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I like what I'm seeing, then I don't like, then I like it again...I'm not playing yet, I'm waiting for release.
From what I'm reading and watching on Youtube, ArcheAge has a lot of deep features, I watched a player take a small kitten feed it to watch it become a full size battle pet. Endless class builds to make a class how you feel.....Stuff like this is a long time coming. For me this is evolution in mmo's. Features that finally shows its progress for what we should start seeing in 2014.
Good features in technology for the players instead of developers doing crap like mega servers and Phasing and Dungeon Finders. Games that could cross over to consoles.....For me, they are taking technology and using it for their own greedy marketing.
Sure, Like I stated this game has a lot of features, but most of the great stuff is based around crafting. Crafting in OK, but it's more of a time sink. I never crafted in EQ2 or Vanilla WoW, or even Vanguard, I'm an adventurer. I could play games like this and never craft yet have full time fun.
What happens if you don't like crafting ?
I'm playing Elders Scrolls Online right now, I'm still having fun. The crafting is lite, or so I thought....Being level 22 I'm realizing that I really shouldn't go to the next zone until I level up my crafting, to do that I have to farm mats to a ridiculous amount. So much for lite crafting...It's still a time sink. Guild chat and voice is filled with chatter about gathering and crafting, NOTHING ELSE, well maybe a little pvp but that's about it.....It was the same with FF14, it's all about crafting anymore.
I don't remember the older classics, old school mmos ever being consumed with crafting. Players did that on the side and kept it to themselves. Their was a lot to do in mmos back then without it !
I start worrying about this mmo when someone asked about features of ArcheAge in a topic here. And one was a reply that went on and on and on about crafting. I have a full time job and a social life. I'm still looking for an mmo that can played for years, a social mmo where you get to really know people and help them out and play together. Not talk in detail about every aspect of material gathering.