Heed the call

Asheron’s Call 2: Fallen Kings.

Do you know what a MMORPG is? Would you know, or care, what to do with a cracked orb in order to heal it? Would you be willing to pay $150 for a Coldeve server game account with five level-15-plus game characters?

If your answer to any of those questions is no, a review of “Asheron’s Call 2: Fallen Kings” probably wouldn’t do you much good. If your answer to the third question is yes, a review probably won’t help you much either, because you’re too far gone to be dissuaded from immersing yourself in this game any further.

“Asheron’s Call 2” has become a phenomenon in recent months, hooking massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) enthusiasts with its dazzling 3-D graphics, action-packed gameplay, and airtight cooperative multiplayer capability.

“Asheron’s Call 2” takes place in a troubled fantasy world that can only be brought back to prosperity with your help. What makes the game compelling is that you can’t hope to accomplish that without the help and cooperation of other online players.

Thanks to multiple skill levels, characters, mysteries, dungeons, and challenges, “Asheron’s Call 2” will never get boring once you’re hooked. Even if you haven’t gotten far in multiplayer mode, the graphics, music, and storyline are dazzling enough to keep you entertained until you build up enough skill, characters, and weapons to keep the pace of other players.

One unfortunate aspect of the game is its M rating, for violence and gore. The rating will probably cause cautious parents to keep the game away from their kids, and while I’d never knock a parent for being diligent about the games their kids play, this is one that might warrant an exception. Despite the rating, the lessons in teamwork and persistence that filter through the action make “Asheron’s Call 2” a great game for pre-teens.

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