Thanks for asking, header! Why yes, yes it is!
I’m very glad that I didn’t place all of my interest and stock into New World last week, because I would’ve been very frustrated with the incredibly long server wait times. Instead, my attitude was that of the seasoned MMO veteran — that is, “This is typical, I’ll play if I can, and if I can’t, there are other worlds than these.”
That said, I did get in a few sessions, and the game ran great for me when I was in there. I really enjoy the North American-ish feel of the starter zone, with its forests and farms and luxurious beachfront condos (read: shipwrecks). It’s a good place to slowly run around, which is fortunate because there’s no faster way to get to where you’re going. Usually.
While New World is getting compared with ESO a lot, I definitely see a whole lot of Secret World in this, too. It’s hard not to get New England flashbacks here, and you can’t tell me that the Corrupted isn’t the Filth 2.0. But New World is its own thing, too, pulling in a lot of other game concepts and fashioning it into a remarkably chill experience.
I think this is the only way you really can engage with New World and not be frustrated. If you’re trying to advance quickly, it’s going to be way more stressful than a typical MMO. I don’t see it designed this way. Instead, you can pick objectives and work on them, gradually leveling up different skills, and smelling the roses along the way. Some of my objectives last week included figuring out how to procure cartridges for my musket, grinding out faction quests for gear, leveling up mining and woodcutting, and learning how to effectively use my rapier in combat.
To that last point, I think I’m getting a whole lot better. It really is more about positioning and timing, and I particularly enjoy using riposte to counter attacks and smack a foe backward.
I’m most eager to hear Amazon speak as to what it’s working on for the future, because while New World is good, it’s got a lot of potential that needs to be tapped — and some glaring issues to be addressed. Probably the weakest part of it, from my early experiences, is the story, which is so vapid that I can’t recall much of anything that’s happened. I feel like a soldier, blindly following the orders that show up in my journal, while thinking of the next time I can go fishing. So I hope we do hear and then see some good improvements on this and other fronts.