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So far I'm liking what I'm seeing in this game. Three months of conquest and then a reset in the world but you get to keep your characters and move on to another conquest. The idea is unique and sounds like a fun game that I won't have to divorce my wife and sell my kids to get into.
That being said I have a few questions that I haven't seen answered. Forgive me if I'm asking old questions, or if I didn't look in the right place for the answers.
1) Is Archetype just another word for class? When I start, say a Myrmidon, then am I locked into being a minotaur tank, or are these, as the name suggests, just a starting point for your character?
2) Are Archetypes weapon locked? Can I be a Minotaur that wears light armor and carries a giant two handed warhammer? Can I make a human soldier who wears leather armor and carries a big shield and a spear? Sorry, but this part of SWTOR drives me crazy. I just want to play a Consular/Shadow Jedi who uses a single lightsaber, but nooooooo, if I want one lightsaber, then I'm locked into being a Sage or Knight.
3) Is there any kind of equipment granularity or is this game more of a skillset game where gear is vanity and doesn't provide any character benefits? I really prefer skill based games and that's what this seems to be on the surface. The archetype page doesn't provide any answers to that, it just shows some attributes and a bit of lore. Wheeee. I'm an EVE player, give me the numbers dammit!
4) If there is any gear stratifcation, then is gear going to be Bind on Equip or Bind on Pickup? As a ten year EVE veteran I always find myself rolling my eyes and sighing heavily every time I can't sell the sword I own to someone else for a price.
5) Following on to that question, what does the crafting system and economy look like? BoE/BoP games typically have dead economies except for craftable consumables like potions. If you can raid for the best sword in the game, then you never really need to buy a crafted sword so the majority of themepark games have stagnant economies. I understand that there's not raiding in this game, so equipment has to come from somewhere. I'm hoping it comes from a kick ass crafting system.
6) Following on to that question; is there going to be any type of gear degredation or gear loss? You can create the best crafting system in the world, but lets face it, if a player never needs to buy more than one sword, then the crafters will be busy for about a month, and then they can go back to playing EVE where people need new ships and equipment every day.
7) Is the combat going to be WildStar-esque twitch based dashing and double jumping, or is it going to be more grounded and realistic like Age of Conan's methodical combo system with brutal fatalities?
On a weird note: I'm a SCUBA diver, a boater, and a frequent flyer with tens of thousands of air miles. I've never been nauseous doing any of these things, even in the worst turbulence I ever experienced in a puddle jumper flying through a raging storm. It felt like we were on a pogo stick with wings, but I never felt ill.
Double Jumping, however, makes my head hurt and makes me want to vomit after just a few hours of play. Literally physically sick. I lasted about two nights in WildStar and then gave up. Not only that but the first time I see a centaur double jump and flip over in the air while wearing full plate armor and carrying a 100lb War Axe, then I'm out. Gameplay be damned.