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Looking to buy lotro well heres the facts from beta to current date. This is not my "Opinion" as most have stated
Graphics 10 (One thing lotro does have is awesome graphics)
servers 6 (Lag is up and down depending on area your in. PVP zone has the worst lag)
Gm's 5 ( Gm's response time are decent. THey tend to close more tickets then they respond to now a days )
Character creation 8 ( not bad could use some refinement )
Grinding 1 ( Need to grind your character. Then grind armor. Then grind your weapon up)
Shadows of angmar (1-50) original launch
Shadows of angmar was the most fun and best memories I have of lotro.Launch was solid and good
rift of nazgursh introduced (Balrog fight 24 man raid)
This to date is still the best raid as far as im concerned. It was fun and u could get the raid pieces in a deent amount of time. Was good times then
Free peoples= You human/dwarf/hobbit/elf classes
Monster players= Orcs/reavers/spiders/wargs
Free peoples pvp= the free peoples have to get to lvl cap and get gear to come out the moors.
Free peoples rank= Means nothing theres no difference between a rank 0-15 freep pvp person
Monster players pvp= Monster players star out at lvl cap (no leveling)
monster player rank= Means new skills traits
This is for epeens mostly and people thinking thier good. It doesnt do anything positive but make people on both sides worry over stars and not enjoy the game due to people targeting them. Turbine then removed the stars putting them on forums only.
People desperate to rank buying dual accounts and bringing thier freep/creep depending on which toon needs the rank and killing thier own other toon to give rank to thier main toon that needs the rank.
Not so much of an issue outside the moors (pvp) zone. In pvp zone its complete garbage for both sides and like most companies turbine has no ethics on this issue.
Mines of moria (50-60)
Mines of moria was decent introduced trait lines and first age weapons (first age weapons highest dps weapons)
Legendary weapons introduced grind your weapon and break/deconstruct crappy ones for runes/relics u can put on weapons. You could not choose what legacies to put on weapons yet I.E crit chance multiplier etc it was luck of the draw to get a weapon with everything u want on it.
Watcher raid introduced
Was decent had to get full moria gear set to do the raids though. Moria armor sets introduced acid resist needed for most the raids.
Pvmp Free peoples were insanely over powered at launch.
Blackarrow (Monster player version of hunter/archer class) got a ridiculous fire dot that made the majority of creep monster players play a ba class to do nothing but spam a fire dot with next to no cooldown.
Suposed new pvp map never made into moria.
Siege of mirkwood (LVL 60-65)
Huge letdown rushed out to fast. You dont even get to see all of mirkwood only small portion of it. Was the same as other other 2 expansions not much to say really but personally i expected lot more
Dol guldur raids
Well these werent available at first to most due to the gating of armor and radiance introduced. Dol guldur was decent raids but overall just rehashed mobs and no witch king raid or even an appearance by the witch king (not a lore whore so i dont know if were supose to see the witch king or not accurate to lore?)
Turbine sold to wb
WB bought out turbine and the first thing to be introduced was the turbine store. With the store came a "buy now" attitude so if you didnt feel like doing content for certain items you can just go and "buy now" that item. You cant buy armor or things like that just pots weapon scrolls
The turbine team claimed the store doesnt offer advantage just convience. Well that is a flat out lie how so you ask? Well if some doesnt have money to buy turbine points and has to grind weapons/scrolls/relics compared to someone who does thats an advantage. They sell morale pots that are on a different timer then regular morale pots that u can buy from the store. So if your in a fight especially the moors (moors=pvp zone) and you have store bought pots u can use those when your other pots are down and the other person who cant buy those pots is screwed giving the person who has the store pots advantage. Theres more examples i can give to but i should point out that u get 500 turbine points a month which is meh considering what items cost.
