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Posted: Jun 24th 2009 4:23PM (Unverified) said

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*downloading now*

Posted: Jun 24th 2009 4:39PM Thac0 said

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worth going back to? I haven't played since launch.

Posted: Jun 24th 2009 11:02PM Keen and Graev said

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It's never a good time to return to a game right after a "big patch" because you won't get a true sense of where the game is at. People will be excited because something is new or something got fixed, but in a week or two it will fall back onto routine.

If AoC interests you enough to bring you back a year after you stopped playing then giving it another week or two to think it out and see what happens can't hurt.
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Posted: Jun 24th 2009 4:57PM (Unverified) said

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Is this the patch that adds fun?

Posted: Jun 24th 2009 5:14PM Crsh said

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Might be time to check out AoC again, it's been nearly a year since I last played.

Posted: Jun 24th 2009 5:41PM happyfish said

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Good luck... I tried and gave up on the massive several gig patch download. I guess that means they have changed a lot :)
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Posted: Jun 24th 2009 5:42PM Minofan said

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I am periodically really tempted to give Conan a second chance, but I just cannot shake the travel trauma enough to ever follow through; autorunning for soooo long to accomplish anything, and that damnable Aquilonean city - worst MMO locale ever!

*sigh*

I think I'll just steer clear until the mythical day that add a kazillion instatravel hotspots, or quitting the lovely graphics and crazy animations again will get me down.

Posted: Jun 24th 2009 5:58PM TheJackman said

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I told you all a year ago this game will climb back on top they may beat Warhammer soon (not like that is too hard).

Posted: Jun 24th 2009 11:00PM Keen and Graev said

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When you hit rock bottom the only place you CAN go is up. It's best not to open the door to a comparison or competition between AoC and any game. The best things that anyone playing AoC and Funcom can do are be humble, keep their head down, and push forward.
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Posted: Jun 24th 2009 10:22PM (Unverified) said

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Amazing amount of people have returned to AOC with this patch. Global chat scrolls that fast you cannot read it.

Posted: Jun 25th 2009 8:40AM (Unverified) said

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I tried AoC for the first time a while back and I thought it was a fun game. OK so the low level PvP mini games could be a bit weak and it played havoc with what I thought was a decent gaming rig, but still well worth a look. Lively too, with all the areas full of players and so on with a great community.

The only reason I quit was because I wanted to max out a character or two on LOTR rather than swapping back and forth every few weeks. Once I've finished with the mines I'll be straight back to take a look at this I think. Could do with a good laugh.

Posted: Jun 25th 2009 4:41PM (Unverified) said

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AoC is a vastly improved game. The new patch is terrific in helping to clarify one's stats. There are very few performance bugs (like at launch). DirectX10 makes the game look amazing. I personally am enjoying the class balance changes that this patch introduced and the improvements to the guild cities.

Be warned if you return now, there is still a lack of content at lvl 80 and the quest rewards are still a bit out of wack, but on a whole, they have added a lot of mid-level content to help with the level grind.

I'd give the game another week or two to allow for the hot fixes that will come with this patch. There are still some issues with raiding now that the stats and class roles have changed a bit. It will take a few weeks to get this balance out.

As for new end-game content, the game director has said that now that this patch has roled out, the next patch will be focused on new raid content (House of Crom), new guild features and additional PvP incentives.

He also mentioned that they would be revealing information about the expansion at the late summer convention in Europe. I'd expect the expansion to be at least another year or so away. This info will probably be the start of the marketing blitz to come.

Anyway, the game is a lot of fun to play. I find myself logging into it much more than WoW and LotRO these days.

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