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General Discussion  » Poll - What if Vanguard actually released properly in 2014 - would you play it?

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  Thorqemada

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12/12/13 4:58:57 AM#61

The Fantasy-MMO-Genre is overcrowded by Mainstreamgames + Nichegames - i dont feel that VG would stand out enough to be commercial viable and avoid to invest Time + Money.

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  Dibdabs

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12/12/13 5:06:54 AM#62
Originally posted by Margulis

 

Update - this is a list of current features Vanguard already has, there seemed to be some confusion over this:

2.  No instancing at all in the giant game world    

3.  Open world housing (also non instanced)   

4.  Ship building and sailing     

5.  Fishing that is actually interactive and deep like the crafting system

6.  Group focused content

7.  Diplomacy system

8.  Harvesting system that is interactive and incorporates group harvesting

9.  Challenging content, corpse runs, etc.

10.  Tons of class and race options.

11.  Giant world that creates a sense of wonder and immersion.

12.  Over 120 non instanced dungeons

2 to 8:  Couldn't care less.  I play Heroic Fantasy games for the heroic fantasy, not in order to mine coal or knock out bolts of cloth or build a dinky little house full of knick-knacks.

9 and 10: Sounds OK

11:  It seemed bland to me, frankly.

12:  God no!  I don't want my dungeons full of other people running around all over the place.  It makes a long-lost ruin filled with mystery and danger feel more like rush hour in a city centre.

So, that's a resounding "no" from me then.

  User Deleted
12/12/13 5:11:52 AM#63
Originally posted by LauraFrost

 

I hated the Itemization and Questing of Vanguard. Fix how itemization worked and remove questing; instead make enough dungeons (starting at early levels) for us to delve into solo or with others (lots of static content; solo, due, group dungeons and area of interests).

I also dislike 3rd Person View but I guess it wouldn't bother me if everything else was good.

 

Umm yeah not sure where to start with this:

1) Questing hubs and linear pathways (the golden path) were added much later (during the first attempt to revive Vanguard).  The original game had quests, but they were fairly random in distribution and not the easiest way to level.

2) Enough dungeons?  Vanguard has the most levelling dungeons out of any game I know, starting at Level 5.  Seriously, go check out this list:

http://vanguard.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Dungeons

This isn't even a full list, there are still nooks of heroic content that many people haven't undertaken. One thing that Vanguard is not lacking in is levelling content.

3) You can use a First Person View in Vanguard....

 

  Naqaj

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12/12/13 5:12:35 AM#64
5 or 6 years ago, it would have been a clear 'yes'. These days I probably wouldn't get over the combat and the questgiver-objective-questgiver ping pong that you're going through as a new player. 
  Quirhid

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12/12/13 5:41:41 AM#65
No. It was rather uninspired. A stereotypical MMORPG. Nothing that stands out. Made no improvements to the genre.

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  azzamasin

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12/12/13 5:49:32 AM#66
Originally posted by Margulis

It's an alternate universe far far away and the horrible launch and quick death of Vanguard never happened......  Actually it never even released and is coming out this upcoming year.......   It is in a finished state, not rushed, not full of bugs, and has a large development team that will stay with the game.........  and the mmo community in this day and age is wanting more and more something different than the generic themepark clones we have been fed for 10 years.........

 

Seriously folks, would this game released properly in this day and age not get you excited?  I've played so many mmo's where people will talk about things that they wish someone would make in an mmo and I've thought how Vanguard already has that.  Yeah in some aspects it was still a theme park but anyone who really played the game knows it was way more than just that.

Update - this is a list of current features Vanguard already has, there seemed to be some confusion over this:

2.  No instancing at all in the giant game world

3.  Open world housing (also non instanced)

4.  Ship building and sailing

5.  Fishing that is actually interactive and deep like the crafting system

6.  Group focused content

7.  Diplomacy system

8.  Harvesting system that is interactive and incorporates group harvesting

9.  Challenging content, corpse runs, etc.

10.  Tons of class and race options.

11.  Giant world that creates a sense of wonder and immersion.

12.  Over 120 non instanced dungeons

Nope because the game smacks of Everquest.  A game I truly despised.  So glad I was brought up on a good MMO like Asheron's Call.

If your idea of a Sandbox is open FFA Full Loot PvP, full crafted world with minimal support for anything combat then your sandbox ideas are bad! Sandbox means open world, non-linear gaming PERIOD!

  corpusc

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12/12/13 5:52:13 AM#67
Originally posted by kadepsyson
Once quests became useless compared to just grinding in a dungeon to level and gain equipment, I was done with the game.  Releasing in 2014 wouldn't change the grind.

 

thats cute how you think a paragraph of  "story" attached to kill x of y task somehow magically makes the experience better.

