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I actually got around to giving TSW a try and bought it on Steam. I've been disappointed with GW2's direction and TSW has the right mix of horizontal progression and character class combinations for me. 

I also like the unique game world and quest system...TSW is not a "clone" of anything, not that I considered that word to be a big insult...the MMO is pretty original and covers a lot of ground in the creative department. 

As an exile from GW2, I decided to finally give TSW a try. I shelled out the $29.99 on Steam and proceeded to play the weird  but compelling MMO. Just be forewarned, this MMO is unlike any other MMO out there (that I am aware of) and I have played my share for the last two decades.

At first glance, the seven (active) slot action bar seems like it would be limiting, but the skill system is deep and very well designed for player tuning. The game is a horizontal progression advocate's dream; the player character can progress in so many areas and focus on their own play style in the process.

My first play session lasted over nine hours, I was hooked. I was seeing things in TSW that wasn't like other MMO's. The whole questing system and game world made for a very unique experience. Having always liked playing magic using characters in other MMO's, I wasn't disappointed in TSW; I was able to play that role albeit with the usual TSW twist.

As of this post, I'm five days into the TSW game time and I am hooked. I rolled a second character to try out another faction and was pleasantly amazed at how different the play-throughs are from character to character.

If you are looking for a new game that isn't the usual MMO fare, look no further than The Secret World.


Originally posted by WellzyC


I don't understand the recent boom in popularity about the F2P model, Everyone's mom is talking about F2P. I ask, why?


Every F2P game I have played has been very under whelming.

- The graphics are "meh."

- The game play is always generic questing with the yellow Exclamation mark.

- Never more than 3-4 classes, usually genaric.

- Never anything new, always just recycled ideas done a billion times over.

- The combat and overall game feels like it was made in some ones garage.



Besides being a cheap @ss,  what do people see in these games?


Let's avoid treating all F2P games as identical; there are significant varieties of implementations under the F2P label. For example, an exception that proves my statement:


  • I play TERA currently, I can guarantee you that the graphics are not "meh".
  • TERA questing is classic style but that is a matter of taste, the leveling content is overwhelming. Also, quests can only be devised in so many ways: deliver, kill, gather, talk, or go to...
  • TERA has more than 4 classes.
  • Don't confuse MMO burnout as being a problem with "recycled ideas". The Star Wars movies are full of recycled ideas; and they were awesome.
  • Combat is TERA is a masterpiece to behold and very engaging.

OK, I have seen some negative criticisms of the game's graphics, DP is definitely not in TERA's or GW2's league (especially the avatars) but it really isn't that bad and not a show stopper for me at least.

However, I have noticed something that drives me up the wall:

  • The AA (FXAA or TAA) in-game doesn't actually appear to work.

I run the game at my native resolution of 1920x1080 and I still get some really crawly, icky jaggy aliasing happening and that is with 8x MSAA forced in my RadeonPro profile for the game. This is my biggest beef with the graphics at the moment.

Outside of that, there's been some decal popping here or there and some stuttering distant animations, but nothing too serious.

User Interface is mostly fine except:

  • There is no ability to move stuff around or change the layout of rows or columns on the Hotkey bar
  • Unable to resize UI elements

The combat mechanic and chained skills are nice, not as nice as TERA's but workable but for one thing:

  • The little icon for left and right mouse button is your only indicator for firing a chain? (I'm only level 7 so forgive me if I am missing something, please enlighten me)

I don't like staring at icons for prompts or cues in an "action combat" game, is there something that I am not seeing here? The combos and chains seem rather numerous; I'm not sure if in combat it's working for me like in other games. (Yes, TERA ;) )


Anyway, just some of my ponderings and observations.

Anyone get anti-aliasing to work in the game? Lotsa jaggies.
Originally posted by chelan
im only lvl 14 but i have not seen any skill tree. when i level every so often i get a new ability added to my hotkey bar.

