Good day gentle reader. This will be the first of hopefully many more posts to come. My hope is to be able to comment about MMOs in general, but for the most part I will be talking about WoW. It is the only MMO I currently subscribe to and therefore know the most about. I have played just about every major MMO out there. Usually I preorder games and play the betas ($10 for 3 or 4 months of play is a bargain) or I buy the full retail version on Ebay once the game has been out for a while. That being said, I have yet to “invest” in a copy of Mourning. Of course the downside is that I am usually spread pretty thing playing WoW, whatever Betas I can get in to, and my PS2. However, it does give me a pretty decent understanding of where each game is strong and weak. I have friends that complain about every little detail in WoW and I have friends who are Blizzard fanboys that would not talk bad about the game even if Blizzard decided that all Horde characters should move at 1/2 speed.
As much as I like WoW, I must admit that the fantasy genre isn’t really my thing. Sure, I can play fantasy games and I have nothing against them, but at heart I’m a sci-fi geek. I’ve tried AO, EVE, and a few others (not SWG though, I’m a Trekkie) and I haven’t found a sci-fi MMO that has really made me want to pay a monthly fee yet. MxO was fun and I think has an amazing ammount of potential, but I’m not too big on the hacking/cyberpunk thing. I thought the game would be set mostly in the “real world” and you could go around Zion and the tunnels, with an option to go in to the Matrix. In hindsight, that probably wouldn’t have made for a better game than what they came up with.
Also, I was a big comic book geek back in the 90s where every 5th issue of a Marvel comic had 2 or 3 covers (regular, hologram, foil, etched, chrome, etc.). I got a chance to play CoH a while back. I bought the special edition on Ebay for $20 off some guy that just bought it for the Heroclix figure. The game itself was pretty fun, but not enough to get me to pay $15 a month just yet. I’ll probably give it another shot once CoV comes out.
So that’s pretty much where I stand with MMOs for the moment. The fantasy games are tops despite not being my favorite genre. I’d like to see more sci-fi games and would like to see CoH polish itself a bit. My most anticipated game is Star Trek Online just because I’m a Trekkie (but boy, that was an awful final episode of Enterprise). But for the moment I’m sticking to WoW.