 

you're the reason MMOs are in the sorry state they are in.  when you're so easily led along by pointless little illusions that there is some deeper meaning behind grinding; just cuz it has dialog boxes and extra sound effects tacked on.   hilarious.

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  Margulis

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OP  12/12/13 5:53:30 AM#68
Originally posted by Quirhid
No. It was rather uninspired. A stereotypical MMORPG. Nothing that stands out. Made no improvements to the genre.

Yeah the crafting depth, diplomacy, fishing complexity, ship building, full world without instancing etc - nothing new had all been done before definitely.  See that all the time.  Now what game would you say has stood out and made improvements to the genre, and is not stereotypical again?

  User Deleted
12/12/13 6:01:56 AM#69
Originally posted by Margulis
Originally posted by Quirhid
No. It was rather uninspired. A stereotypical MMORPG. Nothing that stands out. Made no improvements to the genre.

Yeah the crafting depth, diplomacy, fishing complexity, ship building, full world without instancing etc - nothing new had all been done before definitely.  See that all the time.  Now what game would you say has stood out and made improvements to the genre, and is not stereotypical again?

 

Amongst other things like brotherhoods, caravans, critical skill combos, counterskills etc. Just ignore them, ignorant posts from people who never played it enough to know what set it apart from the others at launch.

  keenber

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12/12/13 6:22:22 AM#70
I played it back in the day before questing became the norm to level up ( wow ruined that ) and it was a great game but it never had the communitiy that EQ had so i only played it for about 4 or 5 months. But in those months i had a great time and really enjoyed the game but it was launched at the wrong time . If they had waited another 2 years and launched it then i think it would off been a whole differant story but to launch it now a days it would do great because there is still a lot out there that want old style mmo not the modern junk we are getting these days.
  Quirhid

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12/12/13 2:28:40 PM#71
Originally posted by Margulis
Originally posted by Quirhid
No. It was rather uninspired. A stereotypical MMORPG. Nothing that stands out. Made no improvements to the genre.

Yeah the crafting depth, diplomacy, fishing complexity, ship building, full world without instancing etc - nothing new had all been done before definitely.  See that all the time.  Now what game would you say has stood out and made improvements to the genre, and is not stereotypical again?

Crafting was annoying minigame grind. It should give you a hint when they took measures against scripts/bots with the UI. It is boring as hell! Diplomacy was a lack-luster cardgame. Fishing was fishing i.e. boring. You didn't use the ships you built for anything - that is, I saw no-one doing anything worthwhile with them. People just built them and just played around ... And a "full world" without instancing is not an improvement. The world was filled with bland quests, grind and suffered from a chronic case of the "static world syndrome". I was bored to tears within 3 weeks.

Its not enough that you have crafting, or diplomacy, or fishing, or ship building. Games are not a feature list pissing contest. It actually matters how those things are implemented.

Like I said, nothing in the game stood out. It had the same sort of bloated number of classes and races games before did. It used a hotkey + hard trinity combat like 95% of all MMORPGs out there. It had mounts but no mounted combat. It had ships but I didn't see any ship combat.

Sorry, but I don't see what the fuzz is all about. I don't like generic MMORPGs.

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  Hanthos

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12/12/13 2:37:09 PM#72
Originally posted by Quirhid
Originally posted by Margulis
Originally posted by Quirhid
No. It was rather uninspired. A stereotypical MMORPG. Nothing that stands out. Made no improvements to the genre.

Yeah the crafting depth, diplomacy, fishing complexity, ship building, full world without instancing etc - nothing new had all been done before definitely.  See that all the time.  Now what game would you say has stood out and made improvements to the genre, and is not stereotypical again?

Crafting was annoying minigame grind. It should give you a hint when they took measures against scripts/bots with the UI. It is boring as hell! Diplomacy was a lack-luster cardgame. Fishing was fishing i.e. boring. You didn't use the ships you built for anything - that is, I saw no-one doing anything worthwhile with them. People just built them and just played around ... And a "full world" without instancing is not an improvement. The world was filled with bland quests, grind and suffered from a chronic case of the "static world syndrome". I was bored to tears within 3 weeks.

Its not enough that you have crafting, or diplomacy, or fishing, or ship building. Games are not a feature list pissing contest. It actually matters how those things are implemented.

Like I said, nothing in the game stood out. It had the same sort of bloated number of classes and races games before did. It used a hotkey + hard trinity combat like 95% of all MMORPGs out there. It had mounts but no mounted combat. It had ships but I didn't see any ship combat.

Sorry, but I don't see what the fuzz is all about. I don't like generic MMORPGs.

This is where I think the current divide between gamers are these days. Not trying to offend anyone, but that type of mentality is what I see is having come from the console shooter crowd wanting to play mmo's and seeing combat and combat only as the sole purpose of the game, whereas the other half are expecting fullblown immersive worlds to spend their time in. Every item you listed negatively is exactly why I have played the game since beta, still play today and am hoping another developer will eventually give us something akin to Vanguard in the future. One-click crafting systems are the most boring, useless mechanics placed into modern games, making it almost pointless.

