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Hey there MMORPG.com, first time poster here, long-time lurker (as usual). Nice to meet you!
Have been reading alot of things about MMO's recently, thanks to you guys pretty much. Before that, I've been oblivious to most MMO activity other than WoW pretty much, because WoW is what I've played since almost the beginning of its release. What I think about WoW is not really what this thread is about, but suffice to say, I don't really like it that much anymore... Haven't liked it since WotLK you could say. However, I'm one of two maintanks of my guild, and have been for a long time. They know me well, they trust me, they know what I can do - and I know them. We're friends. And that's the only reason I still play WoW. I highly doubt I'm the only one in this kind of situation.
But enough about that. Two days ago I tried Vanguard. Before that I had no idea that they had a free trial, or perhaps the game just never was "loud" enough. I never paid attention to it, until now that is, quite some years after its release.
This game, is the first fantasy game in years that has managed to CAPTIVATE me, if that's the word. I feel a sense of immersion. The world is absolutely huge, I can see it.
To be honest with you, I remember clearly that I had this very same feeling when I first tried Morrowind. Morrowind was the very first game I played that had a Huge world. A free world. Go and do anything you want, pretty much. It almost made me sick, believe that or not. I had never played anything similar before it, never before a game where I was presented a giant world where there were infinite possibilities. It was unreal, there were SO MANY places to go, so much stuff to do, it literally made feel uneasy. But I LOVED it. I absolutely love feeling that the game world is humongous, but also that you can really go anywhere you want
Vanguard, almost quite made me feel the same way. The difference however, is that Vanguard was made to be played by many. Morrowind was made to be played by one.
Imagine if a game like Vanguard had tons of subscribers. I personally think that this game is one of the most underrated MMO's out there right now. Or perhaps I'm blind and can't see the faults of the game just yet? Yes I know about the release, or I've read about it anyway. It was horrible. And now the amount of players is less than stellar because of it, I guess.
Maybe it's not as good as I think it is, right now, years after its release. Maybe I'm just trying to find something new to replace WoW. Yes, quite possible. But even if that's the case, the feeling that Vanguard gave me was something that other MMO's has failed to give. I have tried WAR, I was there on launch. Nothing like it. Tried EVE aswell, it was actually good, it gave a sense of epicness aswell - but it's not a fantasy medieval world. WoW? Not quite, but I liked the feel and controls alot. Aion? What a joke. There's no immersive feeling in that game to speak of.
I guess that's all I wanted to say. I just wanted to say really that Vanguard was surprising, not what I expected it to be. The reason why I tried it is because I saw quite a few posters in one of the threads saying that Vanguard (plus some more games) is underrated. I can see why now.
Also, a question: Is Everquest 2 anything similar to Vanguard at all? Does it have that feeling, does it have just as many options (or more)? Is the gameworld huge? Tons of options? Because I do know it has more subscribers, and that's good.
All it takes is one bad day.