I hadn't heard this in such a long time -- probably because of the people I surround myself with -- but I heard it tonight: "It's alpha." Long ago, we…
Trion was gracious enough to grant me access to the alpha test phase of ArcheAge. I’ve had access for two days now and put in somewhere around 5 hours of play. I’m still -very- early in the game and haven’t even gained access to most of the features I’d like to try the most (ships, housing).
I want to start sharing my impressions, though, because there’s going to be a lot to say about ArcheAge. Let’s discuss the first few hours of play.
Visuals, Presentation, et al.
ArcheAge is quite beautiful. You can glean that from watching most videos. The engine runs well on my computer at maxed out settings with only the slightest hint of slowdown around what I think could be a shadow issue. From a complete technical novice like myself, the game ‘feels’ well put together and as the end-user I have no technical complaints yet.
Some of the game is still in a language I do not understand — Korean? Other than language, ArcheAge feels Eastern to me. Character models all look feminine and ‘pretty’. Back to how the game ‘feels’, I can ‘feel’ the Eastern influence in the controls and the gameplay. Playing MMOs for almost 20 years gives one that sense to pick up on these things. Keep in mind that’s not yet a negative thing by itself. (more…)
Albion Online is a F2P sandbox MMO currently in alpha. We received keys to participate in the alpha test that began this evening which ended up being so much fun that I had to jump on here and share my thoughts. I would have had this post up yesterday evening shortly after playing, but my poor little laptop BSOD’d and I lost the whole thing. 🙁
Think of Ultima Online + a little bit of action RPG and you’ll start to form the foundation of Albion Online. Played from an isometric perspective, Albion Online offers a completely sandbox experience on any device. I was shocked to see that you can play cross-platform on iOS, Android devices, PC, etc.
Players in Albion are able to build structures out in the world. From what I can tell, there appear to be pre-designated spots close to the main city. I haven’t explored far (the world is pretty dang big) enough to see if it opens up to more of a ‘place anywhere’ mechanic. You can place storage buildings to help you store all of your heavy resources (there is a carry capacity), crafting stations, buildings to decorate, etc. Like UO, you are safe in your building unless you built in the guild warfare areas.
Gathering and Skills
From the moment I started playing I realized how much time I could lose to this game. The very first thing I had to do was gather wood, stone, and hides to craft myself some basic tools and armor. I recommend making a shield and adding the Shield Wall spell — great survivability! After crafting my tools I realized that everything in-game seems to be driven by the skill menu. This skill menu is MASSIVE and makes Path of Exile look tame. (more…)