Apr 22, 2013Very impressive in scope and gameplay for such an indie company imo. Defo some kinks to iron out but based on the communication flow that has been seen this last year it's fairly hopeful that most things will be addressed sooner or later. Between the vast, gorgeous world and the insanely fun pvp potential (siege warfare, naval warfare, huuuuge battles etc) I've had a blast. Personally I would recommend this for anyone who likes pvp without limits (and the full loot aspect actually makes pvp important again!). It's not a game for carebears, but then I don't think it ever tried to be.… Expand
Apr 25, 2013Compared to the original DF, this game is leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessor. During its initial beta I was apprehensive because of huge preformance issues, but these seem to have been largely delt with (while in the beta I was getting about 2-5fps if more then a few people showed up on the screen) now it runs smooth as butter with my screen filled with both players, monsters and spell effects flying all over the place. Haven't had any issues getting stuck on terrain or falling through the earth yet, as for the grind it's far from mindless, since you're grinding towards specific goals.
Anyone who played the original DF knew what a mindless grind was, because there people would generally just macro their characters skills up rather then play the actual game most of the time (until they changed it, long after DF had received its deathknell through loss of players.)
As for a gap between vets and noobs, it doesn't matter what game you play, if it has character progression you'll have a gap. Not just because of the skills but the gear, UO had this just like many other games have and it's nothing new. It's not insurmountable, but don't forget those vets are much more seasoned in the game as well, and could probably beat up on noobs without all that gear, or their skilled up characters.
As for the missing components, id rather have the game out now, then AV spending as long as they did with DF's original production cycle. I signed up on the DF forums in 2003 when I was in highschool, and it's the longest wait i've ever had for an mmo to date, which wound up being a giant let down with its original incarnation.
It's not perfect in its current state, but it's a helluv alot better then it was regardless of what the trolls here, or the trolls on the df forums would try and have you believe. Right now it's a genuinely fun game, and hopefully we can get a good influx of players to dilute the troll population that sits around crying like little girls saying everything is awful even though they continue to play and have fun with the game.… Expand
Apr 25, 2013Best game ive ever played (Vet)
You will like darkfall unholy wars if you like games like (counterstrike, eve online, warz, dayz, ultima online ect ect)
For years i went from game to game playing them all and getting bored as in a few months. I always was on the look for that gem of a game. Until a friend of mine recommended some indie game called "Darkfall Online" 3 Years later, and i was still playing it and there was next to no support/updates from the developers just the raw game itself and that was enough.
That aside this is the new Darkfall, a totally new game that is a successful attempt to fix the mistakes that made the original Darkfall unsuccessful and unknown. And let me tell you they are doing a amazing job this time around with daily updates and patches, while really listening to what the community says.
Lets get back to the main thing, the game itself. Its exactually what it says, A full-loot, Open PVP Non-flagging mmorpg. Build alliances with others join armies of 1000's and try to take over agon. there is so much to do in this game its incredible, and the open world harshness makes everything you accomplish ingame feel like a real feat. Be a reknown crafter, A Fearless Leader of 1000's of people. Tax people, become rich as a trader, be a paid spy or scout for your clan. Become reknown as a Skilled pvper and watch the lesser skilled run in fear as you slay them down.
"IMPORTANT TIP" As a new player you will have alot of trouble at first and feel somewhat overwhelmed cause of the sandboxness of the game. First thing you should do is join a reknown clan and tell them that you are new, you will be given advice and learn the game with other players, at the start advice is everything. Soon you will be sucked into the world of agon and after that there is no going back. Good Luck… Expand
Apr 25, 2013Darkfall Unholy Wars is a full loot sanbox mmorpg. It has great and challenging PVE where you have to be constantly wary of enemy players roaming through the land and the mobs AI is brilliant. The gameplay is aim and shoot no tab targeting here. And what can I say the PvP is just awesome. Other than that it has some basic issues that are getting ironed out, the developers are listening a great deal to the community and making changes accordingly and they are developing a ton of stuff to be added in the future!… Expand
Apr 25, 2013Fast paced, Full loot, Seamless World, FPS combat, FFA, Conquest, Politics, Adrenaline, supprisingly good PvE, hand designed world full of hidden things to explore. Dungeons/Market/More Classes to come.
