Wolcen is a great game with great promise. The campaign had a great storyline and characters felt real (imo, a concept almost alien to ARPGs). In the less than two weeks since it's launch, I have plunged head first into the deep end with about 125 hours of play. My main is level 73 and has not died yet. Being a hardcore player in POE, and pretty much every other ARPG, it's how I role. I rarely read guides, I don't often watch videos of other people playing because, to me, an ARPG is about making choices and seeing them through. For this reason alone, I will stop playing Wolcen.
My main was using Wrath of Baapheth (skill level 71) with stacking sacred damage/physical. Early on a friend of mine found the unique shield Quintet of Sundowns which lets you cast sacred spells. This was so exciting for me because it completely matched the idea I had for this character. Suddenly I could use Bulwark of dawn to keep myself alive while stacking Life and Resistances on my gear. My tanky character got pretty tanky. I was happy. But soon after finishing the main campaign I felt the damage of Wrath of Baapheth start to drop. After optimizing and re-optimizing runes, nothing I did could save it. By level 90 expeditions, the final bosses took me minutes to kill. This lead to optimizing and re-optimizing my skill tree. But nothing could save Wrath. So I started using different skill - none of them did much. The last one I turned to was Bleeding Edge because it simply had no thematic appeal to my build. By skill level 59 it was already massacring Wrath's damage output. I pushed to expedition 109 pretty easily with it but I wasn't happy with it. Then I grouped up with two friends and, yeah, we were all using Bleeding Edge. It felt shitty. So I caved and watched some videos: almost everyone is using Bleeding Edge. This was last night.
Though it was pretty neat that my character was simultaneously a support, a healer and a tank, the lack of viable main-attack skills (it's mostly just Bleeding Edge and Havoc Orb) currently in Wolcen has turned me off. Build restriction is why I stopped playing Diablo 3 - it just lacks depth. Wolcen is already better than that in terms of potential, but it's not there yet.
I will not be asking for a refund (I mean, people are too melodramatic about that). This is a decent game and I want it to succeed, which is why I am here writing. But, until changes are made to active skills, I will stop playing.
Created: 2 years, 11 months ago
Category: Feedback & Suggestions