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Neverwinter Beta

I had very little expectations going into this game.  After all, Cryptic is synonymous with cheap and over-instanced MMO’s.  I got the same exact vibe as CO and STO when i logged in.  The game actually looks pretty good on max setting but again, it feels very claustrophobic.  It’s difficult to explain but it’s very similar to how The Old Republic felt to me.  Huge walls that surround you and keep you going down a predetermined path.  I enjoy exploring and climbing up mountains for out of the way locations.  I get the sense this is not possible in this game.

The combat, that is very fast paced and addictive at first, suffers from the same issues that i had with TERA.  I absolutely hate hate hate HATE animation locks in action based combat MMO’s.  I’m probably just spoiled by GW2’s combat at this point, but that game feels so much smoother to me.  I’m willing to accept certain big hit, wind-up, or channeled abilities require rooting to keep a semblance of balance, but when the spammable “at-will” abilities also root you, it tends to feel clunky.  It is still early and maybe things will get better later on.

I spent all my time on trickster rogue since the game also lacks enough options class wise.  None of the other classes interested me at all.  I’d love to play an archer of some sort, without a pet of course since I’m not a fan of them.  Maybe more classes down the line is what I’m hearing.  We’ll see.

Neverwinter Trickster Rogue
Neverwinter Trickster Rogue
Neverwinter Trickster Rogue
Neverwinter Trickster Rogue

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