Archeage Unchained – Is It Worth Buying?

Archeage Unchained – Is It Worth Buying?


Archeage Unchained, the fresh start, newly
branded and updated version of Archeage is finally here. The original game, just called Archeage, was
released previously in the west, on Steam as a free to play title in march of 2015. A korean MMORPG that was massively anticipated
in the genre before arriving and was pretty well received to start with. The game seemed to taper off as most mmorpgs
do after initial launch month and took a pretty big nose dive shortly after this due to the
game being firmly considered pay to win…Which if you’re familiar with mmorpgs and Eastern
games specifically in the genre, you’ll know happens more often than not. In this video I’ll give you my take on if
the game is worth buying or not. Quick disclaimer, most the footage used in
this video is from the original archeage and doesn’t feature the improved graphics that
the unchained version will have. I’ll shamelessly self promote my affiliate
link here before we get started. If you do decide the game is worth your time
and money, you can buy the game on steam or you can go to the link in this video description
and buy it that way. This link directly supports me and my content
and I’ll love you forever if you do that. And hopefully me having an affiliate link
doesn’t make you think I’ll be bias towards the game or favorable just because of that,
I’d like to think most of you know me better than that by now. So what’s the differences with Archeage Unchained
and why should you care now? Archeage Unchained takes what the original
game was, the hybrid themepark, sandbox mmorpg and removes the one major factor that prematurely
ruined the game, yes the p2w is entirely removed as of launch. Archeage Unchained is now a buy to play title
with a future monetisation model of battle passes and a cash shop, both of which have
been vetted by the community tirelessly for weeks now and are entirely cosmetic in nature. Absolutely zero pay to win and also as of
this moment, zero convenience items either. This being an overview video designed for
people who are potential buyers of the game, I’m going to go over what makes archeage great,
what to expect from the game and then stick around towards the end for a little history
lesson on the previous version, why we can have at least some trust that this won’t go
the same way as before and my personal concerns, recommendations and verdict. For people new to Archeage , it is a game
with many unique features in a mostly stale genre, not a themepark, not a sandbox and
definitely not a typical eastern mmorpg experience. Personally I’d describe the game as pvp oriented
and a heavy focus on open world, group content. I only played the first launch of archeage
for the first month or so, but it was probably the most fun in any mmorpg launch I’ve ever
had and I’ve played…a lot. The top features that people will probably
be interested in is the fluid, tab target and targeted AoE style combat which has always
in my opinion been one of the most fun combat styles in the genre, a lot of the combat revolves
around comboing abilites together for extra effects like cc, more damage, dots and stuff
of that nature. The class system is unique in that there are
basically 12 skillsets in the game, you get to choose 1 to start with, and then another
2 as you level up, all the skill sets level up as you use them and the combination of
the skill sets is what makes up your overall class. This means there are hundreds of combinations
of classes to be made, each skill set you choose from has their own abilities you can
learn using skill points and this is how you make your build. The abilities within these skill sets have
their own play style and typically interact with other abilities from different skill
sets in ways that make your overall class synergy. You’re also never limited to the class that
you create because you can level up every skill set quite easily and freely swap between
them at will, reseting your skill points for a small in-game gold fee and changing to another
class to play. But you are limited by what gear you have
for that playstyle. There’s very few instances in the game, this
lends itself to the sandbox experience of archeage, there are a few end-game pve dungeons
but most of the content is entirely open world, such as world bosses. Archeage has one of the most satisfying and
robust housing systems in the genre, with entirely open world housing, land having actual
value and meaning. Customisation of said housing is absolutely
incredible and the land also plays a role in gameplay in the way of growing crops, raising
animals and things of that nature. There’s consequence based trade running, with
players having the option to create trade packs and move them from location to location
to sell for profit, but of course you could get killed and the killer could then take
your trade packs and sell them, skipping the cost of making it and taking all the money
for themselves. Then there’s the naval content, yes this is
probably my personal favorite. Build ships, go out with your friends or guild
and be a pirate. Kill your enemies on the high seas or fight
sea monsters such as the kraken. The game is definitely focused at the top
end on pvp and faction warfare, with castle sieges, the pirate faction which is independent
