Can LotRO’s Helm’s Deep Bring Fresh Blood to the MMO?
Turbine could have taken the opportunity to overhaul the cumbersome Legacy item system. Or expand on the heavily tweaked mounted combat system introduced in the last expansion. Or allow players the time to absorb the massive changes to class tress. Instead, older and inelegant systems remain untouched and a whole new set of systems are being rolled out.
I’m not advocating new players to stay away from LotRO. It’s one of the most deeply immersive MMOs out there. The lore is amazing to experience and the world is breathtakingly rendered. But each expansion brings a layer a complexity that is adding up to something that is becoming a barrier not only for new players, but for returning players like myself as well.
The new content that I was shown yesterday looks true to the Helm’s Deep battle and I appreciate the various roles available that cater to different playstyles as well as the fact that I can customize those roles to my liking. But if I have to spend more time figuring out game systems than in just enjoying the content, I won’t be staying for long. After all, we already know who won.
The Lord of the Rings Online: Helm’s Deep expansion is due November 18th.