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October 2nd, 2011, 03:16
Originally Posted by JDR13 View Post
That doesn't mean it's a good feature.

Personally, I just find the concept of arenas to be very cliche at this point. Even when the arena is integrated into the main game, it rarely adds anything other than more combat and loot.

Oblivion, Dragon Age, Gothic 3, TW II, etc… it's simply been used too many times imo.
It's like the RPG equivalent of a clip episode on a television show, a cheap way to pad out your length without really adding new content. It's basically organized grinding.

Some games spice it up a little by adding some interesting characters to it, like Oblivion had the half orc prince and the adoring fan (hey I didn't say interesting good ) but still it is what it is.

In this case though, it's being released months later and basically as a completely separate game without even any attempts at a story and some half baked 'compete with your friend's score' social network stuff as if it were some Facebook game. Worse yet, I've seen multiple complaints from various people who tried it that the mechanics of it are terrible.

Clearly I am not the intended audience for such an addon, but it seems a wasted effort to me. Truthfully, I've yet to hear anything good about it, but I really do hope some people are enjoying it otherwise it's time they could have spent on something else.

I feel like these guys are trying really hard to make an action game when, in my opinion, their true talents lie elsewhere.
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