Posted on July 3, 2009,

MapleStory Joining Halo and World of Warcraft in Public Spotlight

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MapleStory is wooing main stream American youth with videos to air on television networks and as previews for the latest Harry Potter movie this summer. This brings MapleStory into the American public eye, the realm only pierced by  Halo 3 and World of Warcraft so far. The 2D side-scrolling MMORPG is already pretty popular enjoying a 6 million strong player base in North America alone. It’s aimed at kids 10 and up, but has a very wide age range of players, most of whom seem to take their cute super-deformed characters pretty seriously.

MapleStory is a free to play MMO with a cash shop that allows players to purchase Nexon Cash to trade for premium items. MapleStory Nexon Cash cards have been available at local retailers like Target, CVS and Best Buy for a few years. The MMO has also spawned the MapleStory card game and videogames for the Wii and DS. Still MapleStory seems to be simmering just below the surface of casual gaming culture. Perhaps these new videos can tip MapleStory into the mainstream spotlight. Look for the video shorts to start appearing on tv and in theaters later this month. Until then, you can check it out for yourself at http://maplestory.nexon.net.

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12 Comments on MapleStory Joining Halo and World of Warcraft in Public Spotlight

Wella

On July 4, 2009 at 9:24 am

I’ve been on and off on Maple Story, but I started playing it around 3-4 years ago, with many several-month gaps in between. I’m afraid I’m not currently playing it, because I was simply getting too bored. I’ll probably come back to it in a few months from now, wondering why the hell I ever quit it, just like I’ve done before.

An absolutely astonishing game and one of the best free-to-play MMORPGs out there and on par, or even better than, several pay-to-play MMORPGs. (Then again, your money does burn pretty quick on MS, considering how darn addictive that Cash Shop is).

9/10 on MS! =)

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Angry

On July 4, 2009 at 8:36 pm

Maplestory is fun and all, but chances are, you will quit before level 90. I must say, it is fun in the beginning, but once you factor in the serious imbalances between classes, it becomes a game where damage output is the goal. Also, 33 million EXP???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Lorie

On July 7, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Wow, the character design is too far from world of warcraft but I’ll probably give it a try because of positive feedbacks that I’ve read over the internet. Before you try playing this game, I’d like to share an article from http://www.goarticle.net/article.php/06-07-2009Safety-in-the-World-of-Warcraft.htm that will definitely help you avoid being scammed in a game. It directly discussed world of warcraft game but you’ll get some ideas that you could apply in any online games.

Justin

On July 9, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Maplestory is an amazing game. I have quit a few times, but then i came back. The positive thing is that its alot of fun. Your money DOES burn pretty quick though. Considering there are hackers flying everywhere though, ill give MapleStory a 7/10 Not a bad game.

Panic

On July 9, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Hackers no longer exist in Maple Story and its one of the best free to play MMOs out there. Yeah, they have a Cash Shop and players with money do get advantages from it. You have to understand that they have to make money some way. The game is very addicting, even if you try to quit you’ll keep coming back. Its a very fun game and a lot of us have know about it for years. It should have caught the publics eye as soon as it was released in North America. More publicity please :]

SatoriAryan

On July 9, 2009 at 5:15 pm

Haha … I laugh at the comment “Hackers no longer exist in Maple Story”. Hacking is still EVERYWHERE in maplestory, its just not as obvious as it used to be. The GM team has really started to crack down on it but I still get kicked out of Magatia PQ from time to time by the map hackers. Fly hacking is still alive and well too but you dont see it as often. Hacking will never “no longer exist” in any game that you download. That being said, Maplestory is fantastic in the way of its uniqueness and user-friendly GUI. 8/10.

Juan

On July 9, 2009 at 6:58 pm

I have played ms fr 2-3 years i quit twice once fr 3months and the other fr 6months but i just keep coming back u do waste all ur money quickly in ms. All in all in my point of view i give ms a 9/10 xD.

Mike

On July 10, 2009 at 10:18 am

Maplestory is a great game, because it’s free, yet also addicting. I quit for about a year, but when I saw all these new pq’s and new items in the Cash Shop on the website, I just had to come back, and I went through hell and back trying to get it to work again :P
Overall 9/10 :D

Eric

On July 10, 2009 at 2:49 pm

It is honestly in the ranks of the top 10 MMORPGs every made, most likely the number one F2P. It’s fun, free, cute, has low system requirements, and it’s user-friendly. The GameMasters are starting to crack down extremely hard on hackers and scammers, thousands every week. Overall, I give it a 9.5/10. I’m glad it’s joining the immortal ranks of the Halo Trilogy and World of Warcraft. It’s deserved to for some 4 years now.

Kamen Hakushi

On July 11, 2009 at 1:24 am

I absolutely love maplestory… fun game and multiple jobs and advancements that keepthe game interesting and challenging… I am an avid player and always have a good rme with the many friends I play with on ms. and a comment about the hacking thing someone else wrote about, they always get caught, gm’s r always banning hackers for hacking…

10/10 ranking IMO! XD

Pebs

On July 14, 2009 at 4:58 am

Maplestory is seriously addicting so beware. The gameplay is imbalanced. If you arent willing to spend rl $ then you wont get very far.

The game has evolved into something that isnt fun and is taken way to seriously by 99% of the population. The company Nexon has really turned the game into crap. There heavy focus on generating income has led the game down a dark hole. They lack customer service and customer support. So if you ever have a problem then you can forget about trying to solve it. They send computer automated responses to your inquiries that dont even address the question you answered in the first place.

So whilst the graphics are cute, and the chat system is one of the best Ive seen, the game is let down for me due to the fact of non existent customer service and the need for rl $ to get anywhere. i give it 5/10

Mageclawu xD

On July 15, 2009 at 1:16 am

I bileve that MS is very good
it is very true that you need real money to get any where past
the 50′s in this game but its really fun if u make it.
you can make friends ,enemies,kill things
its not just all about PVP like other games
and i think the graphics are really advanced
for a 2d game.
All in All
this game kicks Runescape’s butt
I give MS a 10/10
cuz im cool like that…and i havent seen any fly hackin in like a year