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I'm in the middle of playing right now and I had to pop out to make this post. I was sitting at the military base in Blue Mountain just lauging at some of the NPC dialog and it really hit me how much detail they have put into this title. This game, in every conceivable way, puts SWTOR, Rift and any other themepark currently on the market to shame. If Bioware had made SWTOR to Ragar's standards, it would have been a runaway hit.
You have to understand. I'm mostly a themepark hater. There are few exceptions, but for the most part, I have spent the last several years looking for an interesting game to play and failing. I have backed indy games, purchased just about every themepark to come out, and waited for games that never come. The gaming landscape has been a wasteland of dried up and crusty game corpses.
I've been following TSW for freaking years...since the original announcement, and even back then I was engrossed in the whole idea. Ragnar has really pulled this off. Yeah, it's a little rough around the edges in some places, but for a brand new MMO game, I think they knocked it out of the park. Could it use some improvement? Sure, probably in PvP, but regular combat in this game is no where near as bad as anyone here tries to say it is.
I ran some dungeons today for the first time, and they are gorgeous. In fact this whole game is. If you have the graphics maxed out like I do, the world is often breathtaking, and they did not cut corners. The look, feel and even the quests are hand crafted. The quests continue to be fantastic after the starting area, and the side quests which you can do or not do are a very nice touch. Most of the writing is super high quality and entertaining.
I'm not going to get into the skill and ability system except to say that I really love what they have done. You can make any kind of build you want. If you hear anyone tell you that the mobs are too tough, or they can't finish quests, the problem is that they haven't learned how to make a decent build, and probably haven't been setting their talismans up correctly. People are used to picking up a class, all of which are easy to use over the whole game solo, but in this game you really have to think it through, and if you figure out your builds, you will be rewarded.
Anyway, I just wanted to come here and gush a little because I love the setting of this game, and I'm just stoked about how smoothly Ragnar's team pulled this off. There's a lot of smack talk on these forums, and once in a while I think people forget to come and say good things about good games, rather than just complaining about all the bad ones.
I highly recommend you try this game if you aren't sure. I really, honestly thought I would be playing Guild Wars 2 for the next year or so, but now that is looking extremely unlikely. I know TSW isn't for everyone, but it is an adult game, and the mostly adult crowd playing it is having a blast.
A sure sign that you are in an old, dying paradigm/mindset, is when you are scared of new ideas and new technology. Don't feel bad. The world is moving on without you, and you are welcome to yell "Get Off My Lawn!" all you want while it happens. You cannot, however, stop an idea whose time has come.