The game, initially launched in Korea way back in 2003, has seen its user base go back to the way it was after the monthly subscription model was abandoned in 2011 for the free-to-play model. NCsoft's business model involves buying up objects and resources of that nature in order to sell them in their online store.
Lineage 2 set the bar for western MMORPGs with a 3D gaming system that's controlled in third person. It allows you to improve your character through six different available races, and choose from a variety of professions that can improve your skill level. You can specialize in one of them as you level up and achieve different goals that will allow you to branch off into sub-classes.
The game includes practically every element that has since become genre-standard, such as crafting, creating alliances, pets, monsters, and housing systems. Although it's been active for more than a decade, its developers keep releasing expansions with more content, making Lineage 2 more up to date than ever. It's definitely one of the most played games worldwide.