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Posted: Aug 18th 2009 7:09PM Shaard said

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Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice....ermmmm

Posted: Aug 18th 2009 7:16PM (Unverified) said

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So 18 months after the launch ....

they add (leveling) content that should have been in there at launch.

It remeinds me of the zilion and zillion of elephants I had to kill to go from level 57 to level 58....

Posted: Aug 19th 2009 8:36AM Crsh said

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Yup, that's basically it. They only add Khitai so this doesn't look like a complete and utter joke (and possibly justify the price tag).
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Posted: Aug 18th 2009 7:25PM Mr Angry said

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Gah, just when I'd written this off, they produce this and it looks right up my street.

But I can't, I just can't, the welcome back was poor and when I play, it really doesn't resemble the movies when in game....

It's a real shame as this work does look very attractive, but it's tarnished by the past.

Good luck to AoC if it does 'go good', I just got too burned the first time.

Great timing too, hoping to steal Blizzard's thunder, Rider of Rohan announcement tomorrow anyone? heheheh

Posted: Aug 18th 2009 7:51PM JaySpeed said

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There will be no Riders of Rohan announcement for a while. Turbine has said they do not want to steal the limelight from DDO Unlimited so until that launches don't expect an expansion announcement for LOTRO.
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Posted: Aug 18th 2009 9:12PM (Unverified) said

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"resemble the movies"

Considering the prime source is RE Howard's works...... not the Arnold movies.

Not saying "Conan the Barbarian" was a bad film (the score by Basil Poledouris was fantastic), just that it's not the #1 source for AoC...
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Posted: Aug 18th 2009 7:33PM Mr Angry said

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No one has come up with an amusing alternative name for Rise of the Godslayer yet, that's unusual????

Posted: Aug 19th 2009 5:03AM kooda said

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Rise of the goldseller anyone?

anyway.. i loved the level 20-30 zones they were hot as a ranger sadly it was this or wow and i already had high lvls in wow so i stuck with that, brilliant fun to snipe as a ranger though :P
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Posted: Aug 18th 2009 8:57PM (Unverified) said

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After looking at the trailer, then reading the eurogamer preview, and then looking down at my WAR/AoC beer coaster, I find this news just sad.

Altho I must admit putting another race, which is kinda pointless since you still start in tortage, and still goto one of the other starting cities and not actually khitai, which is really really pointless.

So you get another race, which adds a different look and not anything else. Since the "races" do not add any attributes to the class choice, just the "choice" of classes, the entire expansion becomes useless.

Having leveled my ranger up to 75 or so, fighting tons of elephants, bears, bandits, and all the random encounters while gathering resources in addition to the painful group dungeons in the various lands. Adding some more content to the 20-80 grind is useless. A new continent, yippi.

The preview clearly states that you cannot get into khitai under level 70. You can only get to the great wall close to level 40, which brings you back to the other grinding crap.

No fix to PvP, same grinding crap, no changes to the overall tortage started area (do it 20x and tell me its still exciting), and more or less the same crap with different art. Get a clue funcom, this is not going to work....

Posted: Aug 18th 2009 8:58PM Lateris said

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The graphics always look so good. Do you still need an uber system toplay this game? I have an ATI 4850.

Posted: Aug 18th 2009 9:14PM (Unverified) said

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Play on DX9 and you'll be fine.
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Posted: Aug 18th 2009 9:26PM EngadgetSoFunny said

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You still need as beefy as a system as you needed before. Its just that modern day hardware blows away hardware from earlier days. IE, the Intel Quad core processor called the iCore 720 is almost as good as the QX9770 processor which when AOC was released costed around $1200.00. The kicker, you can get the iCore 720 for around $350.00. So computers that used to be needed to max out AoC's graphics capabilities have come down in price pretty dramatically. A 4850 is a decent graphics card and would give you pretty nice looking in-game footage.

