Sodality and I have been getting quite deep into Lord of the Rings Online (as I’ve previously mentioned) and are just raving about how great an experience we’re having. This is Epic Slant though! We can only discuss the good so long before it is time to really talk about what improvement is needed. So, while I am truly enjoying the game and plan to continue doing so for quite some time, it is time to talk about some of the little things that are annoying me.
I know I mentioned this in my mini-review but I really feel like it needs repeating: LotRO’s guild support is embarrassing. For a game that has been around as long as this I am shocked that a refresh hasn’t been done yet! Each guild is limited to a mere four ranks with set names and powers. Customization is dismal and to unlock features you simply have to wait. There is no way for a very active and motivated group of players to advance their organization. Whether you play five hours a week or five hundred you get to sit back and wait on the timer. Realize that Sodality has a more complex rank structure than most games offer but surely we can do a little better than this!
One complaint that I have heard quite often is that there just aren’t enough mob models in LotRO. In all honesty, I have to agree. I can understand, given the restraints of the intellectual property, that there can only be so many mob types, but I am truly tired of fighting wolves, birds and the same orcs or goblins. It would be quite exciting if there was more variation in the mob types and, possibly, some implied creatures from lore. I just can’t imagine having to fight these same groups of creatures from now until the ring makes it to Mordor. I love Lord of the Rings but sometimes you have to take a little artistic license when it comes to a game!
As an advocate for a larger world with less quick travel I feel slightly embarrassed to say that I think travel is slightly too slow in this game. It just seems like the horse paths are so linear that it can take an unnecessary amount of time to get from point A to point B. I would enjoy it if there were more stables and if the rental horses moved faster. I am grateful to see the scale and grandeur of Middle Earth but I would enjoy it slightly more if it was just a blur as I whipped by it on a steed.
It would also be very therapeutic if we had the option to wreak havoc upon the hobbits. I feel like we deserve the opportunity after they make us run all over the shire with mail and pie. Surely nobody would notice if a nosy hobbit or two suddenly burst into flames. The whole place is just too happy and it seems like they’re more concerned with playing hide and seek than killing mobs! It could be worse, though, they could be gnomes.
Those few complaints are really all that I have so far and I consider that a very positive thing. LotRO plays quite well, I enjoy my class, and how it treats those of us who want to group is amazing! I’m quite stoked to get everyone in Sodality maxed out so we can start on the two group raids. I am curious to hear about what annoys my fellow LotRO players, however, so take a moment to stop by the comments if you please.