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Just tried: It's not bad

Hawkaya399Hawkaya399 Member UncommonPosts: 558
edited November 2018 in Darkfall: Rise of Agon
Initially, I thoguht the original Darkfall was still going because someone on these forums offered Darkfall as a MMO to play. So I went to steam and discovered it has been dead for 2 years. I googled and further discovered there're now two companies which purchases the Darkfall source code. They're making two different versions of Darkfall.

So which one? Either Darkfall: New Dawn or Darkfall: Rise of Agon. I chose Rise of Agon (RoA) because it has a North American server and also because I read New Dawn is more like the original. My fear was New Dawn would either be on its death bed too (like the original) or its PvE would be worse. These were mere intuitions, not facts. Keep in mind I've always loved PvE in PvP MMO's and I feared the original DF would be more hostile to that.

I'm a longtime player of PvP MMO's. I started in 1999 on Rallos Zek in EQ. In 2001, I started playing on Sullon Zek in EQ (FFA PvP-no level limits). I also played UO and Shadowbane during that period of time. I favored the pre-Trammel versions of UO. I played various PvP MUDs and played Wurm Online on the Chaos server for several years (I probably will play it again someday). I've experienced every imaginable griefer subtype. I've long since made my peace with them. I always chuckle when someone complains about griefing, as if they expect to be treated with kid gloves and protected like a baby? Sorry carebears, I really am, but these MMO's are about giving us the freedom to do good and bad. If you can't stomach this, go elsewhere.

So anyway, what're my impressions so far after several hours of playtime? In the beginning, I had a tought time learning the interface and controls. It has a strange system--of which I'm unfamiliar--where I have to press a key to switch from combat to interface mode. I presume this is because the mouse buttons are primarily used for combat, not for entering mouselook mode--like in EQ. I hammered my way thorugh the confusion and here I am now just starting to get a real feel for it. It involves a lot of key presses. This can be good or bad, maybe it's a sacrifice for how this game is played in combat. Either way, I think I'm slowly getting familiar with it.

Quests/Tasks
Quests are awkward. I just now discovered I can't find a toplevel listing of my active quests. Not even a polished journal like in the old rpg Morrowind. The closest thing to a journal is a chat tab showing all of the quest text. There IS a journal, but it's for tasks. Yes, this is confusing. Tasks and quests? They're similar, but unsimilar. For some, this might be unbearable, but I come from a long history of RPGs and MMO's, of many calibres and flavors, so this isn't something I can't tolerate.

Combat
Combat involves making sure you're wielding your weapon and then you click with your mouse to hit your target. There's no clicking to target in this game, like in EQ or EQ2. Instead, you have to aim at your enemy. Your aim doesn't have to be perfect, but you will miss if you're in the opposite direction. Generally, you're going to hotkey combat skills, instead of clicking them on a hotbar. Admittedly, this has been a pain for me, since I'm more familiar wiht using the mouse. My keyboard configuration is becoming a slow nightmare, as my one hand has to juggle 20+ hotkeys in a timely manner. My either hand is occupied by the mouse. A fluid gameplay is so far possible, but I can't imagine how it'll pass if several more hotkeys are needed. Thus far, there's a lot of healing in the combat and being swarmed. Because this game isn't class based, players are hybrids. So it's not a trouble for a fighter or archer to be healing or casting spells.

Graphics are maybe 7 to 10 years old. For me this is easily acceptable. I still play very old games from the gog website (good old games). Graphics have generally never bothered me, as how a game plays is more important. Furthermore, my i3-8100 is not accompanied by a discrete GPU, so I really wouldn't want anything more. My fps hovers around 15 to 40 and this is permitting a playable game.

For traveling and finding things, there're a couple points to make. It's an open world. There's a minimap labeling nearby NPCs and/or important places (but not monsters). The full map is capable of showing everything. It has a search field, so I can type "shaman" and it'll light up with monsters with this in their name. I can also type "dungeon" and it'll show all the dungeons in the game. For some people, this will be a very welcome feature. I'm not a fan of it, but it does mean less jumping over to 3rd party websites if you're the type of player who wants to google everything or likes to use walkthroughs. It also shows the teleporters on the map. These're different from the runes you can use with magic. The runes work like they do in UO. You can set a rune to a particular place and then recall there. The teleporters on the map are linked in pairs and there's a set number of them. To use them you must travel to them, so they're just an additioned way to fast travel. There're mounts and there's a spell  to move faster/jump faster. You can also recall to your capital, house or bindpoint. In terms of travel, Rise of Agon is much more convenient than New Dawn.

