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Shrouded Isles (and DAoC, for that matter) is not the best-looking program on the market. That honor likely goes to Asheron’s Call 2, but this game offers a lot of features that are missing in some of the other MMORPGs. While the Inconnu, Sylvan and Valkyn are rather odd looking, the diverse nature of the races, and the harmonious way different races can interact, make this a terrific online adventure.
To truly appreciate the excellent work Mythic have done on the expansion, you really should try out the new classes in all the realms to see how comprehensive this expansion is. The only conundrum you will have to face is just which race and class you want to make as your main character? Decisions, decisions. Anyway, this is an absolute must have purchase for any Dark Age of Camelot fan. Camelot!
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Overall it's a much improved look and feel to the game. Many folk talked of how the original Dark Age of Camelot looked 'cartoonish.' While I never really saw what they were talking about with the original game, I did notice a definite improvement in overall game environment with this expansion. Not having the latest video card, I was not able to verify some of the new elements - reflective surfaces - realistic water movement with wakes and such - shadows - etc. But based on what I did see, I will probably leave this on my hard drive and dabble with it if for no other reason than wanting to see this new stuff after I upgrade my video card!
Shrouded Isles bietet alles, was man sich wünschen kann. Mich hat es zwar fast den gesamten Jahresurlaub gekostet, aber nach langer Pause konnte ich mich wieder voll für das Spiel begeistern und nichts anderes soll ein Addon: Die Spieler bei der Stange halten. Gratulation an Mythic - Aufgabe hervorragend gelöst.
Mythic ist ganz schön
gemein: Da packen die
gleich sechs interessante
Klassen ins Addon, sodass
ich mich kaum entscheiden
kann. Während ich mir den neuen Beruf überlege,
erkundet mein Level-50-Thane die neuen
Ländereien. Hier tummeln sich saurierartige
Echsen und Mammutherden, eine Gruppe
Neandertaler bewacht eine Gebirgsschlucht,
und mitten im ewigen Eis taucht plötzlich eine
Trollfestung auf. Als Wikinger-Fan entscheide
ich mich schließlich für einen Bonedancer
namens Tordal Totentanz. Denn eines gilt für
mich immer noch: Lang lebe Midgard!
Dark Age of Camelot: Shrouded Isles adds a ton of great new content for existing players. New encounters, epic quests and dragons will definitely make the non realm versus realm (RvR) aspect of the game more enjoyable. No RvR features have been added with the expansion because they want to make those kinds of elements available to all players. Mythic's live team is still working on many areas of the game and adding content. For existing players who want new content and a great new look, this is a must buy. For new players, the original game must be purchased in addition to the expansion, so it is not the most inexpensive choice out there. However, if you have patience and want a truly incredible experience with lots of high level content and desire to engage in massive realm battles, you should spend that little extra and invest in the total package, Dark Age of Camelot and its expansion, Shrouded Isles.
Game Over Online
Online games these days tend to require players to sink an inordinate amount of time into them. Existing Camelot fans and MMORPG players would be smart to take up on Mythic's latest quid pro quo. Time spent versus satisfaction - you're undoubtedly getting the better end of the deal, even if you'll have to skip out on school, work and washing the dishes.
It's really easy for companies to issue expansion packs for MMORPG's that are little more than glorified patches, or just pack on new eye-candy without addressing global gameplay problems. DAoC: Shrouded Isles is neither of these. It's a great expansion pack and seems to have accomplished, for the most part, what the developers intended it to do. The graphic and sound engine upgrades both rock and provide improved environments and atmosphere. The updates to the user interface make controlling characters even easier, and the overall improvements in design make it a wonderful addition for all players in the Dark Age of Camelot universe.
Mythic Entertainment propose avec cette première extension pour Dark Age of Camelot un produit de qualité que l'on ne pourra que conseiller aux possesseurs du jeu pour les différents ajouts et améliorations qu'il propose. Ceux qui n'ont pas encore franchi le pas des MMORPG auraient d'ailleurs tort de ne pas se laisser tenter par Shrouded Isles puisque le jeu est accessible à tous, et est également proposé en coffret contenant le titre original et son add-on.
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
De tien euro per maand is dit spel zeker waard maar vanaf het ogenblik dat je de wallen onder je ogen als muismatje begint te gebruiken, weet je dat het al te laat is, véél te laat... Voor al wie maar geen genoeg kan krijgen van Dark Age of Camelot is er nu Shrouded Isles, een niet te missen uitbreiding.
Shrouded Isles, ultimately, provided a broader platform from which to launch subsequent free and retail expansions, carrying players through another year as Mythic worked on Trials of Atlantis and adding free housing. Looking back, I loved the expansion, and I played voraciously for another year after it was released. It didn't break the game, nor did it fundamentally alter or improve the original, but after only a year since the release original release of Dark Age of Camelot, more of the same was apparently enough for me.
Als ehemaliger "Hibbi-Beschwörer" habe ich mich natürlich besonders über die Grafikverbesserungen erfreut. Ehrlich gesagt waren diese auch wirklich notwendig. Denn nun zeigt sich Dark Age of Camelot endlich von seiner besseren Seite. Auch die neuen Berufe sind gelungen. Mir persönlich sagt der Knochentänzer am ehesten zu. Auch wenn dieser Kerl in Midgard haust. Fazit: Daumen hoch.
Of course, the core game itself is still absolutely worthwhile. Since last year, Mythic has added lots more high-level content and helped address one of the fundamental criticisms that Dark Age players brought up: that the game could get boring after a while, and that there wasn't enough to do (albeit after hundreds of hours). It's still a time-consuming game that's not worth getting into unless you're ready to put some serious time into it, and much of that time will be spent killing monsters, often the same ones, repeatedly. Nevertheless, actually playing Dark Age tends to be a lot of fun, due to the strategic combat, the large-scale battles. Dark Age of Camelot is still one of the best online role-playing games on the market, and by extension, one of the best such games to date. And Shrouded Isles succeeds at making it even bigger and better.
A typical expansion in the genre of MMORPGs, Shrouded Isles makes the Dark Age of Camelot world notably larger, forges new allies, populates the land with new monsters to be discovered, increases the number of quests, and gives a slight facelift to the graphics.
This is probably not going to attract new players to the underdog that is Dark Age of Camelot, but it will keep current subscribers content until their next expansion, Trials of Atlantis.
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Mythic is constantly tweaking and updating the game from patch to patch, so comments on the specifics of gameplay will probably be obsolete before this review even makes it to the editor. What remains true is that Dark Age of Camelot has a large, active community and is constantly improving content. No one should play DAOC without Shrouded Isles.
Un add-on complet qui intéressera autant les joueurs aguerris que les débutants grâce aux nombreux challenges des nouvelles zones.