At some point later this year I’m either going to return to Warhammer Online or World of Warcraft, mainly because I’d like to casually play an MMO with my fiancé again, and also to prevent any kind of burnout I might get after playing DarkFall exclusively for so long. No plans to stop playing DF or anything like that, but it’s always nice to have something on the side. Currently that’s Bad Company 2, but my interest in any FPS is always somewhat limited and I know that will fade. (BC2 gets bonus points though for sharpening similar skills needed in DF).
My preference would be to return to WAR, as I think it has a better core setup than WoW and is a few steps above in terms of insulting you with its level of challenge. My main problem when I look at WAR now is that I don’t see significant additions made to the game since the time I left (just after LotD). I’m somewhat aware of the improvements made to stability, performance, combat balance and all that, but I have this feeling that when I do go back, I’ll still be doing the exact same stuff I was doing before, with the only difference being it runs/plays a bit better. As I never had major issues with WAR in those areas, that’s not significant to me.
I was also initially a little disappointed in what I had read from the four bloggers who got to visit Mythic. I was expecting some news about new stuff that’s coming up, be it in a patch or the rumored (confirmed?) expansion. Now I say initially because today I was reading about the upcoming city siege changes, and those DO sound like not only significant improvements, but a far better overall experience. Hopefully when that patch goes live people will come back with good news about the changes.
And then there is WoW, which has an entire expansion I’ve yet to play/pay (WotLK), and another that could spur my return (Cataclysm). I bashed WotLK for recycling raid content with Nax, and yet here today I’m reading about the ‘new’ dungeon in Mt. Hyjal. Hmm, that place sounds familiar… I’m still betting that Cataclysm will be a massive recycling project, and that the amount of actual new content will be far smaller than what some expect, which dulls my excitement for it as well. I am somewhat interested to check out the new quest styles, as many have stated they are much improved to what BC offered, and one would think Cataclysm will further improve in this area.
But even if Cataclysm is a total redo of 1-60 Azeroth, and the 80-85 path is amazing, and Blizzard does not recycle every old raid and introduces “more raids than ever before”, it’s still WoW 2010. Cataclysm won’t up the challenge, it won’t return 1-60 Azeroth to its 2005 level, and it won’t make running anything at-level take more than mashing 1-2-3 while looking at a graphics engine that was average back in 2004. Oh and the average WoW player makes ForumFall look like a Mensa meeting, so we have that going for us.
Top it all off, once you play DF and get use to it’s pace of combat, playing a tab-target hotbar mash is a tough switch. When I tried Allods it was just really difficult to adjust to standing still and hitting 1-2-3 for combat and finding it fun. Now I know Allods is not WAR/WoW, but still. Factor in full collision detection, zero instancing, the style of loot/crafting in DF, and well… ugh.
The good news is that whichever game we return to, its side-status should allow me to just enjoy them for what they are (hopefully), and get my real MMO fix from DF. And hey if nothing else, it will make for some good blogging fodder, so everyone here will benefit. Always a bright side to everything…