For about 8 years now, I loyally played Neverwinter once a day. Even years ago, when I got sick in the hospital, I had my husband bring up the laptop to use the (low budget) wifi signal just to login for dailies. I can't say I am Neverwinter's biggest fan, but I have been here. The year 2020 saw us all go to Hell. Avernus was horrible, in my opinion, for the following reasons;
- Once again poor reasons for going there and doing anything at all for Vallenhas.
- I didn't care for the maps, not just because they were recycled strongholds, but I complained here about that orange tint, to the point my husband set my PC up with a hotkey that decreased the red values and increased the green and blue.
- The audio was terrible, I would hear demons shouting Nasher lines. Etrien was just annoying in the shield vault to the point I muted the motivational "I said, no dilly dallying!" just while having to rest 30 seconds by a campfire.
- While I found Lulu visually "cute", the audio was just sad. I never knew about hollyphants in D&D before.
- I eventually went to Avernus and finished the campaign by doing memory requests from Makos.
- Makos should have had more dialog and I have expressed "the better plot" for this hot mess.
While I continue to just log in this year, grab my stuff and go, I don't see anything special about this reinvented Module 20 replacing Module 1. I am almost certain, this fall, Module 21 will do the same with the Dread Ring and Module 2 Shadowmantle will vanish. Some people are ok with this, I don't like it. Maybe Shadowmantle will take a miss and they will attempt to repair the botched PvP in Curse of Icewind Dale? It is possible or they are going to hold off Rime of the Frostmaiden for 2022.
I have been working on a story module for another online game, while it is not a massive multiplayer, it allows me the freedom to once again share my stories with others, who play the game on PC, XB1, and PS4. During this time I notice my mount doesn't just poof under me in a cloud of smoke. More realistically I have to call it, the mount spawns off camera and runs to me. I bump into people and they complain about it. If riding my horse, people react to it rearing up. This type of action appears in other online games, it is more immersive, and realistic. I do not and cannot blame Cryptic too much for lacking the big budget to hire programmers to fix old games. I assume they are doing their best to repair the bugs they have, also trying to get MtG launched, with the limitations of the workforce during this outbreak.
I can blame Cryptic for poor decisions, bad plots, and just slapping a fresh coat of paint on their oldest modules, then calling "new" and improved. I fear the road ahead will greatly reduce any quality of Neverwinter, that existed before this time. This game had real potential. I hope to see all of the loyal players this fall in Barovia for our Barovia Bash 2021. Assuming it hasn't been upgraded or replaced.
Have a Great Day!
Note for edit: Thank you for telling me about my grammar! You are a real grammar socialist...