|Vanguard Collector's Edition
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In Vanguard: Saga Of Heroes, you'll face the challenges of a war torn world. Enter a vast, detailed world of swords and sorcery, of dragons and knights, of fiery swords and chests overflowing with treasure. Undead threats and elemental menaces are encroaching, and the land is in desperate need of heroes. Your journey into this world, and towards becoming a hero, begins now. Join a community of thousands of players online as you traverse a breathtaking landscape on the back of a dragon as you explore the grandeur of a world designed by the seminal fantasy artist Keith Parkinson. Create and customize your character from 19 races and 15 professions. Combat fierce opponents with a groundbreaking dynamic combat system that forces you to react to your opponents as you tie together devastating combinations of attacks. Challenge awaits the boldest of heroes!
Special Collector's Edition Includes: Guild Kit, art book, cloth map, soundtrack CD and 3-month Station Player subscription -- plus a special Hero Card & in-game player item. Talk your way to the top - As a diplomat, cunning words are your most powerful weapon as you curry favor in centers of power Interactive tradeskills - Collect essential materials and use skills such as blacksmithing, alchemy and ship building to create valuable and powerful items Make Telon feel like home - Stake your claim on a piece of land and furnish your house with unique items
- A vast and detailed world: Explore two large continents and an archipelago riddled with dungeons and adventures.
- Create and customize your character: In a world of thousands, carve your own unique destiny and appearance choosing one of 19 different races from Orcs and Goblins to Dwarves and Elves.
- 15 professions to choose from: Choose from one of 15 exciting professions including Paladin, Ranger, Sorcerer, Psionicist, Bard, and Rogue.
- Dynamic reactive combat system: Build chains of special attacks and reactions with Openers, Bridges, and powerful Finishing moves
- Dozens of unique mounts: With dozens of unique mounts to collect, you can race into battle on your warhorse, command the skies on the back of your dragon or join friends and embark on a sea-based adventure to discover faraway lands.
- Beautiful indepth game
Great game, massive, beautiful, best mmo out currently, just needs a little more content which they are adding in each patch....more info
- Finally something different in the MMO realm
If you're bored with the never-ending grind of most MMO's, then Vanguard is the game for you.
Unlike any other MMO out now, Vanguard has three DISTINCT arenas in which to focus and level your character. Adventuring is the well-known grind of kill quests featured in every MMO. You have 15 classes to choose from and about as many races and starting areas. I think this is more than almost any other MMO.
However, if you're over the killing grind (as I am), then you'll really appreciate the other two ways to level (completely independant of your Adventure level): Crafting and Diplomacy. VG crafting is one of the most fun and challenging out today. It offers you choices during the actual crafting that effect the outcome, quality and possibly even your ability to finish a crafted item. Having the correct tools or utilities handy effects your choices.
Diplomacy is something not found in any other MMO. It's a social arena, and you 'combat' by playing cards, much like Magic the Gathering. Higher level diplomats can even grant city buffs, for Adventurers, Crafters or Diplomats, by winning enough parleys (the diplomatic combat) in a given city.
Either way, Vanguard offers pretty scenery, tons of classes to choose from (with not nearly enough character slots unfortunately), and something to do when you're sick and tired of just killing things. ...more info
- Mostly good
This game is a blast, it takes the best parts of EQ and WoW and puts them together in one it seems. The crafting system is the ~best~ I have seen in any game such as this, and everything seems pretty seamless. There are only a few things I have wrong with this game. First, a few relatively simple quest bugs appear to go unfixed, but I didn't find anything that stopped me from playing. The second is the way they do beast races... ugh. They basically just put an animal head on a completely human body, not even a tail! Even if you don't play one of them and don't want to, it completely ruins immersion to see something that looks like a thundercat running around. EQ2 and WoW both do the non-human races much better....more info
i have to admit it smelled really great! very savory too! taste just like chicken......more info
- Pretty Decent
Ifyou started the game on launch day you could tell that SOE pushed Sigil into releasing this game before it was ready. It really needed bout 2-4 more months to review the feedback of the final beta and polish and balance things.
The game is now over a month old and has grown alot since launch day.
This game is definately not for those whom want instant gradification or fast leveling. It is designed to be a challenge. This game is not solo-play friendly and is designed more for those whom like group play. If you try this game out, I highly recommend that you level a toon to at least level 16 to get a feel for hwo things are. Most races dont get good skill sets till level 15....more info
- Vanguard Doesn't Impress
Vanguard was released a couple years ago and was hailed as a game to bring back the grind and severe penalties that was made legendary in the original Everquest. The launch was marred by bugs so I stayed away from the game until the community claimed the game was 'fixed'.
The game ran poorly on my Nvidia 8800gt 512mb card and the zones were deserted. I encountered bugs (dead creatures heads floating in the air for example) and the character looks were uninspiring. I did like the wide variety of classes and races but you could find that in other fantasy MMOs like Everquest 2.
I can't recommend this game when there are so many other great MMOs out there such as LOTRO, WOW, EQ2 and COH....more info
- Vanguard, collector's edition
It's old EQ met EQ2 had a kid and the kids grown and the bugs are ironed out now =)...more info
- Played from Beta to Live and Still playing
This is NOT just an amalgum of other SoE games, and I'd like to point out that SoE does not have all of the rights to change the game like they do for other titles. SoE is only the distributor for the game, not the owner of the game. The owner and creator of the game is Sigil, and they are doing all of the updating and tweaking and creating, NOT SoE.
