View Full Version : Vanguard Beta Test

01-12-2007, 07:32 PM
From the original minds of EverQuest..

I have been taking part in the Vanguard Beta for a couple weeks. I havn't put a lot of time into it though, mostly due to the poor optimization that I was having to put up with during the closed beta. Things have changed alot in the past week, and the game is running great finally.

Vanguard has just now opened it's doors to open beta for everyone, and if you are interested you can go to Fileplanet (http://www.fileplanet.com), and start the massive 6.6GB download.

- Graphics are second to none on the market currently. Simply amazing for MMO standards, and the hiring of well renowned artist Keith Parkinson have seemed to pay off very big.

- Much more in-depth combat system than the standard MMO system(which was also invented by the creators of this game-EQ1). It's somewhat hard to explain in short, but the different classes each have their own unique combat system. There are also "reactive" abilities, that are not always usable, and if you react quick enough(and manage your power well) you can chain different abilities together. This is not your standard "vanilla" combat.

- Flying mounts, everything from griffons to dragons(many different kinds of dragons as well) are able to be flown anywhere outdoors. Even low level characters will have mounts pretty quickly, with the cost coming in at 12 silver for the first horse. Horses(and other mounts) can be equipped with various items that will improve their capabilities.

-Ships. Players will build their own ships and there will be encounters at sea with things like pirates and sea monsters. They plan to add ship 2 ship combat sometime after the release.

Here are some screenshots I took today after the last update. Thank god the game is running smooth now, before the last patch the settings I have these taken at were unbearable.

The game is due out January 30th.

I will take some shots from one of the ports and post them later.

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