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Before I go spend 20 dollars.
I'm on the first day of my 14 day trial. But, that won't really give me a chance to see the side-content.
I'm really enjoying doing the missions so far, I turned off almost all the HUD...no quest markers (I turn those off in Skyrim too, the quest markers REALLY took out the immersion so much and made it follow the cookie crumb...luckily its easy to turn that off). Only HUD I have is HP and ability bar which I'll turn off when I learn the abilities in my mind. Chat, minimap and everything else is off...and that makes the experience really great
However, what I'm worried about is this is going to be like a Deus Ex type of game...just going from mission to mission and nothing else.
In WoW, there is achievements, collectibles (tons and tons of collectibles, mounts, toys, pets to collect). There is a huge crafting game inside WoW...while simple...is a lot more fun than realistic crafting MMOs. Its fun creating potions, floating carpets and all that...but the point isn't what I can make...but I have to find all the recipes so its kinda like a collecting game in its own. There is treasure to find through archeology
Or Skyrim with mods. I need to explore to find hidden treasure chests, explore to find secret items, explore to find books that I can read about lore. Tons of collectibles through mods.
Or FFXIV, TONS and TONS of side content...even more than WoW. Housing, collection stuff...so much...even collecting pets and mounts is a lot of fun.
I love MMOs that don't focus only on raids or PvP or endless questing (even though TSW has AMAZING story. Deus Ex had amazing story but the game sucked for me as it was just endless questing and nothing else). But I love all the side-content of MMOs and other games like modded Skyrim. If a game has no side content or very little, and no reason to get out in the world and explore I always end up getting bored super fast and moving on.
I'm not trying to rant about TSW as I know nothing about it except the setting, I just don't want to spend money (while the story IS amazing, I really love it thus far)...I only like games with side content. Or if no side content, at least games that give you a reason to get out and explore and not just endless questing, pvp and raids...that gets super boring for me.
My Skyrim, Fallout 4, Starbound and WoW + other game mods at MODDB: