I know this is like going to a Ford convention and asking how they feel about Chevy, but, I'm genuinely curious whether anyone here plays both Neverwinter and D&D Online?
For a long time I actually thought these were the same game. I just downloaded DDO recently and tried it out, and...was not impressed. I saw that they're celebrating their fifteenth anniversary, and I think that explains it, because the interface feels very dated. My main takeaway was, "People on the Neverwinter forums keep saying that the Neverwinter engine is outdated...they should try this!"
But, I can see the appeal of playing D&D by something that resembles actual D&D rules, too. Neverwinter may have started close to D&D 4e, but these days it doesn't much emulate any set of rules. There are just some very familiar terms, like "level" and...well, maybe that's about it. But we get to see familiar faces, which is amazing, and travel through some absolutely gorgeous territory--I have zero complaints about the look of Neverwinter, the art group nails it every time in my opinion--and fight bad guys that I've never seen in such three-dimensional glory.
Does anyone here play DDO, also? I'm curious what your takeaways have been, and how you see the two games stack up.
I mean, the most obvious thing in DDO's favor is "No Demogorgon Trial," but I have a very hard time seeing myself leaving Neverwinter for it's elderly cousin any time soon.
(Note: I apologize if this is deemed inappropriate and must be deleted. I've been playing Neverwinter for a year, and until recently it has seemed like a very open, inviting place with an equally open and inviting team of developers. Recently, with the word "ban" coming up, and posts that "This topic is forbidden on these forums," (about the Knock Box) I'm not really sure whether I'm going to get myself in trouble with something like this. I hate couching my words in this way, but...I'm not trying to be offensive. I just learned that there is another D&D MMO out there, I and I'm looking for other people's takes.)