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My 2 cents are this is a great game.....and Im running it on an old machine.
2 gig ram
Things run fine. In the Bata I ran the game on High Performance but since prre-release Ive been able to run it on Balanced and Im having a great time. There are so many choices and options in the game and so much to do that I hardly feel the drive to madly level up to get the next best thing.
Just started playing Vanguard...and i still dont know what to expect.
The 1st thing to trouble me is the performance of my pc.
It may not be a top edge machine but i play all other games (incl L2, Wow , EQIIant others) without absolutely any probs.
It seems there must be something with my conf cause all aspects are better than the recomended system from sony.
In addition it seems to be a lil more advanced EQII edition rather than a new game.
Even the create a char page is the same.
I think im gonna give it a try for a few more lvls to see how it goes and what aspects are patched, but i ll proly return to L2 (yeah i dont mind PvP in every day gaming life :P)!! However i really hope they ll impress me cause im rather bored of most mmorpgs out there!
Originally posted by hadjo Just started playing Vanguard...and i still dont know what to expect.The 1st thing to trouble me is the performance of my pc. It may not be a top edge machine but i play all other games (incl L2, Wow , EQIIant others) without absolutely any probs.It seems there must be something with my conf cause all aspects are better than the recomended system from sony.In addition it seems to be a lil more advanced EQII edition rather than a new game.Even the create a char page is the same.I think im gonna give it a try for a few more lvls to see how it goes and what aspects are patched, but i ll proly return to L2 (yeah i dont mind PvP in every day gaming life :P)!! However i really hope they ll impress me cause im rather bored of most mmorpgs out there!
Just to point out the reason for Vanguard being 'like' EQ2 because it at the core it is: Sigil (well they were techally still SOE at the time) started EQ2 as EQ's sequal however when WoW exploded the market SOE wanted to push EQ2 to be more WoW-like to get that chunk of the market, some didn't like that idea as the game wasn't being made as intended so some of the team dropped and Sigil was formed to restart 'EQ2' anew and make it the way THEY wanted it, unfortunatly Mircosft was trying to push Sigil into doing what they wanted like SOE did, so Sigil dropped from MS and got picked up by SOE again but this time under probly a very large 'hands of my game' stip, as far as we know it's been held up ok, some of the SOE dev teams were brought in to help meet the deadline SOE put in however as far as we know SOE havn't touched the game itself so far, just mucked about with the server side...
Bring on the WARRRRGGHH!
Originally posted by Tiliqua Very weak review. At best Carolyn is a newbie mmo gamer, at worst she is in the pockets of the devs.
Originally posted by Naazir Originally posted by Hapache Vulmane ranger
"God, please help us sinful children of Ivalice.."
I enjoyed the review.
I am having a blast with the game. It is awesome. I have enjoyed it since I started and have my computer set to high performance or highest depending on what I feel like because I am not a real fan of the way graphics look today. I am much more interested in the game and have had a blast. I spent pretty much a full day working on just my crafting and another on diplomacy. It is because it might be boring to some it is not any worse to me than any grinding for adventuring levels. I have experienced some of the bad stuff but add it together and still better in my eyes compared to what I had when WoW came out.
People can come in and bash and say this and that. I enjoyed reading the authors' first look experiences. Had more than me. I have had 3 different characters. Had too much fun playing through the diplomacy quests and doing the harvesting/crafting to play much else.
This is the first MMO I have pre-ordered since WoW. I am having fun but can understand why others would not or would want to wait. Just hope I have this fun for a long time. I figure this game is going to take me a while to reach the high levels unlike WoW.
Originally posted by Naazir It's kinda strange hearing you guys say this is going to be such a great game, just not yet. If you KNOW it will be (or at least strongly suggest it will be), then what's the problem with playing it now? What's wrong with encouraging others to play it now? If a little revenue is all it takes to get this game shining, why not sign up and be there for the shine?I dunno, perhaps I read your messages with the wrong tone or something. If I "knew" this was going to be the great game I was hoping for, I'd be more inclined to discuss that, give examples of why and how, then sound negative about how it came out 6 months early. To see if it really gives me back the challenge that EQ was without the tedium.This is all i'm asking for in a game. Bring back the good of EQ without the bad. Tall order to fill I know. I'll keep my hopes up and try game after game till someone does it though. Including Vanguard.-Naaz.
