New World arrived at PC on September 28 with a heavy load, since it would serve as a cover letter for Amazon Game Studioseven after several delays.
After just over 50 hours of gaming and traveling through much of Aeternum and its activities, we share our opinion about this MMORPG Open world that you have already heard about.
Before starting we must clarify that we still have to live many of the experiences offered during the endgame, so the opinion expressed in this review only covers the first 45 levels.
A peculiar way to forge yourself in the art of war
A few months ago we had the opportunity to test the first minutes of gameplay in a closed alpha, same that showed the first steps that the new players had to take within the game.
As everything MMORPG, the first missions serve as a form of tutorial where you will learn to hit, defend, dodge, and use skills.
Unlike other games where you create a unique class, here you can build builds from the weapons you find.
In total there are eleven different routes to take, separated by four categories that cover the roles of DPS, tank and healer, which in turn offer two skill trees:
In one-handed weapons we have the sword and shield, the roper swordoh the hatchetIn two-handed weapons you can find the spear, the great ax and the war hammer.
There are two ranged weapons: the bow and the musket, which provide agility when attacking or pure power.
In the magic section there are three weapons to choose from: the fiery bastion and the icy gauntlet, focused on inflicting damage; and finally, the vital staff, with which you will keep your companions alive.
Each of these tools scales with one of the five attributes that you surely know if you are a fan of the RPG: Strength, Dexterity, Intelligence, Concentration and Constitution.
As you can see, there are a large number of routes to choose from to build your character, and believe me, each of them will give you advantages or disadvantages over the others.
The beautiful world of New World will try to kill you in every corner
The approach of New World is that we arrive in an unknown land where there is a great power that everyone seeks, although it corrupts even the creatures that inhabit its surroundings.
During your tour you will come across different biomes ranging from the green forests of Aeternum to corrupted places.
The map is divided into areas with a certain level of difficulty, the most dangerous being to the north.
This division is important, since completing missions or performing feats within each territory will give you specific advantages that will be useful in the future.
Although there is evil corruption in these lands, they are full of resources that will allow you to develop professions, but be careful, as enemies lurk almost in every corner.
Many of the threats that you will come across are animals or the undead, but do not trust yourself, as as you advance you will encounter more and more dangerous opponents.
Most of the time you can deal with everything by yourself, but be careful with the corrupted areas that appear on the map, since they have enemies with greater resistance that you will have to eliminate together with a group of friends.
Becoming a warrior is not an easy task
As in every RPG, you will have to start from level 1 and gradually climb until you reach a maximum of 60, and although it seems like an easy task, it will cost you hours of intense gameplay.
Virtually all activities in the world give you experience, but some grant more than others, and this is where it is worth pausing to explain them.
This is your simplest source of progress, as completing story assignments will earn you vast amounts of experience.
Most of them require you to go to a certain location and kill enemies or gather resources, although some will require a bit more of your skill.
It may take you some time to try to accomplish them and you may have to walk the map several times, but in the end it is worth it.
Be careful, there will be times when your level will be below what you require, but New World has you covered.
These small assignments consist of gathering resources or killing animals, but in return they will offer you generous experience points and even a little gold to continue your adventure. Try to do them when you have free time, as they are a great way to move forward.
If this weren’t enough, there are also missions commissioned by one of the three factions of New World, which will give you points to buy in their special store.
As in many MMORPGs, leveling up your character takes a long time, so enjoy the ride.
The new world needs skilled craftsmen
You will not spend all your time hunting down the dangerous enemies of Aeternumas part of your training also requires you to be skilled with a trade.
These have an order that encompasses the collection of raw materials, their refinement and manufacturing, so you have a lot to choose from.
On the first level are the felling, the mining, the fishing, the harvest and the skinning, with which you will obtain resources to transform.
To make the raw material workable you can specialize in carpentry, stonework, leather tanning, tissue and foundry.
Finally, you can turn everything into tradable products thanks to trades like weapons forge, armament, engineering, jeweler’s, arcane, kitchen room and decor.
Through crafting you can obtain weapons, armor, potions, furniture for your house and even food that will grant you special bonuses, but uploading them takes a long time.
Only with the main adventure and the climb of these activities will you notice that you have to invest a lot of hours in New World, which might be tedious for some, but the progression makes it friendly.
The intense PvE and PvP of New World
Something that caught my attention about this title is that you can choose the way you face the world. If you prefer to focus only on collecting and progressing the adventure, you can disable player combat, although there is more excitement if you don’t.
When choosing a mode Pvp Members of another faction will be able to attack you, which is ideal if you like fighting, or tedious if you suddenly find yourself caught in an ambush.
Be that as it may, your journey within Aeternum you will always have dangers to face.
Upon obtaining level 25, group missions start that are worthwhile, as there are dungeons that require good teamwork to be overcome. As you go up you will unlock more, so think carefully which class is for you, tank, dps or healer.
You can also find the scary Corruption Zones scattered throughout the map, but you will need a team to destroy them without falling for it and thus receive juicy rewards.
The player versus player action is not far behind, and if you are brave you can participate in wars, where factions face each other to try to conquer bastions, and in this way, obtain benefits in the region.
This has a direct impact on the economy, which is governed by gamers through a market, and by the faction in control through taxes on manufacturing and obtaining materials.
Don’t worry, you will hardly notice the charge for your work.
New World is huge, but it has several shortcomings
Such an ambitious title could not be perfect, and this is no exception, as the adventures soon go from fun to repetitive.
The missions practically consist of the same thing: go to such a point to kill characters for objects or to recover them from the chests. This cycle repeats over and over to high levels, so it can get tedious.
To top it off, the enemies available are relatively few, so you will come across variants of the same models over and over again, at least until you reach the highest level area, where you will find an Asian-inspired environment.
The modes Pvp They are also not spared from criticism, as the lower levels miss out on all the action as they are constantly eliminated by more experienced players, making invasions an activity for those who are more dived.
Surely at some point you heard the criticism for the long entrance lines, and although at first they were true, little by little they improved this weakness.
Another point to criticize is that it can be difficult to start from scratch with friends, since you cannot choose the initial spawn point, so you have three options: wait until they advance to level 15 or 20 to meet, travel the map fleeing from enemies They will kill you in one fell swoop or create a character over and over again until you match the region. Either way, you will lose time.
A difficult start with a promising future
New World is a game in which leveling up gives you a relaxing and fun feeling, although not without problems.
One of the benefits of online games is that various issues can be corrected on the fly, and New World already has a couple of assignments in the pipeline, starting with the transfer of worlds.
At the moment their mechanics, items and adventures are enough to keep you busy for a few weeks, and hopefully, in the future they will add more content to expand the excitement.
If you are a lover of MMORPG and you have the patience to farm resources while being attacked by enraged animals, you will have a good time in Aeternum, otherwise you might want to wait a little longer for them to make some adjustments.
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