Fallen Earth: Why I like it

On May 5, 2010, in General, RPG, by Nat

 Fallen Earth is set in a futuristic post-apocalyptic wasteland located around the Grand Canyon. Granted, I have only been playing for a few days, I thought I’d share some of my thoughts thus far.

No tights:
As mentioned in the promotional video on the Fallen Earth website (www.fallenearth.com) there are no tights in this game. No wands. No Orcs, Elves or Druids.  This is so refreshing for me. After playing World of Warcraft for SO many years, I’m just sick to death of the same ‘ole shit. It was pretty neat to be able to get into a ‘prone’ position and snipe away at some baddies, instead of whacking them with a wand.

Crafting is actually useful:
What? Crafting is actually USEFUL? Really?  The most interesting aspect of the crafting system, to me, is that you can actually queue up to 20 items to craft after you have logged out of the game.  Some of the items take a long time to make, but you aren’t stuck standing in one place while you craft. You can begin crafting your gun (which may take 15 minutes to craft) and instead of standing by a crafting station, you can just go about your merry way and finish your quests or whatever the hell you want to be doing with yourself. Lisa enjoys the hell out of crafting and she feels this system is really well done and very rich. Hopefully she’ll come through and put in her two cents in more detail. I don’t generally care how rich a crafting system is- I just hate crafting.

There’s room to experiment:
There’s some wiggle room available and no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to spec or build your character. You can truly make your character work with a hybrid build of your choice.  This is something that is so frowned upon in WoW and many other games, and sometimes it’s just downright stupid to do it.  Having that bit of flexibility to try shit out is pretty cool, however there is no way to ‘respec’ if you fuck up– so make sure you know what you are doing.

I have an ATV:
Need I say more? I will add that the gas is a little costly, and NECESSARY. Also, keep in mind that you can’t drive your ATV off the side of a cliff without damaging it completely, (this also results in death from fall damage. I know this because I die from it repeatedly), so make sure you have vehicle repair kits and gas with you at all times.

The player base seems less fail:
It seems we have a less fail populous playing right at this moment. Perhaps because the game is new, and perhaps because it’s not your standard fare. Whatever the reason, I’ve only seen just a couple of douchebags in the game- with everyone else being very helpful and kind.

We’ve got a small team of BiC’ers messing around in FE right now, and I think the reviews are mixed at this point.  Hopefully a few of them will pop in and give their two cents.

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7 Responses to Fallen Earth: Why I like it

  1. gamergirl says:

    Fallen Earth has me completely sucked in so far. I am a crafting whore and for the first time since SWG I am crafting things that my whole guild can actually use right away! I love the ability to do it all with no restrictions on x number of professions as I prefer being self sufficient. The ability to queue up to twenty recipes to run while I am logged out is total win sauce!

    As has been said, the game environment is refreshing and I find myself chuckling at times over comments made by my character or the NPCs. Questing so far is not tiresome and I do not have the feeling that I am “grinding” levels.

    Icarus Studios is working hard at drawing a fresh new playerbase in so if you are looking for something new to try out grab the free download. Don’t base your thoughts on the tutorial though, while this section of the game is very useful in getting accustomed to the gameplay style it is definitely the least engaging part.

  2. Nat says:

    I have to admit the tutorial is pretty fail.

  3. Facebook User says:

    I did the tutorial once. Then from then on, skipped. If you choose ‘Skip Extended Tutorial’ you should recieve enough xp to be level 2 and some AP to get you going, like you had actually done the tutorial.

  4. Nat says:

    I think it’s important that people do the extended tutorial, though- at least the first time. The reality is that the game isn’t as simple as some MMO’s and it really does sort of get you aquainted with the interface.

  5. gamergirl says:

    Plus for those on the trial you get the freebie horse which alleviates to some extent traveling pains.

  6. Facebook User says:

    and for those of you who are lazy like me, you can buy the game and get a free ATV for each of your chars, present and future

  7. Nat says:

    Although the pop is saying 29.99 to buy the game, it’s actually just 19.99 right now, with a months free subscription.

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