Why are ‘New World’ jumps so bad?
As a long-term MMORPG player, I’ve grown to love a good jump. It means a lot. With that in mind and with a heavy heart, I must say that Amazon Games’ New world deeply wronged me.
Part of this affinity for a good jump is because I remember a moment before I jump. In Ultimate Online and Legend of Mir, you couldn’t jump at all. in Runescape jumping was the art of diving to kill a weakened enemy in the Player vs Player Wilderness, and otherwise Gielinor was a fantasy land with a complete lack of vertical movement.
But then came World of warcraft. Jump on things you technically shouldn’t World of warcraft was a huge deal. Players would bounce around town: Night elves – and later, blood elves – would even have fancy flips and whirlpools as they leaped around the place, trying to climb impossibly steep cliffs, or even just sit at the top
A whole culture has grown around jumping in forums that are still going strong today, with some people claiming it was the influence of Megaman, TV show from the 90s Sliders or even too-old-for-myself-to-play-it Everquest.
Guild Wars 2 refined this by adding jumping puzzles: craft hidden sights in almost any leveling area and hand out achievements to anyone who takes the time to find and conquer them. Because these are mostly hidden – and because there are a few mini puzzles that don’t yield any results, and it’s a big secret only to the most dedicated gamers – it’s not. rare to walk through a leveling area and see a giant Norn shredding mail. the jump button while trying to climb a wall in the hope that they have just discovered a secret that no one else has ever had.
Why am I offering this history lesson based on jumps? It’s because New world has the craziest jump I’ve ever seen in an MMO. The jump in the New world is so bad, with your jumping strength so low, that I’m not even sure I want to jump all over the place anymore.
To be fair to New world, despite Amazon Games’ massive betrayal of everything I hold dear, you can climb things up and that’s pretty generous. While the video above was captured from a press-exclusive hands-on experience, I also dove into the Closed Beta when it kicked off last night and found I can climb rooftops. and make my way through the environment by being satisfied with my heart.
But that only makes the slightly pathetic jump even more silly. With combat being as fascinating as it is – I’m a spear and musket guy now, I bounce in and out of the fight trying to trip my foe or knock him down – it’s a shame you can’t jump there.
“Oh, but realism” I hear people calling, asking why someone fully loaded with armor and a few weapons could do an Olympic jump – high jump and long jump – but it’s also a game where I leather zombies, skeletons and … pirate skeletons on the reg, so surely New worldDevelopers can write “JUMP HIGHER” on a whiteboard and come back to work on this issue after the closed beta is complete. Go to Amazon Games, be a buddy.
Other than those hops, New World is great and in closed beta now. Full release is August 31.