Now I don’t review like a lot of you, and I realize this is beta so a review is pretty much pointless. I worked under one other person ( it means they were lead developer, I was developer ) for the development of two niche MMOs ( One that still runs, and another that was ruined by Rapid Reality… god they were idiots. ), I know what I like, I know good programming, and I know good design. I played Warhammer, and Warhammer 40k on the table top, so I had VERY HIGH expectations for this game ( Warhammer Online), and this is what I have to say. OH… MY… GOD…
Let me start off with saying, I hated WoW. Not because it was a bad game, by all means Blizzard took the best aspects of most games, and put them all together, which is a good idea, they have made millions, it just wasn’t for me is all. This made me just a little bit afraid of Warhammer as the graphics are close… but that’s about it now that I’ve been in the beta.
Now I refuse to comment about graphics or audio, as neither of those make a game to me. So let’s move on to game play.
Combat: Combat is amazing, especially in RvR. It really doesn’t seem like gear makes THAT much of a difference, just like the table top game, it’s all about tactics. If you are going to run into battle without thinking, you are going to die, which I love, which is why Order seems to be getting their butts kicked on my server. Blitzkrieg doesn’t work people! If you button mash, you will die… SO! A tip for some of you, set up your action bar intelligently as to do the most damage ( or healing ) as you can… quickly.
RvR: This is the best PvP system I have ever used outside of real-time MMOFPS type games, which makes sense as everyone raves about PvP in DAoC ( I’ve never played it ). I am so impressed with this, words cannot describe my feelings for how much fun I have had smacking people up and down.
Public Quests: This is an awesome idea, like little raids, without having to spend 6 hours just to grab an item you didn’t need in the first place. I love the loot chests, and the damage basing. If you don’t do anything, you don’t get anything. Nice balance there.
Crafting: I still don’t understand it, as I have been making talismans and for some reason can’t use them. But that’s more than likely a problem between chair and keyboard on my end. But the crafting system does seem to be intentional, and planned… not just an idea they had and tacked on at the last second… so, me likey.
Lag/Crashing: For a beta, this is VERY stable. I do not experience lag, nor have I EVER crashed. I am very impressed with this beta so far and have high hopes for the release.
Community: The community is very mature as compared to most games, as well as fun to play with. I hate grouping as most groups I find in MMOs have either no intelligence, or no sense of humor… not true here on the destruction side.
That’s about what I have to say for now, more updates when the game goes gold… but I'm sure I will only have even better things to say about the game at that point.
P.S. Sorry to you EU players that are having such a bad time with GOA… please don’t blame Mythic… blame those morons at GOA for their inability to properly develop ANYTHING.