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When I was first introduced to mmorpgs and asked to join WoW at the beginning of BC, I had the innocent view that it would naturally be open world PvP, I didn`t even know of the pvp/pve dichotomy and so I was disapointed when i found out my family and friends had been playing on a PvE realm because I found it destabilized the feeling of immersion. Now they all either don`t play or can`t decide which game is worth playing, I on the other hand am looking for one to settle on (waiting to see how eso, ff arr pan out, and eqnext) but in the meantime I have taken a shot at a variety of titles out there but haven`t been hooked (mostly ones with trials or f2p)
So here I stand looking into Darkfall UW but I can`t quite pinpoint the general consensus on the game. Its not a question of affordability but mostly investment of time. Its got open world pvp (with loot), and from what I can see it has an interesting sandbox/crafting element to it. Reviews are a bit all over the place and the feeling of members of this community are as well. Some say its great and have great stories and others (like vets of the first edition of this game) have negative experiences. I`m one that hates the pvp/pve dichotomy that`s been created in these games, because I always felt that naturally both would occur openly anyways in order to make the world feel more real. So while I know this game will have everything I`d love to see on the pvp side of things, what about on the pve? Does it have dungeons/instances that you run with groups? raids? I know that there is pve for gathering mats for crafts, etc.
I know the game is fairly new but I wish the game had a trial to help push me over the fence on whether to buy it or not. As a level headed person who does not put "emotion" into brand names, companies, etc, and is much of a fan of the pve/pvp dichotomy, I am hoping that likeminded people can give some insight which would help me finally make a decision.