This game does not fail to impress for those seeking something different from the standard MMO's these days.
- The Economy is purely fueled by player crafters
- You can fight naval battles in the Ocean
- Defeat epic world boss mobs and other players PvPvE
- Your actions have consequences, one character slot, one in-game name, people will come to recognise you for your actions and words over time.
- Advance your character how you want, PvE, Crafting, Gathering, Exploring
The Devs are patching on a very regular basis and keep good communication.… Expand
Apr 24, 2013This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I was trolled by all the trolling made by those basing this game that I wouldn't waste my money on DF. Fortunately though my best buddy gave me his account to try the game..and omfg!! Why I have never heard of this game before and thats beyond me.Fool loot, FFAPvP, seamless world, mounts, boats and I think that is the only game with real time battles! It's like counterstrike with orks!, Amazingly DF was made out in Greece, but I've heard that the lead designer is from Norway and now it all makes sense! Great game, you have to try this one!!… Expand
Apr 25, 2013As with most MMOs there was a rough start of lag and crashes, most of these have been patched out and aren't happening now.
As far as a game, it's a lot of fun, though you need to be aware that it has very aggressive pvp. On the same token getting gear and improving your character are not particularly difficult. Try to find a clan as soon as you can that matches your play style. Safety in numbers as well as more fun in numbers makes this game a blast.
The large scale PVP is one of the major factors I loved about the first Darkfall, and I only expect it to get better with this version.
There are a lot of helpful people out there and great guides for playing, I highly recommend checking them out before you start to play.… Expand
Apr 25, 2013I've played the original since 2009. It felt as the best MMO for me, even though the game had some major flaws. Darkfall Unholy Wars fixed most of these, the most notable is probably the role and prowess system.
I'm having a really great time. Haven't been this much addicted to any MMO lately.
Apr 25, 2013One of a kind MMO experience. There is currently no game on the market that can rival the experience of playing Darkfall. It is a free roaming sandbox, a huge non-instanced world, PvP focused, clan based game. No game has given me the heart pounding experience of Darkfall and I have yet to find a game that is as difficult and rewarding to master. One piece of advice before diving into Darkfall: Find a clan to play with. Trying to navigate the world of Agon solo is a punishing experience. Fighting fierce monsters, going on adventures, getting chopped in half and doing some chopping of your own is much more fun with some good pals. Join now! It just launched!… Expand
Apr 25, 2013Disclaimer Darkfall is not for everyone .if you want another tab targeting ,quest driven themepark ,that pats your back and gives you cookies because you were hugging squirrels all evening then darkfall is not for you.
The game has a specific target audience people who enjoy the thrill of open world pvp a high-risk high-reward environment and socializing. to really enjoy the game you should have the patience to improve your play style and be social.
The game is a modern approach in the MMO genre that tastes old-school. It might seem contradictory but it is true. no other mmo out there has an open world ,no instances fast action combat and hundreds of people at the same battle .meanwhile the harsh death penalty ,the full loot pvp ,and the realistic traveling and exploring make the game feel old-school.
The graphics are stunning if you consider that the engine must deal with huge sieges involving 200+ people the art-design is distinct and fits the fantasy setting
The game has environmental audio ,so you can tell where each noise comes from .This feature makes the world feel alive ,you can hear the waterfall or the birds etc
The gameplay is what makes darkfall so unique. you will either love it or hate it. the fast paced combat resembles that of quake and unreal tournament jumb shooting strafing and fast reflexes win the fights but your skill can get you so far. having friends to back you up having a city to rest and regroup knowing the right people to craft you the best gear knowing the area around you takes another kind of skill this is where the mmo part of the game shines. guilds fight for the best cities, groups fight for the best hunting grounds and everyone loves the master crafter.
