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12/13/12 12:48:09 PM#21
Originally posted by spawn12345
Originally posted by FromHell

for me this is the only MMO I can say about "I love it".

Feeling a little downgraded as a lifetimer though since the B2P change but I heard they think about more rewards for their early supporters.

Absolutely happy to play an MMO which is not about swords, archery and other medieval stuff.


Graphically, this is most tasty with a good graphics card and tesselation on in DX11.

Don't know of any other MMO with is technically so much advanced.


what the first poster is rambling about is a mystery, I only have gtx 580 and get 60 frames with everything on max.

the engine is most amazing and smooth for me.


do you run on windows 8?

I had no problem either in dx11 until I upgraded to windows 8


No I´m running Win7 64 Bit..

I never jump on a new OS on release. Although it can´t be that much different, the core is basically the same as Win7

Secrets of Dragon´s Spine Trailer.. ! :D

Best MMOs ever played: Ultima, EvE, SW Galaxies, Age of Conan, The Secret World

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12/13/12 12:58:58 PM#22
Originally posted by Meyithi

I picked it up for £15 yesterday and have had a quick play today, suffers from the same problems as Age of Conan in that the engine is terribly optimised and the only way to get decent framerates is to turn all of the eye candy down.  I have a 3960X and a GeForce 680 and still can't play AoC in it's full DX10 glory, the engine is that bad!  It's carried over to TSW unfortunately.

Also, apparently there is a problem with the framerates on Windows 8, and Funcom conveniently  "aren't supporting" Windows 8.  Considering AoC still runs like a dog after all of these years I don't hold up much hope of resolution, it;s just a dog of an engine.

Running a Radeon HD 6870/Phenom II X4 and 8GB DDR3 RAM with Windows 8 as my OS. Got most everything at medium/high and still getting 30fps+.


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12/13/12 1:09:42 PM#23
Originally posted by Meyithi

I picked it up for £15 yesterday and have had a quick play today, suffers from the same problems as Age of Conan in that the engine is terribly optimised and the only way to get decent framerates is to turn all of the eye candy down.  I have a 3960X and a GeForce 680 and still can't play AoC in it's full DX10 glory, the engine is that bad!  It's carried over to TSW unfortunately.

Also, apparently there is a problem with the framerates on Windows 8, and Funcom conveniently  "aren't supporting" Windows 8.  Considering AoC still runs like a dog after all of these years I don't hold up much hope of resolution, it;s just a dog of an engine.


I don't have that problem at all. I max TSW out and have no problems what so ever but I'm in the same boat as you with AOC.

TSW is optimised much better then AOC and I have the same video card as you so not sure why your having that issue with TSW.


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12/13/12 1:28:20 PM#24
So glad they chose the BTP instead of FTP!  I am a lifetime subscriber, and I knew this was going to happen some time down the road. I like the way they are treating the lifers, and I don't feel slighted at all...
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12/13/12 1:29:25 PM#25
I also bought it yesterday. Sadly my schedule hasn't allowed me to play it match yet.

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12/13/12 2:05:05 PM#26
been having some lag issues too, cutscenes are having the worse, and everything seems to be frozen during the speech or you don't see the animation of the npc your talking too.


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12/13/12 2:19:10 PM#27

As was said in the article, the combat was lackluster and failed to entertain me for long. The story however, was pretty cool, and I won't lie, the first dungeon with the Cthulu-esque end boss was pretty awesome. That fight was amazing, atmospheric and incredibly well-done.

The game in general had an incredible atmosphere actually. But atmosphere isn't enough, unfortunately.  The PvP was horrendous, the character customization and combat were subpar, and to go along with that, I wasn't a huge fan of the weapon selection. For a game like this, weapon variety and character customization seemed key, and they just didn't deliver on that aspect.

Maybe it's changed a ton since launch, however.

Maybe now that I don't have to pay a sub, I'll re-install and log in again sometime. But I doubt it.


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12/13/12 2:56:45 PM#28

If you can't "grasp" why not that many tried nor bought it, take a look at the mark AoC left. It's pretty simple, people remember bad things much, much longer than good things.

I also happen to think it's great, that failures are not so easily forgiven. I like the new model and frankly I'm glad they were forced to adopt it. Perhaps some other companies, that like to produce games, that just don't deliver what they promise will take a lesson.

Your entire article seems ackward, because you don't even seem to know (or simply refuse to acknowledge, for whatever reason), why people are hesitant about Funcom. There's not even a single comment about that. I'm actually surprised, that you thought it'd sell well.

They released it right before GW2, WoW:MoP, and other grand games, they have a VERY questionable reputation, they launch with a box price+sub+cash shop. Gee, it's a small wonder they sold even that many.


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12/13/12 3:05:40 PM#29

lol at people who are using Windows 8.

TSW is a great game, I just got bored of doing quests 24/7. I will definitely give it another shot though.

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12/13/12 3:20:35 PM#30
I run Win8 and don't have a problem with any of my games.  In fact there isn't anything I ran on Win7 that doesn't work on Win8.  It's the best OS I've used to date, but if you're afraid of or can't handle change it's definitely best to hold off until later.

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12/13/12 3:32:51 PM#31
       I thought one of the biggest weaknesses of TSW was that it was too story driven....I remember the first time I played how anxious I was, yet felt like I was watching a movie and hardly playing at all......For me this game was too much story and not enough game......The game just seemed more geared for a single player experience than a MMO.

