Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning – Games Day Report
Joe Iuliani and Anthony Love over at MMORPG.com got hands on time with the eagerly awaited Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning at the Games Workshop Games Day in Baltimore, MD. Warhammer’s beta test surpassed 200,000 interested testers, and it ranks on MMORPG.com as the number one most anticipated upcoming release.
Anthony Love stated in his review that the EA booth “consisted of two distinct areas, one with twenty computers set up for ten on ten Player verses Player scenarios and another with about five computers allowing people to quest in the initial starting areas of the game. All of the characters were pre-generated on the sweet Alienware machines that were provided, so we just had to pick the race and class desired”.
Wow. Alienware. Pardon my drool.
Anthony goes on to say: “I can see why the hype surrounds this game. Even though I had only around 45 minutes of hands on time, I was hooked and wanted more. Both the Order and Destruction sides have compelling character classes that I wished I could try, yet the choices are simple and straightforward. Each side is well balanced with skills and the motive is to go out and fight (hear that healer types). Little or no drudgery is promised by the creators, and so far I see none”.
According to Joe Iuliani, exploring the game will pay off for players and it will bode well to check out every nook and cranny in the realms instead of just hacking and slashing your way to the top: “It was my impression that it will be well worth your time to explore all parts of the realms. You never know what may be on top of that mountain in the far Northwest of a map. WAR will be what a gamer wants it to be. If you feel like logging in one day and RvRing, smashing your foes and gloating in their misery, this game is for you. On the other hand, if you feel like logging in, just doing your own thing without worrying about being pwned by power gamers, this game is for you. Warhammer: Age of Reckoning will have it all.”
Sounds like another game that will make me eat crow – never again will I make fun of or dismiss an MMO so readily after reading these two reviews.