  DMKano

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12/12/13 2:38:50 PM#73

No - I played VG from launch for solid 18 months. 

I've been there done that, did raids, just done with it. So unless they changed the entire game (including content) - updated graphics are not gonna do squat for me.

I play games for GAMEPLAY, graphics are not the primary factor.

Some of the best games I play don't have flashy graphics, some are even 2D.

 

  DMKano

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12/12/13 2:43:07 PM#74
Originally posted by LlexX
Originally posted by Margulis

1.  Deep, interactive crafting system.

2.  No instancing at all in the giant game world

3.  Open world housing (also non instanced)

4.  Ship building and sailing

5.  Fishing that is actually interactive and deep like the crafting system

6.  Group focused content

7.  Diplomacy system

8.  Harvesting system that is interactive and incorporates group harvesting

9.  Challenging content, corpse runs, etc.

10.  Tons of class and race options.

11.  Giant world that creates a sense of wonder and immersion.

12.  Over 120 non instanced dungeons

This sounds exactly like ArcheAge.

Ontopic, with a graphic/engine overhaul i would gladly play Vanguard.

Except that ArcheAge has an open class system (120 classes depending on which skills you chose) - and after level 30 the game shifts focus to PvP/Guild vs Guild territory war with sieges.

VG is very much a  PvE game in the end, AA is very much a Guild v Guild game in the end.

 

 

  Quirhid

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12/12/13 2:58:22 PM#75
Originally posted by Hanthos
Originally posted by Quirhid
 

This is where I think the current divide between gamers are these days. Not trying to offend anyone, but that type of mentality is what I see is having come from the console shooter crowd wanting to play mmo's and seeing combat and combat only as the sole purpose of the game, whereas the other half are expecting fullblown immersive worlds to spend their time in. Every item you listed negatively is exactly why I have played the game since beta, still play today and am hoping another developer will eventually give us something akin to Vanguard in the future. One-click crafting systems are the most boring, useless mechanics placed into modern games, making it almost pointless.

Sorry, I am not one of the "console shooter crowd" either. What further divides people is the use of such ludicrous stereotypes and assumptions.

I get that you want good make-believe rather than a good game. And while those are not mutually exclusive, I'm really in it for the game. If the game is not good, no amount of make-believe is going to keep me playing. If I want that make-believe, I'd rather play a P&P RPG with friends.

Even without the bugs and problems, I didn't see Vanguard as a very good game.

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  Arclan

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12/12/13 4:37:32 PM#76

Maybe. But, only if they got rid of the quest hubs:

1. Put NPCs back where they were, rather than in their current circle-jerk formation.
2. Remove the exclamation point helmets.
3. Greatly reduce the xp/gear rewards.
4. Remove the quest compass.
5. Remove out of combat regen.


SOE, so I heard, are to thank for forcing Sigil to implement those WOWification features.


Quest hubs transformed an exploration style game into a busy-work style game. It removed for the players the need to wonder, "what am I going to do today."


Quest hubs are boring as shit; but since is the best xp and gear in the game; everyone does them. I'd LOVE to play Vanguard with a guild where quest hub usage is not allowed.
Sign me up for that. The more I think about it; I would truly enjoy Vanguard in that guild.


Other things I want changed (were they copied from WoW?):
1. Show combat text in a dedicated window; the flying numbers were meaningless.
2. Make chained abilities fire automatically; rather than forcing the player to click them when they light-up.


/edit - some folks mention that VG quest hubs were added later. You must be thinking of the beta because Quest hubs were there on day 1 of release, and everyone I crossed paths with utilized them.

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  VengeSunsoar

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12/12/13 7:12:12 PM#77
Originally posted by Hanthos
Originally posted by Quirhid
Originally posted by Margulis
Originally posted by Quirhid
No. It was rather uninspired. A stereotypical MMORPG. Nothing that stands out. Made no improvements to the genre.

Yeah the crafting depth, diplomacy, fishing complexity, ship building, full world without instancing etc - nothing new had all been done before definitely.  See that all the time.  Now what game would you say has stood out and made improvements to the genre, and is not stereotypical again?

Crafting was annoying minigame grind. It should give you a hint when they took measures against scripts/bots with the UI. It is boring as hell! Diplomacy was a lack-luster cardgame. Fishing was fishing i.e. boring. You didn't use the ships you built for anything - that is, I saw no-one doing anything worthwhile with them. People just built them and just played around ... And a "full world" without instancing is not an improvement. The world was filled with bland quests, grind and suffered from a chronic case of the "static world syndrome". I was bored to tears within 3 weeks.

