Written for MMOGames. Partially recreated with permission.
There is something charmingly picturesque about MapleStory 2. It feels like a film shot from the perspective of an elementary or primary school student, someone who’s still young and appreciates colors and lights and creatures. There’s a sort of jubilant curiosity for the world that feels unmarred by the conflict, the combat, and the war that’s just over the corner. It’s a world full of big eyes, cute characters, and cheery optimism in the face of conflict—threatening but only distantly sinister.
I can’t help but feel like I am once again a young child, joining the flow of other children as we funnel through the guided tour life has given us. In my hand, a small paper bag, in which is a baggie of chips, a snack or cookie of some kind, and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with the crust cut off.