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So I've been on this site for a long time, and I rarely post. Mostly, I read the rage and hatred and get a good laugh at work, because we all know how awesome the MMORPG.com community can be about things they are passionate about...either good or bad.. :P
That all being said, TSW did something to me that I just had to share. Its a game that I enjoy so much, I had to tell somebody about it. Who better than everybody here? If nothing else, it will give us all something to troll about for a few hours.
The game itself is fairly poor where animations, customization, and combat are concerned. In fact, I would rather go back and play WoW during some encounters because the combat is simply clunky and bland. It will likely be polished in coming patches, but right now, the combat is just not terribly enjoyable. In fact, I'd say it feels more dated than AOC, a game released 5 years ago by the same company. Go figure. The bugged quests also suck, but thats to be expected this early into release. Lets face it, what company has gotten all the quests right directly post release? I can't personally think of any, and I've been a part of every AAA MMO release since WoW.
Fortunately, those are my only 2 complaints I have with the game. The atmosphere feels alive and real, and there are moments during quests that I have actually asked myself "what the fuck is that?" The story is more well written than that of SW:TOR, a game with at least double the budget. The story leaves so much open for interpretation, and it shows the vivid realities of society, and the breakdown thereof. The atmosphere is mature so I feel like I am playing a game meant for me, rather than a child's game that tries to cater to adults (WoW). The graphics are extremely well done and they go with the atmosphere of the game extraordinarliy well, and the tesselation on surfaces is phenominal for an MMO. When they add the next graphics update in an upcoming patch, those with higher end cards will have even more to enjoy in that category. The sounds are fitting, and I'll be honest - I don't do horror games, at all, and although ths isn't a full blown horror game, there have been a few times I jumped a little bit. Call me a pussy, but there are moments that are very well thought out.
As a whole, I've never had more fun during an MMO release. Will I be playing a year down the road? Who knows - they announced monthly free content updates which will certainly allow them to maintain a decent player base. The game is large enough as far as map space is concerned to add a plethora of new content, but after all skills are maxed (likely take a few months for that to happen, minimum), Im not sure what kind of lasting appeal there will be unless new skills are added. Regardless, its a game that will definitely get me for at least 6 months. Well done, Funcom. 1 out of 3 on release isn't as bad as some, I suppose.