HAS LOTRO COMMITED SUICIDE?
Helms Deep in Lotro - A Massive Online Mistake?
A blog about the God Mode IN lotro for everyone and .... How Turbine managed to SHATTER the gameplay completely!!
Last week I have experienced the gameplay on Helms Deep, in order to make new maps and new blogs about all the exciting new areas of West Rohan. Exciting? Mmmmmm..... Although the lands are beautiful and the musical scene around Edoras is great, there is definitely something wrong with the gameplay. Since they have changed all skills and trait using, the game hasn't become exciting as it was. It's even dull now, boring, painfully boring for players who have joined the game since fall 2007 (like me).
Why do I come to this harsh conclusion?. Well, let me summon some of my major complaints:
Class Trainer: (aka They have killed the Trainers!)
Is obsolete now, why do you need a trainer these days? You get your skills by clicking in a totally non personal SKILL-tree. Although this concept isn't new at all (see Conan Online), it has one major drawback: you loose the connection with your personal trainer. Which was great for roleplaying or the flavour of this kind of game. Lotro is known because of there friendly fellowships, talkies and nice players. Now, its solo based, you don't even have to talk to you trainer anymore for new skills, you don't need anyone more. Howe rude!
Bard and Trait-slotting: (aka They have killed the Bards!)
The Bard is obsolete now. You only need him for buying some lousy instruments. And even that is not interesting, the best instruments you will find on the auction hall ... or buy them from other players.
And you don't need the bard for traits anymore. Which is a shame. I miss the flavor of visiting a bard to manage my traits. Moreover, traits can be slotted and changed within seconds now, free of any costs and at every moment and at every place in the game. For example, as an elf, you haven't to bother anymore about choosing the invisible trait (Sylvan shadows) or slotting the 'Travel to Rivendell' trait. Just rotate them when you need them. Convenient Yes! But challenging? Absolutely not!!! You haven't to make a difficult decision anymore. Its just child's play now .... Like a God ...
Looking for book pages, for special skills: (aka: They have burned the most wanted Books!)
They are silly quests now, only for turbine point grinders. You personal trainer still sells books. You have to find pages of them in certain regions, and in the old time you needed them for some special skills (spells). Which was good. But now, all the skills are easily bought with skill points, like a spoiled child you get the best skills early in the game. You haven't to work for this anymore, only if you need TP points. Why? I don't know. It look's like a Give a child the most wanted Toy during Christmastime for free.
Godmode and DPS (aka LOTRO is renamed in GODO)
Whit the new skill system, I guess that most players will slot their dps skills early in the game. Which means that MOST classes will become dps classes now. Why do we have classes anymore? We can skip them now! Just choose a GOD character, like a Loremaster, Captain or Champion!
Godmode and the Loremaster's combat pets (aka Loremasters rule the game!)
The Loremaster is a true god/goddess when slotted the skills for his/her pets. The pets does massive damage and whit an insane skill you can send ALL your combat pets into combat. Their is even a skill to increase your level of your combat pet. This is really a programmers error. Now you cam combat, as a loremaster, purple colored mobs of 8 levels higher then yourself, since your pet is levels higher than the master. And, since the pets does massive damage, like the lynx, an enemy is killed in some seconds. We tried this out in the Limlight Gorge in the Great River area. There is a huge spider near the mountainridge, of appr. 170.000 morale. You can solo this spider easily now, even if the spider is PURPLE! How? Just tank it with your pet, which is 4 levels higher than you. When the pet dies, don't stay to close. Since you can now INSTANTLY resummon your pet when he is dead, its back within a second. So, the pet is virtually immortal now. Just watch your distance, and if the monster comes too close, watch out. Your loremaster pet is now a god!
God Mode and Fellowship quests (aka: Sauron shattered the fellowship quests)
For the epic book quests you needed a fellowship in the past. Not anymore! Classes with a pet (loremaster) or an herald(Captain) can do the work solo with their assists now, even 200.000 Morale bosses. So, captains and loremasters don't need a fellowship anymore. A good guardian or champion can solo a boss of 200.000 Morale. They don't need fellowship anymore either ... And think: the whole game was bases on fellowship play.
God Mode and Loremaster Ring of fire (aka Loremasters rule the game!)
Well, if your pet isnt OP enough, just add a ring of fire.... A little public secret is the skill Ring of Fire of the Loremaster. Just use it when 3-5 mobs are around you. Each person and each mob damage the other with this skill. So, a loremaster (1 person), with 5 enemies, does 6x damage on each enemy. Wow, you are a God now!
A riddle: can you find the differences between the icons of crafting stuff in west and east rohan?
A bonus Triviant Question: are their double skills now or are their double icons for skills now?
FINAL CONCLUSION (aka SAURON has TAKEN OVER FINALLY)
Lotro is Godmode for the veteran and hardcore players now. All challenging options are obsolete. Good players don't need fellowships anymore, they can do every epic quest solo. So, the developers shattered the core of the game. For me, Lotro is a dull game, without any challenges anymore. Only monster-free peoples combat is fun now, all the rest is a dull repetition of monster and quest grinding. The most challenging quests are now the search for cakes, cookies and apples or looking for lost children in West Rohan. Combat is tedious. Even worse: loremasters and captain can do their leveling while sleeping. The developers are just lucky I guess. If they did release this 'most worse expansion ever' together with Elder Scrolls online, the game would be dead in 4 weeks.
I stopped levelling today, waiting in anticipation for a major tweak. I HAVE BEEN PLAYING THIS GAME SINCE SEPTEMBER 2007 and i have a lifetime subscription too. Always loved it and I even keep an extensive blog about this game (http://elannah.blogspot.nl). But now, I will quit playing for some time. I even have no problems when they changed all the skills back to the system before Helms Deep. Please, please, come back with all the challenging old-time quests, with all the old-time very dangerous mobs, with all the old-time very dangerous epic bosses and also the old-time very nice and most wanted fellowship quests. At the moment, the gameplay is extremely boring for experienced players ... and only interesting for players who wanted to be a god and do all the quests complete solo. So please, please, take away this christmas holiday dps-gift for the now spoiled casual players of Lotro. IMMEDIATELY!
Developers do your work. Change this beautiful game back to a more challenging game it was. Restore the trainer and bard, restore the fellowship quests. And please nerf the Godmode damage skills!