That being said ,the game is very unforgiving to mistakes .newcomers trying to play solo fight an uphill battle .they have to fight for resources and live in a lake of sharks. unless you find a decent guild (there are plenty noob-friendly guilds) you fight against all odds.but once you learn the ropes you can enjoy the ride.
The game isnt all sunshine Aventurine is an indy company and you can tell.The gui needs more options for customization and the engine needs to be better optimized and to use less cpu .I didnt face any bugs or glitches but some people do .The game has launched with some of the key features missing.I have faith that they will be part of the game, soon since these exact same features were running fine in darkfall 1 a few months ago.… Expand
Apr 25, 2013Best MMORPG Ever Created!
This game has ruined all other games for me since Darkfall and now in Darkfall: Unholy Wars I cannot find another game that I find entertaining. Every time you play the sense of risk gets your blood pumping! Full Loot, Open PVP, Player Controlled Economy, Massive Open World PVP, COMPLETELY NON INSTANCED, Siege player controlled cities, etc. etc. etc.
This game has so much to offer if you are interested in seeing game play check out my Youtube Channel loaded up with Darkfall and Darkfall Unholy Wars Videos! Once you go Darkfall there is no going back.
Apr 25, 2013Small company, so don't expect the polish you get from the giants. However, it is a game model that really doesn't exist anywhere else, a first person shooter style high fantasy MMO. You still have cast times and spells/bows/etc like most rpg mmos, but you actually get to point your arrow or fireball in the direction you want!
There are certainly issues that are still be ironed out, but they are fixing them quite quickly.
As for the negative reviews saying "you'll crash constantly" and "when you load the game stutters and crashes". I have played during beta and release, beta crashed a LOT and you lost everything in the beginning. These issues have been addressed, I have not crashed once since release and the "lose everything" bug was fixed back in January of beta. As for stuttering when you load other players, they fixed this in the last patch.
One thing to be aware of, this game does indeed involve a grind (like most MMO's). I personally have enjoyed it as the grind is broken up by people showing up and ambushing you (or vise versa). There is definitely some content missing, but there is plenty to do to keep you busy for a few months and they have stated that new content will be coming in a patch to be released shortly.
As for the reviews that say "these numbers are being manipulated by aventurine"... C'mon seriously? the thing is, a lot of people absolutely love this game despite a few technical problems. It has a very devoted community who really want the game to succeed. That is not Aventurines doing aside from the fact that they made a game the community loves.
Last thing to say is this is a more "Hardcore" game. If you get frustrated by being killed by others (there are safe zones, but you will want to venture out of them) then this is likely not the game for you.… Expand
May 2, 2013I loved the old Darkfall, and the new release is a slightly cleaner version that has been made more newbie friendly to get into. I love the new visual updates, and can't wait for the huge siege warfares to commence!!
Not sure how why so many people claiming severe crashing or geometrical errors. My clan has barely experienced any true crippling problems that can't be easily problem solved, (and every error so far has been attributed to faulty hardware or wrong drivers)
Release was near flawless compared to the standard mmo precedents, downloading the game is part of the release so not sure how that was ever factored in.
Ignore the trolls and BUY this game if you like pvp, risk vs reward and an actual reason to be coordinating with a guild effort… Expand
Apr 25, 2013If you're looking for another WoW clone, you've come to the wrong place. This game has huge potential and provides a thrill that no other MMO on the market offers. Darkfall Unholy Wars boasts a massive instance free world, skill based combat (not tab targeting), and full loot PvP. This is the only game I've ever subscribed to for more than a month. However, be warned. Once you get exposed to this niche game and survive, it will ruin all other MMO's out there.… Expand
May 2, 2013Darkfall Unholy Wars and it's predecessor, Darkfall, are the best MMO experience available. Full loot PvP action is a heart pounding experience that will get your adrenaline surging and leave all other MMO's looking stale and boring. The Beautiful seamless open world is breathtakingly beautiful and darkly forboding at the same time, and is a joy to explore, with hidden caverns and soaring towers. You will make friends and enemies, engage in politics, barter and trade, and most importantly, KILL IN COLD BLOOD!!!