I saw a talent tree and the Dragon skill training system in a video, it seemed rather in-depth, maybe it doesn't kick in until level 20?

Originally posted by jacktors
Their 4 classes are pretty cool, but imho, they better have more than that. The game will grow very boring with just 4 classes. 


There is said to be a lot of customization in the skill trees, so that may offset the lack of classes, but I'll have to see it for myself to be sure.

Originally posted by shadow9d9
Originally posted by ShakyMo
Then just about every mmo on the planet is instanced with your terminology.

Only the cookie cutter garbage we get nowadays... Asheron's call, from 1999, had a full open world 100x the size of any of the current games, without any need for zoning to explore it.

Finally! Someone who gets it! Thanks, Shadow9d9!

For freakin sakes, is an MMO open world concept so hard to understand? DAoC, AC and yes even WoW were open. But then came a slew of MMO's that subdivided their zones with zone walls and portals. No more climbing a mountain to find a hidden pass into the next territory, etc.

Hell, I am playing Tera Online right now, as far as I can tell so far, it's also open world design; but Warhammer was decidedly not.



Originally posted by Axxar
They're still not instanced.


Let's try to keep this simple: if a player has to go through a portal to enter the next zone, it's instanced and NOT A OPEN world design.



Originally posted by ShakyMo


the world in warhammer isnt instanced at all, its a zoned world just like wow.  Only wow has 4 large zones and war has 16 medium sized zones.  they dont split it off into separate instances like AOC, TSW, swtor etc..

Actually, you can see the portals, the single points of entry into the next zone, very unlike in WoW where you can enter a zone by crossing from anywhere accessible.

WAR: what went wrong?

  • The world wasn't open and heavily instanced.
  • The Tier System split the game and the player base up even though bolstering was available and could have mitigated the need to do such a thing.
  • Scenarios vied with RvR (presumably the core of the game) and further split the player population up.
  • Constant flipping and laughable city seiges completely invalidated the value of victory and defeat in RvR.
  • Engine performance in large battles like Forts and later systems that were put in place to counter such problems: caps.
  • Only 2 player factions, didn't even make sense from a lore stand point. (Should have been 6 factions actually, or at the least, 3 opposing.)
  • Public Quests didn't ruin the game, but they didn't add much either, PvE was very weak in WAR.




Originally posted by Niix_Ozek
Originally posted by Kuldebar
Originally posted by Rhoklaw

 I won't completely disagree with CD but I can say for certain that the current implementations of CD in MMO's is not positive in any way.


How wonderfully inconsistent of of you!

Not positive in any way? But you don't disagree with implementing CD in MMO's?

Most people who make a distinction between the use of  collision detection between players and the procliviries of particular game engines in which they are used; observe that all of CD's supposed problems are not actually caused by CD, but by the limitations of the game engine and hardware.

It's seems an obvious point, but one that gets utterly ignored.

Not being able to walk through an object isn't a bug, it's a feature.

Not being able to walk through an object because said object  hasn't been rendered properly so you can't tell it's there and CD treats it as real and blocks you: That is a bug and a flaw in the game engine.



Hey man, what's up? Still promoting false information about why CD going to actually be a good idea for CU?

Umm, that's the topic of this thread and I don't change my position or principles based on popularity contests. Even so, it appears far more prospective CU players support collision detection implementation, so I don't expect the topic will disappear anytime soon.

Originally posted by Rhoklaw

 I won't completely disagree with CD but I can say for certain that the current implementations of CD in MMO's is not positive in any way.


How wonderfully inconsistent of of you!

Not positive in any way? But you don't disagree with implementing CD in MMO's?

Most people who make a distinction between the use of  collision detection between players and the procliviries of particular game engines in which they are used; observe that all of CD's supposed problems are not actually caused by CD, but by the limitations of the game engine and hardware.

It's seems an obvious point, but one that gets utterly ignored.

