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Just purchased the game and the expansion. So I'm about a day into the game and so far I'm having a good time. I'll try to update here now and again as things come up. This is just me bla bla bla about my experiences, nothing earth shattering.
I made a dwarf female ranger/assassin. So far I'm pretty happy with my choice. I am coming from GW2 where I was playing ranger, so I feel comfortable in that role. I used to always play tanks, but got tired of it I guess. I think I like the pet aspect. Bows and guns are pretty cool too. I play almost exclusively human characters, sometimes elves. Aesthetically those are usually my favorite and then I pick gender by who looks the best. This time though I chose a short humanoid race. I couldn't help myself, she's so cute. I love her emotes too, very sassy.
The game looks great at times. I started out at ultra settings, but sometimes I change to high. The ground textures looked blurry and there were little jaggies. So bumping up anistropic and adding smooth edge AA and now my fps goes down from 40-44 to 26 -33. It depends a lot on the zone too and what's going on around me. Not too happy about that, but a beautiful world really helps to immerse me.
I feel like I'm leveling pretty fast. I'm a day in and complete newb, but I got to level 14. As usual, I sometimes get distracted and wonder off or start exploring. Can't seem to help myself there. The quests go pretty fast, probably because I'm not competing with many other players. Population is similar to my GW2 server, but seems less. Also tried Instant Adventuring. I like it...seems to be good xp, coin and loot, and the quests go by very quickly.
The community seems pretty nice so far. I was standing at a mount vendor, looking at the different horses and wishing I had enough coin. I saw a pretty elf girl on her mount next to me so I waved and said hello. I'm a friendly dwarf. She smiled down at me and waved. Then she gave me enough to buy a horse. I was so happy! Now I'm riding around in style. I don't hear a lot of talk between players but I'm in the newb areas, and the people that are around are busy.
Tried some fishing. There were other players also fishing so I asked how the fishing was around here. The consensus was boring...just like fishing in real life I guess. I made some good coin doing it though.
Oh yeah! And I got my house. It's a little closet on a hill, but it has a view. Spent at least a couple hours playing around with it. I need a bigger house though before I start getting serious with it. Also checked out some public houses.
The only negative I have so far is performance. Several lag spikes and two crashes. I don't know why. GW2 by comparison runs very smooth for me almost all the time and I have never had a crash to desktop. That's it, I'll probably add to this post and put up some pics when I have time. Got a busy day planned today though so not sure how much play time I'll get.