Today I lured my friend to start Neverwinter. I told him that the game is free, education is short, leveling is fast and useful items can be easily bought for real money. He created a Wizard and started playing, me sitting next to him to give advice. Here’s his feedback:
- The game looks awesome, and you can create a really nice character
- Education is way too long and exhausting. (I told him it is shorter now than it was!) Too many mobs to fight right after you created a character. Too long way before you can simply look around and try something – walk, jump, look around, look into inventory, look at your character, weapons and gear. A fight with a boss at the bridge is tough (He died twice). The education seems to be designed not to attract a new player, but to make him leave immediately and uninstall the game. Well, education is a kind of a showcase for any game.What we get now: “You will suffer here, go away! This game is for those who already played it!”
- After completing the education he walked around the Protectorate and tried some things: send me a letter, add me as a friend, write “Hi all!” in a zone chat. None of that can be done. Well, ok: I suppose that letters and zone chat are disabled to prevent spammers to use a free game for their dark purpose. But making friends? Any reason for disabling that?
- Finally, I told him that he can quickly get a mount and other useful things at ZEN market. He tried to by ZEN at arcgames.com, and guess what? He couldn’t! Well… He wants to spend REAL MONEY. Why disabling that until some quests are done? He laughed and said: “They don’t even want my money – a clear statement that I should go away!” I told him that making quests to unlocked will be quick, yet he just smiled and said: “Better go play (mmorpg gamename - I will not write where he invited me) with me. At least they will take your money right after character creation”.
That’s it. He just uninstalled Neverwinter. He loves all these things – beautiful armor, swords and magick. He wants to play with me. But Neverwinter seems not to be attractive for a new player. It is not welcoming – it seems hostile and harsh. Sadly.