I finished the tutorial yesterday. Am now working on Agent missions. Industry to be exact. My thoughts. Keep in mind I came to this game from another completely different MMO, SWTOR.
Auto Pilot. At first I thought it was cool. Made it easy to get around. Until I hit the map and asked in Rookie chat what the maps was used for if I had auto-pilot and just had to click my destination. I was told (by everyone in the channel) not to use auto pilot. It’s an easy way to die. So my question is, why teach it to me? The info I needed I didn’t get. I’m still trying to figure out how to travel without auto pilot. You didn’t do me any favors in that regard.
Combat. Targeting. Ok I got it. Aura taught me to Approach, Orbit, Lock and Fire. But she forgot Keep At Range (which I later found out was very important). Coming from another game, I assumed once I targeted (and was getting hit) the guns would turn on themselves. I found out they didn’t the hard way (ok it was fun… but still). Also I had rail guns. Which, I later found out, are fine against big targets. But small targets, like drones, they aren’t. That would’ve been nice to know too. Because in the Agent missions I almost died from those small drones guarding asteroids. My rails gun didn’t hit any of them. But they hit me. Every shot.
Not that I mind dying. I don’t. But to die to such lowbie mobs would just be damn embarrassing.
Lore. I had no idea who the Sisters were or are and I still don’t. I felt like I was thrown into the story with no background. I had to ask in chat who they were and who the Dreamers(? - not sure what they are called) are. And why I was killing, or trying to kill them. I’m a lore hound. So that bothered me. I suppose I should take it upon myself and google the lore.
Also the story ended. Just ended. Does it continue later on?
My ship. Losing my ship at the end of the tutorial. Ok I get you want me to feel the pain of defeat. Trust, I’ve been ganked, griefed, zerged, and corpse camped enough times in enough games to know I will die in this game. I will die a lot. I’m ok with that. But did you have to take my ship? And replace it with a mining ship? That’s the only reason I went to the Industrial Agent. That would not had been my first choice (though it turns out I enjoy mining. Oddly. It’s relaxing. When it nice and quiet.) I really want to be a scout who can do some mining and building. Which brings to my biggest issue.
Training. I have no idea what I am doing. I am reacting not planning. I can’t even find spec examples on the net. Sure, lots of info on how to train and what each skill is. But I don’t know which skills I should focus on to achieve my goals. Which translates into me wasting RL time.
An example is the Industrial Agent. She sends me on a mission to mine after killing the drones protecting the area. I toll out there with my mining ship only to escape half alive and wondering what I did wrong. To Rookie chat. That’s where I learned not to use rail guns on those guys and that since I’m in a mining ship, I should be using drones to go after them. I was like, “drones”?
I remember Aura mentioning them. Also because of my background, the intro to the game mentioned them. But I had no idea what they where used for. So I had to dock, and train. Rather figure out what to train. And interrupt my current training. And wait. And type this reply.
So after this wall of text, it boils down too - I think the game does not have enough readily available information for the newb to understand the real basics of the game. I should not have to dock and google to find out the best practices.
I think there should be much much more of the tutorial. The ability to turn it off and on. And to select a topic and get a quick run down from Aura. I mean, this is a big game. It needs information available for newbs to not feel lost. I know I feel lost (though it’s getting better).
What the game did right? Eveything else. Why I subbed last night.
PS: Sorry for deleting the previous post. I didn’t mean to post as a reply to a comment.