Yesterday I spent about six hours in #Wastelanders. I started with a new character, Yordie, and faithfully endured many of the newbie steps and explored all the old sites methodically. I was surprised at how many small and large differences there are, but by far, I was delighted by all the people roaming the land. In the original Adventures mode all the people are dead, replaced by mindless robots; now, the people alone enrich the game. Yeah baby, Bethesda!
I didn’t take any pics yet, even though there is plenty to photograph. I think I’ll abandon my Yordie character in a day or so, I just don’t want to go through all the old quests again; for example, it took me months to acquire all the Pioneer Scout badges I wanted and Robotics Expert took three-months to complete!
One thing I saw on day one was a lot of highly rated people crowding around Lacy, just outside the entrance. I can understand that they wanted to engage Lacy, but many of them just hung around. In fact, as a Level 1 player I was bombarded with Team requests. It makes sense that people would want new players to work with, but there was a lot of pushiness about it. At the Wayward Inn, a Level 80 player in power armor tried to block me from entering the bar. Anyway, he offered to trade with me, but wouldn’t move out of the way of the door. This is asshole behavior and I should have Blocked him but didn’t want to bother. Fortunately, I wasn’t intimidated and managed to get into the bar despite him trying to prevent it. This is one of the things I dislike about all open world, multi-player games, including Second Life.
The pestering didn’t end with the big shot at the door, and by the time I made my way to Flatwoods I decided to go Private Server for the rest of the day. If the asshole behavior had been that unusual, I think it could have dampened my enthusiasm for the game, but I have become very wily and experienced at handling the assholes that infest games.
Overall: I LOVE WASTELANDERS!
After I get a better feel for the new features, I’ll start looking for friend to team up with. I’m looking forward to that!! If you’d like to join me, leave a message in comments or on Twitter or Facebook. Just look up Yordie Sands. See you in-game!!