As long as I've been playing these games at some point, I will try them all. Even if its just out of boredom.
The other night I decided to download the trial, but tonight was my first night really playing it. I guess the only real way I can describe my first impression of the game is that it was like being told the dumpy looking girl ive only seen from behind from a distance really liked me. Once I decided to say hi, she turned around, smiled, and turned out to be quite the hottie.
I really didn't expect to have ANY interest whatsoever in this game. High fantasy was never my gig really. Maybe it was and I just didnt know it. I guess time will tell. But I can say for sure it's been a long time since a game has made this good of an impression on me right off the bat.
I decided to roll a warden after watching the little videos. I tend to not research a game in depth until after I play it first. I like the whole "discovery" thing. Also how a new player is "led" through the game tells me a lot about the methods of a game's designers. Thats a fun little class they got there. Playing it was fun, interaction was great. The class didn't feel "tacked" on to me at all. But to be fair, when it comes to lotro, so far, its my only frame of reference.
I was REALLY impressed with the sound in this game. I think so far, they've done the best job yet for use of sound in an mmo. Music is great, really sets the mood and seems to be used to dictate an emotional response to the moment. The samples used for sound effects were REALLY top notch. I haven't hard stuff that good since Sacrifice by Shiny Entertainment.
The graphics so far are great. Although I wish performance was a bit better in directx 10 mode. It's fast and playable now, I just get a bit annoyed by mid run lags even if they are only occasional. The interface graphics did bug the living piss out of me though. The textures were really really low rez. During a break i searched for some interface skins, found one I liked and went for it. Much happeir now after installing daimon ui.
I REALLY hope this game holds my interest. It's been a long time since a game has had this kind of a positive first impression with me. Time will tell I guess. If it does, I can completely see a lifetime sub purchase in my future. Especially if monster play turns out to be fun for me.
I sure do love me some pvp =D