Six Things I Love About New World (And Four Things I Don’t)

I’ve been playing New World. I’ve been wanting a new MMO to scratch my itch in just about forever, and this one seems to be doing the trick–at least for now. As with any game, there are things I love a lot, and things I love, well, a little bit less.

Six Things I Love

1. A World to Explore

I enjoy going off and exploring. New World seems to have ample opportunity for this, at least so far. I’m sure eventually I’ll see every nook and cranny, but for now I’m enjoying the journey. There are even town project missions you can do that are exploration based. I haven’t picked one up yet (I’ve been too busy crafting) but I’m looking forward to trying one!

2. A Creepy Atmosphere

Some of my favorite games aren’t horror, but they are creepy. Don’t Starve is probably the perfect example. It’s not a horror game, but it’s creepy. You don’t know what’s going to be around the next corner, or if the thing you find will be useful or harmful.

Most of the stuff in New World is useful, but it still has that “I could get hurt here and I don’t know what’s behind that boulder” feeling that I love. The sound effects in the game really make it–you can hear other players fighting in the distance.

3. Visual Appeal

Hi. My name is Alli, I can be a bit of a graphics snob. I don’t like voxels or anime-style graphics. I can dig pixels. I like things that are super stylized. And I like realistic, if it’s done well. It’s done well here. Combined with the incentives to explore and the game’s atmosphere, it’s definitely a place I want to spend time in.

Stopping to admire the view while hunting for iron

4. Gathering

One of my favorite things to do in MMOs is gather. In New World you could probably spend your entire time gathering. If there’s a tree, you can chop it. If there’s a boulder, you can mine it. If there’s a shrub, you can harvest it. Of course, certain things are rarer and more valuable than others. But I just love the fact that you can gather everything! It gives me even more incentive to explore.

I think I’m going to need a bigger bag.

5. Gathering, Though

This needs a second point because of how awesome it is. If you’re wandering around and someone is chopping down a tree, you can hear it. And you can see it falling. It might even fall over the path you’re walking on. (It would be extra fun if it gave you damage from falling on your head, but I haven’t seen that.)

6. A Good Place to Start

I liked the intro/tutorial. It was detailed enough to give me what I needed to play the game, but brief & entertaining enough that having to repeat it to create a new character doesn’t sound like pure torture.

Something I like about playing new games vs joining an older one years after launch is that older games tend to get bloated with various systems, many of which become useless as new ones are added in subsequent expansions. I’m not feeling any system overload yet–it’s at least spacing out the systems to new players in a way that’s manageable.

Three Things I Don’t

1. Locked Servers

When I initially made my character, I did some googling to find the unofficial RP server. I find people on RP servers to generally be more mature and not have incredibly irritating character names. Of course, the unofficial RP server was full. I joined a different server in the same server…cluster? I’m not sure of the official term. Amazon has a forum post on server transfers, but check out this line:

You cannot move your character to a full world.

So if I’m understanding correctly, I wont be able to transfer my character to the unofficial RP server if it’s still full. (How would a server become not full?) Or if I want to join Belghast but his server’s full, I’m still SOL. I don’t think I need to explain why this is terrible for the game. I think everyone gets it. Belghast’s post Fragmented Community digs into why this happened a bit more.

2. Somewhat Boring Storytelling

The quests aren’t that interesting. There does seem to be some stories and I’m enjoying some of the NPCs but the quests are very much of the “kill 10 rats” variety. Not my favorite. I am someone who cares about story, so this is an issue for me. I know this was originally designed as a PvP game and PvE was added later, so it makes sense that the quests seem like an afterthought. I’m hoping it’s something Amazon will improve on in the future. And don’t get me started on the factions–I need an entire post about why they’re fairly boring (at least early on in the game).

3. Lack of Character Customization

Alright, maybe I’m missing something. In which case, refile this under “confusing character customization.” And don’t interpret this as me saying the characters look bad. They look good.

But after selecting your face, that’s it for facial features. You can’t pick face 5 but change the nose. And there’s no body type selection, so you can’t make yourself fatter or thinner or taller or shorter, you just are. On top of everyone being a human, it makes everyone look kind of the same. Pretty sure, but boring.

Which leads me to my one question: I thought this game was supposed to have pistols! Come on, Amazon: where are my pistols?

Cover Image: Concept art for the game, via the official site.

Let’s Try Something New

I want to try some new (to me) MMOs.

I’m not playing any MMOs right now and I’d like that to change. I haven’t tried every MMO out there, and I was thinking about finally giving Final Fantasy XIV a try when I thought, why not try a few? I’ve worked on compiling this list of MMOs I haven’t and would like to try. Since Blaugust is happening again, I’m going to take that time to try out some games and write up my thoughts. Maybe I’ll even find a game I want to stick with.

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Each new game will be like a little gift to me from me. Photo by Ekaterina Shevchenko on Unsplash.

What MMOs Shall I Try?

Final Fantasy XIV – This has been at the top of my “maybe I should try this” game list for a while, so I’m definitely going to give it a shot. I’ve never played a Final Fantasy game. Maybe I’ll be hopelessly lost, but that’s why this is a trial, right?

Albion Online – I love isometric games, okay? Maybe it’s a nostalgia thing, but I dig it. I’m concerned about this game being PVP-centric, but I haven’t played much PVP and maybe I’m missing this huge piece of gameplay I’ll actually love. We’ll see.

SWTOR – Technically I’ve played this game since beta tested it. But since I was actually testing the game and reporting bugs, and that was many years ago, I think it deserves another visit. I mean, it’s Bioware.

Star Trek Online – This is on the list because I loved Star Trek: The Next Generation as a kid. Probably the only game on my list because of the IP. I normally prefer games that are new universes instead of existing IPs, and I can’t think of many IPs that would instantly make me want to play something. Okay, I tried both the Harry Potter mobile games and liked neither of them.

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Riker: one of my first fictional crushes

Black Desert Online – I want to try this game because I think the would looks incredibly pretty and it might be fun to explore. I also heard the character creation is lots of fun. (Is that still available outside the game? It would be great to create a character outside of the Steam two hour reimbursement window.)

Path of Exile – I found this looking at Massively OP’s game column list to see if there was anything on there I hadn’t tried yet. I saw this one. It’s not spectacularly appealing, and if I have to cut a game from my list, this might be the one to go.

Do you play any of these games?

I’d love a tour guide! Hit me up via the contact form, Blaugust Discord (I’m “Alli”), or email (allirense AT gmail) and let me know what you play and you can show me the ropes.

Any Suggestions?

Got an idea for another MMO I should try? My list is getting full, but I don’t want to miss out on something awesome. Here’s a bit about what I’ve already tried and what I look for in games if you have a suggestion.

I’ve previously played World of Warcraft, Secret World Legends, Maplestory, and if you count it–Pokemon Go. I’ve tried Guild Wars 2, Eve Online, ESO, Project Gorgon, Wild Terra Online, and LOTRO. I have no interest in playing City of Heroes, Rift, or any looter-shooters with MMO-like qualities. I tend to be drawn towards games with a more western character style and I like bright colors. I’m fine with isometric and I love stylistic graphics, but I don’t like Minecraft-style voxels.

My main gaming motivators are exploration and story. You can read more about my motivation profile here.

Know something I might like? Let me know in the comments!

Cover image via Black Desert Online. That game is just so gash darn purdy!