It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!
First some background:
Some of my earliest and fondest gaming memories are playing the Ultima games on my C-64. I believe that Ultima 2 was the first RPG that I “won”. I can remember sitting in my friend’s basement while the grass literally attacked us at the end of Ultima 3 (yes, that’s what we old folks called multiplayer games back then). Then the next trilogy with Ultimas 4-6 were simply incredible leaps forward for the computer RPG genre. I was also right on board with the launch of UO and gamed extensively on Atlantic and Catskills servers. Since that time I have become a huge consumer of all things related to computer RPGs and MMORPGs. I backed this game at a reasonable level that gave me access to the first 3 Episodes as some other goodies. Between discount codes and Kickstarter discounts it was only like $40 or so which seems like a pretty good deal. I am an almost reflexive Kickstarter backer, even though by now I should know better… there is always that unquenchable HOPE in the back of your mind. Just like Charlie Brown always thinks THIS time Lucy won’t pull the football away and he will kick it, I keep thinking THIS time a game is going to under promise and over deliver. Anyhow, what follows is a First Impressions of the Shroud of the Avatar Early Access (no wipe) launch.
The game starts with a very Ultima like intro. You are once again just a normal human from the “real world” who becomes aware of a parallel world and eventually gets sucked in. Initially you find yourself as an unmanifested “spirit” standing in this new world and talking to an NPC that welcomes you to the world. At this point a few things become apparent:
· The graphics are not cutting edge but they are fine. I have heard folks complain about them, but I’m not playing an RPG for the graphics. These do not detract from my experience so they get the job done.
· The UI is absolutely horrendous. Now I’m someone who cut his teeth on the earliest RPGs. I played ZORK. This contraption they put together is just, bad. Unfortunately, unlike graphics the UI really DOES have a negative impact on the game. It’s kind of a mishmash between clicking, hitting enter, finding the highlighted key words in the NPC text and typing them. When we talk about wanting a throwback game we mean the GOOD parts, not crap like this.
Anyhow, eventually we are directed to a mirror which (believe it or not) literally zones you to a new area where you can build your character’s looks. Nothing special here. Others have done it better, some have done it worse. It gets the job done. From there it’s down the road a bit to “The Oracle” who looks amazingly like a differently colored cousin of The Guardian from prior Ultimas. In this version though he seems to be combined with the Gypsies from the old Ultimas as he asks you a few moral dilemma questions (just 3) at which point he recommends a character type for you. Of course he also has a disclaimer that only 1 of the choices (Bow) is actually fully functional at this time. Some notes:
· The Guardian and Gypsie similarities at first seemed cool because it provided a link to what has come before. Unfortunately, both turned out to be pale imitations of their predecessors.
· No more Wipes and only 1 fully functional starting class? WTF?
"I should point out that no other company has shipped out a beta on a disc before this." - Official Mortal Online Lead Community Moderator
Starvault's reponse to criticism related to having a handful of players as the official "test" team for a supposed MMO: "We've just have another 10ish folk kind enough to voulenteer added tot the test team" (SIC) This explains much about the state of the game :-)
Proudly wearing the Harbinger badge since Dec 23, 2017.
Coined the phrase "Role-Playing a Development Team" January 2018
"Oddly Slap is the main reason I stay in these forums." - Mystichaze April 9th 2018
My ignore list finally has one occupant after 12 years. I am the strongest supporter of free speech on here, but free speech does not mean forced listening. Have fun my friend. Hope you find a new stalking target.