I just made a separate thread here, in the Rise of Agon MMORPG.com forums. Skip freely:https://forums.mmorpg.com/discussion/477574/just-tried-its-not-bad#latest
I felt this needs attention, so I came to the pub. A review of Darkfall is in order:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darkfall
* Open World and no instancing
* Supposedly deep crafting system; probably just onpar with dated expectations
* FFA PvP and (mostly, with few exceptions) full loot
* Mildly sandbox world; players conquer villages, can build houses, own deeds, etc.
* PvE: Small mob concentration, but high mob AI
* PvE: Inclues dungeons, as well various overland spawn camps
* Large main landmass with several islands
* Travel via ships, mounts, teleporters, magic and runes
* Six races and three factions
* Skill-based; no classes
* Ship and mounted combat (if i'm not mistaken)
* Semi-realistic stealth mechanics
* FPS-like combat (you have to aim at your opponent)
It's open world FFA PvP in a mildly sandbox world. It was the brain child of Aventurine Sa, as we all know, and we know how it ended. End of story. Close the book. Wait...
It's not over! The source code was purchased by Ub3rgames and Big Picture Games. Why did I never hear about this? How many others are like this and thought it was dead and gone?
Big Picture Games created Rise of Agon. Ub3rgames is responsible for New Dawn.
Rise of Agon:
They're both being actively updated. They're both commercial, so you'll ultimately want to pay for a subscription or premium service. Populations aren't large, but what can be expected for FFA PvP, full loot, aged graphics and lack of advertising? This is about the best a player of this niche can do, short of playing Camelot Unchained or Crowfall (when they come out), but I already expect them to be a repeat of most others, unless they plan to dramatically change the audience they're producing for.
I haven't yet played New Dawn, so my experiences are narrowly focused on Rise of Agon. What I can say is summarized in the link at the beginning of this post. However, I can say it has a 7 day trial period and the price per month for subbing is $9.99, and you get a 25% discount if you pay for 3 months. It's rare for me to see another player in my starting area, but I have seen a couple. The game is playable alone so far, and I'm several hours into it.
Please, if you're like me and played various PvP MMO's and on PvP servers for the numerous MMORPGs to sprout up over the past 20 years, don't pass this opportunity up. Don't be clever. We know it's in your blood to play these things. PvE alone can't do it because the rush isn't there. No risk. Won't do. Give it a try. No time to be choosy. There're not a lot of options unless you lower your expectations and play what amounts to carebear PvP and kid gloves.
Some links for the two below.
Rise of Agon at MMORPG.com:https://forums.mmorpg.com/categories/darkfall-rise-of-agon
Rise of Agon: Content Updatehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IduzUNk-Vig
Rise of Agon: (older) Getting started videoshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kGLYSRdCUE&list=PL8Np6hZ83rgz7sMCz7UdIg2q-Od9b_ysJ
Rise of Agon: Lets Playhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRvL6alsjGc
New Dawn at MMORPG.com:https://forums.mmorpg.com/categories/darkfall-new-dawn
New Dawn: Review by noobhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOVO-TxEka0
New Dawn: Unique MMORPGhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBfWs3-BCvU
New Dawn: Differences from RoA and other Darkfall variantshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka7X8Zogf20
Differences between RoA and ND:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gU09rmhhzkk