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. Â 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. Â Let’s discuss the first few hours of play.
Visuals, Presentation, et al.
ArcheAge is quite beautiful. Â You can glean that from watching most videos. Â 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. Â FromÂ a complete technical novice like myself, theÂ game ‘feels’ well put together and as the end-user I have no technical complaints yet.
SomeÂ of the game is still in a language I do not understand — Korean? Â Other than language, ArcheAge feels Eastern to me. Â Character models all look feminine and ‘pretty’. Â Back to how the game ‘feels’, I can ‘feel’ the Eastern influence in the controls and the gameplay. Â Playing MMOs for almostÂ 20 years gives one that sense to pick up on these things. Â Keep in mind that’s not yet a negative thing by itself. (more…)
Albion Online is a F2P sandbox MMO currently in alpha. Â 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. Â 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. Â Played from an isometric perspective, Albion Online offers a completely sandbox experience on any device. Â 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. Â From what I can tell, there appear to be pre-designated spots close to the main city. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â The very first thing I had to do was gather wood, stone, and hides to craft myself some basic tools and armor. Â I recommend making a shield and adding the Shield Wall spell — great survivability! Â After crafting my tools I realized that everything in-game seems to be driven by the skill menu. Â This skill menu is MASSIVE and makes Path of Exile look tame. (more…)