Haven’t had time to check out EverQuest II’s latest expansion yet? Telwyn from GamingSF has you covered with some first impressions of Reign of Shadows. The early verdict? There’s a whole lot to do here!
“I then proceeded to spend a good hour or so wandering around the new city zones to just find my way about,” Telwyn noted. “Some quests were there, others appeared soon after I arrived, so my SK has a small list of tasks to accomplish. I managed a couple, but spent more time wandering than anything else.”
“It’s not my first time on Korriban, or as I think of it, Sith Hogwarts, but beyond that I’ve never gone further than level 20 or so on a Sith. I’ll be retreading familiar ground for a while, but that SWTOR is so undemanding – especially when I know what’s coming next – is actually another reason why I chose it this time around.”
“On the positive side… I am significantly more interested in Crimson Desert than I was before. The footage shown would lead you to believe that the game is a sort of God of War style single player narrative experience. There however is reportedly some sort of online multiplayer functionality, but it doesn’t seem like an MMORPG along the lines of its precursor Black Desert.”
“I even got invited to my first in-game wedding a few nights ago. They are purely social events that you have to make reservations for ahead of time, there is only one chapel per server. It was surprisingly elaborate and a lot of fun. It was also fun meeting some of my guildies, that have just been random names in a chat box until now. So far the community of FFXIV has been incredibly welcoming.”
“EQ is a game that, by and large, knows what it is and what its players want. EQII really isn’t. It’s several radically different, largely unrelated games precariously bolted together. ”
“I concur with just about everyone that Blizzard stumbled with the beginning zones in Shadowlands. The Maw ‘tutorial’ is a drag and never actually gave me any impression that it was as terrible a place as it was portrayed. The Maw at the endgame though, that feels hostile and properly hellish.”
“Aside from the odd interaction with a character from the movies, it is – like most MMO storylines – absolutely tedious stuff. Still, it’s the quickest and most efficient way of leveling up, so I decide to grit my teeth and press straight on with it.”