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Sandbox Yeah, But With Great Patience

darthbuhdarthbuh Greenville, NCPosts: 19Member

I've never had the opportunity to play this game, and the long-term beta invite starting in February was nice.

I enthusiastically logged in, picked a school, and went with it.  For several hours.

The game strongly favors subscribers; not that anything is wrong with that, but if it were a little more clear going into the game, it would be easier to understand. The variety of skills and tasks is amazing. The translations. . I just stopped reading after a while, it gave me a headache.

Just not the game for me.

Good luck to future Wushu players! Oh, and meditate often!

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  • wfsaxtonwfsaxton Grand Rapids, MIPosts: 73Member Uncommon

    I did the same thing as you.  Logged on a few months ago, played a couple hours, logged off with a headache from the translations.

     

    I re-gave it a try 2 days ago and am seriously hooked.  Every time I get frustrated with transations, I alt-tab out and try to learn a bit from the various guides that are available..  It's hard figuring a lot of this stuff out, but it gets more rewarding as I continue to learn more.  I also just joined a clan, so hopefully this will help even more!

  • DarkfallFanaticDarkfallFanatic Lake Moho, INPosts: 96Member
    Originally posted by wfsaxton

    I did the same thing as you.  Logged on a few months ago, played a couple hours, logged off with a headache from the translations.

     

    I re-gave it a try 2 days ago and am seriously hooked.  Every time I get frustrated with transations, I alt-tab out and try to learn a bit from the various guides that are available..  It's hard figuring a lot of this stuff out, but it gets more rewarding as I continue to learn more.  I also just joined a clan, so hopefully this will help even more!

     

    Thats exactly how it was for me and I've heard this a number of times already from different people. 

     

    So there I was looking for a new MMO to play so I downloaded a few games and one of them was Age of Wushu. My first run was very basic I created some random "afhggf" char and just wanted to see what is was about. So I ran around in Yanyu and I was like..."this is the game?!" It felt very f2p'y and all and plus the bad translation I quickly shut it down and proceeded to download Path of Exile -- in hopes of it being a good game. 

     

    I swear to you 2 days go by and I get bored with PoE. I still have AoW and boot it up. it's like something just sucks you back in. This time I create a serious char and take the story and translations lightly. And I just kept on playing for a good 3 hours until I reached my school. 

     

    I think at around that time the game starting opening up tremendously feature wise and my brain started flowing with ideas, and the answer to most ideas in AoW is a resounding YES. 

     

    Can I learn the move the guy killed me with even if Im a different school? YES

    Are those guys actually practicing martial arts in a group of 10 in synergy? YES

    Can I just be a chef and cook food all day? YES

    Can I go on patrol? YES

     

    etc. 

     

    And after that I guess I got addicted doing daily things like hunting boar, kidnapping people, and I have kind of made a name for myself attacking people who have kidnapped others and stealing their bag and turning it in myself. 

     

    You see another person may have a completely different goal or hobby and thats where Age of Wushu really shines.

  • AresPLAresPL ElblagPosts: 290Member
    kidnapping people, thats kind of daily quests I like +spying :P
  • mistmakermistmaker viennaPosts: 232Member Uncommon
    i will wait for age of wulin. i dont like playing betas, i get spoiled too much and losing my character at the end of the beta is just killing too much of my precious time.
  • park97park97 Toronto, ONPosts: 89Member
    Originally posted by mistmaker
    i will wait for age of wulin. i dont like playing betas, i get spoiled too much and losing my character at the end of the beta is just killing too much of my precious time.

    At least create a toon and log off. so that we all can kidnap you.

  • mistmakermistmaker viennaPosts: 232Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by park97
    Originally posted by mistmaker
    i will wait for age of wulin. i dont like playing betas, i get spoiled too much and losing my character at the end of the beta is just killing too much of my precious time.

