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  1. Some instances have multiple cut scenes throughout. I got told off and left behind when doing The Praetorium because I was watching a cut scene. After that I had to skip every one of the succeeding ones. A few other players got locked out of bosses because they watched a cut scene, got left behind and then could not catch up as no one would wait for them because most of the players were not doing the instance for the first time but were simply grinding it. I did not have a clue what was going on from a story perspective and it ruined what was supposed to be the climax of the main game storyline. Yes, I could view the cut scenes later, but I wanted to experience the instance as it was meant to be. Not rush through it at breakneck speed and then try and cobble the story together from disparate cut scenes at an inn.
  2. I played up to level 50 but got sick of it. Thought the story was too campy, unepic and lacklustre. Hated the small environments and mechanical animations of the mounts. I found crafting to be a boring grind. Fates were good at first, but got boring very quickly and I hated the fact that they needed to be grinded over and over as the quests themselves did not provide enough experience in the later levels to reach cap. I thought the group content was very well designed, but hated the fact that they were incorporated into the storyline so that one had to complete a certain instance before you could progress. At cap, the thought of levelling up my crafting and grinding group instances over and over did not make me want to play the game. I think FFXIV is a perfect example of how group content is treated as a means to an end - a factory production line - just to gain barter tokens. It is impossible to follow the crucial story cut scenes in certain group content because the other players all want to skip it as they just want to get through the instance as quick as possible so that they can do another and another and another. This is not good for players who have been following the story and then suddenly are not allowed to by the other players. Technically, yes it is a great game, but not for me. Other Final Fantasys have had much better storylines. I don't like being forced to do group content; I want to choose to do it, and I don't want to do it over and over and over and over to get tokens as it strips all the fun away. As another poster said earlier in this thread, I think MMORPGs have stagnated with regards to design.
  3. I've noticed that too and it has changed my mind about purchasing Mordor. Did some dailies at North gate around Minas Tirith and I crashed to desktop whenever I ported. Lag and warsteed rubberbanding was the worst I have ever experienced. I purchased a swift travel to Mordor with a Mithril Coin and crashed to desktop before I even got there. The auction house on my server is barer than it was before the server mergers. I eventually had a look around Mordor. The landscape looked better than I imaged, but there were very few players around which indicated to me that it has not sold very well. A sad state of affairs all around I think. Indefensible. I won't be purchasing Mordor and will probably uninstall the entire game.
  4. To be fair to Turbine with regards to the difficulty, they weren't the only company to do that: everyone pretty much has made their MMORPG easy. Secret World has just relaunched as Secret World Legends with a drastically reduced difficulty level. WOW became incredibly easy years ago. Even the main quest content of Final Fantasy XIV is very easy. SSG need to have a subscription only legacy server of Shadows of Angmar. I imagine they would make a tidy profit from it, but I think they have said that it would not be possible as they no longer have the code.
  5. Personally, I think my elf looks better with the updated avatar system and I am very happy with the end result because I expected the update to be worse than it is. My elf does, however, look completely different and I think the new hair looks very odd and too smooth. I don't look too closely at my avatars' faces, nor do I use moods and emotes, so the weird facial expressions do not affect me. Yes I am personally happy with how my new avatars look, but overall, I can see that the update is poor, rushed and a joke. a professional company should not have a released something so amateurish. Lots of people are providing evidence of problems; examples of how the new models look worse than the old ones, and are unhappy that they cannot get a reasonable approximation to their old avatars. It's shoddy workmanship and it cannot be defended. I'm considering getting Mordor as I am not playing any MMORPG at the moment. I can't find anything that remotely interests me. Objectively I can see all of these other games are better than LOTRO in every way, but I still prefer LOTRO with all of its problems as it is set in Middle-earth. The lore is so grounded compared to other games. What keeps stopping me is that I know the game is bad and I am quite loathe to give SSG money as I don't think they are making a quality product. They are riding off the back of The Lord of The Ring brand. But I did love the game once and even with the state it is in now, the familiarity is like an old pair of slippers. But it is a terrible game. It's poor quality. It's a joke, but I do enjoy it over all other MMORPGs and I find that so weird and hard to explain.
  6. I think it is interesting to see so many people on the official forums complaining about the pricing and content of this EP, with lots saying they do not intend to purchase it yet. I find it odd that so many genuinely seem surprised that the quality of the EP is poor and the content minimal. What were they expecting? Mordor is classic free2play LOTRO. They've been churning this kind of quality out for years. I think the past 6 months or so have definitely shown that the developers are actually the ones to blame for the mess that LOTRO became and not WB. The developers don't know how to do anything different than what they have been doing for years. They are still making poor, rushed, ill-thought-out content. They are still charging extortionate prices. They are still refusing to listen to their customers. How could anyone seriously have thought that a kite cosmetic was a good and tonally appropriate idea for a Mordor pre-order perk? They don't know what they are doing. If they have any sense they will add the High Elf to the standard edition of the pre-order, and LOTRO points to the other two. How can they call this an expansion when we have had quest packs with a similar amount of content? An expansion is supposed to have more content of all kinds - quests, items, group content, new systems, and normally a new class or race to differentiate itself from a mere update. Yet, they are claiming that the High Elf race was never meant to be part of the expansion pack?
  7. Seriously is that it? Why bother doing an interview?
  8. I'm not surprised they have some mega expensive bundles. I kind of expected it, as they will need to rake in as much money as they can from the expansion pack. I don't really see it as shady business - a desperate cash grab, arrogance etc. - because a game with a small playerbase is going to have to charge a lot of money to stay afloat. Most things in life if they are not very mainstream and popular are priced at premium - they wouldn't be available otherwise. The people still playing obviously enjoy the game and if they want it to continue have to face reality that they are going to be paying over the odds for new content. It's a ten year old game that is no longer popular, which has, one assumes, to pay for its licensed I.P., not to mention SSG staff wages, server rental etc. as well as funding new content and the publishing costs with Daybreak. I'm not sure if I will purchase this EP. I haven't purchased anything since the Minas Tirith Update. I can't say seeing Mordor interests me and I don't think whatever story they have conjured up will be remotely interesting.
  9. Same here. I reached end game and there was literally nothing to do but grind group instances over and over. I just wanted to follow the story. I think Square definitely are missing out on customers by forcing the group content. Just got Final Fantasy XII too. So far I am loving it, which I'm finding odd because I remember being so disappointed with it at the original release.
  10. I'm really looking forward to the DLC, and I agree it is much better than FFXIII. I'm feeling very positive about the FFVII remake and looking forward to Kingdome Hearts 3.
  11. Was going to comment but changed mind.
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