Paradise Craft – A quick look

Having played Minecraft for a while we thought we would quickly look at some of the multiplayer servers out there. We first played some MineZ which we cannot recommend highly enough but then we thought we would try something new and we stumbled across ParadiseCraft.

The server went live on the 28th May and we jumped on a couple of days later. Unfortunately the server is under populated (just us and the admin at the time!) but for reasons we will describe below we doubt that will be the case for long!

Spawn and Starting Area

So, after jumping into the server at Mc.ParadiseCraft.Net you are prompted to download a resource pack and make a password. Simple enough.

Paradise Craft Starting Area

Paradise Craft Starting Area

With your usual minecraft HUD you are greeted with a box of text detailing your PvP stats. Luckily it is translucent so hasn’t been distracting / annoying as of yet. In the starting area you are given multiple buildings in which to buy your weapons, armour and other bits and pieces (there are handy signs allowing you to teleport to these in the first building you come across!).

Paradise Craft Shop

Paradise Craft Shop

As the helpful newbie guide explains you need to go to the shop and they recommend a shotgun or rifle. We chose the shotgun! The guns are all labelled and we were impressed with just how smoothly everything was going and how polished this server was! It was surprising considering how new it is. (The ammo however wasn’t labelled! So the idiot that I am bought pistol ammo for a shotgun… punching zombies instead of shooting them, although satisfying, is nowhere near as effective as shooting them!).

PvP Area

So, you are kitted out, you have your shiny new gun and you want to shoot stuff. You hop on a plane and are “flown” (teleported) to a drop site. Literally a drop site. You jump from the plane into a pool of water underneath and procede to explore the world. Below are a handful of screenshots of this incredible map.

Paradise Craft Abandoned City

Paradise Craft Abandoned City

Paradise Craft Abandoned Rail Tracks

Paradise Craft Abandoned Rail Tracks

Paradise Craft Cathedral

Paradise Craft Cathedral

We were blown away by this map. It is huge and every building and structure is just… mind blowing. The Cathedral for example above, not only is it great to look at in the centre following a small parkour puzzle is a hidden treasure… we wont say what but go find it for yourself! The map has chests of loot dotted all around it. Oh and also mobs. Skeletons and zombies aren’t much of a match for the wary explorer however.

Great Potential

This server has great potential but there isn’t a lot more we can write at the moment as we didn’t get a chance to get to the meat of the experience. The PvP! The server has been remarkably well setup with everything we came into contact with working perfectly. With the epic scope of the map we can see PvP being immensely enjoyable, the variety of weaponry too is large.

We were lucky to be on with the admin at the time (DonDomis) and after a quick chat he lent us a bazooka… you know. Just to have a look. A cool addition to its explosive capabilities is the lack of fall damage when it is equipped so rocket jumping is a satisfying way to reach the high ground. Check out our YouTube video of the bazooka below.

 

Elder Scrolls Online – First Impressions

Being fans of the previous elder scroll games (Morrowind and Skyrim in particular) we decided to check out the latest instalment, Elder Scrolls Online.

First off, I have never played a game from launch that has performed quite as well as ESO. Yes there are a fair few bugs (some we will discuss) but no where near as many as other MMO launches I have played.

It is a good looking game, the combat is enjoyable (perhaps not as much as previous elder scroll games…) and the main storyline is engaging.

Elder Scrolls Online Castle

Elder Scrolls Online Castle

That said many of the other quests are repetitive and follow all the traditional quest lines of every other MMO. There seems to be a great amount of potential for this game that hasn’t been utilised as of yet.

For example there is no thieve’s guild and sneaky characters don’t fit any role or purpose. Disabling / finding traps akin to Dungeons and Dragons Online may give rogue types something more to do.

One of the main appeals of the game is the large scale PvP involving three factions fighting it out on a rather large map.

Elder Scrolls Online PvP Map

Elder Scrolls Online PvP Map

As you can tell from the above map the faction we were playing in blue (Daggerfall Covenant) weren’t having the best of times due to the nature of the PvP. The majority of battles occur during the day as the majority of people are awake but an entrepreneurial guild stayed up late and wrought havoc late at night.

The battles themselves are enjoyable and include skirmishes and full-blown sieges. The sieges proving to be the most enjoyable with trebuchets, catapults and ballista firing from the walls and at the walls. Although once you are inside the walls the very focused objectives are often met with large mobs of combatants.

Elder Scrolls Online Keep Capture

Elder Scrolls Online Keep Capture

All in all very enjoyable.

There does seem to be a bizarre feature that we have found. The resources (for crafting) seem to be far easier to spot on those with low end machines. Mostly because the vegetation, grasses, plants and bushes are not rendered excluding those that are useful.

Elder Scrolls Online Flax High Graphics

Elder Scrolls Online Flax High Graphics

Elder Scrolls Online Low Graphics

Elder Scrolls Online Flax Low Graphics

 

 

 

 

 

The most aggravating bug that we have found so far includes one of the ultimate abilities of the Dragonknight. The knight leaps into the air and smashes into their opponents… most of the time. Other times their wings unfurl and they stay locked in this position, unable to attack or do anything useful.

It is still early days and these are minor bugs that will soon be remedied, patches are released regularly and we are looking forward to many more hours of Elder Scrolls Online!