Dear Blizzard Entertainment,
I’m sure you like having the many gold farmers in your games that provide a considerable percentage of your revenue, but you just gotta fix the goddamn spam problem in your titles’ chat channels. (It was bad enough in World of Warcraft, but in Diablo III, it’s insanely horrible.)
I maintain that Vanguard is a much-improved game worthy of a second (or even first) look, but for now, I’m dropping out. Not because of annoying technical bugs, lame classes, or mind-numbingly boring combat, but because the world seems completely devoid of players.
Like everyone else who played Star Wars: The Old Republic for about a month and then said “the hell with this derivative shite”, I received an e-mail from Bioware yesterday that basically said “please come back and try our game again”. Seems they’ve just rolled out a big game update (1.2: Legacy, to be exact) and would really like to get a lot of those lost subscribers back by offering free play till April 20th. Oh yeah, and if you reactivate your subscription, you get a useless little Tauntaun pet to run around behind you. Which will be pretty cool for about two minutes, when you’ll then notice that every other dillhole in the game is running around with one.
I’ve gotten my ranger in Vanguard, Skip Skipperson, to level 17, and I’m glad to report that I still find him a blast to play. Typically, I play casters in MMOs, but have never shied away from rolling archer toons, as they’re a good alternative (ranged DPS) class for the way I like to play.
I’ve played archers since Ultima Online, but I’m thinking the ranger class in Vanguard may be my favorite. Groovy ranged and melee abilities, stealth similar to World of Warcraft‘s rogue class, and the ability to tame and control animals (albeit briefly), all make Vanguard‘s rangers pretty serious contenders. In short, they get shit done.