Posted 02 December 2004 - 06:05
Bought the collectors edition of Everquest 2 (regret), and after seeing broken quests, gameplay issues, shader lighting glitches, mob bugs, and a multitude of other knick knacks... not to mention Sony's beloved NVidia they so proudly promoted doesnt pull through in providing the game with ample performace while keeping an expected level of quality. IE my 6800 GT, 3.2 AMD XP, and 1gb 2225 pc3200 ram cant play the game @ Balanced settings smoothly...
I goto WoW.. guess what?! Perfect release, smooth gameplay, polished look and feel, and the performance, while expected to be better since WoW's engine lacks the uber-detail the Granny3D engine EQ2 uses, runs at 1280x1024, 8xAA, and 16xAF over 40fps at ANY given time, and looks gorgeous doing so. The low poly count is easily made up for with the fluidity of movement in the animations of the models, as well as over all movement throughout Azeroth shifts seamlessly from one zone to the next.
I love how they have a mailing system (to send items or money right to a players door step), and Auction House (both the states idea from FFXI), Honor point system (for PvP), Honor point incentive based merchants (honor equipment, really nice gear for talented PvPers), Well Rested State bonus expereince, to mention a few.
World of Warcraft blew me away, and after playing Everquest Live! for 4 years I must say I am sorry to say goodbye to Sony, but I must tip my hat to Blizzard for a job, well well done. <applause>
lvl 12 Priest, the Horde - Gorefiend (PvP, EST) server -- and loving it.
See you in Azeroth!