of the two starting factions of east and west. But that’s not to say there isn’t something
for everyone. The economy is almost entirely player driven,
there’s a lot of opportunity for crafters and casuals who just like to tend their land
and make money. Overall, Archeage is for me, a very unique
and fun game that was only ever ruined by the greed of the previous publisher. Now , for returning players or people who
know of archeage’s shady past with the p2w, what are the concerns of the general population
that have been following Archeage Unchained? The major one is of course, will this also
be p2w like the previous version? That’s not something I can answer for certain
because i’m unfortunately not a wizard. At least not that I know of. Currently, the game is absolutely, categorically
not pay to win. The cash shop is purely cosmetic, the battlepass
system is purely cosmetic and there is no player trading of any of these items. Nothing you buy for money can ever be traded,
it’s all bound on purchase and there is no gifting system. So what about the future? Well yeah that’s the part I can’t really give
you a concrete answer on, I can just speculate. It’s always possible they go back on any number
of these features and go p2w, or creep in p2w into the shop. The reason I don’t think this would happen
is that they have gone the extra mile in making this release as good as humanly possible in
terms of removing everything anyone had even a slight concern over. Within a day, they have removed features that
could be considered p2w, they delayed the game to give us an extended access to the
current patch so we could go over everything with a fine tooth comb and bring up any concerns
and anything that was an issue, was promtly addressed. I think at this stage, after doing all of
that, to then turn around and go back on it would be the actual death of a project that
they know could otherwise run and be massively profitable for years to come. They know that if they were to do that, their
company repuation would be worth less than zero in the genre for as long as anyone can
remember. So, personally, I think it’s unlikely this
happens. Though still entirely possible. What is different about Archeage Unchained
to Archeage? Well of course Unchained is buy to play, to
be treated as a totally seperate game, never interacting in any way with the original,
with a different monetisation system and is the brainchild of a totally different publisher
to those who most people blame for what ruined the original. A little backstory, Trion Worlds was the publisher
who were responsible for bringing archeage to the west, Trion Worlds in late 2018 sold
all their assets to German publisher Gamigo. Gamigo still uses trion’s branding and backend
systems as far as I can tell, but they are an entirely different company to those who
published the original. So it’s not just a case of them saying it’s
a new , fresh start, it actually looks to be one. To date I personally haven’t been given a
reason to distrust Gamigo. Archeage Unchained also launches with a brand
new patch, bringing the game to the modern era. With a 64 bit client update, making the game
run smoother than ever, a new class, new content, bug fixes, new graphical update and much more. Now my personal concern is always going to
be that of if it turns out p2w in the future. I feel like Gamigo and the team behind Archeage
Unchained has done enough to temper that concern. While it will always be there because we have
been burned in the past, I am more confident in this project going the way they say, then
I have ever been in an eastern mmorpg before in this regards….That may not be saying
a lot when you think about it but yeah, there you have it. My only gripe with the entire game is that
they’re allowing people to have 3 accounts per person which a lot of people agree could
give some advantages in progression due to using the limited time based resource called
labor to make money and trade it to your main character. I can’t personally attest to any kind of numbers
of how good this is or how big of a deal it will be, especially considering we have a
new system that affects this massively, called the korean labor system. I will just include it in this video to be
entirely transparent and allow you to make up your own mind on if that is a big enough
issue to turn you off. For me, it definitely isn’t. So would I recommend buying archeage unchained? Absolutely. It’s a unique enough game, it’s a brand new
launch which immediately makes mmorpgs 10 x more fun and it’s a game that by most accounts
was always great, just ruined by greed. You’re never really going tto get a guarantee
with a persistent online product that it stays what it was upon purchase, so we can only
go on what we have right now and for me, that is a product well worth the price of admission
and the way I look at it, even in the worst case scenario that it goes badly, i’ll definitely
get my entertainment value out of the game on the current build for that price. You can either purchase the game via steam
on release day of the 15th of October and get in after the servers come up, or you can
go to the website and buy the game directly, depending on when you’re watching this video
there are pre-order packs available with a few added bonuses like cosmetics, titles and
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87 Comments