    At least create a toon and log off. so that we all can kidnap you.

    i did! have one on american and russian server. you might have met him or kidnapped him already :-)

  • Effin_RabbitEffin_Rabbit Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 773Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by park97
    Originally posted by mistmaker
    i will wait for age of wulin. i dont like playing betas, i get spoiled too much and losing my character at the end of the beta is just killing too much of my precious time.

    At least create a toon and log off. so that we all can kidnap you.

    They said there wont be a character wipe at release.

  • AresPLAresPL ElblagPosts: 290Member
    probably he is from EU so ping and events time sux for him
  • xpiherxpiher Indianapolis, INPosts: 3,311Member
    How is this game sandbox? 

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  • BigHatLoganBigHatLogan Bellingham, WAPosts: 688Member
    Originally posted by xpiher
    How is this game sandbox? 

    That is a big question and not an easy one as sandbox means different things for different people.  Age of Wushu does not tell you what to do.  You do not move from quest hub to quest hub and doing boring shit like most mmorpgs.  All the gear in game is player crafted and none of it is permanent.  There are a limited number of castles which are controlled and fought over by guilds.  These castles provide income for the guild. 

    The game simulates a real living world.  Offline players work at various jobs to make money and often that is a primary source of income for players.  Money is very strictly controlled in the game.  You only get it through going to work, kidnapping, and setting up your own shop to sell crafted goods or gathered mats, or martial arts scripts.

    There are schools of martial arts which serve as classes and factions both.  However, anyone can learn any skill provided that they can steal the martial arts manual from the rival school.  Seen that in quite a few kung fu flics, I love it.

    Almost every aspect of the game involves PVP.  Instance bosses summon players to try and wreck the instance group.  Guilds can run carts between cities to make cash, and the carts are attackable.  Players can spy on enemy schools where other players are searching out spies.  Players can join events to steal martial arts manuals to learn new skills.  Players can set up their own little shops and hawk their wares.  It feels like a real world rather than the quest hubs you usually see. 

    Open pvp everywhere, with a prison system.  Constable players can kill and arrest criminals putting them in a jail.  Jail is boring but there are ways out: gambling with the guards, serving your sentence, or getting your buddies to pull a high stakes prison break (that alerts all constables in the game, better be quick!!!) 

     The combat itself is pretty awesome.  Flying skills let you run up walls, fly through the air for short periods, or burst dash.  It really makes terrain relevant in the combat which other games don't.  Also the block/feint/overt system makes combat an intellectual and fun undertaking, just not when first starting out before players get many skills.

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  • GdemamiGdemami Beau VallonPosts: 7,865Member Uncommon


    Originally posted by xpiher

    How is this game sandbox? 

    Simple - it isn't.

    There is just other than level-through-quests-or-killing-mobs progression which some people confuse for sandbox.

  • GrayKodiakGrayKodiak Nada, FLPosts: 576Member
    Originally posted by Gdemami

     


    Originally posted by xpiher

    How is this game sandbox? 

     

    Simple - it isn't.

    There is just other than level-through-quests-or-killing-mobs progression which some people confuse for sandbox.

    Yes but it definately isn't a themepark either. So what is it? The idea that there are only two choices was probably flawed from the start well before this game and the other recent "hybrids" came about.

  • GdemamiGdemami Beau VallonPosts: 7,865Member Uncommon


    Originally posted by GrayKodiakYes but it definately isn't a themepark either.

    It might not be a "WoW clone" but it is still "themepark". Only thing that has changed is how you progress but it is still same lvl and gear progression as any themepark is build on.

    That is nothing negative, it is just one of the way how to make a game.

  • bcbullybcbully Westland, MIPosts: 8,277Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Gdemami

     


    Originally posted by GrayKodiak

     

    Yes but it definately isn't a themepark either.


     

    It might not be a "WoW clone" but it is still "themepark". Only thing that has changed is how you progress but it is still same lvl and gear progression as any themepark is build on.

    That is nothing negative, it is just one of the way how to make a game.

