Been about 2 weeks playing often. played beta early on as well. sometimes in 30 minute bursts. others for hours at a time:
Pros: (IMHO, others may find these cons) 1. free flowing: no cinematics, no cutscenes 2. No quest hubs 3. No fast travel unless you wanna pay a heavy silver fee: i.e. get on a horse and trek it 4. Gear usage is free flowing: put on what you want, be what you want, anytime any place. 5. if you want it, you can make it, or buy it from the AH. AH is a bit pricey for T6 and onward. We'll see if prices go down 6. Grinding is a part of sandboxes for the most part: deal with it. (and no i dont want to hear about that 1 game long ago that was a sandbox but didnt have a grind) 7. Expeditions are a good source silver. If you don't like grinding them, go try a dungeon. If you dont like that, put on big boy pants and try a dungeon or roaming in a red/black zone. 8. huge equipment tree: you could go handcrossbow with a shield, wear plate chest, cloth helm and cloth shoes. Each kind of armor (leather, plate, cloth) has 3 slots for wearing, and each armor type has 6 different flavors. but you can mix and match different armor types and flavors. Same with weapons. limitless almost
Cons for me: 1. resource nodes are still a bit camped: i.e. a bit locusty what with ppl running to and fro harvesting 2. occasionally there are server blips and kicks. but you can rejoin back immediately. not too bad. 3. lag in some major cities.
all in all, if you dont like sandboxes, you will probably go to town on this game making fun of it. if you like sandboxes and almost limitless possibilities gearwise, you will have fun. if you want quest hubs, travel-guides in the form of autopathing or an arrow telling you where to go DO NOT BUY THIS GAME. If you want hand holding DO NOT BUY THIS GAME. If you like questing DO NOT BUY THIS GAME. If you want 4K graphics DO NOT BUY THIS GAME. If you like D2/D3, Titan Quest, or POE, you may like this game. (I enjoy those games, and am waiting for lineage eternal and lost ark. archeage fans may or may not like it due to the graphics being inferior to Archeage) If you like crafting, farming, pvp, roaming pve, dungeons, and death penalties, buy this game!
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