Darkfall, First Impressions
So after much discussion about UO and its various mechanics at our residence and our attempts to find something with the same flavor in another online game I decided to give Darkfall a try. After all it is purported to resemble UO more than any other modern MMO. Everything in this game is PVP centric and the in game culture appears to reflect that.
I missed out by a mere two days on the $1 seven day trial account so I plunked down my $49 which gets you the license for the game and a month of game play.
The first thing you will notice about this game unlike all others is that it cannot be bought in stores or through online retailers. Access is via Aventurine’s website and it has to be downloaded either as a torrent or a small footprint executable which than downloads the full game through the updater. Trust me when I say go for the torrent file as it shaves a lot of time off and the game files are over 8GB in size. You will still have to use the updater to patch another 2-3GB but its well worth the time saved.
The character creation process has pretty much the same feel as most other games. So far in my opinion Age of Conan still exceeds any game out there in options and style when it comes to customizing your toon and making them look hot but the one in Darkfall is ok.
Once you load in to your starter town comes the difficult part. Adjusting to a new user interface. I went through the tutorial to learn from it what I could and I like some aspects of the game such as the combat system, the skill leveling system and the graphics are acceptable though not mind blowing like Aion.
I could not get past the clunkiness of the UI however. There are two things I just did not like and feel could be improved upon. First off is the camera angle. I like having 3rd person view in an MMO however you only get this when you are actually wielding a weapon or harvesting tool. Otherwise you get a first person POV which makes me feel claustrophobic. I HATE it! I spent 45 minutes poring through the options and searching the web for a way to change this with no luck so if there is a way to change the camera view please feel free to share.
The second issue with the UI is having to go into “interface” mode when you are trying to do anything outside of combat or running around. It drives me nuts having to flip back and forth between the two modes to check skills, get into a bank or my backpack than return to action mode. No me gusta folks.
After a fail attempt to get Nat or Rotsam interested in the game we all shortly fired up UO and Darkfall has become history for now at least.