Sunday, June 03, 2007

At Least the Review is Good

Slashdot has a review of Lord of the Rings Online up. Just take a moment and read through a few of the comments. There are gems like this hiding within:
Frankly, I was really disappointed. The combat system sucks - it actually has a window that says things like "You hit the wolf for two points of damage". It felt like going back in time to the 80's.
While the poster does make some valid points about video games vs. realism, I don't really think he bought the game for the right reason. But that comment isn't what really frustrates me about the comments.

Everyone defending MMORPGs is using World of Warcraft. WoW has this. WoW has that. WoW, the most fucking awesome thing to hit planet earth, does it that way too! WoW has somehow become the definition of MMORPG.

WoW has done a lot of things very well and has finally put everything into a polished, complete, and fun game. But for the love of MMORPGs, it is not the only way to do things. I made the mistake once of trying to define MMORPGs. I failed. Raph Koster beat me over the head with a big stick for it. I learned.

My suggestion to everyone. Get out and play a wider variety of games!

Anyways, at least the actual review is worth a read.


  1. Thanks.

    Yeah. I ... yeah.


  2. Anonymous1:11 AM

    Yeah, except he's right -- the LOTRO combat system is really bad compared to a wide variety of games, including WoW. The different abilities in the game they give actually do different things, but you inevitable end up just spamming them all until the monsters are dead because it's not designed for those abilities actually to do anything meaningful to the mobs. The tooltips sound great though.

  3. Yeah, I thought it was a good review, too.

  4. Anonymous6:53 AM

    Reviewers will stop comparing MMORPG to WOW when one of the following two things will happen:

    1) MMORPG makers stops doing copies of the same system
    2) someone makes yet another copy of the same gamesystem, but with better quality than anything else, so that it will become the new point of comparison.

    It is not reviewers fault in my opinion. It is only game designers lacking ideas.
    The same WOW has been compared to EQ1 and 2 on release date, before becoming the new standard.

  5. Anonymous10:15 AM

    I tried LOTRO, got to level 12, and went back to WoW. LOTRO is a good, fun game. If there was no WoW, I'd be playing it. But WoW is still the best game on the market IMHO.


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