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So this weekend I download and play the AoC trial. Going through Tortage was actually one of the coolest starting experiences I've had in an MMO. Really enjoyed the storytelling of it, the plot itself, the sort-of-dialogue reminiscent of Dragon Age/Mass Effect, and the overall feel of the game. I even went to my local game store today while out running errands with plans to purchase a box copy, but found none so made plans to purchase online.
Well, then I finish the solo quest story and go into the Daytime mode, picking up some worthless low-level quests to do on the White Sands place.
Then I show up there (at level 13) and am immediately ganked by a pair of 18s just hanging around. Well, I'd heard about the nonsensical PvP-ganking that happens in AoC, so that wasn't unexpected. What I didn't expect was to spend the next 10 minutes getting repeatedly spawn ganked by pretty much anyone who was at least 3 levels higher than me.
Among my associates there is a stigma surrounding AoC players--that they are mostly a bunch of mouth-breathing asshat gankers. I don't really believe this is 100% true. My single-player experience in the game was great, Funcom did a fantastic job bringing a world to life and integrating entertaining and fast-paced gameplay with an interesting and dramatic story.
However, given my first 10 minutes in multiplayer, I'm having a hard time shaking the feeling that AoC is a fantastic game world populated solely by morons.
Someone please tell me the game isn't ruined by its players? I really liked the game itself, it would be a shame if it turned out to be a great online game--as long as you're not around other people.
NOTE: I have two EVE accounts and am not a stranger to getting ruthlessly ganked by other players, so don't bother telling me to "LRN2PVP". I'm just wanting to know if the game is even playable--as in my experience, it wasn't.
Currently playing: LOTRO, Guild Wars 2.
Have played: EVE Online; Champions Online; Age of Conan; City of Heroes/Villains; Star Wars Galaxies (pre-CU, pre-NGE); World of Warcraft (Vanilla to Cataclysm); Hellgate: London; Warhammer Online; Lord of the Rings Online; Vanguard: Saga of Heroes; Star Wars: The Old Republic
Wishlist: Mass Effect Online