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People don't talk enough about optimization when it comes to console gaming.  It's a lot easier to get mileage out of a universal hardware configuration that is dedicated to gaming.  A PC is certainly more powerful hardware, but PC equivalents of a lot of top of the line console titles require much more powerful hardware than what is in a console.

 

Originally posted by Azaron_Nightblade
Originally posted by SuperXero89
Why are they so fixated on making appearance armor a credit sink?

I wouldn't worry about that. Dulfy's got the numbers on that link - it takes 880k credits to get all 16 outfits, which is very easy to get nowadays at level 60. Just doing the 55-60 storyline will get you there easily, with some pocket change to spare.

 

Then you still have to pay every time you set a new piece of gear on the tab, but even if you only paid for the outfits, again I ask, why are they so fixated on making appearance armor a credit sink?

Why are they so fixated on making appearance armor a credit sink?

These are difficult questions to answer.  By and large, there's next to no MMO content that is "too hard" in and off itself.  "Too hard" in MMOs is generally defined by the amount of effort expended to complete a task.  I've not encountered an MMO where I was simply incapable of completing something based on mechanics alone.

Generally, anything that must be repeated on a regular basis (questing, dungeon grinding, crafting) becomes massively tedious if repeating these tasks requires mental, physical, or organizational effort.  

Raiding is something that is done infrequent enough and stands as the ultimate goal of the game, so this can be as challenging as it needs to be to encourage time spent in the game and to provide a sense of accomplishment when an encounter is finally completed.

This balance is what I think WoW does so well.  Too many MMOs simply make questing and dungeon grinding tedious to the point of where I just get annoyed and quit after awhile.  

 

why does there have to be a death penalty?  It's not always about the skill of the player.  There's plenty of ways MMOs stick you with cheap deaths that can't be avoided.  Why lose hours of progress or be forced to AFK for 10 minutes just because extra mobs decided to spawn on top of you?

I feel like DAoC is probably the easiest game to jump into these days.  I don't really classify Lineage II in the same area as EQ, DAoC, Ultima, Anarchy Online etc, but it did release before WoW.

 

EQ1 is the best of the bunch, but it'd be very hard to catch up to the majority of the player base with their max level toons and thousands of AAs.

Originally posted by astronautz

Enough of the whine.. here are my general tips for a great new mmorpg..fitting the decade we live in.

Leveling is hard.. levels get blocked if you dont defeat some bosses/time trials.. for every 5-10 levels you are faced with that Challenge.. one player can be stuck on lvl 40 for 3 weeks.. i dont give a f.. he better play better.

Gear is extremly hard to get by.. but they look good.. and rewards you.. 

Politcal Parties.. yes you heard me.. tax issues/housing/war/sales etc.. you vote for what suits you best. 

 

I want new players to look like ordinary soldiers..i dont want them to be a Hero from lvl 1.. i.e WoW is like big friggin circus.. everyone has purple dragons.. and 2meter long swords.. there are actually 100 Heroes per like 1 NPC inhabitant.. logic much. (not just wow every game.. just a town with 100s of heroes)

 

maybe its the beer..or maybe its the boredom.. nothing to play.. maybe i just cheerish the golden years of MMORPG EQ1>WoW.. but that was that Decade.. why are we forced to play the old.. when we have all that takes to make it better&new.

 

Please let the game be expensive, monthly aswell.. id rather have a fine community than circus.. 

I want to face Dragons... knowing that if i die i might not be able to ressurect 24h.. but if me and my mates manage to kill him we get the epic treasure chest behind him..which will enrich us. But you think thats all? you failed to kill the Dragon and you cant rez for a long time.. hell no.. that Dragon revenges and flies away to your house and burns it down. 

 

First of all, leveling in EQ was not hard.  It was just long.  Hell levels meant you spent weeks/months grinding out 1-2 levels, but all you were doing in that span of time was standing in one area auto attacking, occasionally clicking one of 8 spells.  The only class in EQ that comes close to a class in a modern MMO was the bard.  Twisting meant you had to continue cycling through a rotation of songs in order to keep up buffs/DPS.

