Lord of the rings online
Helms Deep was finally launched, took some 2 hours to update the game. First impressions:
Trait Trees: visually are very nice: cool icons, as you progress one tree, its colour fills the background. Description about what (in theory) tree traits does, like “tanking”, “dps”, “AoE”. Negative things: Green Bubble left for the end of red tree. Champion now has the lowest survivability, I am left with bracing attack only. Yes, I do have many cool AoE attacks (shing-shing!), but it does not add to chance of survival. However, all class/race skills are left intact so that there are more pain in setup. Also, on the left I had a set of icons for some traits I could not equip (just next to blue tree) – had one free, others to unlock. However, I could unlock only one after one, not, say, I want to unlock 5th slot, then 7th and then third. Dear Turbine, please, leave a maximum of 10 class skills and some 3 race skills, also – let me chose which one slot I want to unlock. Players are (take a look at forums) for…more simple gameplay!
Trait points, TPs: Got enough xp points to fill up yellow tree so it was no brainer. Then I was left with some points, invested in red tree to get power regaining. Got refunded with some 195 Turbine points. Had to purchase others. Anyway, refund is nice – and naysayers were predicting “it isn’t Turbine’s way”. Maybe due to massive requests, store delayed in delivering me 2 purchased slots: but they finally were given, no need to contact support.
Skills: This is the pain. For example, yellow tree does what it says: AoE damage. So – expect nothing more. Cool AoE attacks, sometimes up to 10 enemies around you – yes. Attacks that your on-level enemy can’t avoid – yes. Increasing damage attack does – yes. However, no survival options, if you get hit and Bracing attack is on cooldown, you get no chance to survive. Attack animation is nice and spectacular…but that does not compensate me being a spectacular kamikaze. To make things worse, Green Bubble requires 14 more levels with red line, i.e. if you take other tree, you won’t get Green Bubble. It’s just unfair..
Banks: Turbine introduced a really superb thing: coin bags. You can enter vault, purchase such bag, take it to shared vault so that your toons could sent money to each other. It is very good decision, now my TP-grinder could purhcase 25 gold worth bags and sent it to my main. Impressed with this, kudos Turbine!
Housing: we have one chest that functions like a vault. Not bad, though I was accustomed to 2 chests (one I used for crafting, others – for rest stuff). I wish they allowed to purchase additional chests through Lotro store for mithril coins.
Deeds: these were changed, especially class ones. Some changes I have to understand, hence will write only tomorrow.
Combat: not too many feedback. One player told he attacked lvl.86 Warband and got insta-killed. I am enjoying Hytbold dailies, since they give me good xp: kills gives, quest gives, even trophy quest gives. Few hours – some 100.000 xp. If I take any serious combat/deeds, I will grow up quickly. And then, I’ll be ready for Helms Deep.
Overall players look satisfied of Helms Deep, there are many players hunting in Rohan. I have to grind remaining 2500 Turbine points and then will purchase Helms Deep.
And so the day has ended, I had some 2044 (?) Turbine points, rebuilt almost all Wold district and ready for many many fights.