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Vanguard: Saga of Heroes Second View

Posted in Samples by Mitch on January 2, 2009

Brad McQuaid and his Sigil Games Online team will soon share their vision for massively multiplayer online role-playing, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, now in beta, with launch currently projected for sometime this winter. Groups of players will face testing but rewarding challenges as they explore a high fantasy world, the look of which was created by the late Keith Parkinson.

Commendations
Vanguard aims to be a next-generation title incorporating impressive visuals and sound effects while minimizing downtime and tedium. At the same time, it will take a cue from its predecessors by incorporating a “more challenge equals more fun” philosophy. The world of Telon will be seamless, and players will be able to travel to just about anywhere that is visible on the landscape. Both questing and crafting will be supported, with the overall play seemingly more focused on groups than solo activity, and on investigating and traveling the world over camping monster spawns. With some 19 races and 15 professions available, players will have plenty of choices for their characters.

Reservations
While many gamers are excited about Vanguard’s challenging dungeon crawls and raids, these same elements hold less appeal for those who prefer a more casual approach. Although the developers intend to have areas suited to different gameplay styles, it seems like groups and raiding may be relatively significant. The minimum system specs for Vanguard will be somewhat on the high side, including a 2.4 Ghz processor, a 128 MB graphics card and up to 25 GB of hard drive space.

Considerations
Vanguard seems likely to suit online gamers seeking a serious challenge rather than a sandbox. However, it remains questionable how well it will appeal to a broader audience. With the beta having advanced to a stage with thousands of participants, it may not be long before we get more indications.

Originally published at http://rpgvault.ign.com/articles/737/737322p1.html

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