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Waiting for something fresh to arrive on the MMO scene...
Biggest Obstical this game has to overcome for me to try it out? Three letters.......SOE
Originally posted by DocOctane Biggest Obstical this game has to overcome for me to try it out? Three letters.......SOE
Originally posted by wilcoxon 1- It is nowhere near ready for release.2- This was true the final day of beta - as I have not bought the final game, I can't say if they actually managed to fix this issue (though I tend to doubt they fixed it in a week when it existed throughout beta).
Kojani Bard here... and loving every minute of the game.
I give every game a shot, and this is the first one in a while that I look forward to playing every evening while I'm sitting at work. The world is huge, the options are amazing, crafting is deeper than any other game, and the diplomacy card game is adicting.
Hobbit Burglar at your service
Originally posted by Naazir 2- You can't say if they managed to fix this issue but you are ready to bash them anyway? Did you catch the part about Vanguard being able to remove the debugging code now that beta is over which improved performance all on it's own, never mind whatever last minute tweaks and changes they added?-Naaz.
The removal of the debugging code has made a huge difference in game performance. During beta, I was able to run on highest quality settings in the less populated and get 60+ FPS. Once in town, I had to drop down to 'Balanced' and I'd get around 30 FPS.
In release, I'm at 'Highest Quality' all the time with 70+ FPS in the wild, and 50+ in the largest cities with tons of PCs and NPCs around.
Good "preview." Most of the annoyingly snobbish mmo critics who just love to rag on every new game, failed to acknowledge that this was a "preview" and that the "previewer" was obviously going on about 3-4 days of exp- max. To call this propaganda is flat-out insulting to the writer, and further proof that there's always an mmo'er (or 1000) out there somewhere, willing to act like they know more/better than you.
I've criticized bad reviews, most recently the MxO re-review, but I'm with whoever said "if this is GOING to be such a good game" and only missing a little revenue and patching, WTH are you talking about?
Originally posted by Rattrap Yet another , biased semi propagandal preview.Let me give you the real deal Vanguard is released 6 months before it is ready.Is it a good MMO , it is.... If you liked original EQ combined with bit of WoWish flavor. Actually so many things of original EQ made crossover to Vanguard.The world is big, huge. But also not as well fleshed out like let say WoW or EQ2. You will feel very generic , randomly placed monsters and generally uninteresting locations.However Vanguard is home of potentional. And will easily become the best hack&slash fantasy mmo in years to come.Reviewer also forgets to mention how greatly unoptimised game engine is. And how playing the game on any but top of the line PCs equals frustration. So my advice is Vanguard will be great game when it is "really" ready to release , and if by then you purchase new PC - You will be in for a treat
I run the game with pretty much the minimum requirements: P4 2.4ghz, 1gb ram, 6200 vcard-256mb
The game is running very well for me. I don't believe it takes a top of the line computer to run the game, but it does seem to pick and choose certain systems it doesn't like. I hear of people with top of the line puters having the same problems as peeps with low end systems.
1. Graphically, a very excellant game if you have the hardware to run it.
2. Everquest clone and even the font is the same.,.
3. Game engine optimization is a ways off, and for those f you that played the SWG failure, the transfer from one zone to the other will not get seamless IMHO.
4. Like most games in the industry, except 9 dragons, XP hits for each progressive level get worse, can someone please break the mold and do something diffrent.
5. Gameplay, not too bad if you like partying, sharing and taking forever to level in a group enviroment, XP slows to a crawl when groupped, what takes 1 hour solo takes 3 hours or more groupped, no bonus for groups.
6. Questing is very efficent, even waypoints on your map to the location of the quest giver and quest itself.
7. Economy in the game reminds me of WOW before the farmers came, which i am sure is coming .
8. Getting mounts at lvl 10 is the kewlest thing i have seen in the game. at least you dont have to wait till 40 to ride across the massive maps.
9. Collision in the game is not working correctly, and im not sure that it won't seeing that the model works like SWG did, Placeable houses, and we remeber the problemn with that after players realized they were testing something that willl eventually fail with SONY breathing on it.
