Vanguard Saga of Heroes is a HUGE game. No doubt about that. Heck, it even exceeds 17 gigabytes on my hard drive! I am of the ilk of casual mmorpg gamer that likes to incorporate roleplay into my gaming time, and Vanguard affords me many opportunities to do so. But because I spend anywhere from 0 to 3 hours a night playing the game, I am also rarely involved in large, multi-tier quests that many groups like to run through in one sitting, and I doubt that I'll get much opportunity to raid, once the mechanic is incorporated into the game (coming soon™ with Game Update 3.2).
And that is fine with me. I have actually only really explored 80% of Thestra, maybe 20% of Qalia, and maybe 1% of Kojan. And I'm level 30. Take a look at the photo below, for an example of just how vast this game world is:
Somanthia taking in the view over-looking the port city of Khal from atop the Cliffs of Ghelgad in Karibasa Village
That is non-instanced folks. From the cliff wall below me, to the ocean that runs through the city, to the mountains on either side, with every door, cave-entrance readily available to explore PLUS the gameworld was created / coded in such a way that when it comes time to expand...and this just blows me away...they can build downward and upward almost the entire length of the continent up to almost a mile up and down (all to scale of course...not a real mile)!! Can you imagine an entire city the size of New Targanor underwater like a lost city of Atlantis? Think about it.
For this casual player, just in the distance it took to walk down that cliff on my way to grab a bite to eat at the tavern in Khal down below (on a path of course) I discovered almost 8 different encounters, from roaming mobs to cave entrances leading to more quests and baddies, and ruins to explore than I knew what to do with. It's that big. And that's mostly without a single quest in my journal. There were vendors selling their wares out of carts or straight off their camel's back along the path too. Plenty to do and see.
In a game this size, you really do need a mount. This plays into the roleplay too, as it totally immerses you into the game world. Now this is not for everyone. Some players prefer to travel instantly to meet up with their friends so that they can quest together quickly. And I agree that a mechanic like this is necessary, due to the size of the world. So the devs created a quick travel method called the Riftway. They are also working on getting flying mounts into the game (for player consumption) in the near future as well. Imagine pulling out your personal Wyyvyrn or Griffon and flying down that cliff into the city below. Once down at the harbor area, you can call your ship and sail from the port city off to far-reaching place you have yet to really explore.
This is the kind of casual play that I am talking about with on this blog. And this is why I'm sticking with Vanguard for a very long time, because it offers multiple opportunities for me to explore and envelop myself into the world of Telon.
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