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DarkReaper 11th May 2007, 12:45 Quote
Can't see any of the pictures on pages 3-6...
CardJoe 11th May 2007, 12:47 Quote
Yeah, we noticed that too. Should be fixed now, damn new content engine!

http://img148.imageshack.us/my.php?image=onedoesnottankmordoraw8.jpg
AngelOfRage 11th May 2007, 13:11 Quote
I'm currently playing WoW and i see nothing in LotR Online to make me switch.

The only thing that may draw me away is Warhammer Online, if done correctly, they have the background to make a really good MMORPG.
Dr. Strangelove 11th May 2007, 13:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by AngelOfRage
I'm currently playing WoW and i see nothing in LotR Online to make me switch.

Same for me, except I play GW.
Nictron 11th May 2007, 13:59 Quote
Tell me did you test the game under Vista or did you use XP?

I have huge performance issues with this game.

AMD X2 4400+
2048 MB Ram
8800 GTX
Win Vista
158.18 Driver

It stutters and crashes like hell every now and then, if I switch off post processing then it runs ok for about 2 hours on Ultra High.

At work I have the following:

Dell Precicion M90 Laptop.
Core 2 1.8 Ghz
2048 MB Ram
Quatro FX2500 Workstation Graphics
WinXP
92.77 Driver

And it runs 10 time better than my home machine and believe you me that should not be. 3dMark Score at home is 8000+ and work it 4000+, so the machine that has double the horsepower stuggles because of Vista!

Any advise from you?
pendragon 11th May 2007, 13:59 Quote
my vote: I don't think this will stop WoW in the least.
CardJoe 11th May 2007, 14:25 Quote
We tested it under XP. Vista is for wusses :P
DougEdey 11th May 2007, 14:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
We tested it under XP. Vista is for wusses :P

Real men break stuff then fix it. Real wusses don't experiment.
Florian 11th May 2007, 14:57 Quote
There's a "Very High" texture resolution setting the retail client that's missing from the beta client.

"from Codemasters" is misleading. The Game was developed by Turbine. Codemasters only handles the European servers and distribution.
Burdman27911 11th May 2007, 15:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Florian
There's a "Very High" texture resolution setting the retail client that's missing from the beta client.

"from Codemasters" is misleading. The Game was developed by Turbine. Codemasters only handles the European servers and distribution.
QFT

HERE is a link to a comparison of the "high" textures and the "very high" ones.
xPaladin 11th May 2007, 16:16 Quote
Why does every game have to be a "WoW killer"? I think we're giving WoW a bit too much credit aren't we?

WoW will collapse, like almost all other MMOGs before it, under its own weight. No single game, or combination thereof, is going to kill it. Other games might leech a few subs, but, really, the "killer" stigma is just unnecessary hype.

I'd rather take the game for what it is and not for what it is in comparison to WoW.
CardJoe 11th May 2007, 16:36 Quote
On it's own it still stands as an awesome game.
Orca 11th May 2007, 19:07 Quote
Nice review :) I have this sitting on my shelf at the moment but am refusing to open it due to it being finals month. Temptation sucks :( I'm looking forward to the potential expansions/updates to the game as well.
breakspirit 11th May 2007, 19:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by xPaladin
Why does every game have to be a "WoW killer"? I think we're giving WoW a bit too much credit aren't we?

WoW will collapse, like almost all other MMOGs before it, under its own weight. No single game, or combination thereof, is going to kill it. Other games might leech a few subs, but, really, the "killer" stigma is just unnecessary hype.

I'd rather take the game for what it is and not for what it is in comparison to WoW.

I think you're underestimating how insanely popular WoW is and how long it has been. I agree that eventually it will collapse, but if that doesn't happen for several more YEARS, which I'd say is the soonest it would happen, then yeah every game of its genre should be compared to the 800 pound gorilla of the group. WoW has the masses, every other mmorpg is just serving the stragglers.
wafflesomd 11th May 2007, 20:14 Quote
But, WoW isn't even fun.
Highland3r 11th May 2007, 20:24 Quote
From the screenies, it looks like a skinned version of WoW... Can see it offering some competition, but it looks to be much of the same. Why quit WoW (or another MMORPG) to start playing another one which is exactly the same? Can see some people who are unhappy with the way WoW's progressing at the moment making a move, but existing players might not wish to spend time on 2 games at once.
Graphics looks pretty nice though, and it does seem to offer more in the way of casual gameplay than WoW from what I've heard.
TimB 11th May 2007, 20:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Juppun
Nice review :) I have this sitting on my shelf at the moment but am refusing to open it due to it being finals month. Temptation sucks :( I'm looking forward to the potential expansions/updates to the game as well.
They already have the first expansion slated for a June release. It's "The Shores of Evendium", and it's free.
AngelOfRage 12th May 2007, 06:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by xPaladin
I'd rather take the game for what it is and not for what it is in comparison to WoW.

Thats fine for you, but for the people that play WoW (and that is a huge amount...) it does matter.

Most (sane) people only have room in their lives for 1 MMORPG, so if it doesn't come up against the current top game, what chance of drawing customers away does it have?
Solidus 13th May 2007, 10:27 Quote
Sorry to disagree but this game will never steal World of Warcrafts Crown. Its going to take something immensely special to knock WoW off the top spot and iv yet to see anything that comes even close.
I dont even play world of warcraft anymore, i havnt done so in years but its still so far ahead in every way - It wont be beaten.

The only way i see WoW being beaten is if Blizzard do it by their own hand. Starcraft which is about 10 years old is still popular to this day, so is warcraft 3 and now World of Warcraft.
I wouldnt hold your breath on WoW toppling over....Blizzard are planning to make an announcement on 19th may for a game, everyone is expecting Starcraft and i doubt blizzard are dumb enough to make another MMorpg for that as Wow will suffer. It will probably be a RTS genre i presume to follow Warcraft 3....a new Starcraft RTs.
Bladestorm 13th May 2007, 10:46 Quote
Dunno. The arguments put forth by people like tycho over at PA, that blizzards publishers/blizard can't afford to not make an MMO are fairly convincing.

Basically the idea is that a strategy game will make them $50 + $30 and just maybe another $30 but an MMO makes them $50 + $180/year + $30 and so on and businesses that have discovered the kind of increase in revenue+profits that such a thing brings wont turn there backs on it.

So while they might anounce starcraft 2 to bump up interest in that franchise, Starcraft Online coming along sooner rather than later is probably almost as inevitable as death and taxes.

I think I'd prefer Starcraft 2 over Starcraft online myself, but my opinion has little to do with it :)
Toka 13th May 2007, 13:58 Quote
Im playing eq2 right now (/camp quest mob.... /yawn) and Im wishing that I was seeing those fps numbers. Obviously a more reasonable graphics engine there.
mjred88 13th May 2007, 18:44 Quote
I don't think this game is really going to steal the crown from WoW as it seems to be made of the same elements as WoW. And WoW got boring very fast in my opinion. It might be because I didn't had the time to play it that often
Redbeaver 15th May 2007, 04:45 Quote
im getting this game coz i missed the bandwagon on WoW and i dont wanna play where more than half the players already maxed out their levels..... :(

i just wanna play some kind of MMORPG since StarWars Galaxies (stop laughing! jedi is cool!), and im a fan of the LOTR franchise.

toppling WoW? ah come on... in my point of view, its apple and orange... some people like apples, some like oranges.... some like both.... some like neither.... no need to argue apple is the better fruit.......
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