Not being able to walk through an object isn't a bug, it's a feature.

Not being able to walk through an object because said object  hasn't been rendered properly so you can't tell it's there and CD treats it as real and blocks you: That is a bug and a flaw in the game engine.



There will be no PvE, doesn't mean there won't be NPC's or the occasional mob or other environmental creatures, but the game will not reward players for killing mobs by XP or loot.

The leveling system will be via RvR and Crafting and be based on a horizontal structure versus the very common vertical model found in nearly every MMO..

I think a goal in CU will be to have a variety of activities going on simultaneously unlike the typical battle grounds of  WoW or Rift, or even WvW in GW2.

The "raid size" activities will be Castle Sieges, and unlike other PvP games, these fortifications won't be getting flipped every 10-20 minutes, thank goodness!

But a whole slew of small to medium to large conflicts will be occurring on a near constant basis because each realm will have to consolidate its holdings by fortifying positions and securing resources while protecting the realm's production sites. And, while doing all that, will have to apply constant pressure on the enemy realms in order to keep the enemy from doing the same to them.

Striking a balance between defense and offense will be a major challenge.

Little skirmishes will happen constantly as the realms move to find their equilibrium. Decisions will have to be made of whether to use resources to build or repair new positions or destroy and pillage the materials from newly conquered holds. Over extending will cost a realm a lot if the enemy realms can outflank and attack the farflung holds.

Fortified positions ranging from small entrenched camps to Keeps, Towers and Castles as well as mines and bridges will be of tangible benefit to the realm that controls them.

The reason secure bases will be useful is quite simple: they will be the only places where you can be reasonably safe to craft and process resources in order to support the war machine for your realm.

Building siege weapons, resource processing, materials for repairing/constructing fortifications, building housing, making weapons and armor all require facilities in order to be possible -nearly all of which can be destroyed or captured by the enemy realms.

And, not everything will be centered on fighting over structures and resources, roving forces will collide in open battle as they move about their business. Small groups or solo players will spy on the enemy in order to set the ground work for assaults and major forays.

Attacking the enemy where they are most vulnerable will be the key, because fortifications will be a challenge to capture and even more bitterly lost. The material and time investments to upgrade and construct such holdings will buy a reasonable degree of security for players and guilds.

So, in short, I think there will be a lot going on, big and small scale.

Originally posted by Odaman

I'm going to go out on a limb and say you have no idea what caused the performance issues in war. CD alone, no I seriously doubt it, but saying it had nothing to do with it is bullshit.

No more than the steel plating in the Titanic's hull was responsible for it sinking.


As for myself, I'd point out the iceberg as being the cause.

Originally posted by Odaman
Originally posted by Malevil
Ppl saying that collision detection is required will be first to come to forums and QQ about server performance. It was great in WAR when servers worked, unplayble when there were too much ppl. Did server performance moved that much that CD will be no issue for them ? I honestly have no idea, but its feature that can easy kill the game when it will not work.

Considering how much lower their budget will be for this game as opposed to warhammer... I seriously doubt it. 

Collision detection exists in every game. It determines how game objects will intersect with each other.

Implementing it on players is a filter setting of an existing system in any game engine. It's also highly modular and can be turned off or on rather easiliy.

Originally posted by Malevil
Ppl saying that collision detection is required will be first to come to forums and QQ about server performance. It was great in WAR when servers worked, unplayble when there were too much ppl. Did server performance moved that much that CD will be no issue for them ? I honestly have no idea, but its feature that can easy kill the game when it will not work.

WAR's server performance fails weren't due to having collsion detection even though people want to conflate the two things.

Not having enemy player renders so you can see them but still being blocked by them is very annoying, but CD isn't to blame for that problem.

Originally posted by Niix_Ozek

It is an interesting few examples you put forward, none of which are however proven to be accurate.

I have played games without CD where everything you have described has happened, weird eh?

