Allod's died the minute their item store came online. Don't board a sinking ship. This article sums it up rather well: http://www.massively.com/2010/03/01/allods-online-announces-changes-to-cash-shop-pricing/
The pricing were downright insulting. A little bit of research and you find that once you get into the meat of the game (PvP, raiding) you will die .. a lot. That's fine. Death is an integral part of every MMORPG. In Allod's, however, there is a stacking, severe death penalty. A single stack gimps you, and at 5 stacks you're almost completely useless for 50 minutes. Yes. FIFTY minutes. To get rid of the debuff, you need "perfume." You guessed it- that costs US$. At the originally listed prices, it would cost you about $13.50 for 10 hours of debuff free gameplay. For a weekend of raiding, or one night of hardcore pvp, you spend what a P2P MMO costs for a month.
If that isn't bad enough, you only get an 18 slot bag. Want 24? That'll be $20. Yes. $20. Finally, perhaps it was a bug, but interestingly the best enchantment-like-thing you could get for a piece of armor cost $600. Someone calculated that at that price, it would cost $42,000 or so to gear up. Probably a bug, but in lieu of all the other prices, it was the cherry on the cake.
I uninstalled the game minutes after seeing the prices. Ragequit? maybe ... but I have my principles. I'm exactly the crowd they are after - "Westerners are all rich, let's overcharge!" (the game costs a fraction of the US prices in Russia). I am not "rich" but I have enough disposable cash ... but my principles steer me clear of foreign companies trying to exploit me.
As for "Western gameplay w/ Eastern art" there is Runes of Magic. Fail.
Sorry to be the party pooper, but the MMO landscape sucks in general right now. I'm still subbed to WoW, but basically don't play ... because it's the best of the worst. My hopes are all wrapped up in FFXIV. It's not for lack of trying. I've played almost everything on the market to some extent, and it's all just the same **** in different piles.