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I'm going to start this by saying: I've played every mmo on the left had side of this list, except WW2 Online and Fury, and Face of Mankind.
SO yeah im an MMO Vet, most memorably a SWG Pre CU Vet, sniff sniff... memories of my 2 grawls tanking on dantooine... my 1st jedi on corbantis and like 100 people following me around... those were the days.... anyway~! With the image of old SWG in mind, this game has reminded me alot of why I liked MMORPGs.
First off, the 1st thing that struck me about PoTBS Is the sheer complexity that's in it. It's so awesome to have that new game feel last for more then 15 minutes until you run and start your inevitiable grind to whatever the MMO's max level is, only to stop a few levels in, cause you went from dogs, to spiders, to beasts, to bigger beasts.. In PoTBS, it felt all new, the missions are... GREAT! THey feel like actual missions, not kill X gather X grindness. I gotta go board a pirate's ship and kill their dogs, or take out a enemy captain, or hijack a british fleet's merchants n loot em!
The character customization is good, alot of diff styles and colors!
Crafting is real expensive so far i found, i don't know too much about it, but i tried to make a few diff things, n said fuck it, it's cheaper to just buy what you want... ie... Built a small shipyard and wanted to build my bermuda, well shit by like half way thru making the first thing (anchors) for the bermuda i was already spent 5000$ on deeds, materials, and whatnot. So screw that, maybe i'll try crafting when im in a society( guild)... n' I bought the ship for liek $1000 on auction. lol.
Graphics are good enough, some problems in some towns, but other then that they do the trick, also all the little detail they put into the ships is really astounding too . like you can see your own little avatar while your driving in ship combat.... ship combat is pretty fun too, you can just board the enemy ship and kill their captain instead of having to do the whole battle, which is cool in my opinon, less grind.
Normal PC vs NPC combat is pretty lame, it feels like WoW or EQ all over again, but i guess they do add a bit of flavor to it with the initiavte/balance systems in it so you gotta time your fights and stuff... it sucks you can't run from fights tho, gettin pwnt sucks. If you lose your captured ship it's gone, and everything on it, realistic i guess, but still sucks cause you gotta go grindout missions with your crappy ship till you get the coin to buy a good one again... which is ok too, cause it makes hand made ships worth more cause if you die with one , it just goes back to your dock instead of losing it.
Overall, i think this is a pretty good mmo so far, it's got it's downsides, but it's also in beta, and i read the PoTBS dev interview today, and it looks like they're working towards fixing those issues. I got good hopes for this MMO... I rate it so far... 8/10 !