For example based on the MMO that has driven the creation of this game ( yes daoc sorry nerds i know its not daoc2 ) I have witnessed many keeps be defended by smaller forces, what allowed it? They were able to aoe them down which wouldn't have been possible with CD.

I think being able to rush the lord room or court yard created much more chaotic / random fight battles, which in the end after winning OR LOSING it had that epic feel to it!

I don't think you played daoc so this is futile as you won't understand anything i'm saying, but go play it and you will have to come up with other excuses as per why CD is more "tactical" lol ... Not everything plays out in a game as you see it in your mind.

As for "This is why Mark Jacobs doesn't want fast travel in the game."  I think you're refering to having to basically /release and revive a far distance away right?

Because he has stated he likes Speed based classes so I hope you're not refering to that. Just clerifying.



Never said it couldn't happen without CD only that it happens far more rarely and involves more button mashing and the foregone conclusion (with very few exceptions) is that the bigger group always wins.

The exceptions prove the rule.

Smaller forces can defend a Keep rather well because Keeps are force multipliers, as I mentioned.

CD enhances this further by allowing the same situation but using players as walls instead of just the in-game structures.

This means you can have serious contentious and dynamic conflicts nearly everywhere in the game and not just in a Keep or Castle. In open areas a larger force will have the advantage because they can surround the smaller, in a Keep or chokepoint, smaller groups will have a big boost becuase the larger group has no real space to apply their greater power.

Steam rolling gets boring rather quickly for all parties involved. I played DAoC for two years before ToA, I know very well how the was, CD would have added far more depth. The best fights are made around the last stands and the turning of the tide against an opposing force. You could do all that in DAoC but you had to use LOS tricks in order to make it happen.

(Fast travel isn't speed class related, it's instant portaling, etc.)



Originally posted by Niix_Ozek
Originally posted by Kuldebar
Originally posted by Plastic-Metal

I was right.. this post is going to hit over 20 pages of completely pointless discussion that has turned into a flamewar!

+1 to me

No plus one for you! That was entirely too predictable!

I would still play CU if it doesn't have CD, but I do think that if it is trying to attract long term hardcore RvR players, it will want to have such a mechanic in place in order to keep the battles more dynamic and avoid repetitve zerg driven flip flops.

Smart tactics should always give an edge in any fight, large or small.

How would you ever have any evidence to say CD will solve this: "it will want to have such a mechanic in place in order to keep the battles more dynamic and avoid repetitve zerg driven flip flops."  ???

I don't even know what you are refering to by "Smart tactics should always give an edge in any fight, large or small."

Are you saying no CD doesn't have smart tactics large or small?


If you want something more than just button mashing and the predominance of large groups of players steamrolling smaller groups, you have to allow for some real and concrete factors to play out. Otherwise, all encounters will play out the same predictable way everytime.

One such factor is force multipliers such as fortified positions that can be relatively easy to defend against a larger force. Another factor is having chokepoints or bottleneck areas that can be held to slow or stop the movement of a larger enemy force.

Collision detection means that every player has a value just by holding their ground, they can't be ignored simply by walking through them. Objectives can actually be guarded in a more tangible manner and not just be about one group of button mashers fighting another group of button mashers.

If a keep is heavily defended, it would be very costly to try to capture it, this is how it should be. This is why Mark Jacobs doesn't want fast travel in the game.

You fight the enemy where they are their weakest and you should get rewarded for doing so.

But sometimes you will just have to deal a situation.

For example, take two players who are defending a narrow chokepoint. They will delay a larger group, the larger group will have to deal with the two defenders and not just pass through them.

Additionally, it is entirely conceivable that 10 defending players could effectively hold that narrow pass because the space would only allow a small number of the opposing force to actually engage the defenders.

But, consider that the narrow space also allows for the very effective use of AoE to counter balance things for both sides.

Without CD, just run through the two or ten defenders and truck on.


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