I find that at least up to now, I get something different from each.
DDO makes it way easier to group with folks so it has more of a party and D&D feel that Neverwinter which could be labeled just another World of Warcraft clone by some. Yet to do so would be doing the game a great disservice as I feel that it does utilize some of the D&D lore to offer a good mmorpg experience, especially now that they have partnered with Wizards of the Coast during the Tyranny of Dragons event.
As far as DDO is concerned, I posted this query to the forums the other day:
When I made my warforged Barbarian, I didn't pay much attention to things like feats and skills or even paid attention to a guide like this one
I like my character and has advanced to level 9 but I am not sure he has the optimal feats and skills needed for best results, I never fully researched the requirements and I feel like rolling a new character and starting all the way from level one, except I don't much feel like going through the early content and quests once more.
Is it really necessary to acquire all the recommended feats and skills and what if I don't have them? Should I stop playing my character and re-roll???
I got varied responses from the very attentive and kind community but I decided to re-roll so that I could make the build correctly and named my new character son of Doomar (since my original was Doomar a warforged Barbarian.)
I read that a warforged sorcerer was a good build for someone new to the game, well I am not exactly new but I will be with this new character and since I am not used to playing casters, it will be a good experience for me.
I also wanna personally apologize to the folks at Cryptic when I said that DDO completely pawns Neverwinter. Actually, it is like comparing apples to oranges since each game is different and each one brings some good things to the table.
The main problem I have right now with Neverwinter is I transported to what appears to be a high level zone and unless I group, there is no chance of me surviving it. DDO leveling is slower than most mmo games by design so I feel pretty good about my progress in that game.
My goal is to reach level 15 before the end of the summer which I think is very doable. I may also purchase some upgrades so I can explore the Forgotten Realms content as I have restricted myself so far to the Eberron setting.
I also tried out the D&D 5th edition starter set last week with my friends. It was a very slow session with the pregen characters and module found in the box, but mostly because we were all getting used to 5th edition rules and trying to figure out spells. When you have a caster in the party, things can get a bit confusing, but I hope to sort it all out before our next session. Players still had a blast killing goblins in the city of Neverwinter which is all you can ask for.Maybe I will post a vid of one or our sessions, or elaborate on the pregens and the pros and cons of the starter set adventure for those of you yet to try it.