Of course I know what DPS is, damage per second. But with a Thief's Blade my DPS is higher than with a Steel Longsword, even if the longsword has a higher damage. Should I only care about DPS and ignore the other weapon stats?
And if yes... the inevitable questionis: Why are they there at all? can't you just show the weapon's DPS and be done with it?
A fair question DPS
is the most important thing to take into account, but not the only. If all enemies had zero armor and resistances, yes, DPS would be enough to determine which weapon is the absolute best.
But with a high-armor enemy
, like the Giant Ants, or even zombies, a lot of damage is reduced from each blow. Imagine a monster substracts 5 damage per blow. If you attack an enemy twice for 6 damage, you'll only hit for 1 and 1, for a total of 2 damage. But if you hit only once with a weapon that does damage 9, you'll hit for 4 damage. So in that scenario, a slower, heavy-hitting weapon is better, even with a worse DPS.
As new rules and magical effects are implemented, fast weapons or slow weapons may have other advantages/drawbacks. Increasing your critical chance and improving your critical damage will have more effect in faster weapons.
But the two cities to the west of the river... ain't them a bit "sketchy" and empty? there isn't barely any NPCs or quests there. Probably still in progress?
yes, yes and yes. sketchy, empty and in progress! There will be much more content in version 0.4, you'll see.