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i'm pretty sure i'm not overstepping my bounds with this post. if i am, i've noted that members of the CoS team frequent here and a simple response below and i will erase what's in my post.
what i saw:
the world was richly detailed.
targeting was difficult in combat, and combat was typical mmo style target and fire (which i do not mind. 'actiony' mmo does not always mean immersive fun.)
it appears to be a lobby game, albeit with an extensive and large lobby.
there appeared to be a solid variety of combat skills.
the UI was attractive, full of tantalizing things i did not end up checking out fully, as i was too busy exploring and trying to get a grip on combat.
character creation for a browser game was what you would expect in a browser mmo. there were options, just not many.
there was starter housing in the starter area, with quests related to cleaning and fixing it up, which looked promising.
the variety of starter weapon sets was a nice change. as a Gunner i started off with pistol and shield, dual pistols, and rifle.
gear stats were a bit confounding with all the +'s and -'s. but i am sure a closer perusal would have clarified things for me.
this was a bit like a more expansive Torchlight with box breaking included! (that was fun for me.)
nice back stories for the different human variants.
a unique setting for the intro/turtorial!
what i hope to see:
some resolution to the issues with targeting in combat. basically, the game is wasd + click'to'move. thus clicking on a target to shoot caused me innumerable instances of clicking and moving rather than clicking and selecting.
i loved the grime of the refugee camp. however, i hope to see some georgian/victorian architecture further into the city of Nexus.
a wee bit more steam. yes the setting is steamy as all get out. and the gunner is cool, however, i felt more like a fantasy character dropped into the middle of a gear driven world.
what i think:
this is definetly a game on my radar now. i can certainly see myself spending time in this game in between the more massive mmo's i play off and on. and for me this is perfect. its a simple, no download, fun alternative to fill in those times when loading up my typical mmo would be too time consuming an experience. just hop on, have some fun, and hop off.
"There are at least two kinds of games.
One could be called finite, the other infinite.
A finite game is played for the purpose of winning,
an infinite game for the purpose of continuing play."
Finite and Infinite Games, James Carse