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Vanguard is one of those games I sincerely wanted to love. It has, at its core, some of the things I've always wanted to see done in a AAA title-- huge, seamless world, ships, housing, wide variety of races and classes, flying mounts, and so on. What the game has sorely lacked, imo, is ambiance. In many places in the world, it just looks... well... "blah".
Take New Targonor for instance. The place is massive, and realistic as far as citadels go. It's a city and castle all neatly wrapped in fortified walls, and puts to shame any other MMO capital cities in terms of scale. But it's just... boring. There's no clutter. No sense that people live there. I never thought I'd miss that old RPG trope of crates randomly stacked here and there, yet those aren't even present. The castle halls are barren and empty, and the various town buildings are likewise. Even taverns are stark and uninviting. As someone who likes to RP, I feel no inclination to hang out anywhere and engage in some. Now, granted, right now the lack of population is the main hindrance to RP, but the aesthetics of the locations doesn't help much.
What I would love to see, though I doubt it would happen, is for the newly assembled dev team to make some clutter passes to the major cities and beef up the ambience. Put some brighter colors in and add lighting. Break up the monotony of the bare stucco and brick walls with art or bookcases, or anything to give a more "homey" feel. Make those taverns and inns welcome sights to see after long days of adventuring, and put some life into those cities.
The game would only benefit, I think.
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