I could literally tank a mob, hold a private /tell conversation, chat with my group, and chat with my guild all at the same time.  Can't do that in WoW.

Secondly, get off your L2P high horse.  Video games are time wasters.  Getting some sort of high, feeling superior because you have skills in a video game is laughable.  There's a challenge in every game if you seek it.  Problem is, the same people that claim MMOs are too easy have probably never set foot on some of the highest end raid content in their MMO lives.

This bothers me too.  The zones feel like movie sets frozen in time.  It's especially noticeable in some of the set pieces where republic/sith soldiers are forever stuck in a gun firing animation even after you've killed all the NPCs of the opposing faction.

 

Most of the zones are massive for the sake of being massive and are relatively devoid of content.  You'll ride your speeder across miles and miles of identical terrain, and it all feels mass produced as hell.  No heart or soul went into designing the zones.

Lastly, I hate the fleet centers.  I understand their purpose.  They're easily accessible, have everything necessary in relatively short travel distance, and nearly all flashpoints are accessed from there.  The problem is they just look so boring.  The Republic at least has the potential for the most impressive hub world in any MMORPG on the market, and yet you're there for about 5 levels before you blast off and never have a reason to return.

You know, one of the most striking revelations that I experienced from my recent foray into single player games was that when you buy a highly anticipated single player game, you can actually go home and play it day one.  You aren't having to sit in login queues and you really don't even have to sort through massive amounts of bugs and performance problems (unless you're playing Assassin's Creed Unity). 

World of Warcraft is one of the most popular games on the planet.  This isn't like an expansion for EverQuest II where 3,000 more players might populate the servers for a couple months.  Millions have purchased Warlords of Draenor as millions do any time WoW releases an expansion. 

If anything, Blizzard's handling of the Diablo 3 launch disaster should show all of us that they're not interested in the consumer as much as they're interested in the dollars they can suck from us.  They know there's no point in guarding against a DDoS attack (as those have occurred across several MMOs recently) or upgrading server infrastructure because in about a week or so, when the hype dies down, anger will subside and we'll continue to fork over our money to grind away like hamsters on a treadmill.

 

It wouldn't be a Blizzard launch without massive launch day issues.  You can get away with this kind of thing when you are the king. 
Originally posted by Gwahlur
Originally posted by Gregor999

Solo all the way to max with button spamming combat.

Hm, I know they had started making it more solo friendly when I left, but during my time there that's so far from how it was I have trouble believing you. Has it changed that much?

It's certainly a lot more solo centric.  The majority of that is due to overhauling the leveling experience over the years.  There's now fairly consistent quest-hub grinding from level 1 to the max level where that certainly wasn't always the case.  Also, the game is 10 years old and doesn't have the constant influx of new players that WoW has, and a lot of low lvl players powerlevel their way through the majority of the leveling content.

Now having said that, SOE just released level agnostic dungeons that last from lvl 20-89.  They're essentially dungeon queues that don't require a particular combination of roles.  Low lvl players scale up to match the higher level players for the duration of the dungeon.  They offer pretty good loot and great XP.  Queues pop pretty fast now especially because it's new.

I think you could do a lot worse than EQ2 right now.  It still feels pretty lively to be so old and is still getting plenty of attention from the developers.

I find it humorous how there was such mass outrage over the SWG CU when Blizzard basically has a CU for WoW right before every expansion.  People who have been playing since Vanilla have likely had to re-learn their classs 5 times over the course of the game's life.

This latest revision seems to be the largest, most sweeping nerf I've ever seen in an MMORPG.  I don't really think their goal is to dupe more people into buying the instant 90.  Anyone who buys the expansion gets an instant 90.  The game, in essence, begins at 90 now.  I just don't think they're all that concerned with scaling the low lvl content.  

I believe history will say that a botched launch killed Vanguard, but bad design decisions didn't help matters.  The game was undeniably top heavy, and the game's structure made it virtually impossible for new players to break into the game.  The majority of the quests were group centric, and some of the most important quest chains in the game required a full group to complete.  This made it very hard for new players to progress through the game past a certain point.  At some point, SOE should've developed a single solo quest line from 1-55 similarly to what they did for the SWG NGE.  

