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Few years ago i was disappointed with both games, now i tried again.
First i resubed to LOTRO and bought 3 expansion packs (it is cheap, 20$). Yesterday i tried AOC again, already had 40 lev Barbarian there, well i didn't stop to play from yeterday and i made 5 more levels.
1. Graphic---LOTRO nice Directx 11 graphic, little cartoonish but very nice, . AOC Directx 10. very realistic and very ambiental.
LOTRO works at full settings around 80-90 fps but for unknown reason i have some strange annoying delays, like hiting in to walls all the time, my latency is around 50-60ms so it is not internet connection problem, never had any problem with latency in any other mmo.
AOC works around 40-50 fps smooth as heaven or better to say smooth as wow. It is pure joy to play.
2. Sound----LOTRO most of the time very, very anoying guitar banging, it looks to me that some nasty dwarf is playing something like -plang! pling! peng! pong! Brrrrrrrrrr pure horror.
AOC sound is amazing like from movie, mysterious, ambiental.
3. Combat-- LOTRO hmm.. it is ok but not very impressive and i have again some strange delays and interruptions, pvp is like in wow but very limited and not so smooth, only in one land you can fight, freeps vs creeps. Ok you can duel but it is far from quality of wow.
AOC--smooth, amazing, impressive and different. I love this animations of beheading. Don't have one single problem in combat, i'm playing on rage eu server and killing never stops, pure adrenaline when you do questing
3.Questing-----LOTRO- Awesome story and epic quests, pure movie feeling. Regular quests are anoying and so stupid so you need to watch which one you do or you can get serious brain damage. For example in WOW you go kill some monsters in one area and you never return back, you go to another area but here in LOTRO you kill 10 boars and you ride 10 minutes back to quest giver and he sends you to some other quest giver and this one gives you almost same boars killing quest in same area, something like this could happen a lot of times. O man! That is most anoying questing ever-
AOC --well i was afraid to do quests here again, but what a awesome surprise (after week of LOTRO no wonder). Almost any quest have a sense now. For example in LOTRO you go kill some orcs and you do just that, you kill them and it is over but in AOC you go to kill bandits, you must find key to open cages to release prisoners, you need to save some others which are hanging on stakes, it is always some story there. I did some quest in cave for example and it was so much to do, you do 4-5 things before you come to the end. AND MOST IMPORTANT FOR ME- You need to watch your back because enemy is always somewhere around
My conclusion --I want to max level my character in LOTRO because i bought expansions and story quests are amazing. But when my sub ends i go to play AOC at full pace. AOC is now my favorite comeback game and i could say that LOTRO lose ground in his strongest domain --PVE, about pvp we don't need to even talk.. Sorry for my bad English