December 7th, 2010 marks the day MapleStory experienced the biggest change since its release in 2005. The Big Bang update addresses many of the MMORPG’s biggest criticisms, including the difficult learning curve, devastatingly long strides between each level, and the imbalance between character classes.
“Big Bang is going to completely change the way players enjoy MapleStory,” says Crystin Cox, Nexon America’s MapleStory producer. “We’ve been listening to our players and this complete overhaul of the game will implement major changes based on their input, making the game more current and modern, allowing them to experience new adventures in a game they know and love.”
After a few hours with the game, I have to say that the game is much more enjoyable than before. The many turn-offs people have faced during the game’s 5 year existence are now remedied, and I wouldn’t be surprised if a spike in the game’s popularity were to occur not too long from now. However, the game is still missing one of the biggest components of most MMORPG’s, Player vs. player. If only this Big Bang update included PVP, then, surely, this would be a must-play for any MMORPG fan. Anyway, the MapleStory has changed significantly, and the changes are great. Check it out when you can…the game is still FREE.