If you're a PVPer and loved WoW's system, you will be in for a rude awakening. It is hardcore if you really want to reach the top of the PVP food chain. But that's only for people that want the PVP gear.
I was playing around today (They just enabled FFA), and it's hectic and at the same time annoying. You cant get anything done, because anyone can attack you (and that's where it's hectic, cause everyone is ganking everyone). On retail, they're supposed to have contested zones a la WoW, so it wont be so bad.
And I really havent encountered that many bugs at all. Makes me wonder if the people bashing the game have played it at all.
I placed my pre-order and got my early access key, I can't wait! I've been in the closed beta and the game is fun (there's no level cap in the closed beta, its like the full game).
I've never been interested in MMORPGs; but this title looks interesting.
Is this something you can pay for once (i.e. buy only the disc) and play at will - or do you have to pay some monthly 'access' fee on top of the price of the game?
Just like to address the above comments about PvP
I'm on a PvP server and all zones are PvP enabled apart from any of the major cities/towns, theres actually not as much asshattery as you'd probably expect, it's very much a do unto others as you would have other do unto you and this kinda shines through, if you help rescue people around you, you make friends and they'll more often than not stick close by and it's kind of understood that you'll help each other out.
Those who go around murdering all the time and beating others down tend to get their fair share of being picked on, I've never let an unprovoked death slide, I always seek revenge and I've got it every time so far. You have to realise that anyone you piss off is going to mentally flag your name and later on may run into you when you're least expecting it.
I've got into more than enough fights just being nice to people, but i've also had other people help me, so it depends what you want, if you plan to go around being a dick to everyone you're going to get that back at you but 10x worse.
it's actually a lot of fun, when groups of people are in the same area, everyone has their eye on everyone else, and everyone kinda skulks around carefully, and you can feel the tension in the air, and once in a while someone makes a go of it and all hell can break lose, it's really fun.
Theres no real death penalty for dying to other players which is good.