Well 3 posts in one day, this is me trying to make up for lack of posts recently, mainly from real life kicking in, but also continuing problems with my main charecter in WAR breaking the internet. Although still happening, Mythic appear to be ironing out the problem (apparently something to do with areas with a lot of npcs having to load in), and its not quite as gamebreaking as before, although still similair to poking red hot needles in your eyes (my support page with EA is turning into an epic saga, but still only cut and paste generic responses to date!).
Fallout 3, Fable 2 and Gears of War 2 have also been taking up a bit of my time, but maybe more of those another day.
I have still been playing WAR though and sit at giggy heights of level 31 and exploring the Tier 4 content. First a few random thoughts and observations from the sessions over the weekend and last couple of weeks:
The honeymoon is most definitely over!
Noticed a lot of blog posts recently criticising or identifying issues in WAR. Which I think is fair, as people get deeper (or not) into the game and start to see potential areas of concern. As with any MMO, we are still early days, and I am happy enough to wait and see where things will go. I don’t, as much as I would like, have the time to devote to mmos, and WAR handles the balance quite well for that.
My biggest concern is really the lack of identity to your character and to the world/community in general. Axe Bite server went from being one of the first during opening days to get to a heavy population, of late it resembles a ghost town (although to be fair, it seems more intermitant than constant and does flit to medium population). I’m not sure if this is due to the normal plataeuing after a mmo launch in pop levels or whether possibly a number of people have left/transferred, but the effect in game is really noticable. As also been commented on elsewhere, people (lemmings) have gotten into this battleground scenario mentality, to the detriment of RvR and PQs. I’m not going to go on about this to much as it’s been covered well in other blogs, but PQs now seem to be about solo grinding Stage one influence.
The guild did a run down here last week, and it was a lot of fun. Looks amazing, lots of bosses and tough mobs. Looking forward to doing more of the place. Great xp from the quests too. From the ToK it looks like there must be 3 of these ‘Legendary Locales’ in game in each races areas, look forward to seeing more of these.
Of all the zones, and despite that fact that I am Chaos, Chaos lands to me carry much more impact of an ongoing War. The lands are bleak and war torn and carry a great atmosphere of dread and imminent death (which in my case is never far from the truth). Travelling into the Wastes for the first time and exploring has been interesting. I poked my head briefly into Praag, but retreated fairly promtly upon seeing a large angry looking lvl 36 bear.
Glad to hear we getting a little dps increase in 1.05, not so glad to hear HoTs are being adjusted downwards! I’m sure more on this later!
Already ranted at the recent ones I have been in below. Other thing I’ve noticed is jsut how fast people are dying! BW dots are a thing of pure evil, and I can be killed in under a minute from a few of these thrown on top of me!
So much fun. Will do a separate post on this I think, but hugely enjoyable. Participated in a huge 3 warband romp of Dragonwake at the weekend. Order where also in attendance, although never really threatened the Keep while I was on. I would really love to the RvR lakes expanded with more objectives (hell open up the majority of the zones to RvR with more objectives and take out the zone locking/PQ/Scenario farming mechanics).
We ended up going to do the Chp 19 PQs in the zone (way above my current level), and got one poxy green bag from the lot, but one of the best sessions I have had in WAR. Particpated in one with my Black Orc in Barack Varr last night, and managed to win my first gold loot bag after capturing the Keep which was cool. Will also have to work on my BO to get him to 17 now to wear all the blues and the epic that is waiting for him!
As the title says mixed bag of a Post, really jsut a catch up and some observations. Hopefully something more substantial coming shortly