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12/13/12 4:57:42 PM#32
Had it for a while but didn't play much, but given it some time lately(pre f2p) and found it fun, not even sure if i use the dx9 or 11 engine but it runs nicely, but using a gtx590 i7ee and 24 gig ram so fairly nice computer.
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12/13/12 6:42:41 PM#33
Originally posted by Po_gg

Nice summary, it's good that I have only send one link to buddies if I want to promote the game now with the b2p.

"TSW is one of’s most highly rated games, and yet I always found it strange how it didn’t quite reach mass acceptance." Simply it's not aiming for the masses, Ragnar always had a fanbase 'only' average in numbers but are really devoted :)

Rather it's failure to digress to any great extent from the established framework that the MMO genre has been catering to for the last decade coupled with a subscription fee ensured that most gamers skipped it, and many that didn't skip it didn't stick around passed the 3 month mark.

If you play "connect the dots" with the recent failure at the top end of the market (and by "recent", I mean everything since World of Warcraft)... you'll note that ALL of these games have followed the SAME framework: (meaningless) levelling to end game where you're greated by a near-endless sea of carrot-on-a-stick content.


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12/13/12 6:56:54 PM#34

I don't have a "game" machine just a PC i use for other work-related stuff and TSW is more or less unplayable on it - but not Skyrim, Fallout, SWTOR, Rift etc so i think that may be a part of their problem - same thing for me with AoC at the time (but not since i got a new "average" machine i.e. Funcom seem to have a habit of setting the minimum spec past the optimal point for the time.


Apart from that the game appealed to me a great deal and i guess it's the combat being more cerebral and planning orientated rather than twitch orientated that makes it more niche. I think it could potentially serve a very strong niche though among those whose twitchy days are behind them and who like the atmosphere, investigations and story aspects instead. I wonder what percentage of those kind of people have high end gaming machines but in a few years the new average machine may be enough to play it.


Admittedly some of the mobs are so cool looking on good machines it may have spoiled some of the atmospherics to have low-spec versions. Hard to say.


As to revenue model i don't know, to me TSW is perfect for the hybrid model because it's perfect for cosmetic items. A model where the subscriptions get you all the cosmetic options and all the content updates as they arrive and FTP paying to unlock cosmetic options and getting access to some of the content updates after 6 months or something and some paying for etc. Some of those really cool outfits would have sold like hotcakes if they'd got the cashshop pricing right.

(Unlike SWTOR where i regret buying coins now because you feel like prey.)


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12/13/12 9:03:51 PM#35

 My 5 year old puter could not handle this game, would glitch and freeze on me all the time, up graded to a newer computer with windows 8 64-bit running dx11 for TSW and not an issue at all now. I even put my old Radeon HD 6850 1gb gddr5 in to see how it ran --> 1920x1080 gave me a solid 30fps, no gitching or freezing.

 I would agree with whats been said here, the specs needed to run this game are a buit higher then most, this is the only game that i needed to upgrade for. Newer games like Star wars, Raiderz and Tera were never an issue...ah tera, still the best looking game i have played to date.


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12/13/12 9:30:52 PM#36


yeah i'll upgrade eventually and then i'm sure i'll enjoy it as i *almost* did despite it being almost completely unplayable on my current machine. great game imo but suited more to non-twitch type gamers and (at least imo) perfectly suited to a hybrid sub/f2p model.

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12/13/12 10:02:06 PM#37
Originally posted by Meyithi

I picked it up for £15 yesterday and have had a quick play today, suffers from the same problems as Age of Conan in that the engine is terribly optimised and the only way to get decent framerates is to turn all of the eye candy down.  I have a 3960X and a GeForce 680 and still can't play AoC in it's full DX10 glory, the engine is that bad!  It's carried over to TSW unfortunately.

Also, apparently there is a problem with the framerates on Windows 8, and Funcom conveniently  "aren't supporting" Windows 8.  Considering AoC still runs like a dog after all of these years I don't hold up much hope of resolution, it;s just a dog of an engine.


Are you kidding? The engine is fantastic.

Runs at 60fps on my 3 year old computer with all the bells and whistles turned on. Cant say the same for most other games.


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12/14/12 3:12:53 AM#38
Yeah sorry, I will also have to call BS on those who say they have an i5-3570K or higher CPU coupled with a GTX680 and state the game looks like shit in DX11.  I have the same and it's F'ing amazing looking at 45+ FPS in just about all environments.  If there are people who make such claims and aren't straight up lying I would have to argue the issue is NOT with the game itself and rather some sort of misconfiguration of your hardware/software setup.  Yes that even includes those that havne't experienced any issue with any other game.  Gaming software can in fact be that sensative and is the reason why nVidia and AMD update their drivers so often (even after the release of the final product in a given generations line).

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12/14/12 4:04:36 AM#39

i buy the game today ^^, lets try this game looks amazing ^^ 



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12/14/12 5:44:38 AM#40

I just hope everyone isn't going to act surprised when the 'buy to play' model turns into a full blown freemium game in a year or so (maybe less)

I see this as just the latest example of FC looting a game for operating capital/start up for the next project. This change is the best way for them to raise larger amounts of money from TSW rapidly and nothing else.

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