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5-19-2010 @ 11:10AM
Is the LotRO map really 375 times bigger than Azeroth? :OI've not played it myself, maybe i'll have to try if the world is really that big.
5-19-2010 @ 11:17AM
It's that big and empty if you asked me.
5-19-2010 @ 11:24AM
That kinda worries me tho. How will you ever see anyone while you are leveling. Im going to ashenvale and there might be 19 people that I will never ever see.While wow is not that "huge" I think it should be even smaller to actually meet people while leveling. (and those damn 12 minute flights.. and those 20 minute walks between each place to other.. come on now)Its just one of those never ending game stuff people juggle between. Do they want huge enormous stuff that makes people gasp how much there is room (but scattered stuff around) or do they want smaller but more stuff to do and more stuff packed in one place.
5-19-2010 @ 11:50AM
3/4 of LotRO's map is in Forochel. At least I remember it seemed that way.For the most part though, I don't remember it feeling much bigger than Azeroth...
5-19-2010 @ 12:03PM
I actually think WoW should be slightly bigger to reflect the actual size of the town's cities and settlements, but that's just my opinion.
5-19-2010 @ 12:44PM
@AlanidYeah i'm with you on the towns part. Towns like Southshore/Tarren Mill are supposed to be relatively substantial settlements although they fell like just a small collection of buildings. It would be cool if Dalaran was 2x the size too, not necesarily more things there, just 2x the space. It can feel a bit cramped and claustrophobic at peak times.
5-19-2010 @ 12:50PM
Yes, LotRO's world feels huge (and it's even small compared to what the actual scale SHOULD be according to the books). Unlike WoW, you get a feeling of real wilderness in LotRO. It's a worthy game and yes, you should check it out, take your time and enjoy it -- it is always so underrated by WoW loyalists.
5-19-2010 @ 2:02PM
My problem with LotRO is not the size of the gameworld, which i will say is quite impressive, but the emptiness of it. I played a 10day trial of it a while back and i saw 2 characters the entire time i was playing/leveling. Huge world, just very empty and alone. And while WoW may be small by other standards, i always thought it was quite large in it's own right. Always a new nook or cranny of a zone i had never seen, or a little building or tribute i had missed before. Huge, not really, but detailed, heck yes!
5-19-2010 @ 2:46PM
@KemikalkadetLotRO is worth trying. The size of the game is incredible and, frankly, it is beautiful. The land is incredibly detailed and beautiful.@HoggersbudYes, LotRO does not have the player count that WoW does, but makes up for it with far more mature players and far fewer servers. I've never had a problem finding groups.One thing I always disliked about WoW was that the "world" never seemed that daunting. The cities and towns never really felt real (there are very few exceptions). WoW is a great game, and the world is well designed, but it lacks the immersive feel that many gaming worlds possess.
5-19-2010 @ 5:52PM
@ Hoggersbud I'll have to try it out. I treasure the empty areas of WoW.
5-19-2010 @ 6:00PM
>Yes, LotRO does not have the player count that WoW does, but makes up for it with far more mature players and far fewer servers. I've never had a problem finding groups.One thing I always disliked about WoW was that the "world" never seemed that daunting. The cities and towns never really felt real (there are very few exceptions). WoW is a great game, and the world is well designed, but it lacks the immersive feel that many gaming worlds possess.<Well it's one of the things I remember hating most about LOTRO. How large it was, how much empty space I had to go through, and how much time to took to get places.Certainly there's a good bit of character in LOTRO, I won't deny that, getting to the top of Weathertop was at least interesting. But walking through Bree was not.In comparison, while WOW does not lack in its share of drag, I don't find it to be quite the same as LOTRO, AO or EQ. I just don't.As for annoying people? It's called the ignore button. Besides, what some people find annoying, others find interesting conversation to pass the time. Not like LOTRO has immunity from the bads anyway.
5-19-2010 @ 7:42PM
The 30,000 square miles given for the LotRO world are quite literally, the entire world as drafted up by J.R.R. Tolkien - from the northwestern tips of Eriador all the way down through Mordor in the southeastern corner.Actually accessible are only parts of that world, which are divided in zones much like WoW is. This is due to the fact that the game loosely follows the books, meaning areas such as southern Eriador simply weren't relevant in the books and thus are not accessible in the game.Also, the content releases are making their way towards Mordor much in the same way as the characters in the books did. They did Moria with the first expansion, and the Mirkwood with the second. More is not yet accessible, you'll only get to see that in upcoming expansions. Mordor itself will probably be the fifth or so.
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