  • Sokha Phadonith says:

    First

  • Mageko Zingo says:

    Second ! Of course worth buy

  • KiraTV says:

    For you guys that already follow the channel and or the game , yes this will be a lot of stuff you already know or have heard me say. This video is more for the mass of incoming new people that will inevitably arrive looking for info and reviews on the game come the 15th and official launch. Still , I hope you enjoy the video either way!

  • pR8 videos says:

    actually can't buy it, thosen't accept my card

  • eXo says:

    Is worth buying if you have no life 😛

  • Fábio Nunes says:

    I trying to win some giveaways lol 🙂

  • Dreamforger says:

    My friend and I are trying out the normal Archeage to determind if it is worth starting on, if so I’ll send him your link.

  • TheVin says:

    On twich Q&A it was said that there IS a gifting system.

  • Red Paradox says:

    tryed it for the first time last night.. holy shit coming from console to mouse and key good god its hard but i am kinda enjoying myself. its just hard to move around and fight right now dunno how am going to pvp yet LOOL

  • NWKB says:

    XL should take some blame for how AA ended up as well 🙏. Great video!

  • Lucid says:

    my concern from a new player is the actual end game – without any pve content I dont see any purpose to just farming pvp for no rewards or real world meaning, or I have yet to find that information what the real purpose to pvp in the end game

  • Millicente says:

    What is archeage end game? Also do I really have to grind up and join the land rush to avoid gimping myself for the future? I’d like to just enjoy the game and learn as I go but it seems that if I do that I’ll just miss out and probably end up quitting the game later anyway if it really is a big deal

  • Nate Fiacco says:

    Just used ur link to get the game bro. Downloading now! I'm hype.

  • 0Sweetsugar0 says:

    so at around 6:12 is something that looked to me like a raid/dungeon?
    But you said there are little to no instances/dungeons.
    Now thats one reason i heavily disliked BDO the heavily pointless grind of Mobs.
    I like grouping up i like a trinity where it actually matters if you can tank or heal and boss mechanics etc in dungeons.
    Are there endgame raids/dungeons like in wow which reward good endgame gear?
    For example i know crafting being huge and i hate crafting.
    Can i get the best gear in game via pvp and/or dungeons and raids? And by dungeons and raids i mean like they are in WoW/FFXIV

  • Leon says:

    I know the answer, which is: yes!
    How do I know this? Simply ask yourself what else there is and you'll come to the same conclusion.

  • Variational Matrix says:

    The 3 accounts thing makes sense – if it was 1 account per household then if 2 people wanted to play on separate accounts or on 1 family computer then they couldn't. Hell if someone really wanted to they could install a new internet line to their home and buy 3 more accounts assuming they have the money, does that make the game p2w then? I wish they left the gifting in tbh at this point its removing common mmo features and hurts the average user (and it doesn't even remove the rmt aspect as player trading exists and is way more reliable than hoping someone gifts you after you pay them).

  • Daniel Alexandre says:

    I wasn't planning to buy the game but i guess i'll try it anyway since it's been a long time without playing an mmorpg. Just used your affiliate link 👍

  • Zhicheng Zhou says:

    nice video mate. Just wondering does this game requires you to play on daily bases in order to be competitive? I like how gw2 and eso is like, since you can be half afk and play whenever you want to. I don't like the feeling that you have to log in everyday, since this just feels like a second job after get back home

  • Yaminabototal says:

    no

  • Alex M. says:

    Very nice video. I sadly bought the game before i knew your account. Btw: Do you know any fix for textures not loading in characterscreen? deleting cache does not help.

