To start I don't want to bash the game, this an honest question.. This post is a little long
OK so here goes. I've been out of mmo gaming a few years. Recently I decided to.give it a go again. As a point of reference last time i played an MMO was guild wars 2 and stopped due to other real life matters right around the time heart of thorns launched. But at that time I was casual at best.
Anyway, a few weeks back I started looking to play an MMO again (note I have been following pantheon as I like Brad's vision for MMOs ie...(bEing true multi player and social). The three games I've narrowed it down to have been ESO, NEVERWINTER, and GW2.
I have friends playing ESO, and GW2, both kind of want me there, and I've always wanted to try Neverwinter as I wanted to explore dnd lore and the gameplay has always looked fun.
So out of those three I have played some Neverwinter, and some ESO (first timer for ESO). Neverwinter is proving fun but very linear, more so than I typically like. But the community is both friendly and helpful. And the combat is proving to be really well done. The story is decent, and the community says it gets even better later..
I've Held off on going back to GW2 for now.
Which leaves me with ESO.. So I picked up a box for this about 9 months ago. (Pre expansion). But didn't start playing, very casually for now, until a few weeks ago. Now while I have spent about 5 or 6 hours in game I've only reached level 12 as I've been exploring the new areas and being pulled around by the starting island quests.
So last night as I was running around I began wondering, when does the game become fun? I mean the world seems well developed, the story arcs are decent.. I did like the beginning part where I had to escape the afterlife.. But nothing so far after that has grabbed me, or hooked me enough to say, wow I want to play this game long term. I do see the potential of a lot of depth within the game. The openness of character development is nice, as is the big world, but while the world is big it seems rather lifeless, and static, and while the stories and quests seem well written, they seem slow and drawn out. Lastly is the combat. Out of the titles I've listed. The combat in ESO seems rather bland, and clunky.
So I'm here asking when does the game pick up speed and become fun? I still plan to stick around for a bit to keep trying it some more. But it's lacking the oompff of the other titles mentioned above.. One of my friends told me last night I need to leave the starter islands for it to get fun. I asked him shouldn't that be when the game really needs to grab your attention.. He agreed with me on that..that it is slow. And then wanted me to come to an area where he is out which apparently locked behind a paid content download. That's another matter entirely. Anyway unlogged out shortly afterwards. I did make it to the red guard capital.
So ESO players.. When does this game become fun? Im sorry if this seems critical of the game, but its an honest question. Thank you for honest answers you may give.