to do later in the game without much of a hiccup. That's all good and everything but there are certain things that I'm not exactly sure I'm going to be doing a ton of. Some examples of what you can do are the following chopping wood, shearing sheep, creating a campfire, simply sitting down, making yarn, composing music, playing an instrument, producing products, and much much more.
One last thing before I wrap this review up, you're going to have to find people in the game rather quickly and private chat them, the chat window when you get to town gets spammed like crazy with gold sellers and with quick training sites.
So without anything further I have to say that if you are willing to overlook a couple of things, and giving a free-to-play MMO a chance you'll find this one entertaining, for how long only you can tell, but for me I think that it was an interesting experience and I might come back from time to time when I need a break from LotRO, also there has been an announcement that this game will be coming to the XBOX360, and the sequel has been hinted at already for the PC. I give this game a 7.8 out of 10