Vanguard - Out of the Box @ GameSpy
GameSpy shares some initial impressions of Sigil's Vanguard: Saga of Heroes.
Vanguard opened up its servers early this weekend so that pre-order customers can get a head start on those who pick up the game at retail this week. While the servers were up and down intermittently, and lag spikes were a noticeable problem, for the most part players were able to get started on an endeavor that could easily consume the next year or two of their lives. Vanguard was here, and newer MMO players used to being coddled by today's friendlier brand of online experience were going to be in for a shock. Touted as a return to the adventure and exploration of the original pre-SOE EverQuest, Vanguard is an interesting counterpart to World of Warcraft's approach. It would be too hasty to call them polar opposites, however, as Vanguard also draws from Blizzard's design in many ways.