For weeks now, I've been studying Lord of the Rings Online. Been playing it on and off for several days now. In the past I've played it with when I traveled. I had it on my cheap laptop because it could handle it on a lower end computers. Somehow I always seem to find it boring. But I always felt I haven't given it a fair shake.......This time was different, I really wanted to like it. I really wanted to get involved and find that community that everyone talks about. I had a vision this time to seek out other adventurers and do a little team work. It's what I like mmos for.
Really get involved!!
Well, this is what I found and I'll be honest.
First I'll start with my intentions. I'll play for free and get a good feel for the game. If things work out to level 20 I'll buy the Expansion Quad pack to get my Ruin Keeper (love healers) that I so desperately want to play. The Expansion Pack along with my class should get me far in the game, and at the same time I'll become a paid VIP member and never buy anything from the store..... By this you know I'm serious.
Anyway, on with LOTRO, I decided to create a Champion (melee class). I have to say, none of the available classes intrigued me. It's all good, I'll get my Ruin Keeper eventually.
Starting out in the Human area starter zone, I have to say the graphics could be the best I've ever played in an mmo with everything maxed out. The world is so beautiful and this would be really hard to dispute by anyone who had played the game recently....Holy Cow, really amazing ! Textures, lighting, draw distance and even character's, maybe not so much with animation but I don't care about that.
Because this is big on my list, I would like to talk about abilities. This is very disappointing, sure melee classes in most mmos are often slow out of the gate, but this Champion class could win a prize for boring. I have to agree with a YouTube reviewer on the Captain class I watched the other day. He says all abilities are the same. Well, same here, there all the same....This is how I set my action bar. You have abilities to build fervour and others that use fervour. At level 17 I had many, so I put my add fervour on one side and use fervour on the other side and simply spammed abilities, giving no thought what's so ever.....No need too, there basically just stabs !
Fighting, Let me start by saying nothing is important if the game is too easy. Weapons, Armor, Classes, Abilities, Trait points, no need for healers or tanks all this stuff and more is worthless if your health bar never goes down. I'll say it had gotten harder since I played two years ago, but its almost impossible to die. I would even go as far to say, I could open UI boxes and study things as mobs are beating on me. It truly is that easy !...At level 17, I easily took down a level 24 Goblin with at least 1/4th health left. To make matters worst, I decided to spend my Trait points on an AOE build and if I get mobbed by 5 or 6, they all go down together.
Let me say I actually love this game. The world is so peaceful, cities are alive with NPC's and the population at times are amazingly healthy. The game has Soooo much going for it, with so much to do. People are helpful in both world chat and my guild.
So Will I continue ?........ I would have to say no, sadly.......It's too easy....This should be an off-line game. NO REASION to group other than maybe end game. I do see max level players advertising, but to play to level 105 would be insane if you are in it for an mmo.
Would I recommend ?....... Yes, absolutely if your a solo player and like stress free games with others around you. It's just not an mmo !