I really enjoy the game for what it is. The combat feels very tense, the open world is the primary content, which a lot of players fail to realise actually, and I’m actually very happy with all the core systems the game has. It still feels very fresh and addictive, and I look forward to my play time most days.
The current criticisms I feel come from a place of expectation, that anything with the label MMO has to fullfill these pre-conceived expectations.
I will never understand how people could look at NW and say, “yea, that is anything like ESO or WoW or FF14”, or that it is even trying to be, blows my mind.
Some players want the entire game solo-able, they want to be able to farm end game gear by opening boxes, by serving NPC’s with little challenge, the don’t want to have to engage with the economy, with the crafting, or with any PvP.
They all want a game tailored to one of the many reasons they ended up liking the genre in a game that stands a decent distance outside of any of those other titles. They want, what is a fresh and unique experience, to be pigeon-holed into particular gameplay loops. Which if I’m to be honest, is the most asinine thing of all. These kinds of players equate a number going up, to satisfying “gameplay”. Get number to 60, done, now get number to 600…. Wait, it isn’t as easy as I want it to be, game must be bad….
I’d love to know what they intended to do after they got all there GS marks to 600… wait I know, complain again about lack of content.
Then they start to look to other players that are enjoying the game for what it is, “Ah, they must be in a cult”. “Why do I not get the same rewards, even though I don’t want to engage with all the games systems?”…
The mentality appears to have no limits also. They want mounts, they want orbs removed, azoth removed, they want taxes removed, they want the entire fundamentals of the game removed, they have not yet realised that AGS want players out in the world. If these players want to log in, queue an expedition, and then log off. They can do that in the half-dozen other titles that pride themselves on those systems.
Anyway, to finish my rant, I just want to say I’m happy to see AGS stick to their guns and stick to their vision of how they want NW to play and grow into the future, which I have no doubt will be around for many years to come.