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A blog talking about the freedom and potential of Darkfall online. Most posts will revolve around Darkfall online news updates, and user opinions of those updates. Darkfall is a FFA PVP, Full loot, MMO, slated for release sometime "soon"

Author: undiesusa

Darkfall Beta is here!

Posted by undiesusa Saturday August 30 2008 at 3:27PM
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Aventurine the Darkfall development team stormed the MMO world yesterday with both a beta signup and a 18 minute video available at

The Darkfall community in general has been terribly excited to see this game finally come to fruition and also to see a confirmed release date of 2008.

However, there have been some complaints about the animations, low rez spells, and general graphical quality. I wanted to address some of those concerns.

In regards to animation quality, I believe this is the only concern that is valid. The run animations are poor and the building and ship destruction is lacking. However, I believe that this is because of a reason (performance) that I will address in my next two statements.

Regarding low resolution spells that look like bolts or balls of light. Player need to understand how revolutionary Darkfall truly is. These are not auto targeted spells. We won't ever see "Fire from the Heavens" or "lightening from the Sky" the way that people expect to see spell casting in an MMO. The reason being is that in Darkfall everything is First Person Shooter with regards to the combat system. The spells have to be able to be dodged by that players. Additionally, the lower resolution quality of the spells will allow combat with hundreds of players to not bog down our systems. Darkfall cannot look like Age of Conan and fulfill it's primary purpose as a siege based pvp game.

Graphical quality. How much fun is it to log into a game and have to turn down the graphics? Doesn't that break your immersion right away? Who cares if Age of Conan has these unbelievable graphics. Just like Vanguard no one but those with 10,000 dollar systems can run Age of Conan in a mass battle on high graphics. Graphics should be good enough so that they don't break your immersion, poor enough so that they don't break your performance. Darkfall achieves this.

Full loot, Free unrestricted PVP, All player crafted items, farming, player housing, player cities, resource control points, FPS type combat.

No other game has to offer what Darkfall does.

Bruticus_XI writes:

Blah blah blah, make it sound like the perfect MMO when it'll be a niche game, the trailer was like that for a movie, it was only fluff, no meat like game mechanics and half of the stuff the promised, etc, etc.

Plus didn't they have "Betas" in the past that never happened? But this time is different, okay =).

Sat Aug 30 2008 3:34PM Report
undiesusa writes:

I completely believe it will be a niche game. Hopefully it will attain the status that EVE has with a continually upgraded game and continually larger playerbase.

The fact is that most player cannot handle a world of full loot, or player run they are too used to gear.

They have never, ever had a release that they have publicly announced, thats not even an arguement worth having.

Darkfall will not compete with WOW or WAR with concerns to playerbase but for Pvpers, people who like Sandboxes, crafters, and people who like a player run world, it is the only option.


Sat Aug 30 2008 3:37PM Report
undiesusa writes:

By the way Bruticus they showed,

The UI

FPS combat

City building



NPC fighting


Sat Aug 30 2008 3:39PM Report
Bruticus_XI writes:

Yeah it IS the only option, so hope you guys get the game you want, but there's going to be people who think they want it now, try it, realize it doesn't meet their expectations or it takes more work and not enough fun, and will quit. Oh well. There needs to be a game for everyone =)

Sat Aug 30 2008 3:55PM Report
undiesusa writes:

Well, I think because of WOW the playerbase is starting to be large enough to support more Niche games. People who loved SWG, UO, SB, Asherons Call etc will ove DF.
Others will ignore it as to hard, to cruel, to graphically poor, too boring etc.

Sat Aug 30 2008 3:58PM Report
Skillaz writes:

the game will be amazing.

Sat Aug 30 2008 4:08PM Report
Daelus writes:

The game will be unfinished and dated. I couldn't really watch the whole gameplay trailer because I was paralyzed by laughter when I saw one of the guys rushing the castle was beating people down with a bondage style butt paddle.

Sat Aug 30 2008 4:12PM Report
originalegg writes:

good blog, ignore the naysayers =)

and bruticus my lovely little troll...a niche game can be the perfect mmo to those who value its feature list.  numbers do not equal perfection.

every mmo player is different, so while you obviousl have deep hatred for DF...there are others who have been waiting for a game like this for a long time.  back off and let them have their FUN.  we do play video games for fun...right?

Sat Aug 30 2008 4:56PM Report
undiesusa writes:

Daelus, did you watch the downloaded trailer? Other then the animations I thought the overall graphics were very well suited to large scale pvp.

One of the unique things also noticeable in the video was that there were literally hundreds of different styles of armor, swords, daggers, sheilds, head peices etc. For all you know that was a mace.

Sat Aug 30 2008 4:59PM Report
Bruticus_XI writes:

Original, you failed the test! I'm not a troll, I'm a bored person who isn't playing an MMO while waiting for the best one of 2008 to come out. I've already stated plenty of times that I hope you guys who love DF get your game, even though I've predicted it probably won't live up to expectations. Because you guys seem to have pretty high ones. I can't blame you, with all Aventurine is promising.

Games are about fun. So, when you take that into account, don't call those who like WoW-esque games "simple minded" or "theme-park lovers".

I'm interested to see how this will turn out ultimately, and right now I'm not too interested in it. I know many MMO vets will love it, that's cool too. If they showed something other than a trailer (dev podcasts maybe?) I'd be mighty convinced.

That being the case, I'm still skeptical, even after the "awesome" trailer. DF is where all the action is right now, that and WAR, and I'm bored.

Sat Aug 30 2008 6:30PM Report
xeeeemeeeeeo writes:

They didnt show any UI that I saw...

Sat Aug 30 2008 11:40PM Report
khartman2005 writes:

If bruticus calls the inventory window which looks like a slightly upgraded version of the UO inventory window then I guess you can call that the UI.. other then that there was no UI shown at all in that video.

For a game that will release this year (supposedly) It looks extremely dated and I wouldn't be suprised to see it not do very well.

Sun Aug 31 2008 1:01AM Report
Mequellios writes:

I don't see anything on their site about beta or a video...

Sun Aug 31 2008 2:58AM Report
Mequellios writes:

Oh nevermind. Didn't realize they would post it with miniscule writing in the little news box. You think Beta would be a pretty big deal...

Sun Aug 31 2008 3:00AM Report
undiesusa writes:

They have UI shots showing a hotbar on the upper left, UI shots showing the trade windows, UI shots showing how you purchase items, and UI shots of the first person shooter type controls.

Sun Aug 31 2008 4:46PM Report writes:
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