February 15, 2009

Warhammer Online: Day 4

So, lately I've been really jonesing for a dungeon crawler, and I ultimately decided to start playing an MMO again now that I have some more free time on my hands. As the subject of this post clearly suggests, I decided to startup Warhammer Online last Thursday. I haven't played it that much since the first couple days I spent most of my time trying to resolve an annoying bug that mad the game stutter as it loaded in new assets despite the fact that my computer should be more than capable of handling it. The issue turned out to be caused by the game's lightmaps which I was unfortunately forced to disable, taking away an unfortunate amount of the game 's visual appeal (in my opinion), but it's more important that it run smoothly...

After that, I've spent the last couple days trying to settle on faction and class (I like to try out several different classes before settling on one), and have decided to go with the Forces of Destruction and the Marauder class - a melee DPS class that can mutate its limbs to get different abilities and attacks. Anyway, my limited experience with it thus far hasn't given me too much to say about it. The PvE content thus far seems a bit lackluster (admittedly, my "main" character is only level 4), but the PvP/RvR content seems very enjoyable. Right now, I've only played with pickup groups, often with very little communication, but it seems like the PvP content could be very enjoyable with a group of friends and some voice chat involved.

I intend to keep playing the game for the rest of my freebie month and decide whether to continue from there. I'm going to try to play it sort of intensely, at least as much as my interest level allows, to see how the content changes at the higher levels. The furthest I've ever been in an MMO was my brief stint with Age of Conan last year, where I managed to get a character to level 47-ish, before deciding to quit for school, though I've heard there isn't a lot more for me to see at that point anyhow. Well, seeing as Insomniac has kindly decided to give its employees tomorrow off I think I'll take some time now to experience a little more of what Warhammer Online has to offer...

Later!

4 comments:

  1. with Age of Conan last year, where I managed to get a character to level 47-ish, before deciding to quit for school, though I've heard there isn't a lot more for me to see at that point anyhow.

    I would beg to differ..as I had the same impression thanks to so many hateful tirades around the Internet and news sites..
    Yet, the game has come a long way since it's launch. I am level 58 and the game has so much to do, and is more fun and moves much faster than other MMO's of it's ilk.
    I would suggest looking into it again with say a cheap time card or something before passing judgment.

    Cheers

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  2. A fair point. I certainly remember having a great deal of fun with the game. Though I was under the impression that Age of Conan was in decline at this point.

    I thought (perhaps incorrectly) that Funcom was consolidating most of its servers and that a great deal of the development team had moved on or been let go. Is that not the case?

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  3. If your fluctuating tastes ever lead towards WoW, let me know. The recruit-a-friend program has some very interesting side effects (3x XP, ability to summon each other from across the world, etc.), and I can always use more alts. :)

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