Updated Fri, Oct 19, 2012 by Shayalyn
This one is bound to be controversial, but we’re gonna go out on a limb and say that Vanguard, the game you love to hate if you were ever a fan before its abysmal launch, is worth a second look now that it’s free. Now, don’t get us wrong--when last we played it, Vanguard was still Vanguard, irritating little bugs and all. But at least now your system will most likely run it.
Vanguard always had a lot of great things going for it that its launch tragically decimated: it had an enormous open world, a variety of interesting races, and a sort of EverQuest-y old school feel. To add to the appeal, there are a couple of advantages to Vanguard’s free-to-play conversion, besides the fact that it’s free: it now has more than just a skeleton of a dev team (EQ2 players might be interested to hear that Steve “Moorgard” Danuser recently replaced Salim “Silius” Grant as Creative Director); and there’s been an infusion of new (or returning) players to hang out with.
Don’t get us wrong--Vanguard will likely feel dated to the sophisticated gamer, and just how much effort its reenergized dev team will put into updates and improvements remains unseen for the moment, but if you long for a little old school fun it’s worth downloading and exploring one more time.