I don't like this game because i like to focus on just 1 character, in this game you add stats for every mercenary, need to find armor for every mercenary instead of making one best character. Also yea, partying in this game isn't too bad, you can take down bosses so much easier in a party.
Partying is not very necessary especially in the early parts. However, there are parts where having a party will make things easier. There are also times in which a party is almost necessary to defeat the boss, or some mobs which gang you.
I like this game because it involves a little more strategy than the usual MMOs.
Is turn based combat good for an open PvP game? I've watched the video and the combat seems slow..
That depends, if the fighting partners arent equal in gears/levels. The match will end in a few rounds. If everything is equal the match might take awhile.
In my opinion the combat isnt that slow. It actually goes pretty fast when you know what to do and when you dont know what to do the timer seems to run out too fast.
You should give AO a chance. It gets interesting after lvl 100. At that level if you are in guild and nation you can do the nation dungeons and guild dungeons.
About the partying, everything can be done solo till lvl 100+. After that it gets harder. Although resently they have started to nerf the dungeons so it will be easier to solo. Partying makes questing faster anyway.