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As you know...I do not like MMO's, even though I play them, as I feel they are inferior to single player or old fashioned multiplayer.
However, I do enjoy a good PvP system in a MMO, and have played more PvP in MMOs than sometimes PvE.
Also, I do not like monthly subs, nor was I impressed with ESO's ability to bring new things to the MMO table.
I was wrong....
I played PvP for the first time last night, albiet..avoiding some of the problem campaigns where organized guilds over powered the unorganized...is that really a problem?
Regardless, i was in a 100% random group which started with 4 players and within 30 minutes was at least 12 players, and an additional 20-30 other players in other groups.
The map is HUGE......HUGE...with all kinds of terrain features, including Keeps, Farms, Lumber Mills, and tons of other stuff..basically the structures and things you would expect in such a real world setting in RL.
The cool thing is that I am only level 10, and out geared...yet....with the boosts I obtained, I was able to contribute over the course of an hour by killing 3 other players, helping kill several others, and lots of healing to my team.
Only died twice.
The great thing is that the map lends itself to more than just a group or groups, but actual player formed armies!
I swear! if guilds organize and form groups, the potential of massive uber battles on this large battlefield will be incredible.
I also earned 2 pieces of gear, but moreover had a ton of fun.
BAH! Forget about WoWs BGs...this put them to shame big time.
For example, in WoW the largest BG was Alterac valley..one big zerg in which you run with, although you could zerb on this battlefield, organization, tactics, and strategy will in the end win out..the way it should be.
I had really enjoyed Age of Conan's sieges too, but this puts that to shame as well.
Forget LOTRO's battlefields as well, not even close. Warhammer Online...hhhhmmmm huge map one big zerg or nobody (feast or famine)....well that game was abandoned by its Devs after EA bought it, so it dont count.
In the end, might have to cancel my cable TV subscription and use that money towards a sub to ESO.
Also, most importantly...and I cannot stress this enough...this is NOT a game where you will see cartoony, bright clown suits like in WoW or cutesy tootsy stuff like pandas and baby dinosaurs....no it is a more serious atmosphere and more realistic. And MOREOVER, perfect for IMMERSION!
I do not feel I am part of a rat race, it does not feel like a chore or a job, like other MMOs especially WoW.
Ans as you know, the ESO BETA actually made me go back to WoW....not so for the ESO release.
A much much better game, you just have to take time to smell the roses...it is an immersive game.
For example, are you the type that likes to sit in a tower withyour wax candles and research Alchemy?
Well...the way Alchemy is researched will have you mad scientist types drooling....testing, sampling, creating, researching.
So again, if you want a rat race where kiddies are racing to completion avoiding RL to be uber and throw it in your face, then this game is not for you...but..if you have been thirsting for immersion....to get lost in a world, its people and even other players and guilds...I think this game (ESO) just might be it.