I like to think of myself as a pretty hardcore MMO gamer, at least when my time permits with a full time job of course. I've played pretty much every MMO that's come around 2003 or so. Which means I never had a chance to try the likes of UO, AC, SWG pre-CU, etc.
Many people have disbelief in Darkfall as a whole. Is the game going to actually launch on the 22nd of January? If it does launch, is it going to be feature complete? Is the game actually going to be FUN? I'm one of those guys, kind of. But I believe overall everyone is feeling about the same about this game. I consider myself a skeptic, mainly because the past MMOs which have launched have been failures to me.While AoC and Warhammer have had their shares of ups and downs, they're just not games that hook you in, and put you into the world that the devs have created.
I haven't followed Darkfall as much as many people have. I basically started reading and hearing about it about 3 months ago or so. I never had the chance to play a "sandbox" MMO. But it excites me.
This genre needs something new, even though the concept may be old, it needs to be broken into. I'm tired of games where the world is stale, where around every corner you know what's there. Where when you reach a certain level the area becomes worthless to you. I'm tired of the same thing we've mostly all been playing for the past 5 years+.
Overall, Darkfall needs to be the game to change the genre. I'm both a skeptic and a believer, and come January 22nd I'm going to be glued to my PC much like most of you will be, just to see if what Aventurine has been touting will live up to not only the expectations of what they want, but the expectations of the players.
So I'll support Darkfall, if only for the hope that developers will think outside the box, and that finally I can enjoy and MMO again for what it's supposed to be.