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Our household (3 adults) decided on a whim to pre-order the game since there was a sale where it only cost $22, and we all felt like trying a new MMO. The other two members of the household are MMO veterans--longtime players of WoW, and we've all played GW2 and various other MMOs. None of us had terribly high expectations, what we'd heard was that the first 15 levels would be boring, and that the game was very traditional but well made. Personally, this was my first traditional MMO.
We all played for a few hours last night and this morning discussed our opinions. None of us are quite hooked yet--highest we've gotten is Level 7 (I know, we're slow)--but so far we really like what we've seen. The combat isn't as boring as people seem to be making it out to be, I'm actually having a lot of fun even with my very few Lv. 7 skills. There's a stupidly huge amount of boring quests to go through right at the start, but we knew that ahead of time and agree that the combat is worth doing a few quests right off the bat.
Game overall seems very polished. It runs beautifully, better than TERA, SWTOR or GW2 did on my computer. All the bells and whistles are there, no lag so far.
Only disappointment has been that the servers have been going down for maintenance--I think they're optimizing them because certain features are being overloaded--but the launch has overall been relatively smooth.