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Darkfall Feats, Player Points, and UI

Darkfall Unholy Wars supposedly launches early December.  I say supposedly because I believe we won’t see it until at least January.  Nevertheless, information about the changes to Darkfall is finally being offered up by Aventurine.

Darkfall Bank GUI

The new bank menu with paper doll and inventory management.

Interface – Slicker, more console-like experience

I really, really like the look of the new UI.  I have no idea how it will actually behave when playing — I may despise it when I actually get to experience it.  I think visually it conveys a more action-like approach with radial menus for combat abilities, almost console-like menus, and a much more polished and informative GUI.

In particular, the Bank interface looks to be vastly improved.  I wasn’t a fan of the chaos created by the random, throw yourself anyway bank space.  The new paper doll looks good, and I like the general aesthetics of how information is being presented to the player.

Darkfall Feats

A list of Feats on the left helps to guide players toward activities, and rewards them for doing things.

Feats – Achievements meet Quests

The Feats sound to me like an achievement system and quest blend.  The game will suggest these objective-like tasks and the player can choose to complete them or not.  Look at the screenshot I took from the video, it looks like everything from exploring a town to killing monsters, crafting, PvPing, sieging, and just about every aspect of the game will give points.  I see a colored point value next to each Feat; I’m not sure if those are general Player Points or special points of a particular type matching the type of Feat.

I think Feats will give players direction.  One complaint I often hear from inexperienced sandbox players is, “What do I do next? What is my goal?”  This will provide that goal in an open way that will hopefully maintain the spirit of the sandbox game.  If these become more like chores that become required by the min-max meta game to be competitive — meaning the points associated become important — then the system will be a failure.

 

Player Points – Character Development Currency

Player Points appear to be the equivalent of experience.  They are used to buy new skills, boosters (whatever those are Titles with stat bonuses), and yet-unnamed “features” that allow you to develop your character further.  As I mentioned previously, Feats reward you with points, and simply playing the game however you want is supposed to reward you with Player Points.  Crafters can earn them by crafting, PvPers from killing other players or sieging, etc.  Sounds like this could work.

Overall, Aventurine is finally taking steps to modernize Darkfall.  I like the game I’m seeing on paper, and I’m anxious to get my hands on these changes to know for sure whether or not Darkfall will be worth investing my time.

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Comments

  1. I am looking forward to trying this out. I just wish there was a way to do so without dropping the $15. I will probably just get it since they comp’d the box price. We (HFG) forming a clan again?

  2. @Chris: I posed the guild question to the forum community and I didn’t get a good enough response to justify the attempt to rekindle our guild in Darkfall. Several people who continued playing into the NA version joined other guilds and continued playing with those guilds through Darkfall’s original life-span. They justifiably want to continue with those guilds.

    Right now we have people going in several directions. I’ll post details on where I end up when I get there, that way if others want to follow me they can.

    As for the price, I’m going with the mindset that they’ll get my $15 initially because they have piqued my interest. They’ll have to work hard to earn the next $15.

  3. Keen , off subject sorry. are you just about done with GW2?

  4. @Jay P.: For now I’m on a hiatus. I ran out of things to do that interested me.

  5. Okay! Sorry for not being mor active with the guild since GW2 launched. College as been beating me up :-) I appreciate always having he welcome place to play, though!

    On a different note, I know you like Pokemon so I thought you would get a kick out of this:

    http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2012/11/23/pok-233-mon-39-s-burning-questions.aspx

  6. Darn iphone. You get the message :-)