Game Description and Comments
Vanguard: Saga of Heroes is a 3D fantasy MMORPG that will try to be the top alternative to World of Warcraft by offering a more complex yet more rewarding MMO experience. This game has been in development for over four years by the makers of EverQuest and has been widely anticipated as a “possible” threat to the mighty MMO from Blizzard because it will attempt to go in a different direction than WoW. One of the more obvious differences between the two games is that Vanguard takes the exact opposite approach of Guild Wars and Dungeons & Dragons Online by having no instances. Thus players have to deal with other players not in their group or guild even in dungeons. Vanguard’s diplomacy system also sets it apart by depending more on strategy than just combat. With diplomacy the way players interact with NPCs is crucial and can not be overcome by simply chopping the NPC’s head off. Instead players must strategize on how they should deal with each individual NPC. This type of interaction could help to alleviate the mindless grinding that plagues most MMOs today. Does Vanguard have a chance to beat WoW? Probably not unless most MMO gamers prefer a more interactive MMO and choose Vanguard as the top MMO to deliver that interactivity.
- Highly detailed 3D graphics.
- Major focus on being as interactive as possible.
- No instances.
- Player-owned housing.
- Player-owned ships.
- More focus on grouping than soloing.
- Diplomacy system helps take away the problem of relying too much on combat.
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Comment: Just one word describes this entire game: lag! The lag in character creation is bad enough but the actual game is even worse! I couldn’t even move around because the second I hit the “w” key the game went black. I had to do all this stupid stuff because of the lag! This game has awesome graphics but the worst lag that I have ever faced in my life!
Comment: Looks very promising.
Vanguard: Saga of Heroes charges a monthly fee.
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