HOLY SHIT @ ORBS
This is from a negaffer who got the game trough newegg -
ORBS, not just friends but 60 people on live
We all know about the Orb's of other people on your Friends list that are playing the game. What happens, is if you and your friends are playing, they appear as orbs in your world. The orb glows and as it get's closer to you, you see the gamer pic of that person with there name above. You Have the choice of jumping into their game. BUT, As they get closer they have implemented proximity chat. Here is what they never really discussed...Not only can it be your friends, it is EVERYONE that is on Live at that time. Rumors suggest it caps at 60 people, but last night I was running around and I ran into someone (no one on my friends list has the game). So this person comes up to me and he starts asking "can you hear me"?? I said, yes..can you hear me? We both were blown away...about a minute later some other person walks up and he starts chatting...these are people I never met before...
Not only can you chat within proximity, you can select the orb, check the stats, check other stuff and even trade. It is pretty amazing that they did this. They always talked about your friends showing up as orbs, but not the general public nor proximity chat. As you play, it is still your own world because the other player asked if it was night time in my game, but is was sunny, so even though we are in the same path/world, his was independent. What is neat, the 3rd player asked if we found chests...the 1st guy I ran into had played longer and led us both to where there was buried gold..as we approached it our dogs (again independently) ran to a dig spot and we both found 100 gold coins. It was pretty amazing that this could be done.
Speaking of the Dog...WOW! I really thought that it was going to be a gimmick, but the AI they programmed it with is just amazing. I am really blown away by how your dog reacts to you and how he follows you. Once you get "something??" you have the ability to name your dog anything you want. Your dog as you walk around, will bark loudly and run to areas where he sniffs out buried items and treasure chests. Oddly, if you played the first game, there are silver chests in the game. To open these, you need to find silver keys. Each chest has a number on them and you have to have found that many keys to open these silver chest. The dog did bark when he saw a silver key, but the two silver chests I have found he did not...so that seemed a littles odd.
I also noticed that some of the NPC's you can name. I did some posing and flexing and a skank looking female character kind of fell in love with me. I highlighted her and checked her stats and it said that she was a Gypsy and it gave her traits..In short she is a skank/tramp and it gave me the ability to name her, so I called her "Skank the Gypsy". the "the Gypsy" could not be edited, just the first part. This was also pretty neat and unexpected.
I only played for a few hours and what I have played is extremely impressive. Voice acting, sound, music, graphics are amazing. A little disappointing start to the game as the childhood portion is really short, took me about 30-40 min. since I looked everywhere and did the few small other side quests and that there seemed to be a little frame drop and tearing in the opening areas...but once you start adulthood..WOW...I said wow at the beginning, and once you hit the outside world...even more impressive.