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The unofficial RP server is Landroval, and was so designated by community vote as far back as beta.  That said, I'm sure you'll find random pockets of it on any server, but you are more likely to run into it on Landroval.

I agree. I'm cautiously optimistic about Darkfall and mildly interested in Earthrise (though there really is little info available on it yet from what I can tell).

I'd be willing to pay higher sub rates for a true sandbox; one of these days developers might tap that market.

I'm not sure that it would fail, provided Bioware lived up to their reputation and delivered a game that was relatively stable and bug-free (something Sony/LA was unable to do in either Pre-CU or NGE).

As much as everyone around here hates the NGE (myself included, don't think I'm defending it), it is precisely the type of game that is being played by millions of MMORPG players, most of them in WoW, a few in EQ2 and LotRo.  The NGE clearly set out to emulate that style of game, and the fact that it has low subscription numbers indicates to me that the implementation was poor, not the concept.  The concept has unequivocally been proven successful by Blizzard (financially successful that is), and Bioware will most likely follow that model and do a better job of delivering and communicating.

Will it compete with WoW like they're hoping? I highly doubt it, but it will turn a profit.

Originally posted by Tzimiscechi

 

If you liked the NGE, you'll love TOR.

-rejected Bioware sales pitch....

 

 

 

 

Bwahahahaha.  Gets my vote for post of the year.

Originally posted by Devour

This article seems resoundingly useless in my opinion. Building cities, which require players, in a game without players, whilst players are already in other cities?

Makes sense.

 

Well, you know what they say opinions are like.  Thanks for the insightful commentary though.

Nice write-up.  My guardian is about to hit 35 and so far I've experienced pretty much what you described.

Originally posted by Caligulug

Jedijef. Do not let the rabbid fan bois get you down. Your review was spot on and objective. I couldn not have written it better my self.

 

Not at all man, I actually appreciate the debate, as well as your support.  The personal attacks are a little uncalled for (but can be responded to in kind, frankly), but other than that I'm cool.

With that, I'll bow out of the discussion before I get myself in further trouble. 

Originally posted by Mrbloodworth

I think anyone who reads this (at least, i hope) would see that the review thinks anyone who players FPS games are some sort of mouth breathers (again, its on the internet), and decided to treat an entire player base with his own preconceived notions, and quite frankly dislike of that genre. I’m not even sure with this in mind that this person was even the right pick for the job, because he walked in with this notion before hand. This is where any comments about the community loose credibility. Like I said:
 



Originally posted by Mrbloodworth

 

9 times out of 10, most people that say "This community sucks", walked in and started pissing on the drapes.



 

 

 

So I guess I think I'm a mouth-breather, since, looking over my game shelf, I see Far Cry 1 & 2, all the CoD games, all the Doom games, Half-Life 1 & 2, and many more.

Need I go on?

I get that you didn't like the review, that's totally cool, but man seriously, at least come up with something more than an assumption if you're going to spar with me.  So far what you've said lacks credibility, to be kind, and is flat out wrong, to be blunt. 

Originally posted by Steelrose
Originally posted by jedijef
Originally posted by Steelrose
Originally posted by Stradden
Originally posted by Steelrose

Well in my opinion this review is a joke as almost all reviews made in every magazine and on every major website last 5-6 years. All it does, is trying to appeal the majority of the people here, that felt to AoC hype before release, so it gets favourable feedback from the community. This review is just the reflection of the state of the AoC-forums on this website. It's a coward article hiding behind the community.

Seriously? Did someone just accuse us of writing a review to appease our community? REALLY? I mean seriously, it really doesn't matter what we write in our reviews, I guess we're just ALWAYS going to get this kind of statement. More often than not, it's "you're trying to sppease sdvertisers" now it "you're trying to appease your community". Ya know what? Reviews are just one person's opinion of a game. That's it. There's no freaking hidden agenda. Seriously. Deal with it. That seem like something I'm saying to get favorable feedback?

There's no cowardice here, friend. I hate to break it to you.


 

Your article pretends to be an objective review. It doesn't state "in my opinion, the interface is clunky and the community full of idiots..." It says let me paraphrase: the interface is clunky and the community full of idiots. Most of the things you criticise can  be criticized in almost every game, depends on what approach you have towards the game. I'm not saying AoC is a good game, the game has great atmosphere for me and otherwise it's an overhyped mess. But the reasons why I dislike it differ from yours and most of the things you dislike I actually enjoy. Review should be informative. I don't want to read your personal opinions, I want information.

Sorry, but any time you read a review, 'in my opinion' is logically, and quite obviously, implied.  That's what a review is, information presented from a certain point of view.  If you want a straight listing of facts, I'd direct you to the product info page at Gamestop.com or something similar.  If you read a review by myself or any other writer, expect to get their personal opinions interspersed with the facts.  Its really not rocket science.


 

Simply not true. I guess that's a difference between a good review and a bad review. Good review should have no personal opinions. It should be informative and contain facts only. For exmaple it should inform me about the interface (whether it can be resized, how many bars, how is the respond-rate etc).

Who the hell cares about his personal opinion? That's what forums are about NOT REVIEWS on a website like this. Just because you and your comrades are bastardized by the maganizes that write video game reviews that includes more personal opinions than an actual facts, doesn't mean a review should have personal opinions. You indeed can critize the interface if the respond-rate is extremly slow, it can't be resized etc, but you can't say the people that play the game are neandertals. That's stupid, childish and the writer should get whipped and an instant kick off from his volunteer unpaid job position. But I guess that's what I'm gonna get very soon.

