From: King's Landing
Well, I was a player back in 2001 and 2002, but was disappointed in the internet connection.
There is a funny thing about this game. With most MMPORG's it seems like players are just never happy. Years later they still b!tch about the same problems, still ask for the same additions etc. Most of the forums are filled with unhappy players and are some of the most depressing forums to ever visit. They're also generally littered with "Why I decided to finally quit" threads and the like.
I've read a lot of player comments on this game and expected your statement to just end at "Well, I was a player back in 2001 and 2002, but was disappointed." It seemed the game had, like any MMPORG, quite a few issues back then.
But it seems like many feel that the game has now delivered on everything it was ever suppose to be and more. And that the complaints have shifted and do not in fact come from the experienced players but rather the newbs who don't know enough yet.
AND EVEN THOSE complaints actually sound encouraging to me. "Its too hard" etc. Seems its not just a cheapy FPS like the "kiddies" are use to. There is actually some complexity involved with the controls and maneuvering about etc. I've heard death also comes much quicker and overall realism is preserved above all else.
I actually looked for a free trial just before Matrix announced they'd be publishing the new version but was unable to find one. Is there any kind of current free trial?
The only complaint about the game that seems to have some validity is that the highest ranking positions (and thus the strategic play) tends to go to those who don't deserve it (kiddies who play days on end, clans with too much control, whatever). Though no doubt you always have those that complain about what someone else has in an MMPORG that they don't.
And a visit to the website where they show the current progress of the invasion etc on a large map (nearly realtime) is pretty cool.
The whole game is so far evolved from its beginnings in a strange odd way it might actually be the most realistic wargame ever made. Almost like a massive WW2 re-enactment done online, but in a way that can achieve alternative outcomes. Either way pretty cool. I'd love to try it.
Also, what is Teamspeak? Is it free?
The standard in free VoIP (Voice over IP) for online games. It's free.