Buy this game. You will not be sorry.… Expand
Jun 29, 2013the game has had a few issues: frequent crashing for some, a bag bug that required you to restart to fix, a party bug that required you to restart. AV also got ddosed for a few days and this brought the server down 3 or 4 nights in a row, causing 30 min+ rollbacks. All of these issues were dealt with pretty quickly, and these issues, along with other bugs that were present in the first month of launch are fixed.
Performance in sieges is also improving. In the past 3 weeks we have participated in 4 major sieges. The vinterhein siege had perfect performance, and our siege on serruk was good for most as well. On the other hand, i suffered from high ping during our siege of elharrat once sinister flanked us, but prior to that it was fine. The recent siege at khosgar was also mixed for me, with the first 30 minutes being quite laggy for me (and many others). All 4 of these sieges involved 150+ people, except serruk which was slightly smaller.
Outside of large sieges, the performance in this game is very good. I have a pretty cheap video card, a 550 ti, and i get at least 60 fps even when im around large groups (40+) of people. I'm from the east coast, and my ping is typically in the 45-50ms range.
The aesthetics of the game have always been good. The graphics aren't of the highest quality, but they are a good compromise with performance. Everyone seems to be happy with how their characters and their armors and weapons look. Most importantly, the graphics are very clear. You can learn to quickly identify what class someone is and what quality gear they are wearing, which can be important in determining if you want to take a fight. You have a fairly long sight distance, and the terrain is varied and both interesting to look at and useful for gaining a tactical advantage in pvp.
The combat itself is slightly simplified on an individual level (for example, in melee you only have one swing which pales in comparison to a game like mount and blade), but movement is extremely important and there is a large amount of opportunity to outplay and win fights against much greater numbers. getting in close to other players allows you to use them as a shield, drawing friendly fire and allowing you to control the pace of combat. Much of the depth of the combat in darkfall comes from either starting a fight with some advantage (suprise, numbers, position, group composition) or through superior teamwork and coordination.
The playerbase seems healthy. After 2 months of play, some people are ready for a break, but there are new players stepping up to fill their spot. The game does need some more end game content, and I think the high level city buildings (shipyards) and ships are too expensive.
Finally I want to point out that the reviews on this site are very old and very divided. Many of the bugs people based their negative reviews on were resolved in the first months, and there are no cheaters/hackers. The devs communicate with the community on weekly if not daily basis, both on the forums and through ingame chat. Your experience in this game will vary based on how much effort you are willing to put in and the people you play with.… Expand
Jul 9, 2013Darkfall is one of the best PVP MMORPGS out! Its the real Ultima Online PVP with Full-Loot and a high puls! It is so Skillbased! If you are a good player with a new char you can also kill people playing this game for months, cause the difference between 10k prowess(skillpoints in DF) and 100k prowess isnt hugh! Every one say"what a bad game" dont even play it more then 1 week iam sure!
Big battles are epic if you fight with your guild 200 vs 200 in one fight!… Expand
May 17, 2013Darkfall: Unholy Wars is a unique title. Full-loot, full-PvP, in a huge sandbox is a daunting and grueling mechanic for an MMO. But it makes for an experience like no other MMO. The combat is fast paced, crafting is integral and character progression is constant. In addition to this, clan warfare is highly encouraged, allowing for full on clan battles, which is where the fun starts. Aventurine have made a good go of polishing up their game from the first iteration of Darkfall. Unholy Wars truly shows off what a hardcore MMORPG really is and can be.