Posted tagged ‘Fallen Earth’

An Ultima Online Experiment

March 27, 2010

UO

I played Ultima Online back before Trammel, continued playing after it came out and didn’t leave it until Final Fantasy XI came out, which i played until World of Warcraft came out. I went back when Ultima Online released it’s Kingdom Reborn expansion pack, which was a terrible mess. The updated “3D” style graphics caused the world to look more cluttered than it had before and the newbie starting quests were broken  and it was impossible to complete it.

Jump forward to today when I downloaded and installed the 14 day trial for Ultima Online. I got the new Stygian Abyss client and decided to see what kind of improvements they had brought to UO, if any. It turned out that they did a really great job, at least in the newbie starting quest area. There were many NPCs with quests once I got to New Haven, the starting town, and they ranged from getting my skills up (basically to teach you what you need to do) to crafting or escorting.

The biggest problem with the game right now isn’t even the graphics, which is what I thought it would be. It’s not even the UI which has received many great enhancements. It’s the sound. From the brutally loud and annoying walking noise that accompanies you everywhere you go (unless you turn off the walking noise completely…) or the seemingly four second music clip that seems to repeat over and over. Granted I’ve only played for a few minutes and I intend to give it a thorough playing before I give up on it. I have such fond memories of my time in Brittania that I am really tempted to resub, especially after the little I played today. But I’ll give it the full two weeks and see what’s what.

Makes me want to give Darkfall a try. If only they had a carebare server.

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Tips for Fallen Earth

March 22, 2010

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clueless in the wasteland

This is going to be an ongoing list of tips for new Fallen Earth players that will grow as I learn more. I’m taking questions from the in game help channel, questions I’ve had, and questions from any commenter on this site kind enough to leave one. Away we go!

1. Midway Armor Merchant – If you start in Midway this is a question you will eventually ask. How can you get to the roof of the building so you can buy armor?

Go down the street to the south and stop between ‘Midway Eats’ and ‘Grover’s Book and Roof Access’. Go into Grover’s, up the stairs twice, the second set it above the first, then make a left over a wooden plank bridge onto a building to the south. Follow another wooden plank bridge to a building to the east and then turn north. This is the tricky part. Unequip your weapons, even if you have to put then all in your bags. Without weapons equipped you will supposedly jump farther. Now just make the two jumps while heading east and you will finally be able to buy armor…

More after the jump.

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Fallen Earth: Freetime Killer

March 21, 2010

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If you haven’t been able to guess from the title I’ve been playing Fallen Earth lately. I picked it up to be another trial MMO to review for the blog and then move on, unfortunately I haven’t stopped playing it for two days.

First off I’ll say that the game is not for everyone. If you are the type of person who see’s a game and says “ugh, I could never play that game, those graphics are from three years ago” then you might not want to play FE. If you can’t stand MMO’s without classes, or two much information will make you frustrated and you just want to level, hit a trainer and buy skills prechosen for you, then this game might not be for you. That’s not to say that people like that are in any way wrong, just letting you know that it might not appeal to you.

Second there are some design decisions made by Icarus Studios, creators of Fallen Earth, that I absolutely do not like. These aren’t game breakers but they are annoying. For instance I received a quest from a poor old farmer lady to kill off some wolves that were attacking her sheep. Only after twenty minutes of frustration did I realize that the large pack of “Starving Wolves” right outside the gate was NOT the threat she was speaking of, but instead it was the non-aggroing well fed wolves about five miles out into the desert….

Another small complaint is that often times, if you are looking at a skill or stat, the actual benefit is buried inside a wall of text. Now I know it’s an RPG and I am not averse to reading massive amounts of text, but put the benefits down by themselves so I can, at quick glance, know what I am looking at.

The game is by no means noob friendly, though the community is great, especially in the in game help chat channel. Most people end up utilizing this channel more than anything else in the game, and the people in it were always friendly and helpful. You do only get 100 messages a play session on the trial though, to cut down on gold spammers, but a simple relog fixes that if you have more trouble.

Expect much more to come on Fallen Earth in the future.