So I downloaded, and played a little Neverwinter last night. Thought I would share some of my meandering opinions about this MMO. I know it’s Beta but there are some things I don’t like about this game, but I’ll go over that in a bit. I did like ALOT about this game too.
What I liked –
Graphics – Clean, and Crisp. I didn’t see that many bugs and my machine is not top of the line at all. I was also impressed with the detail, what I saw of the city, landscape and dungeons I was really impressed.
Combat – I really liked the combat, it was smooth, quick paced, and exciting. I really liked some of the combat animations, like magic missile. It’s what I dreamt magic missiles were when I was growing up playing D&D
Gameplay/Quests – It was fun I have to admit for what I saw, the quests weren’t tedious there was a flow to them, and the gameplay was fun. NPC interaction didn’t take away from the game.
Forgotten Realms – I love the Forgotten Realms setting, I grew up on it, ever since I read my first Drizzt novel, and played Pool of Radiance. This place is my second fantasy home.
Character Creation – It was fun, with a bunch of choices, like arm thickness, and the classic dice rolling for your stats…yeah I rerolled ALOT!
What I didn’t like -
Classes – There weren’t any classes that really spoke to me. Control Wizard has a little orb floating around him/her…really? Where are the classic D&D classes such as Ranger, or Paladin.
Alignment – Part of D&D fun is you get to play with ethical and morality stuff, I wish there was more dynamic in this game. Where’s my evil choices, and my lawful evil alignment?
UI- Perhaps I just need to get use to it, but the UI seems to me to be smooshed, and cluttered.
For a Beta, it worked pretty smooth, I was impressed. I like the game, there’s a lot of fun stuff there , but I think once you get past the fluff, and pretty stuff the game just is missing stuff I would love to see in an D&D MMO. Namely playing a cool evil Necromancer. I’ll still dabble with it, and see if it gets better.