What happened to this game? I had two characters right at Undermountain when I quit playing for awhile. I have now come back and started a new character just to see how things were from the beginning. I have the dragonborn pack so free purple mount and purple ioun stone, ITS NOT ENOUGH!!! I am stuck at Hotenow. I can't even get past the first lair, this is total garbage. I have skipped it ran some dungeons (yeah queue time is long now) ran through the entry quest for Elemental Evil so got the starting gear pieces for that, I was by then level 63 which is nearly 10 levels higher than Hotenow and I still can't kill anything, I get shredded by every grouping of mobs that has more than 3 in a group. Seriously those little rock creatures that are in packs of 6 wont' freaking die and all 6 hitting me pretty much kills me. My freaking item level is over 14k which should be more than plenty for that area, what gives??? Seriously have you turned this game into mandatory group with people unless you are filled with account bound legendary everything?
Yes for the record, all i have for companions is the ones you can buy for gold (4 maybe), the free purple companion and a were rat thats blue that was cheap, he knocks mobs everywhere so not even useful. I have 4 out of 5 mounts jsut because i thought i'd save that box you get every level for that event for Neverember recruitment, so I didn't get the 2 extra tokens and thought i'd do some professions, well even with 4 mounts (1 purple rest white) all with filled insignia, still getting shredded.
It is grossly unfair to have to have be so over geared just to clear the beginning zones.
This is starting to feel like a cash grab to make people literally buy every item in the Zen store just to play 1-70.
The new stat system might be fine if the gear actually got you somewhat close to maxing your stats. At least 3 of them or something. The gear and potions give such low stats probably the best you can hope for is .5% increase towards max, that is a joke if I ever heard one. at 14k item level and rank 5 enchants, you can't even get to the last zone without repeated death and quasi cheating by dying and letting everything run back to the camp fire to get you so you don't have to keep running back. Its ridiculous.
This game may be fun for one or two classes but at the moment the barbarian I had at 72 can't complete undermountain with starting undermountain gear for some reason and my new wizard cna't make it past Hotenow even being nearly 10 levels higher than the zone.
I hoped on my barbarian and did the first quest in Undermountain, same thing, got shredded, the swordmaster load out did a bit better but still was killed pretty frequently and the mobs are packed in so tight unless you have a daily on hand you can't survive. Plus there have been times i have literally killed all the mobs and just be fore the last one dies 4 more spawn in, i watched them fade right in, total BS.
Running dungeons was a bit more friendly for some reason, but i have no intention on exclusively running dungeons until i'm level 80 and hope people will allow me to run epics after hitting 80, which i highly doubt and soloing the campaigns other than tyranny seems like its just not going to be viable. I get this is an MMO but that is what heroics, dungeons, and skirmishes are for, I don't feel that you have to run around with a freaking group all the time, i hardly ever find anyone doing the same thing i'm doing all the time.
Maybe all the new players coming in are playing with people they know and while the balance seems to work for dungeons, the solo content feels like you are running in dungeon through the whole game. Do people a solid, buff the classes, buff the gear, debuff solo content mobs, or reduce the freaking number of mobs in encounters, you can't spam healing so don't expect 10 mobs pelting you to be fun when 3 second into the encounter you have burned your daily burned your potion and still mobs tapping you to death.
I hate to say this but I feel my time is better spent on a game that is playable, not a game that is solely designed for the overpowered gear of credit card heroes or those who stayed with this game for long periods of time and have tons of nice gear who isn't affected. New players beware, have friends to always be on or don't expect to keep playing past level 50 - 60, unless there is a class so OP right now its the only viable class to play, I suspect rogue once again is the leading class.