Note: I was gifted this game, I did buy into the head start. I also did not play in any of the beta events. None.
I kind of told myself I would not write about this game, I was gifted the game, and played it, and I decided to give my two cents about the game. I fear the fan boys, but whatever... After downloading, and installing the game, knowing it was the first day of the head start, I assumed the worst... What did I run into? Well, massive Que times, and bugs. If you are a reader, you know how I feel about Trion Worlds. All the servers had a massive Que time to get into the game. I believe I waited an hour before I actually got in? I did however tinker with the character creation, and I did enjoy what I could get out of it. You can make some rather... Interesting looking people. The Que time didn't really bother me, I just put the game into windowed mode, and played some HearthStone while waiting. No big deal. After an hour past, we got into the game...
I've watched a few videos on the game I will tell you that, but nothing truly impressed me. Did the Game Play impress me? Well, yes and no. The game is not as refreshing as many people said it would be. I did enjoy how the game looked and felt. The game wasn't crashing, I wasn't having massive FPS issues, the game ran well rather well. I do like how the game sort of just helps you into all the aspects of the game. Mounts Land & Sea, Housing, Gliders. (I do love my Glider). I did spent a good 45 minutes just gliding around... Not going to lie. Anyways, back to the point, I'll get back to that later on. The game has the standard story lines, and then the "Quest hubs". I don't mind, a lot of people said it wasn't as Sandbox as many people led me on to believe. I don't mind. I mean it was the standard kill X those, find X this, but I do like the little twists they put on the quest. You can tell them in early, and get less rewards, etc.
Here was my main complaint, and which had me mumbling to myself some nasty words. First come first serve. Now, you'd think I would be used to this, but it's still so annoying. So, what am I talking about? So, I'm on a quest, kill X monster. Well, I didn't get to this monster first (I didn't hit it first), the person who did hit it first gets credit. God, how annoying. Now, because it's the first/second day of the head start, there is a TON OF PEOPLE. People who are currently playing the game, will understand my pain. Yah know? Now the respawn rate wasn't that bad, so it was okay, but with an overwhelming amount of people doing the same quest, that respawn rate doesn't matter as much anymore. So, luckily I have a lot of patience, so I got through it. but it's like this... It's annoying, and I dislike it.
So the whole gliding thing is fun, like I stated before, I spent around 45 minutes just gliding, and messing around with my horse. I still haven't gotten the full hang of it all, but it's fun, and it's a nice distraction from the daily grind. I think the game has a lot of distractions, and side attractions from you know the base MMO aspects. Which is why people call it Sandbox? I'm not sure. Most of the side attractions I did, while messing around with the game was fun. Going over all my skills, what my character can and cannot do. So it's sort of different from an average MMO. I know i'm not going into detail, and I apologize for that.
Before I end this post, I would like to address my main concern about the game. XL Games, and Trion Worlds. Why? Well, to get the point, for me I am used to be the game being developed and published by the same people. I.E World Of Warcraft, Elder Scrolls, and Wildstar. There is a bug that needs to be fixed? We can hot fix it. Since Trion Worlds is the North American Publisher, and XL Games in the Developer, there won't be those hot fixes, as fast as other games. I could be proven wrong, maybe there is something that is going down to fix that. From past experiences, there has ALWAYS been a delay on that, and there are some very annoying quest bugs that I have encountered so far.
Ugh, I'm sorry I'm whining a lot in this post, I'll tone it down for the next post, I'm very tired. I apologize fan boys, but I would love to hear from you all, if you are playing in the Head start, or just want to talk about ArcheAge, leave a comment below, or tweet me @SIrIsaacJewton Cheers!