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After getting sick of the Sims Online I'm looking for a new MMORPG. I know Star Wars Galaxies is coming I hear they are having a hard keeping the servers up for more than an hour at a time. So that might not be great for a while (I'll be getting it anyway). However, I'm wondering if there is anything out there that is kind of new (I don't want to invest into Everquest, Ultima or Asheron's Call since there are already very far along)?

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I hear they are having a hard keeping the servers up for more than an hour at a time.

 

The game is in beta and even in that state that statement is very untrue Andre. I've been in beta for almost 2 weeks now and though the servers do go down often for maintenance and patches I've played for hours at a time. Can't say much more than that since its still under NDA.

 

As for whats good out there right now. I played DAOC for almost 1 year and rather enjoyed it but got totally burned out on it so Im not one to comment on that one at this moment:). I'm currently playing Asherons Call 2 which I'm liking quite a bit and gets better and better each patch, though unfortunately the community is not very big.

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The game is in beta and even in that state that statement is very untrue Andre. I've been in beta for almost 2 weeks now and though the servers do go down often for maintenance and patches I've played for hours at a time. Can't say much more than that since its still under NDA.

 

I'm very happy to hear that and I know I can trust this source. My other source was friend of a friend who knows someone in beta. I can now rest at ease. :D

 

On another note, I went to EB today and a couple of MMORPG were bargain priced, I remember EVE and Earth and Beyond. I really don't have to long to wait for Galaxies, but I'm just itching to get on with a new adventure...

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I really don't have to long to wait for Galaxies

 

Again Andre I can't say much about the beta being under the NDA but judging by the current state of the game I am personally hoping that the June 25th date being thrown around is *NOT* true. There is alot of work left to be done is all I can say at the moment, and Im just giving you this info as a heads up to not expect the game until at least the end of Summer.

 

Concerning the other titles you mentioned. Earth and Beyond I beta tested and played at launch. It is an interesting diversion at first but turns into a complete and utter borefest rather quickly. There simply is not enough to hold interest. Eve The Second Genesis is another one that I beta tested and played at launch and I feel it was released *VERY* prematurely.

 

Gamespot has a wonderfully accurate review of the game in fact if you want to head over and read it. In Eve..you mine. When your done mining, you mine some more. When you are done with that, you mine some more. Hopefully that is a clear enough description of the tediousness that is Eve.:)

 

Honestly if you want a quality MMO (and as much as I dont enjoy the game anymore) Dark Age of Camelot and its expansion is a wonderful place to start. One of the few MMO's that has kept me playing for an extended amount of time.

 

Asherons Call 2 is again a recommendation as it caters nicely to "independent" casual player as well as the group minded "power gamer". It has a myriad of problems and lacks content but I personally enjoy it very much and it improves with every patch. I am afraid that the game may have the rug pulled out from under it soon however. Turbine is working on the Middle Earth Online MMO as well as Dungeons and Dragons Online and I just cannot see the company stretching itself that much to support what is currently a failing product.

 

Also one I would keep in mind is Anarchy Online. It amazes me the improvements that Funcom has made to this game . It was an utter disaster at launch and for the first 6 months it seemed the patients were running the madhouse over at Funcom but these days AO is rock stable, flowing with content and has one hell of a unique world to explore and group in.

 

Hope that helps some Andre.

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I decided to try out Anarchy Online. This is based on recommendations and the overall story line. Let's hope I end up liking it. It's actually quite a bargain if you buy Notum Wars (the first expansion pack). You end with the full version of Anarchy Online for free!

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I decided to try out Anarchy Online

 

Ah nice choice! You may make me start my account up again:) The new Shadowlands expansion comes out in a short month too Andre. If you dont mind me asking what race and class did you start as? If you need any help let me know and Ill be happy to help you with the fundamentals of the game.

 

The user interface can be quite daunting at first and the insane amount of options available to you at the start give the game a bit of a learning curve. That will be your biggest roadblock in enjoying AO is getting past the complicated UI.

 

Let me know if you need anything or want to hook up in game. I'll pull my close to newbie fixer out of retirement (I have a level 83 Soldier, which I dont enjoy playing much anymore and a level 26 fixer which is an extremely fun class to play). I wouldnt mind giving AO another go. I planned on reupping when the expansion hit so the time is right. My main issue previously was the lack of folks I knew playing the game so at times it was difficult for me to hook up with personality less strangers.... :wink:

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FutureVoid,

I'm going to load it tonight. So I have not picked anything out yet and I would love to hook up in the game. That would be awesome. I'm going to do some more research on it before I even load it, but I'll be needing some tips and tricks. Thanks.

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It crashed my PC four times so far. I think it's time for troubleshooting. Any suggestions?

 

What exactly were the errors recieved or were they just crashes to the desktop?

 

Either way Andre it seems you wont be waiting for Star Wars long. Official release date is now set for June 26th.

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What exactly were the errors recieved or were they just crashes to the desktop?

 

I wish! The whole system justs hangs. I have all the lateste drivers, patches etc. I guess I will research for a while. Here is a quick rundown on my system.

