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I have to say I was expecting less and was pleasantly surprised.
Now, this is not to say it's the best thing since sliced bread (which is actually pretty cool) but I found myself wanting to log in more and more over the weekend.
Well, first I had to download it. That proved to be problematic as I didn't want to use the torrent as they tend to monopolize our internet. So I tried using the patcher. Several times. And that was just not happening. Then I tried downloading it straight away but it kept stopping.
Finally I gave in and the torrent did the job. I should know that when something says "this is the best method" they mean it.
the character customization leaves something to be desired and I did find out the hard way that in a trial, I can't keep making and delting characters in different zones in order to test each out.
But the world is really nice from what little I've seen. Some of the gear looks great (not on me but on other players). I was expecting to be ganked "all the time' and have yet to be ganked or attacked once. Oh, I"m sure it will happen but so far so good.
One really can sense a difference in "tone" between this game and a themepark game. Games like this really do have more of a world feeling.
Some wonkiness with combat as at times the mobs would "shift" a few feet here and there. Also, the animations do seem to leave something to be desired. Still, the sense of immersion that the world brings makes up for it.
However, I have died several times which is a nice change considering that I usually don't die in games like Lord of the Rings.
Not sure if I'll be a permanent player (and I hope to look a few people up who were nice enough to write me) but I do plan on trying the game out a bit.