Dark Age of Camelot is an MMORPG that people to this day still think of when talking about what great PvP is. Unlike many MMO's that only have two sides to fight for, DAoC had three. There was the Norse mythology based Midgard, the Arthurian Albion, and the Celtic Hibernia. Each realm fought a constant battle against each other, which was called Realm vs Realm, or RvR. This RvR is what kept me and many other people playing it for many years.
I recently started playing it again as I was feeling nostalgic, and shortly afterwards I was very glad I did. I've previously gone back to the game before, but this time it was different. It seems that the Mythic team have made some great improvements to the game, making it better for first timers and returning veterans alike. I also found some new additions to the game that addressed issues when I was originally playing.
First things first, the controls were much easier than before. I found I could move my character and camera with ease, thanks to the MMO control scheme. Everything feels much more smooth and fluid than before, which is really nice. First time players may still notice a difference if used to more modern MMO's such as World of Warcraft though. As well, there are some unique controls and mechanics that they will need to learn.
As I delved into the game and wandered about, I met plenty of players both in and out of the battlegrounds. I am proud to say that this community has and most likely always will be the best there is. The people there are an astonishingly friendly and helpful bunch, and I've made several good friends already. When an enemy player killed me and typed /bow as a sign of respect to the enemy, I knew I was home. It was a nice change of pace from the /spit you get from enemies in other MMO games.
As to the core of game, not too much has changed. The PvP, or RvR, is still a lot of fun. Leveling up is fast and easy, the quests here are actually really good. Mythic added an npc to battlegrounds that provide buffs for coin, which helps resolve the buffbot issue. Also, my favorite addition to the game, they added an npc that sells you PvP gear you can purchase with currency you get while in the battleground. The gear might not be exactly equal to spellcrafted, but it is still pretty nice.
So unlike all the previous times I have revisited DAoC, this time I actually think I will be sticking around for a while. I would definitely recommend revisiting if you have not been back in a while. I would also welcome any newbies that want to try it out. It's like a fine wine, it's old but has aged well and is a bit of an acquired taste. You can sign up for their Free 14 Day Trial below. I'll be looking forward to pwning you if you don't roll Midgard.
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