 

p4 2.0 ghz

512MB of RAM

120 GB 7200RPM drive

ATI Radeon 9500 PRO 128MB

Turtle Beach Santa Cruz Sound Card

 

Regarding Star Wars Galaxies, I spoke to a close friend who doing the beta thing and he did not have much good to say about it. I may wait a while until bugs shake out etc. I hope to hear your opinions soon Romier. :)

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I have all the lateste drivers

 

The latest isnt always the greatest unfortunately. By latest I take it you are using the Catalyst 3.4's? Haven't had a problem personally with those drivers and AO on my rig but thats not to say you wouldn't be.

 

My first line of troubleshooting would be to go back a driver or two. Id try installing the 3.2's and see how they work. If still having trouble go straight to the 3.1's. I have a feeling rolling back the driver may fix the issue. ITs all too common.

 

Also make sure to select the proper card for running the game. You'll see two options, one with Hardware Transform and Lighting (the one you want) and one without. Make sure you pick the HT&L one. You wont be able to select the W-buffer setting as newerATI cards do not support this. Also go into the options and select the "Use Texture compression" option. It will help the game take some load off of what it needs to display texture wise but it comes at a cost of slower load times (with your comp you wont notice it). Simple stuff of course but covering all bases.

 

One thing to make sure of with AO is to keep all background processes to a minimum. AO is a serious memory hog that still to this day has several memory laaks so you want to be sure to clear everything out of the background. If your running XP you may want to ALT-TAB out of the game and run the title in a higher priority mode (which will allott more RAM to the game). That is a last ditch effort though.

 

Also for resolution and what not start conservative. Boot the game up in 1024X768 with no Anti-Aliasing or Anistropic filtering. AO has had a known issues with AA and Radeon cards until this last driver release (though they had the same issue with Nvidia 2 drivers ago, go figure.) so that may still be a concern.

 

Also final thought, make sure you dont have any goofy A3D stuff set with that Turle Beach card. I've seen issues like that arise in the past with that particular sound card so you may want to make sure your not seeing any wierd setup on that end. Also it may be a long shot but you may want to move your sound hardware acceleration slider down one notch and see if that helps. Could very well be a sound problem causing the issue.

 

Hope that helps some Andre.

 

 

EDIT:

 

...I want to play as an Agent even though it's labeled as "hard" to play...

 

Its a good class that had some major balancing 2-3 patches ago. Now they are quite viable and fun to play though they do require some skill to get correct. Be prepared to gimp your first character until you get a feel for how to play. For now lets get you in game first :wink:

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Also make sure to select the proper card for running the game. You'll see two options, one with Hardware Transform and Lighting (the one you want) and one without. Make sure you pick the HT&L one.

 

Acually by selecting the "other" card I was able to get up and running. I want to go back and "tweak" settings to get the textures looking a little better etc (try selecting the correct card...). Anyway, this is a complicated game, so I will be tinkering for a while. However here it what I choose:

 

name: dasfrog

Solitus Male

Agent

clans

 

Romier, let me know if you hop back on...

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Acually by selecting the "other" card I was able to get up and running

 

Whatever works:). Honestly you may want to reinstall the driver nonethless. If you cant select Transform and lighting and stay stable it sounds like a driver issue to me.

 

However good to see you got in. Ill probably start up my account on Friday or Saturday and jump on then. Well finalizze closer to the weekend and what not...

 

..or maybe not!

 

clans

 

 

EEEEEEK! Dirty Clanner!

 

All of my characters are Omni tech. Not a big deal, I can start a new clanner and join you, though I'll feel all dirty and traitorous :wink: .

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All of my characters are Omni tech. Not a big deal, I can start a new clanner and join you, though I'll feel all dirty and traitorous .

 

Ha! Sorry after hearing the two sides I had to go with the clans! I played for a few hours last night after a bit of tweaking to the graphic settings. I got everything including the transform and lighting option to work. Of course going from the lowest setting to the highest settings I saw a nice jump in the quality of the visuals. I was quite impressed. So far, people have been friendly and helping me out. I had a blast playing last night and will be playing again today and tonight!

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I had a blast playing last night and will be playing again today and tonight!

 

Nice Andre. Like I said, Ill probably be around Friday or Saturday night. I've got some more website work to do but later in the evening (roun 11 or so) I can jump on a play. Ill probably bring in my fixer since I have a ton of items you can use that I have. I can also give you some monetary help as I have about 4.5 million creds on me at the moment.. :D

 

We can meet up in a neutral zone where we wont be seen together ( I wont be a traitor! :evil: ). Seriously though, just let me know about what level you are about that time and Ill make a newbie and work my way up. (Yopud be suprised how fast you can move up in level when you get in a good group).

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4.5 million....wow that is awesome. I look forward to playing together Romier. I'll try to learn the mechanics of the game as best I can over the next few days. I can't spend hours upon hours on it, but I learn quickly enough. I love being a traitor! :twisted:

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I'm up to level six and am getting use to the basic gameplay (in Anarchy Online). I absolutely love the game and plan on playing for a long time. I'm ready for you come and show me

 

Account reactivated. I need your characters name so I can find ya. (Rubi-Ka 1 right?)

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Characters Name is Vrale. I can jumpon tommorrow after work. (After 5pm). Lets say 7-8? I can only play for about an hour or two as I have to get to bed semi-early though.

 

BTW, I'm on Rubi-Ka 2. Sorry about that. Anyway, that sounds great to me. I have my first day back to work tomorrow in a year and half so I need some sleep as well. I was up until four in the morning last playing so I need to take it easy. :D

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