Guide to reduce sillyness of War-steeds movement
If you don't want to read it all, just read RED texts, it covers everything. Lazy...
As you might notice, the warsteeds are... hard to control, actually really hard at the beggining, but it's only at the beggining, these are a few steps i did follow in beta to make the horse is easier to control, and in live my horse it's so perfect that it almost matches the normal horses.
To make you understand the example, a horse is like a LI, a third age with no relics and level 1 is... a really bad weapon. But a level 70 LI with all relics and legacies... hey, there you might have a really good weapon.
Basically the war-steeds handle the same system, your level 1 horse is freaking hard to control, but your level 20 horse with traits and stats is way easier.
1: To learn how to use a war-steed, you want a Light one, it haves better response.
- Press Shift + M.
- Go to Traits tab.
- At the top you will see a label that says Medium, change it to Light.
2: Trait yellow to reduce movement penalties.
The traits lines are Red for DPS, Blue for Survability, Yellow for movement. Most people trait Red or Blue at the beggining because that fits them, that's a BIG misstake, you are learning how to control your horse, trait yellow!. Traiting yellow in a horse is really useful, you can make that the circle if you are spinning around an enemy becomes just half circle, all that happen because yellow trait line increase Agility, speed, turn rate, response from your keyboard and such.
- Trait 5 Points of agility.
- Trait full yellow, all points in yellow, no exceptions.
Later on, weeks from now, if you already do pretty nice with your horse, you can consider to go Red or Blue.
3: Your horse must level up, at the beggining you got a level 1 horse, you can't spend trait points on anything good yet, don't worry, just do quest (Unmounted quest also give the horse experience) and level your horse, at about level 18 you are probably able to Trait your horse with 5 Agility and full yellow traits.
- Level up your horse before you hate it.
The difference can be as big as the difference from a new LI weapon and a end-game raiding top legacied and relics slotted LI weapon. BIG difference, but this time it improves horse movement.
4: Your bridle, you really want to use your bridle to maximize the 3 points above, the bridle is a LI item that not only will increase skills damage, it can also increase yellow trait skills or other stats (My bridle haves +66 war-steed agility :D).
- Use legacies that fits your trait line in your bridle.
5: Now some info that is not documented but it's really useful.
- Go to options, Combat options, enable Auto-Slowdown on war-steeds.
That will work to make you stop running if you are not pressing any key so the horse won't be running forever like a stupid horse. It will slow movement until stop when you stop pressing W key for movement.
6: Stopping can be problematic, but i sorted this out really really easy, the only thing you need to do to stop near an NPC or whenever you want to change another direction is to Double Tap S. Double tap the key S will automatically force your horse to STOP in a second.
- Double Tap S key to stop in a second, regardless of your speed.
Good luck, and... remember,don't hate your war-steed until you are using all this 6 tips, you will find out your horse is 90% easier to control than before.
Another thing for your guide
To help with movement with using auto-stop...using 'W' or 'up-arrow' or right & left mouse at same time.
Hit the 'insert' key:
first time = walk, about 1/4 speed max
second time = trot, about 1/2 speed max
third time = canter, about 3/4 speed max
fourth time = gallop, full speed
(remember to hit 'insert' once dismounted so you don't walk)
I use auto-stop and canter and right/left mouse while using the mouse to turn...and use left hand to use the 1,2,3,4,5 etc, to attack.
Only trouble i had at the beginning was controlling the mouse up and down to change the angle of the view...took some time to keep it at a 45 degree view angle, and not get into top down view.
I hated MC at first, but now love it using these tricks.
Chill out, the physics really do suck.
John A. Prescott, you need to chill out. I'm a professional game designer with 25 years in the industry and I'm here to tell you that games are not supposed to start off hard and get easy, they're supposed to start off easy and get hard at an appropriately moderate pace. Level 1 characters only have Level 1 opponents to fight, which is right. The physics and controls of war-steeds are so screwed up I can hardly believe it -- mine slides sideways around curves, even at a gentle trot, like a Bugatti with bald tires hitting a patch of ice. Games live or die by their controls -- I know this from six years working on Madden NFL for Electronic Arts. Also, this is an RPG, not Grand Prix Legends. If I wanted to play a vehicle that required a lot of fine tuning, I'd play a hardcore car racing game.
Originally Posted by JohnAPrescott
If the war-steed were a new player's first experience of the game, they would give up in disgust... and rightly so. The physics are so bad they actually make me seasick, especially the sudden acceleration for no reason when I'm moving at a walking pace with my finger OFF the W button. Real horses have inertia, but they also have traction and a sense of self-preservation.