@Thomas: You can multiquote, just so you know. No need to make a different post for each quote you do. Bottom right icon next to the "Reply with quote" button. Once you've clicked that icon on each post you wanna quote, click the reply to thread button.
I play the game for the quests, epic story, housing and crafting, and pretty much ignore everything else.
I was excited when I first tried my character with the new trait trees in the first round of beta because they made me have to think about how I was fighting again or else I would get my character killed quickly. I wish I had more time to test things in beta after round one because I was quite disappointed when HD went live and I discovered that the new skills now make me a superman who can kill large groups of enemies and not even lose half my health.
It starts off great with Gandalf freeing Theoden and everything that happens around that event, then it seems to go nowhere. Horn, Corudan and Nona all seem out of place and with no purpose throughout the entire thing. Tying it in to big battles was a huge mistake which made it no longer feel like an epic story to me since I didn't have to do anything to go on. I have no interest in big battles so I just left the computer for the time it took for them to finish so I could get on with the story. I did try playing through a couple before I got to the epic story part, but was completely bored by them.
Mostly boring. This is the first expansion where there are no quest lines that really interested me and I wanted to do them over and over. When ROR came out I couldn't wait to run each of my characters through eastern Rohan and do all the quests over and over again, and I still feel that way about the area. But with Western Rohan I have run one character through the quests and don't know when or if I will bother with any of the others. For now I am going back to doing some new low level characters.
I like the new storage, much nicer having everything in one place. But does Turbine really think new players are going to waste huge amounts of gold and mithril coins to get it? I know I wouldn't have bought it if I didn't already have it. There are much better things in the game to spend my gold and mithril on than housing storage.
The only thing that didn't disappoint me. The new processing recipes for lower levels is great and will allow me to finally finish training up all my characters. The new high level armor recipes are also great, not for the stats but for the look which is what I use them for.
Overall, very boring content, but I guess that's to be expected with such an old game with a small audience with a company that is putting its best resources to work on a new game.
2. Oh, you are so contradicting. One moment it's:
The next minute it'sQuote:
You got called out
I don't recall calling it out other than calling out your behavior.
What? I attack them? By stating my feelings? By asking them to help me further understand their issues?Quote:
Always those that voice their concerns with the new expansion and then you attack them.
Anyways, /feedmode off. Enjoy.
ok so let's steer this thread slowly & surely back to the point of the discussion shall we?
So, as a long term customer and purveyor of all things lotro since very early SoA here's my scores:
- Open World. Nice to see the Turbine artists getting some new life out of the old game engine. I especially liked the Broadacres region. Would be fantastic to see the old SoA world given a bit of polish.
- Epic Line. Kept me engaged and wanting to progress.
- Normal Quests. It only started to feel slower in Boradacres. However I had been playing a lot so it's not surprising that the early rush started to fall off.
- Music. Yes I know the score put out on the web sounded awful but in-game it actually works. Adds to the overall atmosphere.
- Big Battles. I've tried all of them on my burglar but sorry they're not my cup of tea. They actually not that fun to do. The combat is terrible - mobs die too quickly and combat seems to stop and start. Using ballistae, catapults & rock droppers don't seem to contribute much and in some of the battles and some of the quests are just not doable. On the whole the class progression system is a good idea but as (and this is for solo) the difficulty of the battles does not increase, as one gets better as an engineer etc the battles will become trivial. I can't see this holding people's attention for the long term unless there's a drastic revamp.
The terrible but totally avoidable
- Class / Open World content balance. Seriously, does no one learn the lessons from other MMOs. Every time classes undergo a fundamental reshaping it seems that balance goes out of the window and HD is no exception. This is a real shame as any benefit from the class revamp (which was to make content harder) as been lost and it seems to me that we're in a worse a position than before. There have been a couple of comments on here to the effect that balancing should have been picked up in beta, but really that should have been worked in as part of the design.
So, compared to the previous expansions the open world & questing it's as good as RoI and RoR and better than SoM - nothing will ever be as good as SoA & MoM. However BBs and the balancing issues have been a let down for me - the disappointment of which has been mitigated by the fact that I got it free via accumulated TP plus other MMOs are keeping me busy.
So far I like it a lot and I'm very happy I managed to get in a last second pre-order :) I'm having fun both solo and in group, and it's great to be able to try something new and fresh that I've never done before :D
I'm also not commenting on what I think about all classes having high DPS and things being easy to kill, since that seems to be something they added on purpose to make sure we'd be able to play while we wait for some of the classes to get tweaked :)
But I guess it doesn't really matter anyway. The only thing that saddens me is that yesterday's post had a comic I spent several hours drawing to illustrate a cool discussion I was having in that thread, and it got hidden before the intended recipient or anyone else could see it. Well, I showed it to my boyfriend at least, so that's something -.-