Lastly, I'll post this video, which explores the differences between Rise of Agon and New Dawn:

Key points:
* New Dawn has local banking and less convenient travel
* New Dawn has more role specialization
* Rise of Agon has more competitive/frequent PvP
* New Dawn is more like hte original Darkfall: Unholy Wars

They both look interesting to me. I might try New Dawn if I continue to play RoA. But no NA server bothers me. Both are being updated frequently. They're not dead, contrary to what some say. Thanks for reading.
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Comments

  • Hawkaya399Hawkaya399 Member UncommonPosts: 558
    edited November 2018
    I want to make a correction to the above. There IS a top level listing of active quests. I mixed up the "Journal Togg'e" hotkey with the actual journal. They should rename it to "Tasks Toggle". The other one is named "Journal Window" or something. The game definitely has problems in various other places and the quest listing is not by any means smooth going. It feels like an old browser page when using it. It shows all the quests and the preview text, so I can't say its function is missing.

    Despite all that, I've been having a lot of fun exploring, doing quests and tasks. I'm aware someone else could come by and kill me and loot my stuff, but that's normal for the sort of games I've played in the past. I'm keeping most of my gold in the bank. Yet that's what I WANT--PvP risk! I love playing PvE with that element always in play. I've never understood people who can only complain about it. For all the things people say make Darkfall bad or unplayable, I keep finding reasons to make this variant good and playable.

    There're a few things I enjoy lately. I enjoy archery. While aiming doesn't require exactness, it's close enough, since the creatures are always moving. You don't just stand in one place. This game requires continual movement. And since the latest patch will revert to the archery skills, it's an important boost to its usefulness versus magic casting. I enjoy how I can combine magic and melee and be a hybrid. I enjoy finding new things. For example, some of the streams in the game have a current. I've never seen that before in a game. Lots of players say the combat is skill-based compared to other games. I'm not sure that's true, but it does seem to require more hand-eye coordination.
  • NiburuNiburu Member UncommonPosts: 402
    Darkfall: New Dawn is the one that is much more different from the original Darkfall Online (Darkfall: Unholy Wars was the sequel to Darkfall Online and is offline)

    Darkfall: New Dawn focuses not only on combat but tried to give more meaning to everything and promote local warfare and specialization. However the Devs abandoned it in summer 2018 and it sees no development atm. Future doesnt look good for it.

  • UgurzuUgurzu Member UncommonPosts: 4
    edited May 12
    While the changes in RoA have lessened the grind on surface it's still a long winded grind to  hit 120 in all attributes. The higher your attributes the less +1 bottles are dropping.
    But 120 in all attributes isn't even half the story.
     Whacking rocks for hours and days and weeks to be able to craft high end gear and not just rocks, trees, bushes.
    It's a non-community of newbie killers.
    Grind for the win, no skill required.
    It's a pointless game for people who don't have a life, typically teens.
    I'd recommend to stay away from it as far as you can.
    Oh yeah, the population is really low, because of the hostile attitude and constant bickering in chat.
    There's an on screen message when someone captures a village.
    It's always the same 3 people.
    RoA is dead and for good reason.
    I won't even get into details on all the bugs and glitches.
    Fallout76 is a bad and buggy game but this game is even worse.
    Idk if you can even call it a game. It's just grind, pointless grind.
    The biggest joke tbh is that if you're not a subscriber you can't access the "improved bank list tab". And even that is done half assed.
    Mob AI can see through walls and has eyes in the back and and speedrun while you can't. If the PvE part was entertaining but it's just a boring grind.
    And PvP unless you're fully skilled out in end tier weapons and armor you'll get griefed on your way to that goal. Becoming competitive is a 6+ month grind.
    I mean WTF. Forget about this game. It's not worth your time.
    Ancient_Exile
  • Ancient_ExileAncient_Exile Member RarePosts: 1,303
    Initially, I thoguht the original Darkfall was still going because someone on these forums offered Darkfall as a MMO to play. So I went to steam and discovered it has been dead for 2 years. I googled and further discovered there're now two companies which purchases the Darkfall source code. They're making two different versions of Darkfall.

    So which one? Either Darkfall: New Dawn or Darkfall: Rise of Agon. I chose Rise of Agon (RoA) because it has a North American server and also because I read New Dawn is more like the original. My fear was New Dawn would either be on its death bed too (like the original) or its PvE would be worse. These were mere intuitions, not facts. Keep in mind I've always loved PvE in PvP MMO's and I feared the original DF would be more hostile to that.

