MMOs and Amazon: it’s like it was meant to be. I mean, if there’s one company out there that has experience pressuring people into doing long hours of repetitive tasks for meager rewards…
Jokes aside though, I spent a fair amount of time with the New World open beta yesterday, and I must say… I was surprised. I was prepared to write it off as about five years too late to the MMO fad, but it actually seemed like a pretty solid game. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s incredibly innovative (I’ve seen most of the game’s features in various other MMOs over the years), but New World kind of blends them all together in a way that feels rather polished and competent.
I haven’t gotten to experience New World’s “wars”, which are the big draw, but I found myself really enjoying my time running around hunting and gathering, grouping with my faction (Marauders for life) and keeping an eye out for “oranges” and “purples” (the other two factions).
I’m not exactly sure I’m ready to jump into an MMO again, but in general I ended up spending far more time with New World than I expected to, and it may not quite be the easy pass I’d been counting on later this month.