Dracis Posted September 13, 2006 Share Posted September 13, 2006 As I told Gunwounds, I got an invite to the Lord of the Rings Online beta. So far I am fairly impressed. As opposed to Vanguard, there seems to be a definate stroy line to Lord of the Rings. You are part of the story being told. While this is still the Alpha 3/ early beta, it definately exceeeds my expectations.It is very similar to Vanguard in some respects. Character creation, graphical details, and so on are very similar. Also the skills also seem to be very linear, just like Vanguard.One thing I will mention about the graphics, in LotR, the scenery is a big part of of the game. Quest NPC's and mobs actually use the underbrush to hide and jump out at you. I'm sure, that once PvP is in place, you can also use it to your advantage.The quests definately follow a story line. There are a huge amount of quests. Some of them are side quests, not involved with the main story, but there is a main story line to follow.I also like the fact that in the very beginning there is kind of a mini tutorial, that gets you familiar with the controls and combat. Vanguard did not have this.On to the problems. So far lag is a big deal in some areas. I haven't had any lag in comba yet, but definately in the main town areas there is some lag.Instances, like DDO, LotR has alot of instances, but they are only for buildings and certain quests. There is a large open area to walk around in, but I think there is way to many instances for my liking.There is no crafting in the game yet as far as I have seen, but it is included in the skills menu. Also there seems to be no PvP. I'm not sure of their plans on this, but I hope it will be added.Once again, like Vanguard, there are alot of items looted and/or quest items. While there are vendors to buy thigs from, you can get most of your armor and weapons from quests.So in closing, I'll list the positives and negatives:Positives:1) Quest driven storyline2) Graphical detail to little things3) Tutorial4) Sense of being invloved in the world and storyline/ almost a sense of urgency5) UI layout is niceNegatives:1) Too may instances2) No crafting found yet - I haven't found this yet, it may be there3) No PvP yet - I haven't found this yet, it may be there4) Lag5) Camera - there didn't seems to be any way to rotate the camera in combatI'll report more later as I find it. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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