Vanguard is visually RICH. Low-end or value systems will have to run it in it's lowest settings, though game sites like 10TonHammer already have a guide out on how to tweak it so it still looks good. I have a higher-end system and can turn up the graphics, and they are very nice.
Jumping right in and starting to play the game is easy for people who've played World of Warcraft (since the User Interface takes quite a bit from WoW's), and it's intuitive enough to pick up quickly for players of similar games. While there's a couple other small similarities to WoW, they mostly end at the UI. Where WoW looks like a playable comic, this game is visually intense enough to keep you staring at the scenery half your playing time. Combat is fast-paced, including reactions and abilities that can be chained together to perform special moves. The quest system is detailed, and meshes with the game's storyline very well.
You've got 18 playable races to choose from, and 15 adventuring classes. There are quite a few options for making your character look different. There are intense crafting and diplomatic professions to pick up, and you can advance along the game gaining titles and gear from these without adventuring a bit if you wish. The world is large already, spread over three main continents, and at launch there are STILL realms present in the game which you can see, yet are locked for future content. Playing your character's class to the fullest and utilizing all it can do takes a little extra skill, which may be intimidating for some players (since you need to do a little more than mash buttons), but it keeps you glued to the screen.
Overall, an enjoyable game, and nice in that it is NOT like playing other games out there....more info
- Rehashing Old Games
Seems like Vanguard is just a rehash of WoW with some of EQ/EQ2 mixed in. It helps get rid of the boredom of playing the same quests over and over in WoW, but these quests get old aftewr a while also. The only new area I noted was the diplomacy. It is kinda interesting, but becomes a grind after a while....more info
- This review is just for this edition.
I'm not even going to talk about gameplay. I put that review on the regular version of this game. I will just talk about this package.
It's a very nice box, looks great on your shelf.
The art book is too small, I was let down. The art is great, but it's on tiny pages and half of the book has lore written in it. Less text, more art on bigger pages please.
The in-game cloak was cool at first but is a waste. The cloaks were originally decent at lower levels but the stats dropped. You will randomly get a cloak out of 3 possible options, adventuring, diplomacy or crafting. Overall the cloak was a let down like the art book.
The guild trophy, who the heck knows as it's barely getting added next week! Look at the date I wrote this and look at the date this game launched! Right now it's an ugly wooden trophy board that can't be dropped. It WILL have 3 different buffs, unlike the cloaks you are supposed to be able to choose which sphere the guild buff helps. It will be a small buff for all of your guildies that are online. It can go in a guild house, no guild HALL required. That's a good thing, guild halls are a lot of work. I think this trophy might actually work out for us!
Trial keys...well the game was very unstable at launch so everyone I gave a buddy key to quit. I still have some saved, but they are working on a free trial now. It was never really worth it.
Three months of station access was cool. It lets you look at certain stats on their vgplayers site. It's cool, but the stats are often incorrect. In the end this isn't anything special. Another let down.
The audio CD is great, but there were more audio tracks released on fan sites pre-release that couldn't fit on the disc. Slightly let down by that, but it's a great CD! You'll like it!
Cloth map is cool, but it's stiff cloth with cheap print. It's not impressive, but it's cool to have. I've never used it for anything, but that's me. If you were hoping for an in-depth impressive cloth map you'll be let down by it, but it's still decent.
Honestly, I regret purchasing it at launch. I rated the stars for the gameplay because it specifically asks about the GAME. I'd rate this package as 2 stars. ...more info
- Pass on it!
Absolute Crap game. It's sad that a game released in the time of Massive MMO's is even allowed. Cannnot hold a candle to LoTRO or WoW....more info
- Game is OK, CE is decent
Vanguard itself is your typical MMO. More often than not you're given tasks to defeat a certain number of enemies or to collect a certain number of an item and, just like all other MMOs, this entails the vast majority of what you'll be doing.
There are some exceptions, but they are the exception. It's pretty standard for the genre.
The technical performance of VG has improved significantly. The game stopping performance problems are long gone.
The CE has some decent extras, and considering the price that you get it for it is certainly worth it so long as you're okay with the game play itself. In fact, I would suggest not bothering with the purchase of the boxed retail copy of VG unless it's the CE.
I'm fairly burned out on the repetitive nature of the MMORPG genre as a whole so I'll leave my comments at this....more info
- Dont waste your money
graphics are very good and taxings *gf8800* but worth it
pve was fun but not a lot of end game content, grinding and standard quest just like eq but with more push towards quest for gear/exp, took me 2 months to get to lvl 50
game is hackable or at least it was 6 months ago, SOE did nothing about this cept temp ban
pvp is broke,just about every class has a "I win" button, 90% of the time who ever gets the jump wins
To me VG is nothing but a cash cow for SOE that was released 6 months too earily, it came out, they fixed some of the major bugs but left alot of minior bugs and with every patch they put out that tried to fixed the bugs, they would end up fixing 2 or 3 bugs but creating a dozen new ones *anyone remember when the paldians could spam redimtion, I remember it did around 1.5k dmg and had no refreash timer and this bug lasted for at least a month* I was on a pvp server think of the hell that bug caused. the game is missing just about all the good stuff that made eqI great and eqII so/so *eqI/eqII from 5 years ago*...more info
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