Please note, I am not writing this review based on extensive experience. I am writing this review based on a few hours of playing with help from the helpful player community as a new player. I found the newbie experience to be pretty delightful. Character creation, help files, website, client and player support was all great.
I unfortunately did not commit to playing despite the very high player numbers that were on and enjoying the game. This was because the game had no real player-versus-player gameplay.
What is real player-versus-player? Rewards for being successful in the game system. Unfortunately, there were no real rewards in their PvP system. With no real rewards, there is no real system. It would be like killing a monster and gaining no experience, no money and no levels. PvP in Aardwolf is not really promoting rewards for participating in player-versus-player gameplay.
Instead, they are sort of casting it out all together in support of a much easier system that promotes little reward, risk or benefit. This is does not mean there is no fun. After all, fun is subjective. I'm sure plenty of people have fun killing players with little to no risk involved. They have been doing that for 18 years as the helpful newbie helpers will exclaim to define any point they are making.
The real kicker for me was not the actual killing of players in PvP. It was the fact thieves cannot steal from players. There is no stealing even among PvP clans. Stealing and all supported skills used with stealing are NPC only. I was really excited about being a bandit, but as there is no point of being a bandit against players, I quit.
I would love to see more rewards in PvP in this game. Not just bragging rights with other non-PvP'ers who think they are PvP'ing. You have to understand that PvP, regardless of loss of loot, requires some type of reward and possible progression. You would not fail to give someone experience, money, items and so forth in PvE systems. So why leave out PvP?
Outside of that, this alone does not make Aardwolf a bad game. I'm pretty sure it's great. This review is just to warn others that it's not really a PvP game. Just something for casual PvE players to call PvP.
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