Finally back from vacation. The plan to blog while there did not exactly work out (you might have noticed), but the blogging break was nice as well. I’ve got the “how to get RPG players who turn to MMOs into more social situations” post coming, but I wanted to do a quick general update first.
Diablo 3: I don’t really care about the real-money AH to be honest. D3 is not an MMO, and it’s not a competitive PvP game, so if people want to spend money to cut content for themselves, knock yourself out. The only real fear here is that Blizzard gets greedy and tunes drop rates such that only professional farmers actually see the good stuff, but I’m having trouble imagining even Bobby would be that stupid. My real concerns for D3 is that it will force Blizzard’s RealID on you in some way, and that overall the games quality will be less than what people would expect from Blizzard. I passed on StarCraft2, and I’m 50/50 on D3 right now.
On to games I am playing or have played.
I downloaded the open beta for Dawntide, and not to EG the game or anything, but after 10 minutes I just couldn’t take it. Sluggish controls, poor graphics with poor performance (I can take lower-end graphics, but not when the engine performs like its running full-blow DX11 stuff, and no 1900×1200 resolution setting?), and from what I could tell, one of the oddest and most uncomfortable combat systems I’ve ever experienced (I’ve heard it’s getting overhauled). It’s sad to see a sandbox MMO in such rough shape, and also makes one appreciate what Darkfall has accomplished a bit more. Hopefully a ‘miracle’ patch hits before its set October release date.
I’ve been playing Global Agenda with a few Inquisition members and so far we have been having a good time. I can see why the game failed as a monthly sub MMO, but it does make for a decent jump in, jump out kind of game. The PvP matches are quick, the combat is different-enough, and the first 18 levels of PvE content was solid. It has the usual F2P cash shop stuff, but all of that is easier to ignore when you don’t really invest in the game (which again, reinforces why if you are REALLY into an MMO game, you don’t want it to be F2P). How long our interest will last I’m not sure, but for now it’s something to do with a few buddies for an hour, which is good enough.
Other games: Knighturn for the iPhone has been a great little TBS game. Highly recommended. Started playing Bioshock ($5 Steam sale, of course); killing the little girls is even creepier than I imagined it would be. Good game so far though. Still playing League of Legends, still loving it. I’m not sure how to feel about DOTA2 from Valve. On the one hand, Valve makes quality games so DOTA2 should be good. On the other hand, do I really want to learn what will, in all likelihood, be a slightly different game than what LoL is? Plus LoL has had time to settle in and Riot has had months and months to balance everything (which I must admit they do a great job of). Rumor has it DOTA2 will be F2P, so I’m sure I’ll at least try it.
PoP (the M&B:W mod) has been updated, again. I get the feeling I’m never going to stop playing that game.
Feels good to be back.