Neverwinter MMO announces open beta, but has basically just launched

Neverwinter

By on May 1, 2013 at 1:48 pm

A lot of people are shrieking at me lately about how much they’re enjoying the beta for Neverwinter, the D&D MMO from Cryptic and Perfect World. Well, Neverwinter has now entered open beta — so you, like me, can download it and find out for yourself exactly how much fun it is.

There will be no further character wipes, and the game will be free to play, so… essentially, Neverwinter has pretty much just launched. There you go! It might be a bit unbalanced or unpolished as it’s technically still in beta, but hey, it’s free.

If you’re interested, you can sign up right here. Are you already playing it? Share your experiences with our GONnites in the comments below.

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It’s currently a pretty good simulator for standing in a queue to get on to a server , I’m 4000th in line at the moment.

 

The trailer sucks… no interested at all. I’d rather play the pen and paper game.

 

Been downloading this at a sweet 10kb/sec since about 8 this morning :(
Looked interesting enough from what footage I saw of TB’s coverage a while back.

 

Been playing it since sunday, One of the best MMO’s out lately, will be playing it for a while. ;)

The queue goes down pretty fast.

 

subw00fer:
Been playing it since sunday, One of the best MMO’s out lately, will be playing it for a while. ;)

The queue goes down pretty fast.

Is it really that good? There’s always that shiny new car smell that wears off pretty quick. Do you have time to elaborate on what you’re enjoying? I’m so bloody jaded about MMOs these days, burns and scars are showing. Although being free it can’t hurt.

 

I just started downloading it using torrent, its on piratebay too so you can add those trackers. (not sure if it will speed things up)

it’s 3.61GB.

 

Played closed Beta, it was terrible in my opinion. I was leveling way too fast, everything was pretty much given to you, stuff having to actually work for anything. It treats me like a child by giving me achievements for just about anything, surprised there isn’t one for how many steps I’ve taken.

I dunno what it’s like in later levels, but I sure as shit wasn’t giving it a chance.

 

ript:

Is it really that good? There’s always that shiny new car smell that wears off pretty quick. Do you have time to elaborate on what you’re enjoying? I’m so bloody jaded about MMOs these days, burns and scars are showing. Although being free it can’t hurt.

The combat is a little different then in most games, it’s more free flowing and is somewhat a breath of fresh air compared to the usual. Launch so far (bought it so i dont have queue problems) is the most drama/bug free of any MMO i can ever remember and the game seems to be remarkably polished, the only bug i’ve heard about in my circle of friends so far is an instance chest not opening.

There are a few little gripes as usual:

* dungeon queue tool could be a little more polished

* case chat interface could be a little better (i feel something detracts from socializing atm but NFI what it is)

* ingame gold is only used for personal consumables and astral diamonds are obtained using dailys etc, it means there’s no real way to “make money” so to speak

* I never really feel like i’m “outside”, there are no sweeping vistas like you experience in some MMO’s, no matter where i am I always feel boxed in

* I seem to just go from quest to quest and still need to foundry occasionally to catch up to content, there’s no excess quests like in most MMO’s where you can just choose what you want to do. In a way it’s very much like SWTOR where the leveling was TERRIBLE after your first character, though the foundry will alleviate that with the potential to level to max without ever doing a storyline quest.

* The get drop>identify>decide to use of sell mechanic seems a little more clunky than most games but I’m not sure why either

I’m not sure how the economy is going to hold up or how much longlevity it has at endgame but for a price of $0 it’s worth a plug, even if you only level to 60 once and then delete it then you’ve enjoyed 4 days (if you play like a demon) of entertainment for no outlay at all.

Something tells me that it’s not going to have much sustain once the game ages a little but i guess time will tell, with the foundry there’s the potential for infinite story based content if that’s your thing, it’s just a matter of players actually stepping up and making it.

The guild functionality is definitely there and the whole experience is definitely more polished than a release like SWTOR (even though i feel that had more potential when it came to play style), it really can’t hurt to give it a try if you have the bandwidth free to download the client.

 

ript: Is it really that good? There’s always that shiny new car smell that wears off pretty quick. Do you have time to elaborate on what you’re enjoying? I’m so bloody jaded about MMOs these days, burns and scars are showing. Although being free it can’t hurt.

I play basically every MMO that ends up coming out. All of which I have quit after a month or so. With the exception of WoW and RIFT, WoW I no longer play because it takes longer to do dailies than to raid. RIFT I no longer play because of personal reason from that game. So I’m on the look out for a new go to MMO to play, and this might just be it. The foundry is absolutely great, Sick of fetch questing? Do a few foundries to mix it up a bit. Foundry is basically a mini-dungeon that you can solo rather easily, there are some difficult ones, but that’s what’s so great about it. These are all user created by the way, so there is always a new one to go through, or redo your favorite ones, best thing? They give a decent amount of xp, so decent you can level to max JUST by doing foundries. There’s also your PvP, although generic, the PvE is the focus of this game. Dungeons are getting much harder as I continue on the levels, currently 45, almost 46. While it is somewhat pay to win, it’s extremely expensive for said pay-to-win, the actual cash shop isn’t pay-to-win, they P2W comes in the form of Astral Diamonds, Gold is useless in the game outside of buying potions and a couple other consumables, everything on the AH is bought with Astral Diamonds. You can convert ZEN (Which is Perfect Worlds currency) to AD, AD is used for the AH and a few other vendors, You can gain AD by doing dailies (No wear near the amount of WoW if you hated dailies) foundries? I think, Skrimishes I think (Mini-dungeon that requires a party) Every hour you can Invoke, which gives you AD as well, and the profession Leadership gives you AD as well.

tl;dr I find the game as a whole, fun. I’m going to play it for a while.

 

Perfect World as the host was a big deal breaker as every game I have played of there’s seemed to force you to cs whore at a certain point.

 

Perfect World as the host was a big deal breaker as every game I have played of there’s seemed to force you to cs wh0re at a certain point.

 
James Pinnell

If you’re on the fence about this, I will have a feature up next week.

 

nekosan,

subw00fer,

Cheers, I like the sound of PVE focus.
I’m guessing ‘Foundries/Skirmishes’ are similar to the skirmish system Lotro uses?
Guess this will be my cup of tea.

 

deathmarx,

How many MMOs let you play dungeons built by others though? This is the closest we have to pen and paper turned MMORPG.

We’ve had player-crafted fortresses etc in games before but they were already generated assets and used predominantly for PvP.

Star Trek Online the player-built dungeons don’t particularly work because the rest of the game is pretty lacklustre around it.

 

stoibs:
nekosan,

subw00fer,

I’m guessing ‘Foundries/Skirmishes’ are similar to the skirmish system Lotro uses?

It’s basically the equivalent of map making for Neverwinter Nights, you get a toolset and make your own dungeon/whatever and you can chain them together into a campaign.

 

So… which server or ‘shard’ are the Aussies on?
Made this mistake far too many times in other MMO’s :(

 

Dragon is the shard for aussies. Keep in mind there’s a hefty queue atm cos of open beta, should settle next couple of days.

And yeah, anyways familiar with the toolset from NWN will feel at home withe Foundry. ^^

 

Went from 6000 to 183025, now back down to 4000something.

 

Spoke too soon. Now back to 183025.

 

Its really not that good, its mostly just ‘meh’ with player made quests being the only potential interesting point.

A big turn off is it being nothing like NWN or D&D.

The only connection to NWN is the towns share the same names.

 
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