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Started playing the beta yesterday after the login server SNAFU got fixed. For the first 6 hours or so, I really enjoyed it. I was pretty much going to pre-order when I was finished playing. But then it all went terrbily wrong....
I won't get into too many details about anything specific, not because i can't, but because it seems like a lot of these things were covered in other posts and reviews. One of the things that really started to irk me was not having much information on what anything meant. I would see stats on weapons that didn't really tell me what they did. Even some sort of a tooltip would have been nice. The compare items was a nice feature, but again... what exactly is bloom? It's not a big deal, but it was a little frustrating.
Not sure what happened, but I started having a ton of problems after going through the first few hours of play. The quests/found events were becoming very, very difficult. I would snipe a mob, and then 10 dudes would come running and just tear me a new one. Yes, I was upgrading my ego abilities and yes, I was upgrading my gear. I was doing just fine without any problems and then it just seemed like I was killing things that were WAY too deadly for my gear, or that I was doing content that should have been done in a group. Before the flames start.. no I am not an idiot. No this is not my first shooter, or MMO. I've been gaming a very long time. I was mostly curious if this was just something I noticed, or that someone could confirm that the content does indeed require at least a partner after the first 6-8 hours of play into new areas.
I didn't find any sort of bank storage anywhere. I am wondering if this is because there is none in the game, the beta doesn't have it, or that I needed to get to a bigger town. I would think that there would be storage somewhere as I found lots of the little metchant places and things like that, but nowhere did I see a place to store items. I also didn't see any sort of player auction house or something, and I wonder if this too was just something that wasn't in the beta.
As I saw mentioned all over the place, the UI does need a lot of work. If you have to go to google to figure out how to exit the game from the UI, that's really not a good start. The chat window being pretty much non-existant was also a problem for me. I don't do a lot of socializing, but I do like to see what questions people are asking, and what the answers are. It's a good way to learn new things, and to get information from people who have been playing the game previously, or just happen to know certain things from their own research. This was a major drawback for me.
I was also getting a lot of lag during a lot of my fights. Not sure if it was the server, or my own internet, or a combination. I also don't mind death penalties of some sort, but due to the seemingly overtuned mob packs I had to contend with, I took a LOT of deaths. Now, I know that this is a shooter, and that is expected, but really.. a LOT of deaths. I spent about 20% of my cash on hand just from a couple of quests. Seemed a little much to me, but again, maybe I was doing content I shouldn't have been doing solo. I'm also playing on the PC, and the default controls do seem a little off for me. Maybe I'd have had better luck playing on the xbox.