10. The bugs in the game are the same as the ones i saw in final beta, it seems that rushing the product to market is more important that quality.
I truely thought that Sigil would do better after all the hype, but i was wrong, just like their partners SONY, it seems that the almighty dollar is more important than Quality, the game IMO has been released way tooo early and the bugs are utterly embarrasing for a Software company of the magnitude. I for one don't feel like playing another "SONY" game for 2-3 years before it reaches final status, so cancelling my subscription early will save me the trouble that SWG did, STRIKE 3 SONY,,,,,,,
For those of you that are tired of WOW, grab ya a digital download for the generic 49.95, pay ya 15 a month and BetaTest another game for 2 years while Sigil and Sony get paid, lol, i choose to pass.
For those that read this and say , "if you dont like it play something else", ,,,, Already ahead of you, i paid my 49.95 to beta test for 2 weeks, and now its time to move along, sorry i spent the money on this everquest Clone. Darkfall is coming and it has the game model of a game i WANT to play, crafting, graphics, balance, sandbox skills, no levels,,, If it makes it to beta..
At this point , and i have been gaming since Apogee games, SONY has "ruined" the image of the gameing community by passing off cheap, unfinished products of inferior quality and will continue to do so as long as everyone keeps playing them, There is a great disturbance in the force and SONY is it..
Originally posted by mix2pix I played the adventuring path the first night and got to level 8. Similar to most mmo's where you can get to around 8 or so in one 4/5 hour session of play. I'm now level 12 and have found questing to be a much better way to level than grinding. So, at least until level 12 where I am, I recommend quests as you will waste a lot of time if you just grind. I think this has been done on purpose to promote questing vs. grinding. Good idea if you ask me. Grouping has been fun and challenging. Ask anyone who has tried the "Stronghold" quests for the first time. I bet everyone has taken a dirt nap thinking they are just going to run through it like some other games I won't mention. Diplomacy is pretty addicting once you figure it out. I've played about 5 hours of diplomacy without the need to be above level 1 in adventuring so for me, adventuring, crafting, and diplomacy have been independent of each other. Not a big fan of crafting yet. It's just boring to me.Other things I like: - Death penalty brings back the days of actually having to pay attention and caring about yourself and others while adventuring. However, the tedium of EQ has been fixed with the multiple ways of getting your stuff back. Well done.- Mounts can be purchased early on. At my level, I already have a horse that has 39% speed increase. Nice.- Starting continents are very unique and, so far, appears that the replay value may be very good already.- in-game email, broker (auction house), and LFG tools already built in- Player models are larger than EQ2 and the ability to show off your new equipment is more comparable to WoW. Big plus.- You can cast spells and perform skills while moving. Nice feature and may add some more strat options in boss and end-game content. - Action and reaction spell and skill chains look like they'll be more exciting than that of EQ2. I'm having fun with them anyway.- Graphics are top notch. Not as Artsy as WoW but better than EQ1 and 2. Some aspects better than WoW. Things I don't like:- Server stability is still an issue but they are working hard on it. It's much better than Beta but still needs a little work.- Yes, there are some graphic issues and bizarre things here and there but they will be fixed.- Some of the quests are broken- Some pathing issues- Ship/Boat system not working- The game supposedly came out today but no one seems to have them. I pre-ordered from Best Buy and they didn't have one copy today Even though Vanguard is not a innovation is gaming, I thing they have successfully raised the bar a bit. Now thats a review worth reading!!explains all the positive & negatives & it answered more of my questions then all the vangaurd googles i have done put together.Thanks buddy.
Originally posted by Vindictiiv Don't buy it. I made that mistake and now own a game I wont be able to play until they fix it. It runs like crap on the very best hardware and anyone who tells you differently is full of crap. I have a P4 3Ghz with 2 G DDR400 and a 512 GeForce 7600GS, - not a bad system and I get 5 FPS. The reviewer obviously played on some insane hardware to not even mention the performance issues. Either that or they just flat out lied. The game will be nice when its ready but it's nothing new, all the standard MMO fare, it's not ground breaking or anything special. I'd just wait something better will probably come along meantime.