It's not just a PvP game but it is more so than WoW or FFXI. There's lots of quests and a new thing to MMOs called Public Quests which are pretty neat. Not sure how much research you've done but they're quests that take place in a particular area that anyone can join in on. It involves a type of story and progresses through stages, then at the end loot is rolled on and the more you contributed the more of a bonus you get added to your roll. You don't have to join a group to participate and you can join at any stage, though it is easy to join a group for it if you wish to. If you click under your portrait you can see all the open parties near you and what they're for. So say you stumbled upon a PQ with a large group, you can see if there's any groups for it and click join. No need to pester the leader hoping for an invite and the leader doesn't have to try to invite 15 people. If there's not a group you can flag yourself for starting one then people will be able to join your open group. Even if you don't win the loot from the boss you gain influence for that Chapter (similar to reputation) and there are influence rewards. So say you do the Chapter 1 PQ a few times and get unlucky with rolls so you don't win anything, you will have enough influence that you'll be able to probably pick up an upgrade from that. They also have a system now where if you didn't win loot the previous PQ, you have a better chance of rolling good the next time so you'll need to be really unlucky to not win any loot after a few runs.
The quests so far have been pretty good and let you know more about the story. I've never played any previous Warhammer game, but just leveling a Dark Elf to 8 I started to understand why they hated High Elves so much, and why the Dark Elves are evil. One good thing with WAR is the Tome of Knowledge that is basically your character's history and keeps up with everything. You encounter a new mob and it gets put in the ToK as an entry you can read. You discover this area, or telescope or whatever and it gets added in. There's also Chapters as you go along and you can read what these have to say. Since I've only played open beta my goal was mainly to try different classes so I haven't been very high level, but what I've done so far I've enjoyed.
The game is more like WoW than FFXI with how abilities are handled, how you level through quests, PvP, and so on. I'm not sure how deep it'll go once you hit 40 but there will be scenarios (Battlegrounds), RvR areas, attempts to attack other faction's city, leveling your renown up (get renown for killing players, winning scenarios, etc. and renown ranks open up gear and other things), leveling guild ranks up, crafting, ToK things (titles and other things like that), and I imagine some form of PvE endgame. Those more experienced with the rank 40 stuff might be able to answer that question better, but seems like you'll have some things to do after you hit cap.
Edited, Sep 14th 2008 9:02am by StarryKnight
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