Vanguard - Reviews @ 1Up, Play.tm
Taking opposd positions, two new reviews for Vanguard show the range of receptions Vanguard gets. Here's 1Up who smack the game down with the devastating score of 3/10:
From a more common point of view, it's a poor illusion: The things that make Vanguard so appealing to the cult can also be described as tedious, frustrating, dull, and just plain bloody-minded. The "average" MMO player won't enjoy the prospect of traveling for three hours every time he needs to train once his guild moves to a continent that doesn't have any priests. Immersion, be damned -- that's no fun.
Overall, I have enjoyed the time I have spent so far in the world of Telon and intend to see how Vanguard progresses. Even though the game has its annoyances (like the steep death penalty you have to endure) it's a very accomplished title with a lot of rewards for a dedicated player. Yes, it takes time to get to a good level and to find a good group of players to meet up with, but with the prospect of flying mounts and houses later on in the game as well as content updates in the future ensures there are many reasons to own this game. It's hard however to recommend it to casual players as they will be put off by it's difficulty early on, however if you were a fan of Everquest and find World of Warcraft to be on the easy side then Vanguard: Saga of Heroes is certainly a game you should consider trying.