This MMORPG, in word I love to say a lot, awesome. There's no other mmo I can think of that has Mabinogi's kind of style of gaming...well maybe Runescape..but I've never played that (WHO PLAY'S THAT ANYMORE?!)
Mabinogi is hosted by Nexon (soon to be called Block Party, a MySpace-type like mmo hoster.) The game has elements of combat, (PvE and PvP,) every-day jobs, normal quests, mainstream quests, skill-hunting, exploration, treasure hunting, character customization, blacksmithing, refining, mining, tailoring, music playing...and I'm probably forgetting the rest since I've never really played everything, but as you can see, there's A LOT to do. And the way they made the cel-shaded graphics and the emote-expressions, it's the prefect anime-type mmo atm. The music is great too.
This is Nao, the hot and moe mascot character of Mabinogi. (I totally want her as an anime fig! xD)
To be more detailed with certain systems, it goes like this. Most players just wanna fight. Others just wanna hangout and chill and talk. Others just wanna...iunno what else is there for a basic computer game? Anyways, what makes Mabinogi unique is that you TRULY can make your character what you want to be. For example, you want to be a sword-wielding archer that can shoot fireballs? Go ahead! You can wield anything as long as you find the skill for it from an NPC.
Speaking of skills, it uses AP (attrib. points.) that'd prolly be your only stress in the game. AP is hard to manage after a certain amount of time playing so you should consider which skills you want to rank up first.
Next comes skill ranks. Starts from the lowest "novice" to F, E, D, C, B, A, then to some starting number I forgot leading up to rank 1. Then you can choose to "master" the skill but I heard it's very hard.
Fighting, itself is pretty unique, cuz you can't just press a skill button and then *bam* it happens, well the 1st skill you can, but after that, you have to chain it so that you won't get hurt by the enemy afterwards (example atk>def>counter>def>atk and so on)
The non combat features of the game, tailoring, blacksmithing, mining, etc., are normally used when you are of higher lvls. Because buying the equipment for the stuff costs a lot.
Speaking of lvls...THERE IS NO LEVEL CAP. Meaning you can go up to level 9000 if you could. Not possible you think? At the moment, there are some that are at level 4000+ in the game. You can do this through rebirthing and basic lvling up like in other games.
As for rebirthing, Mabinogi has an Age system where after every real life week passes, at Sunday noontime PST, your char will age a year older become stronger and such. You will be able to rebirth at age 20 and choose to go back to age 10-17. Your lvl will go down too BUT your normal lvl will stay the same. (Keeps record of your normal level before and after you rebirthed every time.) Rebirthing gives you extra stats as well as more AP.
Ok..with all this good stuff in the game, there are a couple of negative sides to it. You know the old saying to F2P games...ok not really old but you hear that "This sux cuz all this good stuff, you gotta pay!" lol. (I call the F2P acronym "Forced 2 Pay" instead, lol.) Well Mabinogi is one of those games where if you don't pay, you're limited you many things in the game, but you can still manage, but more slowly that other people who have paid. So that's pretty much the main peeve of the game.
Overall, it's a great anime game, sound, music, gameplay, mascot (hehe..,) and other stuff. I love it, 10/10