Steelrose, while I have to confess some amusement, there's really no point in debating this with you.  I can and did use the neanderthal comment, and, while some may find it crass, that is my style, and it isn't likely to change because it ruffled a few feathers (quite the contrary actually).  As for your other assertions, let me just state that every single thing you said in this post is incorrect, and leave it at that.

/salute

Originally posted by indiramourn
Originally posted by jedifef

 

 

Funcom does have experience in righting the ship and building a successful product following a less-than-stellar launch.

 

Or in other words:

"Because Funcom released AO in 2001 in a bug-ridden, early-beta state but did manage to turn it into a playable game we can expect them to do the same thing for AoC eventually."

But this is not acceptable to me as a "game development philosophy".  I refuse to support Funcom for expecting its customers to be paying beta testers.  Funcom should fail in this industry if it means tolerating this kind of game release strategy for any future games they develope.

 

Its not acceptable to me either, which is why I spent a good portion of the review bashing the game.  That said, the potential for a fun game is there, and I wouldn't be surprised if it ends up being a good game down the road.  Their recent promotion of Craig Morrison has already begun to bear fruit, in my opinion.

Originally posted by Steelrose
Originally posted by Stradden
Originally posted by Steelrose

Well in my opinion this review is a joke as almost all reviews made in every magazine and on every major website last 5-6 years. All it does, is trying to appeal the majority of the people here, that felt to AoC hype before release, so it gets favourable feedback from the community. This review is just the reflection of the state of the AoC-forums on this website. It's a coward article hiding behind the community.

Seriously? Did someone just accuse us of writing a review to appease our community? REALLY? I mean seriously, it really doesn't matter what we write in our reviews, I guess we're just ALWAYS going to get this kind of statement. More often than not, it's "you're trying to sppease sdvertisers" now it "you're trying to appease your community". Ya know what? Reviews are just one person's opinion of a game. That's it. There's no freaking hidden agenda. Seriously. Deal with it. That seem like something I'm saying to get favorable feedback?

There's no cowardice here, friend. I hate to break it to you.


 

Your article pretends to be an objective review. It doesn't state "in my opinion, the interface is clunky and the community full of idiots..." It says let me paraphrase: the interface is clunky and the community full of idiots. Most of the things you criticise can  be criticized in almost every game, depends on what approach you have towards the game. I'm not saying AoC is a good game, the game has great atmosphere for me and otherwise it's an overhyped mess. But the reasons why I dislike it differ from yours and most of the things you dislike I actually enjoy. Review should be informative. I don't want to read your personal opinions, I want information.

Sorry, but any time you read a review, 'in my opinion' is logically, and quite obviously, implied.  That's what a review is, information presented from a certain point of view.  If you want a straight listing of facts, I'd direct you to the product info page at Gamestop.com or something similar.  If you read a review by myself or any other writer, expect to get their personal opinions interspersed with the facts.  Its really not rocket science.

Originally posted by Mrbloodworth
Originally posted by Soupgoblin
Originally posted by Mrbloodworth

Nice review, but what is with the constant jabs at the player base? I mean, no disrespect, but it could be you, not them, that’s the problem. I mean, shall we start including opinions on the player base of all games in official MMORPG.com Reviews? They would just about all read the same way. Do the writers here know about this thing called the internet? Its almost a pointless thing to include, as every single person will have a different experience. 9 times out of 10, most people that say "This community sucks", walked in and started pissing on the drapes.

As far as PvP consequences go, the system is on the test server. I understand you can’t review what you have not played on live. But it’s on the way, and I hope for all those that are not playing, you amend or re-review the game when it goes live.

Why didn't john do this review, seems every review on this site now is done by someone else, makes it hard to gauge anything in the articles. Review from internet user #36579241 is about as useful as an official review as the 5 threads in the games forums by the same title.


 

To be brutaly honest, he was spot on about the AoC playerbase. Read the the tech forums, AoC players tend to go into "attack mode" when people ask honest questions about problems they are experiencing, I mentioned it several times in the AoC forums myself, The AoC community is infested with the "bully mentality". I believe that as long as AoC is around, other games will benefit from the fact that the worst of the worst are playing AoC, and not ganking/griefing in the others.

 

Part of my point was that this can be found anywhere. It’s the internets. And this will always be a matter of perspective. Instead of realizing this, generalizations and blanket name calling ensued.

 

Becouse someone died in PvP.

It has nothing to do with losing in PVP.  I'm currently enjoying Warhammer, and dying much more frequently than my opponents, let me assure you. 

I always take the player base into account when I review games, it is a large part of the experience of an MMO.  Its your prerogative to think that unimportant, but don't presume to know the rationale behind my decisions. Your generalization that the kind of behavior commonplace on the  AoC forums, and to some extent, in game, is excusable because 'its the internet' is no more valid than my hypothesis that it detracts from the game. 

 

Originally posted by Mrbloodworth

Nice review, but what is with the constant jabs at the player base? I mean, no disrespect, but it could be you, not them, that’s the problem. I mean, shall we start including opinions on the player base of all games in official MMORPG.com Reviews? They would just about all read the same way. Do the writers here know about this thing called the internet? Its almost a pointless thing to include, as every single person will have a different experience. 9 times out of 10, most people that say "This community sucks", walked in and started pissing on the drapes.

 

The observations on the player base are just that, my observations.  Some will agree, some won't, but reviews are, by nature, opinion pieces, and I don't have any interest in watering down my perceptions to make them more palatable for folks that have thin skin.

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