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After reading quite a lot of negativity about this title, I was reluctant to even consider testing this game. It was my love for the whole neverwinter / forgotten realms franchise which persuaded me to give this game a run this weekend. I thought I'd share my thoughts about the experience.
I didn't expect much. This was never going to be Neverwinter Nights 3, and ofcourse it isn't. The 4e edition or whatever it's name is pretty much a modified version of the earlier d&d ruleset. I don't mind it, it makes for a nice action MMO.
The graphics are not that 'bad' especially for a free mmo, a lot of people say they are dated, which is hard to argue - but fortunately I'm no graphic whore. The graphics are at the very least reasonable for anyone to enjoy the game.
The lag in town was offputting, maybe it was because it's a stress test idk, but overall the games performance was good. Ran this on a budget pc, keep in mind not the greatest of machines was used.
The combat was refreshing, while not over complicated it was far from trivial. A nice blend for my Cleric, I didn't have the time to try other classes out.
The quests were 'meh', needs more voices and less reading too. Pacing became a slight issue as the npc's had too much to say in text form. The script was also easily forgotten and were a bit underwhelming.
After completing only one foundry mission, I believe the foundry has awesome potential for both creators and adventurers. It will become special if you could voice the npc you created for your mission. Excited to see how this particular feature pans out.
Hard to find anything but quests objectives, e.g looking for a bank was frustrating, never found one.
Quite linear for the early period of the game. The group dungeoun was disappointing, no voices from any bosses, cutscenes were awful (might be because of beta). Horrible UI. Horrible PvP. Not enough Classes/ item customization.
Clearly this game isn't for everyone, but it has lots of charm and some appeal to me. it felt like it could be a quick fix. reminiscint of how I used the diablo series.
This game certainly isn't going to be in my long term mmorpg entertainment options that I am looking for, but I'm glad they decided to publish it, and I will probably play it when it comes out which is a pleasant surprise.