Quote from RaidZero
Yup, the good times. I remember when being level 50 meant something. Now a days there's a lot of hackers and everything feels spoon fed. I could get my character easily to level 70 in a day.
@OP I found MapleStory to be pretty fun, but I no longer play. There's plenty to do if you make friends, but if you want to get top-notch gear it'll be very hard. The economy is terrible due to hackers and purchasing top-notch items cost a fortune. Especially when their cash shop offers items to further enhance items.
In short play it if you want to have a good time and make friends, but if you want to get serious and participate in high level activities then you'll need a lot of dedication.
I also tried LaTale a while back, but it didn't appeal to me.
Also, they are making it harder by forcing players to use cash shop to make money using the older methods, like zhelm/ scarlion/ targa runs (boss runs). They make you pay to buy a cash shop item allowing it to be traded once. When back in the day you could do all the runs and make a huge profit without paying a dime.