    Ok I see you like EVE, no need to lie about AoW though. I think you have played the game. Why are you lying though. I mean going under the assumption that you've played, the only way you could say this is if you are intentionally trying to mislead. AoW is not a threat to EVE (even though Goon Squad is in AoW in mass), AoW is people, EVE is space ships.

  • GrayKodiakGrayKodiak Nada, FLPosts: 576Member
    Originally posted by Gdemami

     


    Originally posted by GrayKodiak

     

    Yes but it definately isn't a themepark either.


     

    It might not be a "WoW clone" but it is still "themepark". Only thing that has changed is how you progress but it is still same lvl and gear progression as any themepark is build on.

    That is nothing negative, it is just one of the way how to make a game.

    So anything with skills that level up is now a themepark? Eve is now a themepark?

  • GdemamiGdemami Beau VallonPosts: 7,865Member Uncommon


    Originally posted by GrayKodiak

    So anything with skills that level up is now a themepark? Eve is now a themepark?

    2 different things. There is no progression in EVE.

  • FromHellFromHell NY, NYPosts: 1,311Member

    Is there no western company which manages to deliver a decent new sandbox MMO?

     

    gonna wait for EQ Next and World of Darkness I guess

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  • SuperNickSuperNick CambridgePosts: 460Member

    Is it me or do most people have their OWN version of 'a sandbox MMO'? People considered SWG sandbox, I can't say I did.

    "Being able to do what you want" is so generic it's not even funny.

    I can do what I want in any MMO, I just won't always succeed at it. If I wanna level naked in WoW I can, is it now a sandbox?

  • GrayKodiakGrayKodiak Nada, FLPosts: 576Member
    Originally posted by Gdemami

     


    Originally posted by GrayKodiak

    So anything with skills that level up is now a themepark? Eve is now a themepark?

     

    2 different things. There is no progression in EVE.

    As a long time eve player, and still a fan, I call B.S. of the first degree on that one.

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    Up until a couple weeks ago, I thought the name was GaryKodiak
  • dotdotdashdotdotdash Llandrindod WellsPosts: 364Member
    Originally posted by Gdemami

     


    Originally posted by GrayKodiak

    So anything with skills that level up is now a themepark? Eve is now a themepark?

     

    2 different things. There is no progression in EVE.

    You're talking nonsense.

  • OnomasOnomas Rock Hill, SCPosts: 1,128Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Gdemami

     


    Originally posted by xpiher

    How is this game sandbox? 

     

    Simple - it isn't.

    There is just other than level-through-quests-or-killing-mobs progression which some people confuse for sandbox.

    I dont do quests to level............ You actualy dont even have to play to level. Just log in once a day (if vip) and set your skill.

    Killing of mobs over and over can be for both, but not just themepark.

    Do you play at all? Because you should have known you dont need quests to level.

  • bcbullybcbully Westland, MIPosts: 8,277Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Onomas
    Originally posted by Gdemami

     


    Originally posted by xpiher

    How is this game sandbox? 

     

    Simple - it isn't.

    There is just other than level-through-quests-or-killing-mobs progression which some people confuse for sandbox.

    I dont do quests to level............ You actualy dont even have to play to level. Just log in once a day (if vip) and set your skill.

    Killing of mobs over and over can be for both, but not just themepark.

    Do you play at all? Because you should have known you dont need quests to level.

    I don't think you even get XP for killing mobs.. Heeey he tried to pull a fast one.

  • GdemamiGdemami Beau VallonPosts: 7,865Member Uncommon


    Originally posted by GrayKodiakAs a long time eve player, and still a fan, I call B.S. of the first degree on that one.

    Fair enough, however EVE still will be having no progression.


    If you take away quests from WoW, Rift, etc., keep the end game content of those games and use it as base for leveling, you will get AoW.

  • SavageHorizonSavageHorizon ParisPosts: 2,075Member Uncommon

    Fuuny thing is that SnailGames don't promote Age Of Wushu/Wulin as their main flagship sandbox MMO that is coming later this year.

    Age Of Wushu is  great game but the best is yet to come from SnailGames.

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