I've come from a long line of MMO's.. Played sandboxes before and some I enjoyed more than others, namely Ryzom.. I played Darkfall, but instead of being more like a sandbox it was more of a PvP simulator, as it seemed that what you did, you only did to kill other players more or less.. I did not like it.. I tried Mortal Online.. Really really nice and realistic game.. But for all of it's realism, it did not offer many activities to partake in, that I had seen..
I checked out a few videos on Xsyon over on youtube.. The various videos people made showing off the combat came off to me as cheesy and not really worth engaging in at all and I turned a blind eye thinking that this was supposed to be another PvP simulator for all the bloodthirsty types.. But I see I was wrong.. I watched a few other videos showing off the detailed realism of the world, the weather, the crafting, the exploration etc. and it appealed to me..
One thing that had drawn me to Ryzom so much was the world. It had weather based on seasons.. Animals migrated and hunted in packs around the world. Plants grew or did not grow based on the weather and seasons as well.. It had much immersion..
I have decided to purchase this game in a leap of good faith in helping the developers take it to other levels. I have not played it at all yet and am patching the game as I type..
If there is anything I should know before I log in, I will be happy for anyone to let me know..
I am looking forward to getting in and getting to know the world..