Some friends and I are back playing Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. The idea was pitched to me by a member of our gaming community. I’ve been looking for a reason to get back in Telon, especially after the new F2P model which essentially lifted all of the limitations until end-game.
The appeal of Vanguard comes from the traditional MMO feel. Plentiful open-world dungeons and group content give players a reason to traverse the huge world. There are dozens of different places to take a group of players and go on a challenging adventure. If you don’t have a group of friends to play with then you’ll likely get to know a great deal of players, and form friendships quickly. I already met someone while on the newbie island, and for the first time I added a player to my friends list with the hope I’ll get to meet up with them again.
A lot of great changes have been made to Vanguard to improve the gameplay. Lower level dungeons have been modified for higher levels, and additional content has been added to make the entire experience more polished and fluid — compare that to a month after launch. Really makes me wish the game launched in this state.
SOE is winning me over these days. Every MMO I’ve considered going back to is one of theirs. SOE has the monopoly on tradition. If they manage to keep up the nonrestrictive F2P model, and don’t manipulate players, I’ll continue to keep their games on my go-to list.
I’m also beginning to appreciate how my account works across all of their games. I can log in to Vanguard, then go play Planetside 2. Their Station Cash carries over from one game to another, and since I didn’t find anything in PS2 worth buying, I’m able to save that money for Vanguard or another game. All of this is starting to get me hyped for EverQuest Next. If EQ Next uses Station Cash, and I’m positive it will, then I’ll be able to use my same account. I’m hoping for a B2P hybrid with the same nonrestrictive F2P model.
If you’re looking for a fun game to last you until Final Fantasy XIV, WildStar, or to simply be a go-to game like it is for me then give Vanguard a try (It’s on Steam). I’ve had a lot of fun so far. Keep it up SOE!