I thought I would give my impressions of the "File-Planet" beta. So here we go!
Install was pretty simple. The client was by far impressive for it's size. While downloading, I kept thinking this better not be Vanguard 2.0 all over again. I only have a 150 gig hard drive so it was taking up precious pr0n space! :)
Logging in was rather easy. There was a small patch at which I was getting it at 600k/sec. I found it odd I had to login though before the client would patch and then upon getting to the login screen. It took about 8 minutes timed to get to the in-game login screen, were i then proceeded to login for the second time! I got to the character selection screen rather quickly, and quickly made the class I was most looking forward to playing. (Herald of Xotti)
Know this is were I was totally amazed. The way they set-up the newbie experience is quite fun. I really felt engaged in the story. The voice overs are done really well and the graphics, for being on a mix of medium and low are very attractive. My frame rate was around 33-40 fps in towns, and single player wise around 50. The lag was rather tremendous though. At times I would get huge 10000ms spikes, but they were usually only when I was in the multi player mode or PvP'ing. The game play was really fun and I enjoyed myself. It took me about 4 hrs to hit the level 13 cap while going in and out of afk eating dinner and whatnot.
Final Impression and the look forward
Although I had a positive experience, I can't say all my friend's did. One in particular couldn't even login to the game due to some huge error's. He's a huge torrent downloader though, so he could of very well had some virus issue's. Both me and my best friend will be pre-ordering. We both see huge succes in what this game will become. But as for this client we got released. The majority census thinks its garbage. And it is! I've had the luxury of seeing and playing a little bit of what is "General Beta" and it is a very different atmosphere all together. It plays more solid like a game that should be released. But this client we received for the beta was the total opposite. I'm rather surprised Funcom would release a client to a large amount of people with this many flaws. Business wise it didn't make alot of sense. Hopefully the knew people would speculate off this client alone. And hopefully this will not be the released version. And this should serve warning to other mmo's out there, if your going to release a beta in as large of a scale as AoC did, release a solid client. Forget the cap and all that mumbo jumbo, if you support your product 100%, then you shouldn't be afraid to show all your cards. If it's a great game, people will come!