After much procrastination, I have come to The White City at last with my Captain. Getting there was kind of lame however. After logging in and getting the usual “come see me at the sewers”mail from the dude who’s name I’ve forgotten, I ported back to the ranger camp outside of Osgiliath and made my way in to the culverts, running through clusters of mobs like they were furniture. I still think a milestone in there would be nice.
I get there, accept the quest to meet Duilin on the Pelennor fields and got automatically ported there. Okay mate, firstly, I didn’t ask for a port. At least give me the option to choose otherwise. I would have preferred to ride through the ruined city, get out to the Causeway Forts via that secret passage you spoke of, which personally would have built the tension. Alas, such an immersion breaker.
No matter. I get to the fields to be greeted by the huge towering city in front of me some distance away, Minas Tirith. A couple of quests later, we get to see Faramir and how the story unfolded, from his injury to the ride back to the city. Also, having finally seen Prince Imrahil and the armor he wears, I actually think he’s pretty badass. As for the ride itself, I find it pretty amusing that I was able to cover the distance from the quest givers to the front doors of Minas Tirith in a minute on my Warsteed. No biggie, but again, it’s the little things you know?
So as far as questing goes, this is as far as I got on my play through over the weekend, and there’s still tons to do. I can’t wait to explore all the upper levels and begin picking up those quest rings from the bunch of NPCs I see hanging about.
I will say this though; I’ve been highly critical and doubtful about Turbine’s ability to produce quality in-game scores for Lotro content. I’m glad to be proven wrong in this update. Parked in Minas Tirith, the score is truly something. Refreshing and powerful, a far better piece of music compared to that crap synth mish-mash heard in Nan Curunir.
Moving on, off the top of my head there was a couple of things I wanted to talk about but probably won’t elaborate too much on. Firstly, why wasn’t there an expansion this time around, especially for something as big as Minas Tirith? I certainly haven’t played through the update so I don’t know how much content was released, but surely there’s enough to fit an expansion, no? Was Turbine afraid that it wouldn’t sell? I kind of feel that this was a wasted last ditch opportunity to lure players back. Hell, some old Lotro friends didn’t even know Minas Tirith had arrived until I told them. If they’ve officially said something somewhere and I missed it, fair enough. Will we ever see another Lotro expansion, with proper marketing and rewards etc? I’m not sure if packaging the major events of this game in a questpack will have the same effect an expansion could.
Great to see a new crafting tier at last! Didn’t get a chance to give this a thorough look, but it’s good to hear that some of the tier 8 gear/armor is potent enough to give the non-craftables a run for its money. I need to dust off my tools and start hunting nodes like the good old days.
The Lotro Store got a revamp. It looks nice, but is it just me or is it still a little slow? I don’t care all that much for the contents of the store but it’s nice to see new things.
A new pet pig! Here are a few name ideas that I may have shared with some of you already. Portable Bacon. Bacon2Go. HopChops. LordofthePigs. Bacondor. Sam’sHam. IamDinner. LardoftheRings. Okay I’m having too much fun with this, I’ll stop now.
Big battles..let’s skip this.
That data center test thingy on Bullroarer – how did that go? Friends are saying that it’s a disaster, with players having trouble logging in. Though I’m pretty sure they weren’t expecting that many people on when they should’ve, after dangling a lifetime account as reward. Either way I think they need to roll out this new data server center thing ASAP. Crashes are frequent and lag is crap.
Is everyone enjoying the latest Lotro update? Would love to hear your thoughts.