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Well, I had played the beta, and thought it had great potential... Graphics are awesome (if you have the hardware to run it.. I do :P) and the immersiveness is there.. excellent starting storyline.
At least untill you hit tortage... Let me explain myself a little.
I'm used to danger and ganks.. I have played Eve Online since Aug 03', and if you've experienced that game, you know it's generally for keeps. I've allways been on the lookout for a secondary MMO (something I can walk around in and immerse myself) and found one... SWG.. At least untill the CU hit (came back abit untill the NGE then swore of sony for eternity lol)... played a few beta's, got into WOW, and loved it... up untill the need to raid killed my love for that game (lvl 60 max at the time), Beta'd lotro (not impressed) beta'd POTBS (waaay watered down from original intent) and Beta'd AOC.
On one of my breaks from EVE, I chose to try out AOC again and see if it's matured. To it's credit, it has, and though I couldn't play it in DX10 (windows 7 RC issues and don't feel like switching drivers whenever I switch games) I enjoyed the first few levels immensely.
However, I feel a game like this really needs factions of a sort. I chose a rp/pvp server.. too bad RP isn't a part of it. I couldn't complete my quests or find enough other ppl interested in AOC to get a group together to enter the noob areas.. which are infested with lvl 22-25 characters who take immense pleasure in keeping me from spawning into /or escaping either white sands or the undercity noob trial areas. (undercity moreso). Aside from the immersion breaking "LOL PWNED" Leetspeak there is no sense of community.. more of a random solo game with no real goals... which wouldn't be bad, had it been designed abit more of a sandbox. During the Beta these areas were pvp only, and the ganking came later, when you weren't completely defenseless and crammed into the noob areas.
After a week of my trial, I'm now lvl 19, and still alone, except for the gankers. This isn't a /ragequit... I've played eve for years. But I have a need for a fantasy MMO with the right mix of reward vs time invested... the right mix of community vs solo. and for me, it seems to be WOW once again.
Sorry AOC, You didn't impress me.
*EDIT: Perhaps had I rolled on a non-pvp server, I might have stuck it out.. but I don't have the time or inclination to go through the entire trial again. If the noob isle had been gank-free I might have stuck it out, then been released into the real world knowing where my hotkeys were lol.