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With plenty of games being released in the market, we felt it necessary to cover one of the major players in the space – Amazon with their latest release of the New World Beta — and do a deeper dive.
Let's get into the juice.
Today's Drop is a ~5 min read!
For those out there who do not follow big time publishers, Amazon Games has been busy the last few years releasing a newer line of titles. In May of 2020, the Amazon team was responsible for the release of Crucible, a free-to-play multiplayer third-person shooter developed in partnership with the team at Relentless Studios (an Amazon subsidiary, of course). Additionally, Amazon Game Studios has published another title by Smilegate known as Lost Ark. Primarily launched in South Korea, this game has not been released in the EU and the US. More on this in another drop (Hint: it's coming!) However, 2021 has shed a new light on our world as we know it. Some would argue it has brought a New World.
New World Closed Beta
New World is Amazon's latest treasure in the gaming space: A massively multiplayer online RPG set to officially release August 31st of this year. For those lucky to sign-up in time for the Beta, limited gameplay is currently open set to close on August 2nd.
The Mystical Island of Aeternum
For thousands of years the mysterious island of Aeternum has been the source of fantastical legends—and now you’ve found it. Shipwrecked, with no supplies or allies, you’ll need to make your way in a dangerous world where the fundamental laws of life and death don’t apply. Magic flows through Aeternum. It brings life: miraculous healing, reanimation of the dead, and strange flora with magical properties. And it brings horror: the power to cause untold destruction and the slow wasting of the soul through countless cycles of death and resurrection. In such a land, your destiny is whatever you make of it. – About New World, Amazon Games
Let's take it further. New World arguably combines all of our favorite childhood titles into one. Add a touch of the modern day firepower found in the latest GPU's, and you have an amazing looking world to adventure through. Think of Runescape grinding skills, World of Warcraft questing and environment, with a touch of Witcher 3 and Assassins' Creed vibes. Want to hear about Quick Drop's experience within the Beta? Check out more below.
Questing: The style of quests in this game remind us of some of our favorite titles found in Oblivion and Skyrim. Interacting with the NPC's and allowing the user to choose the next sentence in the conversation is an interesting take on gameplay. No two players will have the same order of gameplay and growth. Some players have reported issues with quests completing upon completion of their tasks, but we did not run into this problem.
Factions: We love this touch in New World. On the social side of the gameplay, factions serve as a way to group players into three organizations with competing ideologies and motives for island takeover. The three factions comprise of The Marauders, The Syndicate, and The Covenant. We don't want to spoil too much, but you can read about each group on the games website to find out where you think you'd like to join!
Combat: So far, we are pretty pleased with the combat! The hand to hand melee feels very interactive even simplifying fighting down to a few buttons. For the ranged fighters out there, you have the option to fight with bows and even magical staffs. Casting of the attacks on staffs feels very crisp and they seem to have nailed down the animations for a normal attack versus a heavy attack. As for bows, there is certainly room for improvement on trajectory and the firing mechanism. Oh, and these will definitely be nerfed in the coming months following the official end of August release.
Skills: Similar to other MMORPG, there are many side skills that players can partake in and climb the ranks to create the next best piece of armor or clothing. That is just to name a few. The growth and animation within activities such as tree cutting or mining boulders feels right – they nailed the animation and we even like the duration on the resource gathering itself.
Trading: You can't have a MMORPG without a trading market can you? Trading posts have you covered in New World, allowing players to buy and sell items as needed. The game even takes transactions one step further and incorporates different types of taxes and fees based on territory ownership and faction relation.
Movement: We felt this important enough to have its own section. The general movement and physics engine in the game is okay. Walking is normal, and the running just feels a bit slow in comparison to the scale of the future map. While it is uncertain if mounts will ever be a thing in New World, we surely hope they add them. Jumping over obstacles seems to work most of the time, but climbing up structures has its flaws. Additionally, you can expect in early gameplay to find yourself in a pickle –> Whether you glitched into a mountainside (happened to us) or cavern, now you're stuck. Luckily, the developers thought of this, and implemented an "Unstuck" respawn button in the main gameplay menu. It is safe to say most of these inconsistencies will be taken care of once the game officially releases. After all, this is just a closed beta.
DISCLAIMER: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do research on New World before buying the game and potentially destroying your graphics card. There have been several releases on affected cards that New World has turned into toaster ovens and bricked them. Quick Snippet --> It looks like the gameplay is currently hunting RTX 3090 cards manufactured by EVGA. A safe bet is to cap your FPS when playing, but do so at your own risk.
Ignoring the minor frustrations and glitches within the gameplay, we love it! New World lands a perfect balance in a space within multiple existing MMORPG's, taking the best of each game and combining it into a fluid world.
We hope to see combat and travel improve in the coming months; but as far as beta's go, this one has been fantastic and super enjoyable to play. Catch you on the New World servers! #Syndicate