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  1. Calyn

    New World MMO

    I loved the original alpha but after playing beta I agree it would have never worked. Not with the server populations they have now. Game is in a really good state right now content-wise and the open world PvP we had during the last beta was some of the best of any game, ever. Massive back and forth battles on the beach, heavy armor frontlines, dps in the back raining down fire and arrows, muskets sniping clothies, flanking, stealthy ambushes, and everything. It's lacking consequences and purpose (except of you are in a guild that can actually participate in Sieges, which will be a small part of the population), but the PvP gameplay itself is awesome.
  2. Calyn

    Lost Ark

    Test is over for now.
  3. Calyn

    Ashes of Creation

    More details in these posts since I'm too lazy
  4. Calyn

    Ashes of Creation

    So the verbal NDA was lifted for the Alpha preview tests so here goes my limited experience so far: This is not a game yet. The combat is awful, floaty and controls are clunky. There are 3 classes with almost non-existent progression and a boring skill bar. Normally I wouldn't care about that last point but it's very, very far off the goal of having 8 archetypes and 64 class combinations. The world is huge but totally lifeless, feels like procedurally generated with random mob spawns in totally random places. Every now and then there is a POI and those look super cool (underground caverns and the like), but mostly running around the world just feels lacking a lot. All the systems that they talk about are in but very barebones. So instead of focusing on one system after another you have like 10% of everything, which just feels like there isn't even a core gameplay loop. They show off raid bosses in their streams, when the truth is that they shouldn't even think about raids until they have the core gameplay more fleshed out. They stress it's a technical alpha and we shouldn't judge the content, but at this pace we won't be able to judge any content until 2024. It's the Star Citizen of fantasy MMOs. But then let's judge the technical points: Controls are clunky as mentioned and that immediately makes the game feel "off". Also the servers can't handle any amount of players, I have yet to experience a test that didn't start with severe server issues, often being delayed because of it, and frequent restarts to fix severe lag and rubber-banding whenever there are too many players in an area (like the starter zone). We were told to spread out across the world to avoid lag... There were around 1k-2k players in the test probably and those were spread out across 9 (!) servers already because a single server can't handle that number despite the huge map (even though the release map will be muuuuuch bigger). This may be the best game ever on paper and I'd love to play what they are advertising, they got some super strong hype going and in part this may be because those content creators hyping the game on Youtube get paid for it (through referrals). But in reality they are very far from delivering anything. Alpha 1 is still being delayed again and again (this was just "preview alpha"). Also the cult of personality around Steven is super weird and I'm getting some serious "one-man show" or "micro-management" vibes from him. Every announcement is "his decision", never the team. That's just dangerous.
  5. Calyn

    New World MMO

    Amrine Excavation Guide Dungeon Impressions All Weapon Skills
  6. Calyn

    New World MMO

    Some PvP updates: https://newworldfans.com/articles/april-update-pvp-vision
  7. Calyn

    New World MMO

    Depends what you mean by "the same". They've made quite a lot of changes to it and removed almost all of the stagger, stunlock and made ranged/magic users much more mobile.
  8. Calyn

    New World MMO

    Dungeons, 20vs20 Battleground etc blabla The fact that none of that was in the game a year ago should say everything about the repeated delays 😜
  9. Calyn

    New World MMO

    May 25 is the Steam store date I think, but at this point I'm not trusting any of their dates
  10. Calyn

    New World MMO

    Exclusive preview of a new high level zone with new, more fun quests, new mobs, Spear gameplay, and fishing! New World Reekwater & Fishing
  11. If you can't figure that out yourself then you're still too young to do it.
  12. These cards have me very excited but I can't justify throwing out my 2080 RTX especially cause I still get excellent performance in any game I play on Ultra even while streaming.
  13. Calyn

    New World MMO

    Yeah we have about a dozen people playing right now I think? It's pretty fun, had a few nice smaller PvP fights today, otherwise everyone is just busy leveling.
  14. Calyn

    Crowfall

    Well, yeah, I tolerated those same issues for the that same game concept 20 years ago in Shadowbane. But those were different times and I've been spoiled by other games since then. Hell I can't even tolerate ESO's floaty combat and that is miles ahead of Crowfall at this point. Skills don't connect, characters are perma-floating, and my i7-8700K, 2080 RTX should not have sub 20 FPS in group fights.
  15. Calyn

    Crowfall

    It is pretty awful. The concept is great, but the combat is just so bad, the animations make it even worse, and the performance is abysmal. Development is also just too slow, so I don't know how they'll ever get this into a viable state that caters to more than just a super niche type of PvPer who happens to tolerate unpolished combat/animations and abysmal performance.
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