Vanguard - Reviews @ DriverHeaven & GamesRadar
DriverHeaven and GamesRadar review Sigil and Sony's newest online venture, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes.
One of the first things you have to know about Vanguard is that there is almost no hand guiding throughout your adventuring. Except for a few tutorial pop-ups at the beginning of the game which explain the mechanics of the various game spheres (more on that shortly) you will have to figure out things on your own. You want to get a mount? Go ahead, figure out where to buy one and do whatever you want to do. Interested in exploring the land? As far as the developers are concerned you can go wherever you want and do whatever you like, just don't expect to survive for long. Want to get from point A to point B? You've got your legs, so use them! When you go stronger you'll be able to use a horse or even a flying mount, but you'll still have to get to point B by yourself – no fancy autopilot flight-paths.
After nearly five years in development, Vanguard has created much buzz in MMO circles. Originally billed as the game that hardcore World of Warcraft players would want to leap into after getting tired of grinding Blizzard’s end game, and later toned down (if not the game, then at the very least its marketing) to appeal to a wider audience, Vanguard’s lengthy development has clearly had its share of ups and downs. But despite any hate you may have heard on message boards in the days and weeks leading up to its release, Vanguard is actually quite fun.