New World Farming is Not Welcoming
The first big MMORPG by Amazon Studios definitely made a big splash in the gaming industry. But for reasons other than being a next-gen game with groundbreaking features. Instead, it is a very solid action-focused MMORPG made by the western school of MMORPGs canons. Therefore, things like New World farming are nothing like farming in games made in the East. But, ultimately, does it matter? We have realized that even though the team of developers had really experienced talents with an outstanding portfolio of working on other titles of a similar genre, this is the studio’s debut. So, in a lot of ways, this game must be seen as a quote-on-quote “attempt at writing.” Meaning, we should have anticipated that some decisions that made the game what it is today aren’t ultimately good ones. And a great example of that is the New World XP farm mechanics.
One of the biggest grudges the community has with this game is its repetitiveness, which is just unacceptable even when compared to the games of the same genre. Sure, MMO players are used to having to do the same thing over and over again, like - killing thousands of boars to collect their hides for some sort of armor recipe. But in this game, your entire progression from level 1 to max is exactly the same, and that is a huge problem. Does New World PvP justify this?
Does New World PvP Justify Every Flaw?
The main appeal of this game is, without a doubt, its combat system. MMORPGs with non-target combat systems have been around for a decade already, but there are so few of them, tab-targeted combat systems remain to be the prevalent one. On top of that, it is really difficult to make a non-target combat system that feels responsive and fair since it will take more skill and precision than the standard combat system. And this is where the developers of New World have been very successful. Indeed, the combat system in this game is so good, one may even forget about all of the game’s other sins. Besides, with services such as depth boost, gamers might as well forget about the terrors of the constant need to farm for better gear or whatnot. On top of that, the game’s main focus is PvP, with battles that decide which factions hold control over territories. This makes PvE and farming just a stepping stone towards the real game and the real battle.
Still, you can’t really deny the need to find or craft new world weapons that players will use in battles against other players. So, ultimately, it comes down to whoever spent more time farming. The person who has spent 3 days without sleep grinding to craft a really powerful sword that finishes one of the new world builds will have a massive advantage over someone who had to sleep and go to work. And this is not fair, which in turn makes the most important gameplay activity in the game worse.
New World Gearing System is Liked and Hated
This is why the PvP is loved and criticized at the same time. The stability issues also tip the scales on an unfavorable side. However, New World gearing and what gamers must do to gear up is the main problem here. If only the game could offer more exciting and engaging ways to get gear. As it stands today, both max lvl players and newcomers do the exact same thing, which makes New World fast leveling even more boring than in other games -
Accept a quest
Go to a settlement
Kill x amount of monsters
Open x amount of treasure chests
Collect x amount of quest-related items
Go back to the quest-giver and complete the quest
The only thing that changes over time is the decorations. Sure, there is such a thing as a New World dungeon, but they are not a lot of them, so they are more like an exception to the rule. Those six expeditions, as they are called in the game, do offer some variety to the monotony allowing well-prepared players to find powerful New World armor and other gear. The only question is - is this enough? The developers must work hard to add more quests that could be treated as little adventures and not as fetch requests. But while we wait for that to happen, at least we have services that can help any player to minimize the need to farm.