ArchAge (Trion) also makes Rift
The Good. Sandox.
The Bad. Level Grind hamster wheel.
The Ugly. World chat/community.
Of all the games on my MMO Summer games list, I was pretty excited to be playing the beta for ArcheAge. One of the main selling points for this game is the “sandbox” element. In fact, on the homepage for the game, it is very explicitely referred to as such. This is also the element the drew so much interest from players trying to grab beta keys and flooded the chat and game forums with stupid comments, racism, slurs and general rudeness towards other players. The game will be F2P when it launches later in the year, so opening the flood gates to everyone in an anticipated game will naturally draw trolls. I actually made it a rule to stay away from betas, as the excitement for when the actual game lauches takes a bit of the excitement out of it. So I did get to about level 25 or so, in a game that capped at 50 I believe, at least in the beta.
I am looking forward to playing an MMO that emphasizes things like crafting, farming, housing, trading and economy as opposed to the usual grind to end game and grind repeated raids or dungeon for epic gear, which most current popular MMOs are guilty of. I like the idea of logging into a perpetual world where I can exist and live of the land and contribute to the world economy with crafted goods as opposed to “killing all the things” for more “things”. Unfortunately, for this game, the beginning is met with the usual grind to level cap, so I’m assuming that the “good stuff” that I’m looking for is at the end, but that’s okay.
A couple of interesting thing that this game offers very early on is transportation/mounts. You can actually do mounted combat at level 10, and receive a shiny new mount at about the same time. You also recieve a small rowboat, which you can later upgrade to large ships. And of course, the coolest thing about the game are the gliders. Flying around the world on your personal glider is actually quite fun, although your first glider is pretty crappy.
Visually the game looks like Guild Wars 2, including the inteface and the character models look like Final Fantasy: A Realm Reborn, which is to say they look pretty good. I will keep following the progress for this game and do a bit of crafting if I get into the next beta, but the idea of a character wipe really bothers me. I might try out different classes and races next time for comparison. I’m feeling pretty positive about this game, but I’m a little worried about other characters being able to kill you, steal from you and you possibly going to prison, which I don’t fully understand the mechanics of.
See y’all next week with another MMO!