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“Should I Play Vanguard In 2011?” Yes, And Here’s Why: Vanguard Myths Debunked – Myth №2: Vanguard is not upgraded and there is no new contentYou’ve probably never played Vanguard (or if you did – you don’t play anymore), but you definitely heard about it. I’ve met people on Twitter and over the Internets who said they’d play – but because the game was such a big fail it’s “not playable”, and why even try, when “there’s no one in there?”. There’s an initiative by Vanguard players to bring new people into the game, so i wanted to write this post for quite some time now – to disband some common myths formed around Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, and to let people know not only that it’s a great game, but also why it’s worth playing after all the bad stuff you might have heard. So, read on and let me open your eyes :) The previous post on this theme was: “Should I Play Vanguard In 2011?” Yes, And Here’s Why: Vanguard Myths Debunked – Myth №1: No One Plays Vanguard”.

Myth Number 2: Vanguard is not upgraded anymore, it’s abandoned by its developers and there is no new content whatsoever, so there is no reason to start playing.

Not true.
Never was fully true and fully not true anymore (no pun intended ;) Vanguard had a very rough past thanks to Sigil owners (i wrote a series of posts about it: Vanguard. Saga Of Heroes: The Famous Fail Beginning And End), and when SOE got it they did practically nothing to improve the situation, to whatever reasons they ever had SOE invested less and less into Vanguard. The upgrades became more and more rare, until they finally stopped somewhere in the beginning of 2010. But… there’s still a very good reason to play Vanguard in 2011! And here is why:

1. Vanguard is going to be upgraded again, soon and often!
New Vanguard upgrades confirmed
At Fan Faire 2011 SOE employee confirmed to Massively that Vanguard is going to receive two upgrades “within the fiscal year” (source). And looks like SOE holds true to the promise, because only a couple of weeks since the announcement Vanguard got a new bug-fixing patch, which is a great start. Many old players are coming back to Vanguard these days, in anticipation of the upcoming upgrades.

2. Even before these upgrades hit the live servers, you aren’t going to run out of content to play with.
“Should I Play Vanguard In 2011?” Yes, And Here’s Why: Vanguard Myths Debunked – Myth №2: Vanguard is not upgraded and there is no new content If you start playing Vanguard in 2011, right now, this very day and SOE won’t release anything in the next year to come, even then you aren’t going to run out of content! Why? Because Vanguard: Saga of Heroes (and i mentioned it in the previous post on why you should play Vanguard in 2011) has a world of enormous size. It has 3 continents, and a few big towns on them hold together could house the whole RIFT! But, unlike RIFT, you can’t beat Vanguard to level 50 in a week, you’ll need months of playing even if you’re hardcore.

3. Vanguard has a very high rate of replay ability.
“Should I Play Vanguard In 2011?” Yes, And Here’s Why: Vanguard Myths Debunked – Myth №2: Vanguard is not upgraded and there is no new content It DOES make sense to create several different characters in this game. Take RIFT for example (I’m talking of it because it’s the newest AAA title out there) – you can create a new character, but you will be playing in the very same areas unless you choose a different faction. A third character *must* be played in either one of the areas you already saw. Take Lord of the Rings Online – you could start leveling your different characters in different areas, but will have to come to the same areas still later in the game. How is Vanguard any different?
As i said, Vanguard has 3 very huge continents. You’re supposed to be able to level your character to a very high level *by playing on a single continent*. Back when the game was released the only way to see other continents was to create a whole new character! Imagine, how many content there is to see? And there’s still more!

4. Vanguard has content for all tastes.
“Should I Play Vanguard In 2011?” Yes, And Here’s Why: Vanguard Myths Debunked – Myth №2: Vanguard is not upgraded and there is no new content How? By using what i could call a “multi-level system”. Each character has 3 different “sides” – Adventurer, Diplomat and Crafter. They all have distinct levels, different experience points and different quests, so leveling up 1 character is like leveling up 3 of them (there is also a Harvester “side” you it has no levels, just skill points). So, you could play as Adventurer one day, then switch to Diplomacy or Crafting when you get bored. Or, you could roll a Crafter-only character – no need to kill stuff to get new crafting levels!

So, as you see, the myth is 100% disproved – there are going to be new upgrades for Vanguard in 2011, and there is a lot to do and to see even before they’re released!

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