A good game.
First, let me start off by saying that I've played a lot of MMO's in my time, i started with the original Everquest, Final Fantasy Online, EQ2, SWG...none of my characters were low level, my lowest being 40 and my highest being 70.
Matrix Online is my latest MMO, i wanted to play it for quite some time and i figured now was as good of a time as any.
Graphics: in a word? Beautiful....it was everything i was expecting and more.
Sound: Fitting, it's not going to knock your socks off...but it goes well with the setting.
Quests: This has led me to a bit of confusion with other reviews I've read, quests are slammed and i don't really know why...here's the skinny:
Basically you have two types of quests, fetch-and-carry and hunting, which is basically the same as every other MMO out on the market.
Go to point A pick up package B take it to area C, claim iffy reward...sound familiar?
For the most part there easy to do, and feels like free XP to me at times.
Population: small, that's to be expected though....it's going on two years now and other MMO's have come out since that time, so you have to expect a smaller population, SWG suffers from the same low population.
Personally i like a small community...I'm a older gamer, I'm not running around the area spamming or acting like a fool, as such i get treated well by the community....more than once did somebody chat me up asking if i was new, welcoming me, asking me if i wanted a Power-Level and so on.
So yes, the population is small but friendly, basically if you treat them right you get the same in return.
Availability: This game is hard to find, i went to three shops until somebody who actually plays it said that most stores no longer carry it but he pointed out where i could find it.
I purchased this game for a little over seven dollars(including shipping) on the Circuit City website, this i feel is a small price to pay to see if a game is worth playing or not...hell I've spend more than that on games i didn't like.
All in all i'm glad i gave it a try yes it's a grind but most MMO's are, yes the quests aren't very exciting but at my current level i don't expect them to be.