Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar is here and taking on the saturated MMORPG market. Will there be enough in this baby to lure gamers into a new world - famous as that world might be?
A world with the existing depth where we can dive in as a proud defender of the world of Elf, Dwarf, Hobbit or Men. The LOTRO site (http://www.lotro.com/) mentions interesting things like 'dramatic sequences' and the Monster Play idea reminds me of times long past in EQ1.
Apart from these teasers and the fact that there are doubtless lots of little things to make it fun, it hasnt thrown a whole new feel my way. It apparently takes places just after Frodo and co leave the Shire and it does look like it might be geared well for the casual gamer that I and friends definatively are. The graphics (as the screenshots below show) are nice, but nothing extroadinary. I look forward to hearing how it all comes together - or will I be lured in :-)
I have always kinda disliked Teamspeak etc in conjunction with online gaming - fantasy gaming in particular. While it can be fun to have my friends chatting, it does shatter the illusion as well. So I thought it would be great if the software changed our voices to be that of our character - enter MorphVOX (http://www.screamingbee.com/). Had fun listening to their promo 'changers' - this would be fun (but spooky for us to play with online. It may be extra handy for voicework in videos, like character and voiceover requirements.