Secondly, the game world was just too big.  If they consolidated the game world, they could've spent more time squashing bugs and polishing content.  Because the population died off, it became difficult to locate players within the massive gameworld and 90% of the content was virtually useless.

Well these poll results are telling.  For me, I finally realized that all modern MMORPGs are just cash grabs designed to keep you running the hampster wheel so you can either pay them 15 dollars every month or buy lots of random crap on their cash shop.  I've been playing tons of single player games I've missed over the years, and it's hard to look back on MMOs.

I can start a new game, finish it in a week or two then move on without feeling like I'm falling behind or missing out on some new content patch.

The fundamental problem with Wildstar is how unfriendly it is to random pick-up groups.  What is the point of playing a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game if your entire experience is self-contained to about 10-15 people in your guild? The dungeons and adventures are not impossible, but they require a level of coordination that you just don't get from 5 people who have never played together before.  

Sometimes I miss games like EverQuest.  People bring up EverQuest a lot when talking about old, difficult MMORPGs, but almost all content in that game could be done with a group of random strangers.

 

1) Optimization - Wildstar runs terrible and really isn't even close to looking as good as FFXIV or ESO.  It's on par with WoW, and a lot of the newer areas in WoW look better.

2) Lag - Repeatedly disconnecting from PvP and adventure areas.  Players in chat report lag in questing areas, although I haven't experienced this.

3)  Primes - I don't understand the logic behind placing group mobs smack in the middle of solo questing areas.  It's tolerable as long as there are plenty of players running around the leveling areas who join in the fight, but once the population dies down (which it will), players are going to get trolled repeatedly if they're not paying attention.  I don't think they should exist at all. At the very least, place a marker above the mob's name, so that it's easier to identify the primes unless you're viewing a mob's hit points.

4)  Attunement system -

 http://media.hiddenarena.com/images/wildstar/2014/june/raid_attunement/raid_attunement_infographic.jpg

Absolute garbage that will kill the game if not drastically altered. 

Originally posted by BurntCabbage
Originally posted by tkoreaper
Originally posted by BurntCabbage

wow was a good game before they started tweaking everything and made it super easy for everyone..has a massive world and content now but all that is totally nulled / skipped over because of the "easy / fast curve" to gain quick max lvl maybe they should have made each expan. harder n harder than the next instead of makeing it stupid easyer and easyer but theres no going back now

the most simple thing all devs miss nowa days are makeing ppl feel a self of accomplishment in a mmorpg..now its just all instant gratification

You're just spewing the same crap others started saying, but the fact is if you remove all normal modes and remove the heroic/hardmode branding from the others then the game's difficulty has not changed. If it's too easy for you then you're playing normal content and NOT the content that is designed to be hard. The only thing the game is guilty of is allowing everyone casual/hardcore to experience the same content, but the hardcores still have a challenge to make through for all the best stuff.

my point is that a expan like wotlk can be skiped...the whole zone and quests...99% of ppl that play only do the dungeons with quests inside those dungeons in wotlk..same for cata it can be skiped totally and goto panderia ...thats tons of content being skiped over and kinda makes you scratch yur head and ask why even come out with zone content if everyone is only doing dungeons or raids

its gotten to the point that wow has become a type of dungeon crawler and 90% of people dont quest in zones  cuz they can go into a dungeon Q and run it 3-5 times to max out and raid you can say im spewing crap..but its the truth sry i hit a  nerve

What's wrong with that?  The overland zones are still available for anyone who wants to level that way, but who cares if someone else prefers to sit in a town and run dungeons all day.  It's their subscription fee, so they should be able to play how they want.

 

I find WoW more visually appealing than Wildstar.  Don't hate me
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I've really only ever bought gold in WoW.  When there's a new expansion, hitting the level cap and min/maxing gems/enchantments is usually a pretty huge money sink.  I'll buy enough to get the upgrades I need before I start raiding as I don't care much for spending hours farming loot drops.
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