Its not enough that you have crafting, or diplomacy, or fishing, or ship building. Games are not a feature list pissing contest. It actually matters how those things are implemented.

Like I said, nothing in the game stood out. It had the same sort of bloated number of classes and races games before did. It used a hotkey + hard trinity combat like 95% of all MMORPGs out there. It had mounts but no mounted combat. It had ships but I didn't see any ship combat.

Sorry, but I don't see what the fuzz is all about. I don't like generic MMORPGs.

This is where I think the current divide between gamers are these days. Not trying to offend anyone, but that type of mentality is what I see is having come from the console shooter crowd wanting to play mmo's and seeing combat and combat only as the sole purpose of the game, whereas the other half are expecting fullblown immersive worlds to spend their time in. Every item you listed negatively is exactly why I have played the game since beta, still play today and am hoping another developer will eventually give us something akin to Vanguard in the future. One-click crafting systems are the most boring, useless mechanics placed into modern games, making it almost pointless.

I'm not from the console crowd, I've actually never owned a console although I do use my brothers on occasion, and I agree with him.

The is the important line, "

Its not enough that you have crafting, or diplomacy, or fishing, or ship building. Games are not a feature list pissing contest. It actually matters how those things are implemented."

IMO everything in the game reached a point of good enough rather than great.  It didn't have any great feature that pulled me away from the games I am playing.  On paper it shoudl have been great, they had everything I want, in practice it was just "meh"

Quit worrying about other players in a game and just play.

  Big_Data

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Joined: 12/09/10
Posts: 48

12/17/13 9:33:01 PM#78

Some of the game mechanics are quite unique, and the world is awesome and immersive.  It's hard to accurately critic the game since the questions assumes that the game was under constant development.

Diplomacy was a blast, and had great integration with other game mechanics.  Could it have been improved?  Yes. In a world where it was given updates who know what those mechanics could look like now.

Closest game now to Vanguard would be FFXIV: ARR.  Biggest difference (and why I like Vanguard better) is the larger, more open world of Vanguard.

At any rate, I would play a 2014 Vanguard, and here's hoping the McQuaid Kickstarter gets us something close to that. 

  Margulis

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Posts: 1643

 
OP  12/18/13 12:12:05 AM#79
Originally posted by Quirhid
Originally posted by Margulis
Originally posted by Quirhid
No. It was rather uninspired. A stereotypical MMORPG. Nothing that stands out. Made no improvements to the genre.

Yeah the crafting depth, diplomacy, fishing complexity, ship building, full world without instancing etc - nothing new had all been done before definitely.  See that all the time.  Now what game would you say has stood out and made improvements to the genre, and is not stereotypical again?

Crafting was annoying minigame grind. It should give you a hint when they took measures against scripts/bots with the UI. It is boring as hell! Diplomacy was a lack-luster cardgame. Fishing was fishing i.e. boring. You didn't use the ships you built for anything - that is, I saw no-one doing anything worthwhile with them. People just built them and just played around ... And a "full world" without instancing is not an improvement. The world was filled with bland quests, grind and suffered from a chronic case of the "static world syndrome". I was bored to tears within 3 weeks.

Its not enough that you have crafting, or diplomacy, or fishing, or ship building. Games are not a feature list pissing contest. It actually matters how those things are implemented.

Like I said, nothing in the game stood out. It had the same sort of bloated number of classes and races games before did. It used a hotkey + hard trinity combat like 95% of all MMORPGs out there. It had mounts but no mounted combat. It had ships but I didn't see any ship combat.

Sorry, but I don't see what the fuzz is all about. I don't like generic MMORPGs.

Still waiting for your examples of games that you're playing that match the criteria that you are knocking Vanguard for not living up to.

  jonesing22

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Posts: 715

12/19/13 1:33:49 PM#80

OP, I'm playing it now. I think more people should try it out if they haven't. All the mmorpg players on this site that want a rich open world with content you can literally just stumble across are missing out. The game has depth. Don't ask what I mean by depth - if you have to ask you wouldn't understand, most likely. 

I'm especially addicted to the crafting in this game. I haven't done crafting in any other game, so it's saying something. There are crafting quest lines that go on for about 10 levels and take you across the game world. It's really not a grind, especially if you read and pay attention to the NPCs you're crafting for. Sometimes, you have to read what they say or you won't know what to do.

There are multiple dungeons for all levels. You won't get the same gear from different dungeons. There are PHs for rare spawn enemies. There are rare drops off of bosses. There are gear set quest lines - even before level 20. The faction system is great. You pretty much start off on neutral terms with every one but what you do through the game determines what cities you can go to later on. You can attack anything you can target. 

I played at launch and it was unplayable in some aspects. It had a rocky start. Right now though, it is the best out there. There are still a few minor annoyances but if you let those bother you then you probably shouldn't play mmorpgs.

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