Thanks go out to Bartlebe and Wickidd for sparking the idea to write this blog post.Â We were talking on ventrilo about a review Wickidd had found that discussed the game world in Warhammer and it got me thinking about how I can relate the game world in Warhammer to other mmorpgs.Â The game world is one of those ‘things’ where I often have a hard time transcribing my feelings into words.Â In this review that we were discussing the authors described the world as small and restricting in regards to exploration –Â I believe the term “linear” applies — compared to WoW.Â In many ways, they are correct.
Warhammer’s game world is a healthy mix/falls between LOTRO and WoW.Â LOTRO’s game world is really linear but also restrictive with mountains, ledges, and quest objectives being placed often times only feet off the beaten path.Â WoW’s game world is rather open, does to an extent promote exploration, but has a lot of wasted space that serves no purpose.Â WAR’s game world, especially early on, is fairly linear by design.Â You always know where to go to level because once you have finished chapter 5 you go to chapter 6, etc.Â (That’s why there will never be a need for leveling guides!) Although the game is linear it is also designed to allow, encourage, and reward exploration.Â WAR is not just about quests like WoW and LOTRO; there are PQ’s, quests, and of course RvR and dungeons to level – and grinding if you really prefer.Â Once you get out of the first tier, which you really should before passing judgment or commenting on the world, the world gets much bigger and spread out.
I think this type of layout is ideal.Â Although I really love enormous game worlds, I really hate wasted and useless space.Â EQ2 is a great example of a beautiful and vibrant complete waste of space.Â There are entire regions and even entire zones that are worthless.Â What’s the point of that?Â I would rather have a smaller world if it meant the space was used efficiently.
People, for the most part, will be pleased with WAR’s game world.Â It opens up a lot more in the higher tiers and is really fleshed out with content.Â This is slightly off-topic but I’m really excited about the sheer number of things to do in the game.Â It feels like whichever direction I turn my character I always have something that I can do!