I still play this. Switched from EU to NA servers. The game has changed a lot to say the least. lol I will demonstrate the changes below:
1.0 - 1.9: Took me 9 month to level a cleric up to 45
2.0 - 2.5: Took me 3 months to level a cleric to 52 and an Assassin to 45.
1.0 - 1.9: Quests for leveling typically would take you halfway to 3/4 of the way, then you would have to grind out the last bit of your level.
2.0 - 2.5: What's grinding?
1.0 - 1.9: All green titled armor and a blue titled weapon at 45.
2.0 - 2.5: All gold armor and weapons on all my characters, plus cleric now has 4 top of the line gold level 53 pieces of armor waiting for her when she levels up.
1.0 - 1.9: Impossible to find groups.
2.0 - 2.5: Can't get them to stop bothering in whispers.
1.0 - 1.9: Killed an elite mob, dropped nothing.
2.0 - 2.5: Kill an elite mob, drops gold and blue items.
1.0 - 2.1: Very pretty
Overall, the changes made to this game have increased its popularity amongst NCSoft players but the 3.0 update is going to be the best.