After a long hiatus–wherein I played EVE, was further frustrated by ECM and FW fleets, quit EVE, tried RoM, got to 50 and realized it was more WoW than I’d hoped, quit RoM, went back to WoW again, semi-quit WoW (but free game time!), and currently find myself firmly in the clutches of Darkfall–I am ready to post again.
Darkfall is rather hardcore: you can hit members of your group and own alignment, being hit in the back or sides is much more painful than the front, mounts are spawned and can be boarded or taken by anyone in the vicinity if you aren’t careful, and when you die you drop everything you were carrying and wearing. It’s also a FPS style MMO so you have to aim your shots with magic, arrows, and melee weapons. Being nearly handicapped in the hand-eye coordination department, Darkfall really got my panties in a twist for the first few days (I had to turn down my mouse’s DPI too; it was seizure-land!). However, I feel like I’m getting the hang of it and all the gameplay is surprisingly interesting.
There are no consideration mechanics in the game. You can’t tell by mouseover whether you’ll be able to solo this guy or whether he’s going to wreck your whole group. If you can see someone, they can see you; actually, they’re probably all ready heading for you, shouting for friends to follow and bring the tar. They zig and zag, avoiding your painstakingly aimed arrow or magic spell. They run back to friends for a heal, circle you to hit vulnerable spots, attack the weakest in your group, and eat food to regen health. There is a real risk each time you go out to fight you could die and lose everything on you AND THOSE ARE JUST THE MOBS. (I’m telling you, the AI in this game is smarter than some of the people with whom I’ve raided!)
PvP is a whole ‘nother story, pals.
Ken and I started playing about a week ago to try it out and see what we thought. Obviously that went well. Tonight, Travis joined us and after a quick run down of the basics, we decided to head over to an easy dungeon close-ish to our Alfar territory we found on an online map resource.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by a tombstone of another player who’d fallen victim to god-knows-what in there (oh, I totally ninjaed all his shit too) so we proceeded with caution. We’d found a neat goblin village in the undergrown caverns and were luring them to their deaths in a convenient alcove when a few other people showed up. Apparently they’d 0verheard what we were saying about their mothers ’cause they proceeded to FUCK US UP. I saw one guy set Travis on fire and I bolted in the opposite direction.
There was a bunch of shouting on Vent and in the confusion–which included Travis being incapacitated and Ken running into the group of three people hell-bent on our destruction and corpse-looting to ninja-revive like an EMT on PCP–I ran into another neat mob-filled town to hide. Except this wasn’t a primitive goblin village with cute huts and cozy fires out front. This place was crawling with undead dwarves who could hit me for half my life in one shot. I ran around like a crazy person, getting lost-er by the moment and finding that the smartass AI could find me hiding behind rocks and in houses, even if I was crouched behind a table with my eyes covered.
I finally found my way back to Ken and Travis and it was like that scene in The Lion King where Timone is running toward Zazu in that bone cage thing, screaming “LET ME IN! LET ME IN!” while Zazu is crying “LET ME OUT! LET ME OUT!” Of course those PKing fucks (I know I’m usually the PKing fuck and that’s totally fine. The moral here is do as I say and not as I do, ‘kay?) were right behind the guys and I flipped around to run again. They chased us around those caverns for nearly an hour. Ken went down first in a heroic effort to draw fire away the rest of the group. Travis hid in some boxes for at least ten minutes, listening to the pitter-patter of searching feet, but eventually got boned too. I snuck back to the goblin city, found a house, and LOGOFFSKIED. (I don’t want to hear about how that was a cheat or I’m not honourable for sticking around or whatever. This is war, people, and if you ignore opportunies to outsmart that’s your own fault! Plus, I have no shame. At all.)
So there you have it. Darkfall’s my current drug of choice…I don’t go broke and I do it a lot.