Wekk the login server has just died on me and kicked me out, so I thought I'd just write a few words on here for shits and giggles.
Yes, an MMO only a few days out of beta and I bought it. What was I thinking? I had alreays promised myself, that I would never get into an MMO again so earliy. Give it 6 months and see how it's actually going before jumping in with my cash. Turns out I'm a sucker for shiney new superhero games and parted with my cash already.
First impressions are good. Character customisation is immense. Coming from World of Warcraft where everyone looks the same, and you be the best you can be you have to wear the best armour you can, even if it makes you look like a giant court jester. Choosing my look and outfit again was a great feature. Having spent a few hours in the tutorial running around like a noob I come to realise that my chap in his black and red fire motif outfit (named Burninator) is seriously lacking creative thought. There are monters, wolves, hell I even saw a monkey skipping about, and yes of course the 3 million angel/demon cliches just dropping into the tutorial alleyway.
So lets rewind a bit. I've always enjoyed being a tank. The thought of being the one guy standing between mass enemies and the rest of the group dying has always been a satisfying one. So upon creating my first character I look for the Tank class. It's not there. Having not read anything beyond a few posts on this forum, I stratch my head. Some reading later I delve back into the character creator and start making choices.
Using a custom build I think that this should get me the flexibility that I'm looking for in my tank. Looking over the energy builder powers I look at the melee attacks. The crushing powers are my main focus, thinking I'll give them a cool orange glow to make them firey. But hang on, I dont need to pick something expected. If a tank can build energy at range, that would be awesome. So I grab the fire bolt dealy to build energy. I want a melee attack next. Something brutal, but without the fancyness of weapons. Crushing blows it is, with the chance to stun enemies it's a perfect tank tool. I launch into tutorial and start beating the crap out of everything in sight. Damn this is fun.
Crafting is done well, but the ease of picking up raw materials seems a little too... easy. Perhaps at the higher levels the more rare components will be loot drops from mobs. Otherwise I can see people just hanging about the component container spawn points and whoring them up like... whores.
Not getting loot from every mob is odd. In WOW nearly everything drops something, even if it's crap you sell back to a vendor. It's the main source of income at low levels. With only quest rewards to get money at the moment, a wrongly chosen power is very costly, so much so that I rerolled and started again already.
All in all, a very enjoyable game. I'll have to see if group dynamics work well. At the moment it just seems like a single player game with other people in it.