One of the hardest games around when it comes to advancement, but the game quite possibly has the best endgame experience (offering large scale PvP, castle sieges, Olympiad).
Advancing in game is found so hard that the use of bots (script that level for you) has almost become a normality.
The US/EU community is considered to be somewhat harsh, but also versatile.
Now for the idiots who had never played a mmorpg before L2, consider this:
1.NCsoft doesnt care about american customers (or anyone who speaks english).
2. NCsoft has shutdown all the decent help websites so you have to by their guide.
3. NCsoft preferrs chinese farmers over real customers (you know the botters, they guys who say "rang rang!" and then kill you and steal your items?)
4. Griefing very easy (and so I proved when i left the hindemith server)
5. They really dont care to make you happy, they want your money and they know you will pay because your a fuckin retard.
So please, just stop. Play a freeshard. More uptime and GMs who speak english
Guy 2: True, but I deleveled 10 bots today.
Guy 1: No fuckin way!
Guy 2: Yeah, but I got my best character removed for it. They said I was causing them "economic problems".
On the North American servers, it's full of scams, deceit, hacks, abuse of trust, war, adena farmers, whiners, 6 year old GMs that are outsourced from China.
On the Japanese servers, it's full of love and peace.
Mathematically speaking, one would have to kill approx 1.2k mobs to reach near the end of the leveling treadmill.