By this point, I had a pretty good feeling for ESO but I waited til the end of the month. Will do the same here but wanted to post a quick update.
My Esper is 36. There are 2-3 people higher than me in the guild (Evindra-Exiles-Cats in Space) so I’ll venture to say I’m top of curve. It’s about the same rate as ESO and FF14, half as fast as TOR. I have spent an inordinate amount of time “goofing”. Exploring, crafting, little quests here and there, challenges. A fun dungeon runs, a few housing picnics (and a dungeon inside one!). There’s a ton to do and I am loving it all.
I was in Farside, subzone 3.1 I guess. It’s the mini zone attached to the large moon (with 1/3 gravity no less) and was just astounded by the little details. Small nooks are full of fun stuff. Hidden ghosts, passed out gambling NPCs, giant snails making out, hidden sets of stairs. And the lore is just jam packed with juicy bits. Farside is also an odd one as it’s made up of smaller zones. Compared to Whitevale (just before) you’re only in each zone a couple hours. Mind you, each has their fun components. The 2nd zone (the sand biome) has a spider-man like challenge. You can fall from the highest point while doing it and I spent a solid 45 minutes getting through. That I tried for 45 and didn’t just move on, speaks a lot I think.
Are there bugs? Ya, a few. I’ve only ever had to drop 1 quest though. A rare /reloadui fixes the rest. One bug happened in the world quest line, at ~35. That took a bit of magic but the quest itself was impressive, so I didn’t mind redoing a fair chunk. I think I could count the bugs on my hand actually, which is so vastly different from ESO, that they are like night and eclipse.
Housing. I will have to make an entire post on housing. Neighbors are easy to find and some people have been ultra creative. Ryven found one piece of loot, not even at max size, that takes up 25% of his lot. I’m adding pieces here and there, though I think I’m going to go for an underwater vibe – given my squirg headgear. I like farming on other people’s land too, since you share resources. It is so much more than I expected and extremely seamless.
I spend a lot of time smelling the roses. And doing that with other people too. That alone should speak volumes to what Carbine has been able to do here. I am continually impressed, even as a jaded vet. I think, at the very foundational level, things just work and work smoothly. It’s more or less intuitive. There’s very little bullcrap that you have to put up with in order to have fun, which is a great change from more recent games (as I like to remind everyone, FF14 is the exception to all my MMO complaints!).
Oh, and I love Lopp.