I’ve been wanting to try Fallen Earth for a while since every time I post something there is someone saying “Keen, you should try Fallen Earth”. The opportunity presented itself yesterday with a free 15-day trial Key. I downloaded the client (500+ mb) and patched (8gb) and then I was in.
I’ve only played for a matter of… maybe 4-5 hours, but already it feels a lot like SWG. There’s a definite sense of persistent world and virtual world, rather than the ‘game world’ feel. I’ve done a lot of gathering for crafting and a bit of killing and both seem to be prominent and important in Fallen Earth. The story is actually interesting and I’m getting a sense that there is a lot for me to learn about the game that won’t be made readily available through the game itself. There have been talks about factions and a disease that swept through the world as well as conflict surrounding the starting town I’m in called South Burb (a town focused heavily on Crafting).
I’m really not a Post Apoc fan at all. Ask anyone that knows me well and my least favorite genre is anything to do with Post Apoc, yet for some reason this is pretty tolerable. Maybe it’s the atmosphere, maybe the characters, but it’s not as bad as most.
A few observations that I’ve made:
Housing would be really, really well accomodated. There is sooooo much empty space that is begging to be filled by houses that players can build and place.
Person shops, preferably in the houses, would be a huge addition to the game’s economy.
Crafting is similar to SWG and has depth to it, but gathering is a bit “meh”. I would much rather there be automatic harvesters instead of having to run node to node.
The world is large and I’m being encouraged by the game’s design to think of the world as this massive place that I am incapable of perceiving all at once. To me the rest of the world does not exist right now. I’m playing in a tiny little corner of the world yet it feels like this is home to me. That’s a major accomplishment for a game in my book, and the devs should be proud. True Sandbox form right there.
I’m really drawn in by almost everything I do. Times flies when I’m literally doing nothing but roaming around looking for ‘Ragged Cotton’. Combine having to craft something with it, hunt an animal for another part, and then explore and that’s several hours right there before I even know it.
One question/series of questions that I have right now — How expansive and thriving is the economy? Is there a major economy for everything with people buying and selling and relying on each other or is everyone very self sufficient?