Sadly, great eye candy only distracts one from bad gameplay for so long.
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Posted: Aug 19th 2009 6:08AM (Unverified) said

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I dont know if its still the same way, but whenever I played AOC, there was an ATI bug that basically had the GPU doing all of 10% capacity one the new GPU's. So there's a warning, even if you have 8 gigs of ram and a quad core processor, there's still a risk with this game. Try the free trial first.
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Posted: Aug 18th 2009 9:21PM Keen and Graev said

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They're nothing if not persistent over there at Funcom.

It does seem odd that they'll expand, even horizontally, before truly fixing the core of their game. According to a few friends who play now and again, the game is *almost* to 'ready' 15 months after release.

The rush of announcements before Blizzard's big day sure does make up for a slow few months though.

Posted: Aug 19th 2009 6:19PM Nmaster64 said

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I guess you haven't been following the game much lately, they did exactly that. The core game is fixed up and some new high level areas added before they moved on to working on the expansion...
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Posted: Aug 18th 2009 10:10PM Valentina said

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I'm excited about this expansion, Funcom has turned alot of things around. This is not a rushed announcement, though. It's been planned to be announced today for the last half of a year.

Posted: Aug 18th 2009 10:21PM Xii said

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A boxed expansion this soon, with the release that AoC had (let's be honest here) seems almost like it's asking too much of the current players (myself included). On the plus side, there are no new classes, and no level increase, so unless you are already at 80, or almost there, there probably won't be a reason to buy it.

I hope they include the original game in the retail box for new players (like Turbine and SOE do) so they don't feel like they have to shell out twice as much.

Posted: Aug 18th 2009 11:55PM chuckasucka said

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I played at launch through Tortage, and into the first city. I thoroughly enjoyed Tortage, and, although I burn out so easily now on MMOs, I found that I had no problem simply enjoying being there, doing quests and exploring what the game was all about. The break for me was when I finally left Tortage and got to the big city, Tarantia, all I saw was yellow exclamation points, and I realized that I had been here before, done all this before and it was the last thing I wanted to do again. I just can't chase down mindless quests anymore.

The sad part is that I really found a lot of AoC to be extremely charming, intriguing, and refreshing. Most of it was the art style, but I also found myself pretty willing to give a great deal of attention to learning what the stat system was all about and how combat differed from other MMOs. When I first entered Tarantia, I was actually really excited, completely impressed, and very optimistic about the game, but like I said, when I realized that I had to do the same old MMO thing again, I quickly became disenchanted with the game. And now every bit of news that I read about the game makes me want to see if I would enjoy it again, accepting the fact that it will be a quest grind, and trying to just enjoy it for what it is. Hell, I preordered Aion, and ( friend pending ) will give that game an honest shot. And Aion is truly the same old-same old, probably far moreso than AoC will ever be.

I guess my concern is that I don't fully understand what walls I would hit playing AoC. I see that people feel there is a huge content hole near to the end game, the pvp is untuned and people are oneshotted habitually, sieges aren't what they should be, etc. Please respond if you know what to tell me about AoC nowadays. I don't really understand the whole situation, and although I want to like this game and feel good about it, I am the type of player who really is hesitant to get into any MMO (played WoW for a long while, played Vanguard for a long while, tried AoC, tried WAR, trying Aion) because I feel like they do require far more than I am willing to give. And it better be damn good if I have to commit to the game to get the most out of it.

Posted: Aug 19th 2009 12:16AM JediPagan said

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I'm buying it Day One.

What a bunch of jaded gamers! AoC today is a FAR cry from the launch game, and is one of, if not the best PvP MMORPG on the market today. Go ahead and get all bent out of shape and scream FAILCOM R TEH SUX! all you want. But if you write off AoC based on the past idiocy of the dev, you're missing out.

Posted: Aug 19th 2009 12:32AM (Unverified) said

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"Rise of the GameSlayer"

There you go Mr. Angry.

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