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Graphics/UI - 6/10
The graphics is no where near amazing it just feels liek typical PWI graphics nothing too fancy and special. The UI settings is a little annoying at times because the Hotbars are not really customization as of right now. Or at least I can't seem to expand it or move it to the side.
Classes - 6/10
As of right now I feel like the difference in going down one tree vs another is very minimal I have two control mage at lvl 30 and with completely different paths but their dps/rotation and skill damage is almost identical. It doesn't feel like there is any reason to pick a particular path over another but for PvP for sure the hp related path becasue like I mentioned same amount of dmg but more hp! As for rogue, cleric, great weapon fighter, and guardian fighter I can't say much for but my friend says it is the same for Guardian Fighters.
I wish the paths actually matter more in the game like in DDO when you pick certain paths the way you play your character is completely different. Even WoW, Shadow Priest vs Holy priest vs Disc Priest.(bring in more variety and a reason to be not generic)
Community - 8/10
So far the people I have met are really nice and willing to help out when people are stuck. Haven't joined a guild but the Foundary playerbased dungeons is probably one of the best and interesting thing to play with. For the Foundary i don't know if the 199$ founder have more access to things they can do in Foundary but when I tried to make it I felt very limited. Finding a dungeon is not hard in this game becasue of the instant queue finder.
Gameplay - 8/10
Beside the minor bugs(beta) the overall gameplay is a very fun experience for friends that want to get together and just relax and play DnD and dungeon crawl and do not want to spend all the time setting up and making characters this is a easier choice than DDO. The only downside like I mentioned above is the lack of variety of classes. The game is very linear in the main story quest line like some people mentioned but to me that isn't that important becasue the story is what the community makes it to be in the future. Also, you are allowed to have a minion like in DDO and they don't count as a party member. +++
Cash Shop - 1/10
This is probably the only reason I wil not pla this game. Let's just start from the founder's package before we go into the ingame cash shops.
They are saying the value you are getting is going to be worth 549$ in the future so let's count the things you get.
1 race, 1 mount, 1 pet, 1 costume set, 12 extra inventory slot, foundary unlocked, founder's armor aura, guarantee rare lvl 60 weapon, moonstone access, adventurer's help pack, 1 respec token, mastercrafted item, 750k astral diamonds, vip beta access. 14 things benefits
divide that by 549 you get around 40$ per thing above. Now obviously not everything is the same price but are you kidding me, any item in the cash shop that is 40$ is ridiclous same reason why I quit Perfect World got sick of 50-60$ mounts.
Astral Diamonds - maybe someone can enlighten me but as of right now I believe the only way to "earn these are through praying". Earn I don't mean buy with gold or zen. For the people that haven't played the game Astral Diamonds is going to be the Auction House Currency. So the gold you have in game crap if you want to buy loots on the AH.
I don't know what the game is going to be like down the road. but I believe there cash shop is way messed up in the sense that this game is similar as hell to DDO. This one is just easier and more casual friendly than DDO. The cashshop in DDO completely reasonable but because of it I probably spent 100$+ on it but in Neverwinter it is like you buy a mount and you are broke...