No NDA on alpha.
Also, this is a useful thread
A theme park game's features craft the experience for the player.
A sand box game's features allow the player to craft the experience.
Classes: ArcheAge and Rift both allow to mix and match many talent trees for unique builds. ArcheAge offers 120 combinations. Rift offers 336.
PvP: ArcheAge and Rift both offer open world PvP where you can gank who you like. ArcheAge does allow same faction ganking, which stays in one level 30 zone on each side. PvP usually involves ganking back and forth until enough people show up to have a South Shore style brawl. Fun, but not sandbox.
Housing: Both Rift and ArcheAge offer player housing. Rift's is instanced but offers much greater customization. ArcheAge's is non-instanced but is area specific. Essentially meaning you can see it other people stuff but it doesn't really mean anything. It just adds an illusion of sandbox.
Crafting: Both games feature a collect and craft system.
Trade: ArcheAge trade runs are essentially quests that allow you to drop your quest items on death. It adds a bit of risk, but not really sandbox.
Questing: Both are linear experiences.
Leveling: Both rely on questing and grinding. You do gain experience from crafting in ArcheAge but leveling like that is veeery inefficient. More so if you don't have a decent combat level to access the better quality gather areas. It comparable to the guy spending 4 months leveling his WoW Panda to 80 doing nothing but gathering.
In either game you can hop around and roleplay but both games are about the same when it comes to restrictions.
I am not saying ArcheAge isn't fun, it's fun. So much that people don't realize they're playing a theme park game. So really there's no point in arguing about it. The game works.
Last edited by FarmerM; 04-10-2014 at 11:56 AM.
Just trailer video update see first post.
Those foreign mmo players like myself and few intrigues have seen it, but its still cool to know its here now.
I'm not saying it's a complete sandbox (i'd say only games like Wurm, Haven&Hearth, Salem are that), but it sure is a buttload more sandboxy than RIFT.
ArcheAge = sandpark
Last edited by Grable; 04-11-2014 at 07:00 AM.
No... It's not. I really can't say it any better than I already have.
"A theme park game's features craft the experience for the player.
A sand box game's features allow the player to craft the experience."
ArcheAge is WAY to restricted and NPC driven to be considered sand-anything.
Pretty much so everything in ArcheAge is ultimately dictated by the system, as opposed to players.
The justice system would be a valid argument if it had a point. Only players who have committed a crime are sent to trial. There's no active witnessing. No bounty system. All that happens is you leave a red mark on the ground after a crime and players click it. You die from anything and are sent to jail by the system. The way it's set up the outcome is guaranteed.
Basically, XL Games has taken sand box elements and applied them to a theme park game. The theme park restrictions/system based dictations nullifies anything that could be considered sandbox.
At the most, I would give ArcheAge a 90:10 Theme park to Sandbox ratio.
If you don't see it, I'll concede just because I don't feel like arguing against the equivalent of "HEEEEHAAAAW, HEEEEHAAAAW, HEEEEHAAAAW!"
Last edited by FarmerM; 04-11-2014 at 08:16 AM.
I'm done arguing anyway. You're too narrow minded about the definiton of sandbox. I've played countless sandbox games and MMOs, I feel I have enough knowledge and experience to tell which features are more sandbox and which are more themepark. Just because you can't ****ing dig the ground and make diamond pickaxes doesn't make the game non-sandbox.
I can tell you now, Archeage isn't as sandbox as you think. Play Wushu or Wakfu, than tell me it's a Sandbox.
The way I see it is Archeage is a Themepark with a few features "plant (and steal) stuff everywhere, you can build your own houses and siege/destroy them, territory control, taxing, open seas" Pretty common features in an average MMO
"underwater exploring and treasure hunting, underwater farming, crafting that is actually endgame gear, much better economy" Getting more modern but just a modern Themepark
"piracy system, justice system with actual players handing down the judgement" I won't say this is a sandbox element, it's a straight up feature.
Most of these elements can be found in AION, Rift and GW2.
I'll tell you, Wakfu has 0 NPCs, You can't even buy some potions(Bread in this case), Player run ecosystem (Straight up you plants don't respawn, Gotta replant them), Player run Politic system (They set the taxes, though this is sort of a feature) and But giving all this made the PVP ass.... You can also capture islands for your nation (Your nation gets buffs for balancing ecosystems under their influence) But I've got no idea how to do it.
Last edited by Heartyace; 04-11-2014 at 06:10 PM.
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I hope that made sense. Good luck.
Last edited by BetaGods123; 04-11-2014 at 06:34 PM.
The truth is.. ArcheAge used to be a Sandbox MMO, but it has become a Theme Park. Many of the sandbox functions have been replaced with more streamlined functions that are easier for normal players to understand. It does indeed feel like a normal MMO, but with some extra functions (like any game since every game has at least some extra features). The 1.0 patch makes it even more streamlined, and there is still a possibility that even more will be removed or replaced.
In my opinion, ArcheAge is now a confusing Theme Park MMO with some sandbox features that are still poorly executed and confusing. The game is less focused on crafting and gathering, and more focused on traditional aspects of an MMO.
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I don't know why this is an argument. You should all just stop while you're ahead, as going any further is just going to make you all seem oblivious.
that's pretty much all 1.0 did, lol.
best gear is still crafted etc., raid gear is only as good as tier 2? i think.
the thing that makes a game a sandbox isn't solely its features.
e.g in archeage if you want to be a mercenary/pirate/farmer etc. you can.
the game doesn't say 'no, you HAVE to do this or this' (pretty much every mmo lol). instead it lets you do what you enjoy doing.
1.0 may have hurt that in some regards, but not as much as people like to think.
I'd actually prefer if they made the best gear obtainable from mobs and bosses. I want to be a warrior, not a farmer.
http://massively.joystiq.com/2014/04...scription-and/Trion addressed its level of control over the title in its relationship with developer XLGAMES and indicated that the Korean 1.0 patch changes will not be coming to the West
why are you arguing over something that may not come?
I'm currently "playing" russian AA. like 10-20% of players are 24/7 bots. It could have become a good game if it was p2p and bot-free.