The New World has it all, but what does it do right?
Compile my thoughts on New world, Amazon’s latest game that’s so big I can’t even see the finish line, is a tall order. Now that I’m over 40 hours into the game, there’s a lot to discuss.
There is nothing revolutionary about the story and later I will argue that the story is not the focal point of the game. You are part of a crew sailing in search of a mystical place called Aeternum . The land is said to be teeming with treasures, but during a storm you are thrown to the shores and find yourself knee deep in the dark energy of the island called Corruption. Once you make your way through this, you finally reach the beach and begin your journey to Aeternum.
Start in New worldD
Before you can access Aeternum, you need to create your character. The options aren’t impressive, but there’s quite a bit of customization available and there are plenty of hairstyles to choose from.
Once you’ve completed your cutscene at the start, you’ll be introduced to basic combat controls and dispatched to Aeternum along with the rest of the castaways. Fairly early in the game, there are several weapons to choose from, so you can try them all out and see which combination works best for you. After a few introductory quests, you’ll be tasked with finding the first city, which is different depending on where you spawned.
from the new world scenario
The first thing I would do for New world is to completely rewrite the story and add cutscenes. Getting together is great fun, the combat is good, and PvP is the meat of the game. But if you’re going to have a story mode, pay at least some watch out for that. Some side quests can be really interesting if you take the time to read them, and the main story isn’t boring, but leaves more to be desired.. The scenario in New world is stripped and the quests are not inspired.
Let’s be honest here, the story is not good, nor is the center of the game. I have played several MMOs with at least one decent story and from the new world the biggest downside is the way it tells the story. There are many pages of newspapers in the world if you are interested in reading the story, but I doubt even 10% of people read them. I certainly didn’t.
I also got a degree in filmmaking so my expectations are pretty high when it comes to storytelling. My favorite MMOs are the ones that can spectacle a story, not just telling it. New world does a horrible job at that. The main quests and many side quests are interpreted by voice, but there are no cutscenes (at least not how far I am in the story) and no dialogue outside of the person you are speaking directly to. .
Regarding the dialogue, it’s not bad. NPCs have character. I had a quest, for example, where I had an NPC who sent me to check out an area. When I returned she told me that she didn’t believe me and that she would go check it out for herself. Well be that way. But then she gave me another quest, doing something similar. And when I came back and told her the answer to a question she specifically asked me about what happened during my quest, she said she didn’t believe me anymore. I was screaming on Discord to my friends about this quest, but secretly loved it to be like this.
The story could use a big improvement, but as I said before, this is not the main focus of the game. The scenery provides clues to lore, such as the plethora of ships that are all smashed on the shore or the big shattered tower you visit quite early in the game. It’s still not enough to make history something to buy the game for.
New world looks and sounds wonderful
Although there is nothing revolutionary about the appearance of the game, it does have an air of beauty. I especially liked the lighting and how different the world looked at dusk or dawn. The towns in the beginning were filled with dilapidated houses, but they started to populate as people progressed through the game. One of my favorite things to do, when I arrive in a new town, is to rock out. browse to see if anyone has ever bought a house and decorated it. The render distance is quite impressive and while I can’t see all the details, it’s still beautiful from a distance.
The sound of the game is quite impressive and unlike anything I have ever heard in an MMO. The sounds aren’t flat at all and you can tell the difference when you are mining surrounded by trees and land versus when you are mining on an open cliff.
The skill of the game also looks amazing. I almost don’t feel like using any of my hammer skills whenever it’s available because it sounds like thunder and can be heard from a good distance. The crackle of a gun sounds as punchy as it does in real life.
New world is a sandbox MMO
There are two different types of MMOs: a sandbox MMO and a theme park MMO.
Theme park MMOs are more linear. You have a set of in-game tasks that will get you to the next town or the next checkpoint and the story is what prompts you to do that. Games like World of warcraft, Guild Wars 2, and Final Fantasy XIV are theme park MMOs.
New world is a sandbox MMO. This means you can run to endgame towns at level 1, although you’ll likely die before you get there. There are a few light hints in the game. For example, once you reach a certain point you will stop leveling up because the mobs are level too low. But for the most part, the game lets you do what you want, where you want.
I like this New world is a sandbox MMO and it’s the first of its kind that I really enjoyed. While combat is similar in other sandbox MMOs, this is the first where I haven’t been completely disabled by combat mechanics.
The only problem is that I tend to be very distracted. On the way to my faction quests, I end up chopping down trees or mining ores, and then I see more of these things a little further down, so I go to those. And before you know it, I’m crowded and further removed from my quests than where I started.
If not for history, what is New world good for?
Hope you have some friends and a business because this is where New world shines. There are three factions: the Covenant, the Marauders, and the Syndicate. There is no big story behind them. The Marauders are army based and believe in a free nation, the Syndicate is secretive and seek knowledge, and the Alliance is church based.
These nations claim cities and then fight for them — and this is the essence of what New world is all. There are a lot of perks for this business to hold a town, including collection bonuses, damage boosts, and crafting discounts, to name a few. The more cities your faction controls, the better the game will be for you.
All of these advantages create a great reason for companies to come together and fight to take control of Aeternum as much as possible. I haven’t been in any of the battles yet, but my company has been in and broadcast a few of them (thanks to Siege Warriors) and they’re pretty tense. I know I have held my breath several times defending Windsward for the first time.
What kind of player will appreciate New world?
Those who like PvP will probably like New world. I don’t like PvP alone, but I do enjoy it in a group. I also love being a helpful member of the business that makes and collects items for people who go into battle. So as long as you have a bunch of fun people to play with, you’re going to have a great time.
For those who love MMOs for the story, you’re probably not going to like New world. The quests are repetitive and I have often mentioned New world like “Running Simulator 2021” because they are very far from where you start them.
With that in mind, the people the game is intended for will likely appreciate New world. There are many reasons why factional conflict keeps fighting alive and it even makes for an interesting strategy. For example, my faction has already negotiated a ceasefire with the Covenant so that we can focus on the Marauders, who are our server’s greatest strength.
That said, this game has an expiration date that is quickly approaching for those who play it solo, unless they also enjoy playing solo in PvP. MMOs are usually played for years and years if they are successful and the game is far too new to see if it will be successful in the long run, but I think New world has a good chance if the developers keep the game up to date and fresh for those who are left.