I’m going to play it, but I must admit there are a few things that kind of turn me off of the game.
The animations. Mostly, they’re bad. The jump animation, in particular, looks floaty and oh-so-ten-years-ago.
The effects. These vary. Many of the effects are good, like the rifts and the fires, but a lot of the spell effects are washed out and very generic.
The class system. Yeah, I know, a lot of people think this is the game’s strong suit. I liked it at first, but it’s kind of bothering me now. Sure, it looks like there are something like 32 classes (four classes, eight (?) souls). However, since you an collect additional souls for your class, and swap them out as you go up in level, it kind of means that there are really only four classes- Warrior, Mage, Rogue, and Cleric. Any Cleric, for example, is ultimately just like any other Cleric. I actually find myself wishing we had to pick a set of souls and specialize.
Itemization. Have you noticed that most classes seem to start out with some good looking gear… but it’s rapidly replaced by more and more crappy-looking stuff? As a Mage, I started out with a rather snazzy white tunic… which was almost immediately replaced by a boring brown robe.
There’s just so much to do, all the time. I can barely get a quest done before a Rift opens up in my area. And if I’m grouped with my wife, and we get too close to the Rift, suddenly we’re in a raid group with everyone else in the area. I wouldn’t mind this too much if we could just leave the area and automatically be the only ones in our group, but it never happens that way- if we get too close to a Rift, and then leave, we have to quit our party and then rejoin. Really, more annoying than anything else.
I suspect that the first week or so, it’s going to be really hard to start out as a newbie. There’s going to be a swarm of other players, all trying to do the same quests, and many of the quests rely on picking up the same object, or trying to kill the same creatures, that everyone else is trying to get. Get ready to stand in line waiting to kill a boss creature- I’ve already seen it happen.
Minor complaints, really, but they do annoy. Still, I’m getting the game.