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Posted: Aug 21st 2011 3:53PM (Unverified) said

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@Dunraven

indeed - and i myself would never want to share MY game-experience with people that like tomatoes and people that listen to Nora Jones. Never. You are right, the game is dead, it's trendy now.

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Posted: Aug 21st 2011 4:13PM Dunraven said

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@(Unverified) You know....wearing those big Buddy Holly glasses even though you have decent vision doesn't make you look cool, oh and stay off my porch, it isn't your personal squat to drink organic coffee.

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Posted: Aug 21st 2011 3:30PM BigAndShiny said

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One thing that has finally made me (hopefully temporarily) leave AoC is that there's annoying group content that you HAVE to go through if you don't want to grind.

Posted: Aug 21st 2011 3:51PM (Unverified) said

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@BigAndShiny
ya, i myself HATE group content in mmo's. and man, grinding, in an MMO, i mean w.t.f. is wrong with those funcom guys! imo: gove the game for free, give them purples for free, and give more free lvl 80 chars. i hate playing games!
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Posted: Aug 21st 2011 4:03PM BigAndShiny said

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I enjoy instance, I enjoy raiding.
But when I have to get not a one, two or 4 man, but A SIX MAN party at level 28 in Cimmeria, that's annoying. There's not that many people level 28-30, let alone in Cimmeria, let along doing the same quests.

And grinding should not be necessary. It's not in any other MMO.
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Posted: Aug 22nd 2011 11:39AM Seffrid said

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@BigAndShiny

"But when I have to get not a one, two or 4 man, but A SIX MAN party at level 28 in Cimmeria, that's annoying"

Are you saying you were forced to find a full group at that level in order to progress? If so, that's nonsense, if not then what exactly do you mean?
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Posted: Aug 21st 2011 4:20PM (Unverified) said

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I play on Wiccana and both global and NPH (new player help) channels are ok, with only the occasional troll/racist/sexist comment. NPH questions are always answered. It's easy enough to turn off if I want. Anyway, some of the things I really enjoy so far:

1. Immersive environments and quests. Good storylines and locations to explore and quest in. Also the zones are quite large and there are a good many of them. Too bad they didn't go with full voiceover after Tortage:(
2. Graphics. I play on pretty high settings, and nothing out there compares (recently played Aion and Rift). Really good character customization also (not as good as Aion, but waaay better than Rift). Even on lower settings the game still looks good.
3. Alternative advancement. An added layer of character development that begins at level 20.
4. Combat system. There is actually some strategy involved. Directional swings, double-tap dodges and charges, and ability combos make this system much richer than the whack-a-mole combat in many other games.
5. Population. Whether it's a result of going F2P or not, there seems to be lots of people everywhere and at all levels.
6. Alt-friendly. Yes, even the one starter zone (Tortage) has more quests than you can do on one toon alone. There are many zones with mulitple level overlaps, so you can level up an alt without doing the exact same quests over and over again.

Posted: Aug 21st 2011 8:00PM Ghostspeaker said

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Honestly, I really enjoy the gameplay and everything on AoC. Unfortunately for some reason it takes my poor 3 year old system out behind the woodshed and leaves it weeping and bleeding from every orifice even on ridiculously low settings. So as much as I'd like to invest more in the game, when I can get much better performance from just about any other game I've ever played on much higher settings, I'll stick with those other games.

All those pretty graphics and ambience don't mean much if it's running at 3fps, unfortunately. :/

Posted: Aug 21st 2011 11:02PM Poordevil said

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@Ghostspeaker

I don't know what is needed to run AoC on medium or high settings in DX9. I would think a quad core cpu , a 1gb video card, 4 gb of system ram should handle it. Turn off anti aliasing, turn off shadows if you have those enabled, they are major FPS killers for struggling systems. Keep grass off as well. The game will still look very good with all those options off, especially if you can push a decent resolution. Oh, and don't forget the distance sliders in the first tab of video options. Dial them back as needed. Those are all the big frame rate hogs I can think of :)
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Posted: Aug 22nd 2011 3:11AM pcgneurotic said

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I would have said Cryptic still attract the most trolls (re: No. 2), and the utterly mindless, knee-jerk enthusiasm they have for tearing into Crypers is set to continue unabated with NWN looming and the PWI buyout dust still settling.

Posted: Aug 22nd 2011 6:33AM (Unverified) said

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PvP needs to become more prominent before I try this game. For one thing it needs to be given a more purpose than bragging rights and trinkets/gear and second it needs to be a viable way of leveling your character, ala Warhammer Online.

Until that happens this game will be a primarily PvE Themepark game and WoW already fills that spot, followed by Rift, LOTRO etc.

Posted: Aug 23rd 2011 2:23AM Cylien said

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Yep WoW if you are 10 years old, RIFT if you don't want any soul and LOTRO if you like elves.

Conan is a PvE theme park but it does it so much better than the ones you listed.
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Posted: Aug 23rd 2011 11:21AM Checksix said

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You know...I want to say one more time...

Tortage(sp?) is the best 20 levels in MM0 gaming. Great quests, great "solo" content story line, great group play areas.

It use to be that White Sands was the best PvP in AoC too, but I think that's been made PvE only.

Anyway, the first 20 levels of AoC blew my mind. Everything after that was ... meh.

Posted: Aug 23rd 2011 1:13PM Poordevil said

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@Checksix

I'm not sure what peeps find so over the top about Tortage. It is a great zone I agree, but the rest of the game is great as well. I think it must be the voice overs for the quest givers which drops off significantly when you leave Tortage but is still found on occasion. Then the destiny quests are far less a part of the PvE game after Tortage. You continue on with them, but about once every 10 levels, while in Tortage they were a much larger part of the overall questing.

I don't mind the lack of voice overs, but more destiny quests after Tortage would be a fine boost for soloing to 80. As far as PvP in White Sands, hop on the new Blood and Glory rule set server, it's happening there!
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