I don't agree fully. Yes, there should be challenge, but not to the point of taking the fun out of playing, Most of us play for enjoyment, so there should be differing levels of difficulty depending on a gamer's choice. I like GW2 because I can choose solo or joining events for grouping. And then there are many players who just don't have the ability for the harder challenges, but still want the fun of playing the game.
Also, for two weeks now, missions have been bugged. I'm told they are working as intended. It's too much frustration for me. I will play something else while I wait for GW2.
TSW is a great game, and while I understand why players want the game to be kept difficult, and no respec, Funcom has to realize they are cutting out a group of players who are having great difficulty in advancing their characters. And yes, that includes me. I was in the beta and pointed this out then.
I'm sick of grinding the first two areas for experience. I don't get the QL weapons, talismans and SP I need for advancing to the next area, Blue Mountain. I'm stuck. And this isn't even mentioning the broken missions needed for advancing. Trying to get from one dimension to another is a pain, to get to one that doesn't have broken missions.
Fortunately, because of beta, I did have a good idea of what weapons had synergy with other weapons. You can find this out with some research and lots of reading; good luck with your memory, though.
As for crafting, my inventory is full of resources, etc. of all kinds, but nothing useful. By the time you get what you need to build better weapons or talismans, you have advanced to where you continue to need better. There is no auction house to take advantage of stuff other players can offer.
Grouping is a pain, too. It's hard to get one for a variety of reasons I won't go into. You need a good guild, but even there, good luck in finding someone doing the mission you are doing.
I know Funcom is addressing all these issues and will someday have a viable game for ALL of us, not just those who consider themselves elite. Therefore, I'm putting the game on hold for now. I plan on going on to GW2 anyway. I know there are a good number of TSW players who feel as I do, and will not be continuing the game after the free month, or have already quit. We aren't all WoW players. Many of us have been playing online games long before WoW, so don't insult us with that.
I'm a veteran game player and still waiting for a really good sandbox game, you know, where the fun is just in playing the game and leveling is a side reward, and end game isn't needed.
I'm trying to wrap my mind around a cross-game guild. ;)
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