UO, ah, what memories. I loved/hated that game. Brutal pvp, ganks, murders, die and lose all your gear. lol. Solo a dragon! No game has matched it, unfortunately. Played it non stop for 3 years.
Age of Wushu has some UO elements, that's why I tried it. It's a near pure pvp game, and it has brilliant martial arts animations and combat. However, the interface is clunky (although they delayed US go live to fix it, so I hear), and there is no meaningful pve to do when you just feel like chilling (this is a problem, as there is not always pvp to do). However, its no themepark. There are also lots of side games, which kind of fit into the go fishing category. It also tracks your personal enemies. Someone pk's you, you post a bounty on his head, and the game remembers he is your personal enemy, so you can track him down and seek revenge. If a griefer gets caught and jailed, his toon has to cool his heals for SIX hours real time in jail, unless his mates can bust him out of jail (by killing the jailors). You steal secrets from other martial arts schools (8 schools), which means sneaking into the enemy's home area, and avoiding guys who are patrolling for you. If they catch you, it's fight for your life. You can patrol or steal (this is actually a great aspect to this game - hunt and evade). You also kidnap off line players, and sell them for money, and can be killed by other players as you are a criminal while kidnapping. There are guild wars, and wars between schools. Greifers can hit you anywhere, no safe havens, not even in town. All that stuff is fun. The game is also very skill based (like UO), so someone with a high level skill can be using a wooden spoon to spank someone with low skills, although there is an internal skill which is kind of like a level, but having a high internal skill is no guarantee of victory. At the equivalent of level 30, a skillful level 10 player can rip you apart, as there is a lot of skill in pvp. It's really tough. Bottom line, a very interesting pvp game with some flaws, but the first game I've played in years that reminds me of UO. You do lose some money if you get PKed, but not your gear. Because there is off line levelling for players who buy a copy, it also has a bit of an EVE feel to levelling. Even though its a chinese game, there is no grind. Seriously. You can go spy on an enemy school for 15-20 minutes and make the equivalent of 160,000 skill points, then just go randomly fight people, or totally stuff around. Forget about levelling. The skill points are consumed in real time, on or off line, at a specified rate.
I really don't know if I'll keep playing it or not. If they fix the clunky interface . . . . . . maybe. It could be like Eve, evolve into some massive player created world.