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Yesterday I gave UWO a try out of sheer desperation for something different. I knew close to nothing about the game other than the brief synopsis they give on the web site.
During the installation I saw they use GameGuard. What a piece of junk, borderline virus, "software". I remember from my Lineage 2 days how useless it was at stopping third party software. I noticed it hasn't gotten any better either.
Character creation allows you to pick a goofy looking fat dude. LOL! I couldn't help myself. I picked maritime as my profession. I went through all the beginner schools. Naval combat was different enough from the traditional mmorpg that I enjoyed it a lot. Adventure doesn't appeal to me so far. From what the tutorial explains it involves going to a particular spot on the map, use Observe skill and voila. Trade does seem interesting. I actually did quite a bit of it during my first day. It works well with maritime for me since I can just kill any NPC's I pass on a trade route.
What sticks out in my mind most are the weather effects at sea and things that will beleaguered your ships' crew. During my first voyage out to sea after the beginner schools, I underestimated the amount of food and water needed and how fast time passed. Suddenly a message pops up that says my crew has scurvy. That's awesome! Not too long after I got stuck in a hurricane and it broke my sails. That was frustrating but at the same time pretty cool.
I have not begun crafting yet. I don't know where to begin.
PvP seems very limited and only in certain areas. Not to mention that they sell ships and parts in the cash shop so it's probably pay to win.
I haven't joined a "guild" or whatever UWO calls it. Is this a solo oriented game or are groups actually useful beyond another chat channel?
For what it's worth, UWO is interesting enough for me to play past the first day, an accomplishment many of the recent so called "AAA" mmorpg's failed to do.
There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke, though the wit thereof he but dimly discerns, and more than suspects that the joke is at nobody's expense but his own.
-- Herman Melville