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Let me preface this by saying I have never played Star Wars Galaxies or Ultima Online but have played (in some cases at a very competitive level) almost all AAAs in recent years.
This game needs attention. I mean that in every sense.
Yes it needs work (it is in Alpha after all). It has its bugs and kinks which anyone playing it will tell you. Those same people, however, will still tell you to play and support something special that's being developed here.
I paid my $15 out of boredom. Honestly. I've played through ArcheAge's money-grab, WoW's Pandaness, Wushu's P2W, SWTOR's Illum (BAHAHA) and F2P restrictions, FFX14's casual-gamers-come-cosplayers.
I have officially given up on MMOs.
I've given up looking for a long-term MMO home. Now I'm just looking for something that will fill a void like a kebab after a drunken night, or going home that night with the (2 out of 10) rotund *lady*.
It's shameful but I could list countless more games than listed above, but then I'd be embarrassing myself. More.
So I log in, graphics are meh and I'm already experiencing frame drops in the starter zone, but I've got the weekend and I'm determined to get my $15 worth.
Did a few fetch quests, meh. Did a bit of combat, meh. Read a bit of the chat, nice community, talked to a few people.
Pressed 'G' in the game. Mind blown.
This is the in-game-database offering hints, list of recipes available, components required for those crafted recipes, and detailing skills you can acquire in the game. Doesn't sound like much? Take a look yourself.
For the sake of my own sanity I wont begin to even try and count how many skills you can learn. It's a lot. OK, it's googolplexian. The diversity is mind-blowing.
With this in mind, I realize I need a strategy. So I decide to focus on my Flame-thrower and Grenades as weapons of choice.
Meet a guy with +750 skill in taming (considering I'm at level 50 after a day of concentrated farming and the cap for all skills is 60000 afaik) and he whips out his 6-legged-predator-lookalike mount. I'm freakin jelly.
New plan. I want to be a Grand Master Beast Tamer.
Meet a guy that has focused on Robotics and Bio-Engineering and he whips out his combat Medbots, turrets and some freakish-looking bio-engineered pets. I'm freakin jelly.
New plan. I want to be a Grand Master Robotics Engineer.
I later get invited to, and given a guided tour of, a defended player-made city (yes city). Complete with player-mountable siege turrets to defend against invasion, crafting stations, shop NPC's, assault course and even racing track. It also has an underground bunker the size of Azeroth.
Is this the answer to my MMO-woes? I don't know. Do I see enough potential in the game, activity in the devs, a good community to get excited about? I think you know the answer.
People keep talking about their SWG experiences and likening them to what they're seeing develop here. Makes me sad I never played SWG but also happy to be watching this game develop into something f*cking epic.