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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Vanguard Vanguard Vanguard

Well, I've been seeing a lot of Vanguard stuff lately so I thought I'd give you a quick round-up.

I linked yesterday to a Gamespot early look at the E3 demo and IGN has a preview up as well.

But, as written over at N3rfed, "And when you've got a reporter who has obviously done the hard work with his research and makes an early comment such as...

'Instanced zones are a relatively new thing in the world of the MMO.'

...you know you're in for hard-hitting coverage."

Relatively new blog I Pwn3d Your Mom recently took a look at the world and races of Vanguard.

Finally, Krones recently posted an in-depth and entertaining update on Vanguard over at Pitfalls.

As for me, I go back and forth on Vanguard. I think I'll have to really hear how it plays since it is relying more on execution than innovation. So far I like what I have heard. My biggest fear is how their connection with Microsoft will play out. Vanguard has been rumored to be an XBox 360 launch title, although that rumor has been somewhat squished. I do see it coming out on the XBox 360 sooner or later though. And I'm not sure if that's a good thing. Microsoft is really pushing the micro-transactions virtual marketplace of the 360. Will they push that on Vanguard? McQuaid says no. Will Microsoft pressure them to release Vanguard before it is ready if the XBox 360 sales are lagging? And do you really want to play a supposedly hard-core old-school MMORPG with XBox 360 users? Or am I just being prejudiced towards console owners and a horrible person?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear what you're saying, Aggro. I've been watching and listening, too. That's the problem. You go to the VG boards and wow, BAM, you get clobbered if you have a reservation or a game to compare it to. I made that mistake. Never again though. Signed up and signed out the first day. Those fans are just blinders-on-a-horse mentality. They don't want to hear it.

Sound familiar? We went through this discussion about EQ2. Fanbois there were responsible for many, many cancellations. I know quite a few myself, so I'm sure of it.

I'm too spent from EQ2 fanbois to be bothered with another round of Vanbois. Just another pissing contest I won't get involved in.

And that FAQ of Brad's doesn't help. First he's talking about catering to the "core gamer" and then he's talking about being an "inclusory game" for everyone.

Then the "everyone crowd" stops in and says, "hey, why don't you guys do this like [insert favorite MMOG here]?", and they get lynched like the halfling they are.

One can't expect good reviews when they allow that type of fanboi'ism to go on.

I got as far their forum boards and I was turned off completely. I've already seen it on EQ2 and I'll be damned if I'm going back for more. This was supposed to be the "mature" audience and they are worse then WoW who has the excuse of bearing the kiddies.

The hell with what MS thinks! I won't touch it based on the riot in there. Who needs the aggravation? I can hear it now. "Go play WoW noob!" Ok fine. I think I will.

6:37 PM  

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