  • TesGon says:

    Played it before I guess till 7lvl( ancestral) it was good but very limiting if not payed for patreon. Now bought it to try it again + new graphics. Still very concerned regarding some things like mount gains and land blockade by multiple crazy/ Grindy people.

  • CyberPunk Girl says:

    after buying it, can you migrate your old archeage legacy account into Unchained version?

  • Jad Hajali says:

    meanwhile AoC continues releasing stupid apocalypse crap…

    while i was anticipating AoC most of all, i think i'll try AAU for now. till we see what happens with AoC, but i have a feeling it's a big hoax and the mmorpg is non-existing, only apocalypse exists.

  • Andrew Wang says:

    If you buy the game though the website, is this copy transferable to steam?

  • MrLPWatcher1000 says:

    Thanks for this wrap-up video for the new game I'm very hyped for. (And which I already bought (via your link of course :D))
    I can't wait to start and hopefully it will last a long long time 🙂

  • ASDDASADSS ASDASDDASASDD says:

    Get ready ArcheAge Unchained 15th o/

    US: Wynn

    EU: Alexander

    No luck? Refund or Uninstall.

  • Choc Alot says:

    Thank you for your video and info.

  • ECCHIGODFTW Litty89 says:

    brought the founders pack yesterday. I never played archeage before and the game sounds awesome. plus i need a break from bdo lol

  • The World says:

    Is the steam and the browser one have the same server ?

  • Aria E. says:

    Is there forced PVP in this game?

  • Mark says:

    I love MMO's that are PvP focus (its why I played ESO for over 1000hrs for the Faction vs faction) and the P2W put me off massively so I didn't get to play, I have bought Unchained and I am really looking forward too it. I'm not worrying about the P2W ever coming back because off Gamigo's promise that it would never and the EU laws about false advertising which would hit them massively

  • Maik Arts says:

    Im glad that these archeage videos are getting more views 🙂 really good content mate

  • TheBigKahuna17 says:

    What class were you playing in the background? I want to make I guess what you would call a magical Swordsman but im not sure what skillsets I should choose from

  • mark kusters says:

    so on what server are my fellow Europeans going to play? ^^

  • KamiKaZe MMO says:

    i play Guild Wars 2 and I'm looking for a 2nd MMO to play, do this AAU a good one?

  • Chris Benn says:

    You talk about ArcheAge: Unchained has good housing now?! 🙂
    How has it been changed? I played Archeage back when it came out and the housing was pure trash! The system of getting a house and no one after the first week could get a house plot because everything was taken was the worst system in the world!

  • BoycottBlizzard FreeHongKong says:

    Shit game for a shit youtuber. This game is garbage. Enjoy the trash game. I played the older version. The game is broken unbalanced and a steaming pile of shit. Just like your channel.

  • Mark Dias says:

    You know Archeage was out in the states before it was on Steam right. That's how many times its been "refreshed"

  • Valkoor Deathweaver says:

    Thanks for sharing appreciate your honest review. I personally got burned by previous publisher's greed, and will pass on this at least for now. It looks absolutely gorgeous graphically and look forward to them keeping promise of p2w not being part of this version of the game.

  • Fröberg's paligs says:

    How to buy this game on steam?

  • navystylz says:

    An actual fair assessment that actually mentions how players meticulously went through all the content to be sure there was nothing remotely p2w. Even if you were not able to recommend the game after all that, at least it wouldn't have been like a lot of reviewers pushing out false content or acting like a jilted lover from Trions p2w burns in the past.

  • john doe says:

    there is no reason they should implement ptw, firmnames are just names, you dont know what is going on in the background, they might be one person own 2 company. the thing is, it look to me like, they used the pay2win players to get money to finance the nonptw players, what look like a awesome strategy for every future game to do. use the peoples money who pay endless to just stay ahead, if then a pay2play version get released, all non ptw player will change the game and they are left alone with all their payed stuff.

