You can use war steeds pretty much anywhere for travel, but only in the new areas for combat. Although a few places--Thorin's hall for example--you can use old style mounts but NOT war steeds. They are considerably faster than the old mounts and I'm floored anyone would be so inept with them that they would consider sacrificing that speed. No one I know that has a war steed uses their other mounts anymore, except in the most rare, role-play occasions. Interest in them has gone WAY down in any conversation I've been in, except for one older lady I interact with who collects them like cats, and knows all their names. I believe Turbine could have kept the interest in them by simply restricting them to Rohan--it makes sense, as they are from that area--and it would keep more end-game level players using their old style mounts occasionally.
Originally Posted by Borrimere
At least for the long term players I know, we're on upper level characters a LOT more than lower levels--plus, it's those very high level characters that are likely to have a player's main horse collection. My lowbie alts always just have a few--its my main that has dozens. Horses that are seldom seen now.
Ridiculous to say "you don't have to use them if you don't want to." You play within the parameters the game gives you, and giving the entire level 75 and up player base access to war steeds essentially every where means they will be used. It was a badly thought out parameter that gives very little to the game. It doesn't even make sense--I have a "war steed" that can fight a war band in Eastern Rohan, but inexplicably loses it's fighting abilities against a freaking Boar in Bree????
Re: "more freedom". Giving people "freedom" (or making things "easier" or more "convenient") should be just a small part of the concern in game design. Not having those things (in the proper doses) is what makes it a interesting to play. Otherwise they could just turn on god-mode and call it a day with character's instantly killing every mob with one hit and traveling wherever they want with one click .
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