I am currently a subscribed member and when i go to log in im spammed with loading screens to buy items and the store is constanly there in your face if your doing deeds they make the "buy now" icon big on the deed section and more so other places.The store is now selling more and more things that you used to have to earn in game. The monster players (pvp) will be getting a store soon where they can buy there quest items that most creeps had to earn the hard way.
F2P (free to play)
Most f2p people are lvl 50 not all but most commonly f2p people are. I feel bad for the f2p people they are really screwed over. I cant suggest subscribing either to lol. I will say that f2p people are ridiculously screwed in every aspect.I would not suggest f2p to anyone.You have to buy/spend points to get traits opened up and you have to buy stable acces to go places charged up the butt. As you can see on here the f2p people are upset that im saying this. If you like f2p that fine but in the long run your going to pay 3 times as much as a sub thats the whole point of f2p to make u sub.
PVMP (player vs monster player)
Pvp has always been a mess and continues to be a mess.Turbine refuses to do much to the moors (moors=pvp zone)
Balance will never happen untill turbine makes monster players clones of thier freep side class.
So far this has been what the devs have been doing to try to make balance
1.Make one side overpowered each book/updates causing more problems then it fixes
2. Making creep side classes dot machines and huge morale pools (the majority of creep players do nothing but spam dots)
3. introducing more pve into a pvp zone. For creeps benefits more then free peoples
4. Wasted development time by creating a tree with a bird next to it in the moors.This dev shold be fired lol
Raid loot chests still bug out. Gm response is to re do the raid.
There has been a 4 year ongoing bug with the warleader class (monster player pvp class thats a tank/buff class) This bug makes warleaders invincible unable to take any damage. This bug has been around for 4 years and still no fix to current date.
Stealth has been broken for a very long time. They claimed they fixed it but you can still be tracked/followed by spider hatchlings (spider hatchlings=spider pet)
Rez point exploits people are still able to go into rez zones and kill (Rez areas have 1 shots that are supose to kill you if u get close. I wont describe the exploit in detail
Cj exploit one book had a cj exploit created by a dev causing cj's to be removed from the moors. CJ= conjunction a skill in which a wheel pops up offering a choice of a heal or damage or a dot or power depending on what the group chose you can get interesting mix of things.
Server lines were finally addressed when rift was close to launch and a lvl 5 in bree complained of rollbacks for some reason lol. Be it almost 6 months later
They have fixed a lot of bugs in fairness though.
Skill lock pretty bad still
Lag is god aweful for most. Turbines solutions is to turn down your graphics settings and turn cloaks off. Good thing you bought that high end graphics card to see it all.
Legendary item update
You can now have the legacies you want some what that is. You have to get your legendary weapon to lvl 30 and decon it and it will give you the legacy you want.Or you can just "buy it now" in the store
Rise of isengard
Since its not released yet i cant say much but from what i heard im not terribly impressed.
Seen a drawing of it not much else.
F2p (free to play) will have access to the moors (moors=pvp zone) This will be bad unless they raise the cap lvl to come out to the moors to least 70. Right now a level 40 can go to the moors a lvl 65 pvp zone atm. So most f2p people are lvl 50 if this is allowed into the moors and creeps are lvl 75 thats going to be pure fail on turbines part.
Since the moors will be f2p and f2p people are going to be given a free reaver a person who boxes can make endless f2p accounts and box anywhere from 6 to 38 toons if he wants. Turbine doesnt care about boxing and ethics so the skys the limit there.
Infamy/renown for quests
You will now get renown/infamy for quests in the moors (pvp) zone. Normally the only way you would get this infamy/renown is from doing pvp.
New pvp zone put on the shelf once again.
Overall the lotro that most vets have loved is long gone. Its all about catering to "buy now" people and the game has been dumbed way down like most mmo's down the road tend to do. A good example is the moria epic quest line 2.5.5 this book line used to take 6 or more people to complete they are all soloable now and a skirmish. I remember having 6 people and it took us at least a couple of tries to finish the whole book and now the book the instance parts anyways can be done solo in 10 minutes or less.