  • minhhai kim says:

    It’s the same thing as black desert online!

  • Šarūnas Marcinkonis says:

    crafted gear, and sold on ah will be p2w

  • Mr. Pug says:

    Watch out, it's Gamigo, they will 100% go p2w after some time.
    They did that with a few games that were not p2w, they bought Publisher rights and Dev teams and went full p2w.

  • Tera Otsune says:

    Good video, i totally agree with this, as an old ArcheAge player which left when Trion scammers introduced the P2W factor in the game. This game is great ! It didn't die cuz of the game itself, it died cuz of the trash publisher who ran it.
    Now it's a different story, evolved version, closest ever from the original Korean one in terms of patch, a new publisher, and the more important : NO P2W !!!
    So it's absolutly worth buying, for 25$, it's the best 2019 puchase !!

  • jojay580 says:

    Can you enjoy this game if you don't have that much time per day or will it be too hard when the grind starts?

  • RuthlessRoses says:

    Should i buy it ? I dont know..im very happy with final fantasy 14 at the moment >.< .. it drives me crazy :/

  • Rheth says:

    i mightve missed it, but is the game actually a subscription model now? similar to ff14 to pay monthly or just simply buy once and play

  • Jesse TT says:

    It doesnt matter where you buy it from in terms of the servers u play in? A steam player can play with som1 who bought it from the original site?

  • Jordan Davies says:

    Used your affiliate link, cheers.

  • VLadimir Lemm says:

    about nothing

  • back number says:

    no its not worth guys. thank you

  • Britannia Sandoval says:

    New to Archeage, will this game require a monthly subscription?

  • DirtyBird760 says:

    I already played it at launch.. this should be free right?

  • Jamison P says:

    What is the drop system like? Will I be getting gear drops or having to craft them?

  • Hibi Chika says:

    Short answer – Yes
    Long answer – No

  • Ervin Qosja says:

    they had to fix legacy and they did not do that instead they spread community and killed legacy so is not worth buying

  • Nib0_ Al syabi says:

    Do i need vpn in the mid east to play?

  • Odinson says:

    There is no listing for Archeage Unchained on Steam. You can't buy it there.

  • Solar for Green says:

    Why should I pay for something I already have ???

  • Backwoods Metal BC says:

    Ye yes it is

  • Alebeard says:

    I bought into the alpha for over $100 I think way back in the day, would I have to buy the game again now?

  • Luke says:

    And there's the catch. All the pay to winners will be buying 3 copies to do the trade thing. Asians are all about the profits, not the gamer.

  • Robert Schwanke says:

    If only they had the sense to offer PVE server options. Would attract even more players, myself included.

  • John Doe Gaijin Guy says:

    Anyone know if Unchained has ip blocks? (Japan in particular)

  • George NoX says:

    so wait, can you now actually make a square with fountains, archways and roads in housing zones like its shown this housing zone in Marianople to be having? How would that work?

  • zerozano says:

    I just heard the big issue here, in that you have little experience with Gamigo games. All it takes is a few google searches and you'll see how little they care about their "reputation", it's ironic really since you make that a point here. I'm not saying that Unchained isn't an actual goodwill attempt at making Archage more consumer friendly overall but at the same time you really have consider how the game will turn out long term. If this model actually works and is actually profitable I can definitely see a buy to play cosmetic system sticking around but I can guarantee you that as soon as the game starts dropping in numbers, there will be a categorical shift in consideration of the business model's future. The irony here is that if the game doesn't do well at launch/early into it's life cycle, this will likely happen sooner than later. So if you buy into the game early, you'll likely enjoy the game at it's best.

    People really do not think enough when they consider these types of games, KR MMOs that are being managed by business-first publishers. There are numerous examples in Black Desert and Bless Online, just on the buy to play side. Black Desert even proves that you can be successful and there can still be a dramatic change in business practices. I would not be at all surprised if this is just a ploy to get as many initial players as possible to make as much money as possible with their "pre-order bonuses" and founders packs. Every MMO has done it and the B2P ones are certainly no different.

