Now that I’ve been running around the game for a couple of days, here are some very early impressions. I WISH I could run the game on maximum graphic settings. Lush virtual worlds are a key element of pleasure for me in MMOs. The first evening I saw the game I wasn’t so impressed. On Low settings it looked like a minor upgrade to the Asheron’s Call 2 graphics. However, with my new graphics card and my dialed down High settings, there is a huge difference. I’ve taken a peak here and there with everything on HIGH and wish I could play the game that way. But alas and alack, I cannot.
I’ve read about the User Interface being clunky. Eh, the UI isn't the worst I’ve seen. It has a few things that I like such as the maps that aren’t full screen so you can’t see where the heck you’re going with them up unless you download a mod. /Cough Blizzard. The maps stack like cards and you can move them anywhere on the screen. They also zoom in and out with the scroll button which is very convenient. Similar to what I recall from the PotBS BETA they have markers on the map directing you to quest objectives. Maybe that was GW and not Pirates that does that, hmm. Anyway, it’s convenient even if the so-called hardcore players think it’s noobsauce.