There are many issues with this game which prove to me that the developers don’t play their own game – otherwise many of these balance issues would have been fixed years ago.
I know I referenced that I was “rage quitting” but the proper terminology would be “frustration at the developers quitting”.
Players can generally walk through anything with a well equipped thrall. Bandit Leaders were totally overpowered. I noticed that my leveled up Berserker was just as powerful. However, my point is that “I” am playing a character and “I” expect to be the hero. This game is now all about thralls – they are the heroes. They are the tanks. This is all wrong!
A thrall overall should maybe augment your damage – perhaps increasing overall damage by 20%. I would even be fine if there were damage based thralls who could be wounded easily, and tank based thralls that did hardly any damage. This would allow either melee or ranged characters to choose a compatible thrall type.
When I rolled through the Mounds with my Predatory Blade, by the time I would cut down an NPC (4 hits), my thrall would have killed about 3 NPC’s. Thralls are way too powerful.
The Arena Champion is a good example – no character can go toe to toe with him – you have to use thralls. Two characters with two good thralls can just let their thralls cut the champion down – but where the hell is the fun in that. I am the hero and I am the one that should be doing 80% of the damage either melee or ranged based.
As someone who started during the beta, and then lived through the neglected years of the open launch, I still see a game very rough around the edges and still full of bugs that haven’t been addressed – gotta love those flying dead rhinos.
With a 8 day vacation on my horizon, my fears of what to do about refreshing my place are no longer a concern – I am leaving this game because the developers just don’t get what is fun in the game. New content great – for a couple days. Fixing bugs and making the game experience more frustration free is what would keep players around.
With 2517 hours logged in this game, I think its safe to say I got my fill of Conan now Its still a great game with lots of potential, but having beta tested for Amazon’s New World, I know for sure that, that is where my future lies.