    I'm a longtime player of PvP MMO's. I started in 1999 on Rallos Zek in EQ. In 2001, I started playing on Sullon Zek in EQ (FFA PvP-no level limits). I also played UO and Shadowbane during that period of time. I favored the pre-Trammel versions of UO. I played various PvP MUDs and played Wurm Online on the Chaos server for several years (I probably will play it again someday). I've experienced every imaginable griefer subtype. I've long since made my peace with them. I always chuckle when someone complains about griefing, as if they expect to be treated with kid gloves and protected like a baby? Sorry carebears, I really am, but these MMO's are about giving us the freedom to do good and bad. If you can't stomach this, go elsewhere.

    So anyway, what're my impressions so far after several hours of playtime? In the beginning, I had a tought time learning the interface and controls. It has a strange system--of which I'm unfamiliar--where I have to press a key to switch from combat to interface mode. I presume this is because the mouse buttons are primarily used for combat, not for entering mouselook mode--like in EQ. I hammered my way thorugh the confusion and here I am now just starting to get a real feel for it. It involves a lot of key presses. This can be good or bad, maybe it's a sacrifice for how this game is played in combat. Either way, I think I'm slowly getting familiar with it.

    Quests/Tasks
    Quests are awkward. I just now discovered I can't find a toplevel listing of my active quests. Not even a polished journal like in the old rpg Morrowind. The closest thing to a journal is a chat tab showing all of the quest text. There IS a journal, but it's for tasks. Yes, this is confusing. Tasks and quests? They're similar, but unsimilar. For some, this might be unbearable, but I come from a long history of RPGs and MMO's, of many calibres and flavors, so this isn't something I can't tolerate.

    Combat
    Combat involves making sure you're wielding your weapon and then you click with your mouse to hit your target. There's no clicking to target in this game, like in EQ or EQ2. Instead, you have to aim at your enemy. Your aim doesn't have to be perfect, but you will miss if you're in the opposite direction. Generally, you're going to hotkey combat skills, instead of clicking them on a hotbar. Admittedly, this has been a pain for me, since I'm more familiar wiht using the mouse. My keyboard configuration is becoming a slow nightmare, as my one hand has to juggle 20+ hotkeys in a timely manner. My either hand is occupied by the mouse. A fluid gameplay is so far possible, but I can't imagine how it'll pass if several more hotkeys are needed. Thus far, there's a lot of healing in the combat and being swarmed. Because this game isn't class based, players are hybrids. So it's not a trouble for a fighter or archer to be healing or casting spells.

    Graphics are maybe 7 to 10 years old. For me this is easily acceptable. I still play very old games from the gog website (good old games). Graphics have generally never bothered me, as how a game plays is more important. Furthermore, my i3-8100 is not accompanied by a discrete GPU, so I really wouldn't want anything more. My fps hovers around 15 to 40 and this is permitting a playable game.

    For traveling and finding things, there're a couple points to make. It's an open world. There's a minimap labeling nearby NPCs and/or important places (but not monsters). The full map is capable of showing everything. It has a search field, so I can type "shaman" and it'll light up with monsters with this in their name. I can also type "dungeon" and it'll show all the dungeons in the game. For some people, this will be a very welcome feature. I'm not a fan of it, but it does mean less jumping over to 3rd party websites if you're the type of player who wants to google everything or likes to use walkthroughs. It also shows the teleporters on the map. These're different from the runes you can use with magic. The runes work like they do in UO. You can set a rune to a particular place and then recall there. The teleporters on the map are linked in pairs and there's a set number of them. To use them you must travel to them, so they're just an additioned way to fast travel. There're mounts and there's a spell  to move faster/jump faster. You can also recall to your capital, house or bindpoint. In terms of travel, Rise of Agon is much more convenient than New Dawn.

    Lastly, I'll post this video, which explores the differences between Rise of Agon and New Dawn:

    Key points:
    * New Dawn has local banking and less convenient travel
    * New Dawn has more role specialization
    * Rise of Agon has more competitive/frequent PvP
    * New Dawn is more like hte original Darkfall: Unholy Wars

    They both look interesting to me. I might try New Dawn if I continue to play RoA. But no NA server bothers me. Both are being updated frequently. They're not dead, contrary to what some say. Thanks for reading.

    "I always chuckle when someone complains about griefing, as if they expect to be treated with kid gloves and protected like a baby? Sorry carebears, I really am, but these MMO's are about giving us the freedom to do good and bad. If you can't stomach this, go elsewhere." - Hawkaya399

    Were the people who eventually decided to make laws, systems of justice, and the possibility of consequences/punishments for breaking laws/committing crimes in a civilized society Babies and Care Bears?  Just asking.
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