    Even if there was a reputable company handling the Western publishing of these games, you have to consider that KR devs have a lot of the power in how these games are fundamentally designed, with what seems like little influence/impact from Western publishers, how much power is not known for obvious reasons. Therefore you have to consider that a lot of the additions and decisions are indeed influenced by XLGames over in Korea, so you can't really give Gamigo much credit until there is definitive proof that they are actively listening to consumers and actually taking action.

  • Lordjegar Laurel says:

    Is it available on sea? Thanks

  • Solowit says:

    Brings back some memories, I haven't played an mmo ever since and have no pc either, time to buy pc again then, damn I remember we used to dupe them labor? packs 😂

  • ecL.P3N says:

    I used to play BDO back when I was studying. It was too grindy for me to continue with the game (I leveled till 61 before they adjusted the XP curves to make leveling easier… so yeah). What I'd like to ask is, would you recommend this game to someone who isn't looking for PvP but wants to enjoy the non-combat side of things, like farming, trading, gathering etc.? And if you do recommend the game, is it very important for me to prepare for the upcoming land rush as a new player?

    I tried out the original AA back in 2013 but wasn't keen on paying anything back then, so I stopped playing shortly after. Anyway, thanks in advance!

  • AniSci Hermit says:

    Hmmm I love my ffxiv but rather burnt out being when I play a game I play it, but I always do go back to games I like after a break. Is this game hard? like to learn the ins and outs? and if I get the lowest package to try it out can I get the other things the other packages have if I like it later on?

  • Frederick X. says:

    Looks promising but we've been duped by too many MMOs 🙁 At least the game seems to be good, unlike Bless or Astellia which weren't too hot on release.

  • Zerohiro says:

    Ive got a question as so many others might have. Is AAU region locked? Yes it is region locked on steam. I want to know that if i do decide to get the game from Trion World site directly, will it be region locked for my like it is on steam or is it just steam that is having issue with getting it region unlocked?

  • Rain2Dust says:

    DONT BUY THIS CRAP GAME is gonna fail……..Dont believe them THINK

  • Kapitastic says:

    Tab combat best combat style ever. I've heard enough

  • Martin Stamatov says:

    So to make it clear the game have no steam version right? I mean original version is there, but this new unchained one is nowhere to be found on steam…

  • Vergedood says:

    Been burned too many times to trust that they wont introduce some kind of rmt involving labor.

  • The Sir says:

    It's utter trash.

  • The FireHouse says:

    Ya it's a pass for me , I never saw pay to win break the game it was simply a game that revolved around housing and the lack of it , with every player being able to purchase as many plots as they wanted with no regard as to other players – and selling the plots for thousands of gold each even for the smallest one . That is what broke the game , you needed a plot to farm and produce packs and with not being able to find a plot cause everyone in the beta had purchased EVERYTHING you were faced with paying 100-1000x mark up on the plot or just mugging along making small change . Nothing I have seen from you or any other video says anything about players only being allowed 1 plot per account so nothing has changed . DO NOT BUY THIS GAME you will be stopped when you get to the point you need land to make cash .

  • Cadetdude says:

    yea……im not buying that it will stay non pay to win we all know they WILL just add in the micro transactions that were pay to win in the future after the reviews are good and once everyone forgets that the other ver was pay to win

  • Vorlok the Bandit says:

    So they releasein 2015, games dies due to P2W and now re-release to try and mend all the problems it had.

    Sounds a bit like how FF14 had to axe the initial release for Realm Reborn to fix and improve the game.

    Maybe they'll get it right this time and reach success.

  • Jimmy says:

    why do asian mmos always look like garbage

  • Chuck says:

    Most fun you every had in a MMO but only stayed for a month……

  • Mark Jordan says:

    if you can log in hahahahah

  • Snowtea Frost says:

    Nice review one of the better ones

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