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5-18-2008 @ 10:49AM
I played AoC for a few hours yesterday, also hoping to have some diversion till Wrath comes out. I was *really* excited to have a new game. Unfortunately, it's not even interesting enough to me to serve as a diversion.1- It requires a ridiculous amount of computer power to play. I have a pretty sweet new computer with 2g of ram and an nVidia 8800 512mb graphics card. When I play WoW with all settings maxed, I get 40-50 fps. In comparison, in AoC I had my settings on High (but not at all maxed) and was getting about 15 fps. My husband, who has the SAME pc but only an nVidia 6800 216mb card, was getting an unplayable 8-10 fps.2) Oh sweet lord, buggy buggy buggy. Lock ups, crashes, weird armour applications.3) Too linear. All characters start the exact same way, and do pretty much the same drawn-out quest chain in the same area when they start. REALLY BORING if you wanna try out a few different classes.4) The much-lauded combat system isn't fun at all. Instead of autoattack, you actually click/type for each and every swing. It's supposed to make fighting more precise - but guess what - you can be a helluva fighter just randomly buttonmashing. I was taking out 4-5 enemies at a time typing 123123123123123123. Not interesting.5) Where's the fun? I will give AoC props for some amazing graphics (although wow, while less realistic, is prettier). The water and fire effects are awesome. The character customization rocks, the hybrid-is classes are interesting. (No clear cut tanks or healers per se) But somehow, through all the innovation, graphics, blood, naked people, etc - they somehow managed to miss the point entirely. The game just isn't fun.Thanks for reading my ramblings. FOR THE HORDE
5-18-2008 @ 5:50PM
1) So you can't play the game on Max details. Lower the details a bit. Is it unplayable at low settings? I doubt it. Does it look extremely worse than WoW at those settings? I doubt that too.How about at Max settings? Does everything look much much better than WoW? Let's face it, WoW has some outdated graphics, and doesn't have such great detailed graphics. Doing a straight comparison from Max to Max performance-wise without comparing the graphics is pretty ignorant.2) All games have bugs at launch. Doesn't excuse it, but you should expect it.3) WoW is the same way. I don't see the difference. EVERYONE does the same quests. Everyone does the same quest chains in the beginning of WoW. Hell, everyone does the same quest chains for ALL of wow, except for a few minor class quests that come much later.4) EVERYONE does the same tired experience in WoW as well. Rogue: Walk up to someone, spam 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 till dead. Mage: Spam 1 1 1 1 1 1 till dead. It's only at the higher levels when you get more skills to play with is it actually fun. I'd give it a chance before you toss it to the wayside.Do you know why they do this? It's because not everyone can handle jumping into a game with a million different skills to figure out, and others may just find it daunting.5) Levelling up isn't fun. I didn't find levelling from 1-70 fun. Find some people to play with. It's an MMORPG afterall. Go do some PVP once you've obtained some more abilities. But don't shod it off because you've only went through the tutorial quests.
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