RIP Philo

LOR Online

God help me, but I might just play this one.
Permalink son of parnas 
March 7th, 2007 11:48pm
"Lor" was Data's evil "brother" on Star Trek.  Lord of the Rings is "LOTR".

Pardon me while I go play with my Star Wars commemorative toys now...
March 8th, 2007 9:39am
I got an invite to the stress test, but I was getting into Vanguard. I still got the account and let a buddy from work give it a go. He liked it, but he's still into WoW.

One cool thing I read on the LotR presale boxes... you can play as a monster.

Vanguard is really nice though. If you decide to do it instead, let me know.
Permalink Send private email JoC 
March 8th, 2007 9:44am
I was/am in the BETA.

Pretty good game. Well polished, a rarity in MMOs. Not terribly hardcore. Decent graphics. Minimum ass-hatery due to a lack of PvP.

Nonetheless, I didn't grab me. I think WoW wrecked it for me.
Permalink Kepala Kelapa 
March 8th, 2007 10:27am
As a former WoW player, I can say that Vanguard whips its ass.
Permalink Send private email JoC 
March 8th, 2007 11:48am
The word on the street is Vanguard is a bug ridden PoS with insane HW requirements.

I take it you've found different?
Permalink Kepala Kelapa 
March 8th, 2007 12:12pm
Perhaps JoS has insane hardware...
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
March 8th, 2007 12:12pm
I meant JoC -- JoC has insane hardware...
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
March 8th, 2007 12:13pm
Could be.

I'd love to hear of another good MMO. LOTR didn't do it for me and I'm done with WoW. If it's not Vanguard, I'm waiting for WAR, which ain't coming out until the end of the year.

And lord knows I don't want to do anything productive for the next 10 months!!
Permalink Kepala Kelapa 
March 8th, 2007 12:19pm
"Perhaps JoS has insane hardware..."

Freudian? *snicker*

It is true that Sony published a Beta product with Vanguard. There was a major patch yesterday that gave it quite the polish.

As far as bugs, I have run into two. Actually, one I specifically did not run into, which was a problem because it was the ground. I fell right through and into what can only be described as a seemingly vast ocean of sky. I eventually landed on more sky though and it teleported me back to a suitable location. The other was a quest that would not complete.

Those two are both pretty normal for an MMO less than 2 months into a launch. Overall, I thought it was lacking polish, but the recent update shows they are going to be taking care of that.

I'd estimate it to have 10x the 'depth' of WoW.

I started a halfling ranger and did some level rushing since there was 2x XP over the weekend. Sunday night, I slowed down and started to do diplomacy. The conversations had during all that tied what I had been cutting my way through to a more realistic world. Kinda pleasant, even for someone who is just fine with killing a wolf for the sake of killing a wolf.

Crafting is a repetitive affair, but the repetition is a bit mitigated by the fact that it is dynamic. You don't just sit there mindlessly clicking. Well, you do, but less so than other games have been. There's actually stuff that changes while you do it and reactions to that stuff have an impact.

The diplomacy could be a game in and of itself. Still, if you built this nice world with all this life in it, what good would it be if you can't kill the stuff in it!? :)

It is not lightweight. My laptop, even with a 7800 geforce go card, has to run it at minimal settings for good performance. Seeing the 5 FPS I can see when it is maxed out though, and the gameplay in general, has me wanting to build a new rig.

The combat adds some new elements that makes cooperation a little more than just, 'Hey, let's all beat up that hairy thing over there!'

There are different effects that different abilities can apply to mobs. Those effects interact with one another in such a way as to make their interplay important. Thinking about your actions is more complex than just spamming the keys for your best skills.
Permalink Send private email JoC 
March 8th, 2007 5:54pm
Oh, and it definitely isn't for LeMonde (isn't he the disk space miser?).

A whopping 17 GB install it is.
Permalink Send private email JoC 
March 8th, 2007 5:58pm

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