Using your warsteed takes some getting used to. We’ve said this before and it is true. It takes some practice to get used to the controls and switching from walking to galloping and everything in between.
I was looking around in the combat options of the UI and there is just one option listed under Mounted Combat: War-steed auto-slowdown. Curious, I checked it to see what this thingy does.
It makes the war-steed behave closer to a travel mount in that if you stop holding the button to move forward, your horse will slow and stop automatically. I can see how some people may be very excited to hear this. I’ve been playing with it for a while now trying to decide if I like it better.
Auto run still works by taking you (by default) from stop to full gallop and will allow you to continue on this path until you choose to slow down as you would with a normal travel mount.
Now the war-steed doesn’t stop on a dime like your travel mount does. If I stop moving forward from a full gallop he will slow and then stop. So if you’re racing across the plains and try to stop to avoid running off a cliff or something, know that you will continue a few paces before you actually stop. Not that I did this… purely hypothetical.
The one place I’ve found this most useful is in towns. I was overshooting the NPCs all over the place with my wild unruly war-steed. I still get some lag and hang ups on my war-steed in town but I don’t feel the need to switch to a travel mount just to be able to get around in an efficient manner.
As for my mounted combat, I honestly haven’t noticed a difference in my effectiveness so far. My first couple battles were a little messy as I kept stopping when I let go of the forward button but I got the hang of it and using autorun already bound to my mouse to keep me moving.
I know before I switch on this option I may have had toggled between my speeds more often (sometimes even on purpose) to make tighter turns and such. I haven’t really with this set up. I would probably have to move the key binding for insert to make it more of an option as right now it’s just not handy being on the right side of the keyboard.
To be perfectly honest, I’m ok with full gallop bum rushing my targets. That may some of you mounted combat masters scream with horror but it would be the truth. I run in screaming like a fool at full tilt and stop when everything is dead. It may not be the elegant multi-speed system Turbine designed but it’s how I’m doing it.
I haven’t decided if I will go back and uncheck this option. I think for now I will leave it as is. If I notice a need for more speed control during my combat sessions, I probably will try binding insert to my mouse before going back.
Have you tried the controls? Are there limitations or benefits I missed to this set up?