I’ve been playing World of Warcraft beta for few months now and have been enjoying it for the most part. However, there is a distinct level of “meh” rising. I am not feeling that tug you get when you want to get something accomplished in game. Part of it is the rest bonus. The longer I stay out of the game, the higher my XP bonus is. It is almost as if I am gaining interest on top of interest and it’s good enough to keep me logged out.
But then I log in and I can’t think of anything fun to do. The quests are getting a little dull for me. And I can’t seem to get someone above level 16 before I want to try a new class so that makes the game seem more repetitive than it really is since I am *actually* repeating quests over and over. I should probably stop that.
The way the game works, it sort of leads you from one area to the next. Sometimes I get into an area and I can’t wait to get out of it. I feel like I need to finish the quests before I can leave. Of course that is not true, but it is how I feel.
So I have been playing Asheron’s Call 2 on occasion. It is still pretty fun, but it is sort of like going back to your old home town that you swore you’d never go back to visit.
I picked up Battlefield: 1942 recently and have been practicing my flying skills in the single player mode before I dare try the multiplayer. That is a fun game, the variety of things you can do is very cool. Fly a plane, shoot big cannons from a battleship, pilot a landing craft, parachute out of a plane into enemy territory, even drive a tank. Pretty sweet game for $20. Highly recommended if you have not already been there.
I’m also looking forward to the release of that new Pirates! game. It looks cool and I’m sort of a Pirate freak anyway. Pirates and Monkeys you know.
I’ve been killing myself in the last few MMORPGs. I spend more time trying to figure out how things work and what is the best way to do something. I think it’s time to stop that whole behavior, as it is making the games NOT FUN.
So when I log in for the first time in World of Warcraft (hopefully this weekend?), I will be entering their world to have fun. No more stats. All seat of the pants. In fact, I think I’ll even role-play for a while. That would be a nice change.
I’m going to play that game as if I AM the character on the screen.
So, let me try to remember all of the MMORPGs I have played (beta/retail):
Earth & Beyond (beta/retail – game cancelled)
Asheron’s Call 2 (beta/retail)
Mimesis (beta – what happened to this one?)
Star Wars: Galaxies (beta/retail)
Anarchy Online Shadowlands (beta)
A Tale in the Desert (beta)
Savage (beta – not quite an MMORPG)
URU (beta – game cancelled)
Dragon Empires (beta – game cancelled)
Saga of Ryzom (beta)
City of Heroes (beta/retail)
Anarchy Online (retail)
Motor City Online (retail – game cancelled)
Dark Age of Camelot (retail)
Asheron’s Call (retail)
Final Fantasy XI (retail)
World of Warcraft (beta/retail)
So I play MMORPGs. What are MMORPGs? Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games. Or something like that. Basically it is an online game that you play with 2000 other people and pay a monthly fee for new content/features every month. Kind of an evolving world if you will.
I’ve played them all, and so far they all suck. The only ray of sunshine I see on the horizon is a game called “World of Warcraft”. But still, I’m not holding my breath.
Currently I’m playing Asheron’s Call 2, the ugly stepsister of Asheron’s Call. Why do I still play this one? I have a little hope that they will pull it back from the brink.
Actually, I am playing another MMORPG but it doesn’t feel like an MMORPG. That one is called City of Heroes. Everyone is raving about it. It is fun, but talk about repetitive. Talk about repetitive. Oh sorry. All this game has is kill bad guys and kill bad guys and kill bad guys. Luckily, the game is well made and fun, but it does not have enough things to do for my interest. Account likely cancelled at the end of the month.