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Played TSW and I can say that it was "meh" in the Pve department. Even though you could completely switch up play-styles it still seemed somewhat boring, but if you like story behind the PvE then it's definitely worth a try. I'm not sure if there are big end-game raids, etc. as I only played up to a certain level (I think 3/4 of the way through).
EQ2 is bread-and-butter end-game type game. The PvE can be fun and it has an established community of players that like all sorts of facets of the game. I don't know what most people are going to do when EQNext comes out though (if they will stay with EQ2 or leave for EQNext). It definitely has end-game group-raid PvE, but I quit because it seemed like they were allowing progression that was too fast. The PvE setup basically based on gear-scores can be bothersome to some people.
GW2 is either PvE heavy or PvP heavy or WvW (world vs. world) heavy. It's really your choice. The PvE in the game is certainly geared towards solo content, but their group content is fun and slightly-challenging too. The problem is that most new PvE content (which is the only content worth doing gear-wise) doesn't seem that challenging at all. It takes a long time and there might be difficult spots, but it's not particularly challenging. It can also be very repetitive which can wear you out of the game easily.
It is a true F2P though...the item-store is really only cosmetic as are many of the best in-game items. Legendaries, for example, are not necessary and I find almost all of them to be ugly. Most people get them for the slightly (~4%) better stats and the cosmetics. The better stats make for almost no change to damage, etc. so they aren't necessary. It is an established game with a player-base of all types. If you like hardcore then you can find it. If you like casual then they can find it. If you like to eat the hearts of tigers to gain their courage then I'm sure you can find others that enjoy the same. This game doesn't have any big end-game type raids. Most end-game content worth doing is group-content.
I played this game, but I'm not sure how it's doing anymore. When I was playing it was mostly PvP or RvR (realm vs. realm) heavy and PvE was really just secondary [or tertiary]. The best thing about the game was the RvR and the PvP could be very fun. PvP servers made for interesting times and attempts at leveling, but it also became a pit of evil brood-spawn that spew out vile and filth as most people go overboard when it comes to open-world PvP. Is DaoC still running?...hmmm
It's definitely an established game (if it is running) and the player-base will be the hard-core types that love the game and everything about it as they haven't moved onto something else. This probably means that starting anew in this game will be a lot like starting anew in EQ1--people will take a while to warm-up to you and in some cases they'll outright dislike you entirely for no good reason. It was fun when I played and the graphics weren't that terrible.
**Other games you mentioned**
If I didn't address them specifically then I have no clue about the game (except EQ1, but it's pretty much in the same boat as DaoC if not having a worse community). I've heard of them and/or played them, but don't know enough to tell you anything about the end-game PvE or the player community.
Taking legal action against The Secret World
General Discussion « The Secret World
12/12/12 7:49:03 PM
Why would you even buy a lifetime sub in a game like this? It has limited content and not much in the way of player growth...they HAD to do some kind of F2P or B2P [although I didn't expect it] model.
People need to calm down. They were so convinced just a few months ago that lifetime subscriptions were a good deal (you can still read forum posts that talk about it). Some of them even have people saying outright that it's a good deal and there's no way TSW will go F2P...hmmm
The game has never really been that big or that good. You can eat the $200 lifetime subscription payment and just get over it...seriously...$200. That's what 13 months? Or maybe 15-16 months using the other subscription pricing? It's disappointing, but legal action usually requires some kind of intent. This is an online game where player-interests correlated to population [and other factors] is highly misunderstood so I'm sure they had no intent from the get go when they offered the lifetime subs.
I believe there have been lifetime subs for games that are now completely shut-down. Be lucky they aren't shutting it down.
The music in something like Star Wars matched the huge paradigm shift that the movie cultivated. The composer had enormous inspiration and talent. Not to mention that it is connected to some of the most famous and widely known movies of all time (I'm sure that didn't make it un-forgettable?...).
You honestly should not expect an epic movie score in a game. Different audience, different tastes, different composers and different resources available to them.
There's a reason that such vastly different genres of music exist...some people like classical music, jazz, funk, etc while others have a very specific or distinct taste. There are very few composers and artists that could be considered universally liked, but when you play video games like GW2 that have a fantasy setting you have to realize that your choice of music is going to be rather limited.
For instance something like rap or country in a fantasy game just takes away from the atmosphere while a more instrumental approach tends to draw you in which is the point when you make a highly graphical game.
IMO, Soule has done a great job with both Guild Wars and continues to do a great job. His "monopoly" of the gaming music has to do mainly with his talent and his connections. Not to mention that he does a good job...you might not like the music, but I'm betting more people like it then dislike it.
It's no different than the rather small group of composers for movie music. Some people like the music and for others it leaves a bad taste in their mouths.
Then there are people that listen to Brahms or Liszt with a sick little cringe and a twisted expression of despair on their face. Those people must be deaf and are not listening at all, but rather watching Nancy Grace flap those pieces of bacon she calls lips.
Edit: Also...stop calling it forgettable while thinking that means ANYTHING. When people say something like "your face is forgettable," I immediately think "who the f**k is this?" I "forget" music all the time...the nice part is when I re-discover it and then I just forget it again because there's so much music out there it's almost inconceivable. Sit down with pen and paper and try to describe in some other words exactly why you don't like it then post here again with those thoughts. Otherwise...you're trolling if you keep responding with the word "forgettable".