I've long passed my "why is..." age, but it seems I'm having some questions now. They don't need to be replied, tough.
I'll just share my thoughts on these subjects. So what happens is, I've been playing DDO for some time now, and altough I only have 2 TRs (1 legend, 1 hero) and a few other first lifers, most of wich are 28 pt builds (2 are 32 pt builds), I do really enjoy playing it. I assume many veteran players have way more than this and spend a whole lot more time playing, when I do have a job I have limited time at the end of the day. Be it for the friendship with people I've virtually met, be it for the fun of playing dungeons with unknown and random people.
I started as a F2P, then started switching TPs and real money for character slots, shared bank, monk and arti classes, adventure packs, and lets say I've invested enough on the game to keep me interested, even with the bugs and problems the game has.
But then it comes a time when I feel I would like to try a different game, lets say, while DDO is on maintenance and we can't login. I'm not writing the name of the game I'm about to describe here, but I tell you it its not advertising (they don't pay me for this and you can try to guess it if you like), and I'm really amazed with it. I spent my whole day yesterday on it. I'll tell you what I saw:
- F2P with payment options. I am a free player at the moment. And I've been told there is no quest limit, closed areas, and the likes, for free players. Its possible to reach max character level being F2P. VIP options give access to more inventory space, special in-game items, and a whole lot of goodies I'm not tottally aware now. F2P players can pick whatever race/class combo, as there is no paid classes or races. The character customization is very good too, very similar to DDO.
- No loading screens. The only transition I've found was after selecting my character, the 0 - 100% loading bar and ocasional teleportation systems with almost no wait times. Other than that, I got to level my toon several times without 1 single loading screen (no doors, no dungeon entrances, no city gate clicks, etc.). Very immersive.
- Amazing graphics. They use an excelent (and well known) game engine, providing good graphics even on older systems, but using up the resources of high-end machines to our eyes delight.
- Fluid gameplay. I really loved the sorc spellcasting animations. Even if FPS drop a bit on that times (I could decrease graphics quality, but thats just me).
- In 12 hours with the game running, I did not had a single problem. I even Alt-tabbed to windows to check the printscreens I made, then get back to the game and kept playing. It shut itself off with no error a few times when I was trying to create my first toon, but after I entered the world propper, never had a crash after. Lag was the same (didn't feel lag at all, but then again, they could been having a good day, as I have days in DDO with no lag at all too). During the entire day on the same (highly populated server), did not have connection issues. Even the chat channel with lots of people, I didn't notice a thing.
- This is personnal, as I liked the user interface a lot. Very immersive but with all the necessary icons. Auto-hide menu, transparent and well integrated map, etc. Nothing new really, but well acomplished.
- Good Tutorial, expaining even the UI icons and things like that.
- This is minor, but greatly improves game immersion. Characters roam around the cities with their weapons sheathed. People talk to merchants in peace (there is no GIVE ME THAT ARMOR OR I CUT YOU LIKE A FISH feeling).
- They have a forum too. But I don't need to login every 2 minutes. And they also use vBulletin as the new DDO Forums.
Now maybe because I'm still new to that game, but I still feel its more easy for me to get a group in DDO.
But with this small list of details I've noticed, I could ask now. Why does DDO still feels clumbsy and "old"? Its not the game only, but the Forums are now too, clumbsy and lacking usability... If I haven't invested so much time (and money) in DDO, I would probably uninstall it and keep other MMOs in my computer.
Thing is, I have a relation of love/hate for DDO. I love the gameplay with friends, and even with random pugs, I love the variety I can get in all my toons (yes, 13 classes, altough I don't have all of them, I know there is still a lot to try out besides my 7 toons). But I hate the grinding mechanics, the game changes with every update that ruin some people builds and gear, etc.
At the moment I may take a 1 week or 2 break from the game, as I'm not feeling that urge to play DDO as I did before. I will log every once here and there to keep my toons "fresh" in the guild.
I know I will not be leaving DDO, as this happened before when I started to play Skyrim, then finished the main quest, did a few more, then got back again.
And I will also be looking at DDO Forums to see if they improve anything