Browsing through my daughter's gaming magazines, I read an interesting article concerning Archeage: "Open-World Sandbox."
Huh, well now, don't that sound nifty?
I do some internet searches. Most are fairly positive about the game. I am at my wife's house with better internet, so I begin the six-hour download.
I ended up sacrificing Black Friday and Sad Saturday to play the game.
Some positives: Breast Physics! Giant, jiggly boobies.
I also enjoyed being able to mix their professions. I like being able to develope skills to match my playstyle.
The combat is dynamic and fun to watch.
Negatives: Okay, the crafting sucks: Labor Points, high-level requirements, gear-gating. Forget just being a crafter.
Queues and server crashes and lagstorms really suck. Sorry, but standing in line for a Video Game? Nah, too old for that crap.
Sandbox? Really? I guess the definition has changed a bit since Ultima Online. It's just as linear as any other Themepark out there. I guess when one hits max level and has accrued enough labor points and materials they can build a house, if they can find the land.
Have we not been paying attention to the whole Gamer Gate? Not only do all the female avatars have giant, jiggling breasts, but most of the clothes for them are all skimpy. My toon's starting outfit was a short, leather skirt. No pants until you hit level eleven, sweety! Now bend over and do some more gathering.
In fairness, the male avatars all look like effeminate dancers, but they're mostly clothed and not sporting giant, flapping cod-pieces.
I am not thinking that I'll talk the wife into trying this one...