Thursday, 10 January 2019

Neverwinter Online: The Heart of Fire

After the spectacular Ravenloft Module, Neverwinter followed up by breaking professions with this Acquisitions Incorporated themed release that lets players help the bumbling company in retrieving the titular Heart of Fire (which is a nifty rank 14 enchant), and more!

Well, no - not a lot more. My gut feeling from seeing the trailer was it would be a disappointment, and lo and behold, I was right. I suppose Cryptic wanted to tap into these D&D internet celebrities to gain more players, resulting in a campaign designed as such - with a humorous tone that is so alien to the rest of the game outside from some foundry missions. This might have won over a few more people if they had humor that didn't insult the player in every third sentence.

Also, Xanathar has lost any potential of being a serious threat.

Design wise, the repetition of the campaign quests is even more painful when you try max out the weekly tokens through sheer stupid design with only one repeatable quest to fill out what your weeklies can't. As a whole its so bad that its made me take a break from the game.

In short, this module is utterly garbage and the next one better have the quality of Ravenloft x 100  if Cryptic wants to keep Neverwinter Online alive. At least, alive for me. One of the worst modules EVER. (Storm King's fishing stupidity is pretty hard to beat).

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  1. Can't say I disagree unfortunately. My pet tank and I always had an on-and-off-again relationship with Neverwinter, but usually we just drift away for a little while due to wanting to do other things - Heart of Fire actively pushed both of us away. We did work on it for a couple of weeks but the one-time stories just aren't all that and as you said there's that stupid small lair that you're supposed to grind ad absurdum. One day we just looked at each other and had to agree that neither of us wanted to continue working on it because it was simply zero fun. It's a real shame.

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    1. Hmm, guess Neverwinter Thoughts might be going quiet for awhile huh? :(

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    2. Yep! Not lacking for other MMO content atm, and they've got to be able to do better than that to get my attention again. :P

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