I decided to sign up for another month of FFXI. Since everyone that I have ever played MMORPGs with (including my brother) plays it, it seems logical to give it another shot. That and the fact that at $12.95 a month it is a virtual bargain compared to all the other MMORPGs.
Since I can’t keep up with them level-wise, I’m going to focus on being able to chat with them, as well as doing some crafting and fishing. And if they happen to be playing a new job in my level range I’ll go hunting with them.
There are a lot of quests in this game and I missed most of them because the last time I was playing I was trying to keep up with them. Impossible to do since they play at least 400% more time than I do.
I really wish more games would add the brilliant feature that City of Heroes has: the “Sidekick”. This allows you to team up with anyone, no matter what level they are, and go hunting. Your character is boosted up to a level or 2 below the other person and your stats scale up too. You don’t get any more skills or anything, but the ones you have scale up. Just plain cool.
So for now I begin the adventures of a low level FFXI explorer. I’ll keep you posted. All none of you.
Well, after some more time playing City of Heroes I hit the cancel button. My expectations of the game came true, there just is not enough going on to keep me interested in paying one of the highest monthly fees of any MMORPG.
So what now? I will keep playing Asheron’s Call 2 of course, but I’m not very motivated to log in lately. I’ve been playing Neverwinter Nights and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. MMORPGs have a long way to go before they can compete with games like KOTOR.
I’m still counting the days to World of Warcraft. I’m halfway tempted to sign up for another month of Anarchy Online or even Star Wars: Galaxies just for something else to do. *sigh*
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)
I decided I needed some action. I rolled up a new guy in City of Heroes. I chose the tank class and made him an Axe user. Seems really odd to have a battle axe in this game, so I made my guy look like a dwarf. As silly as that sounds, I actually had fun again. Maybe I’ll give this game one more month. I’d like to at least try out flying.
I also applied for 2 new beta tests. Everquest 2 and The Matrix Online. Currently I am testing The Saga of Ryzom and another one that I am not allowed to mention. Yes, I honor NDAs. I really do not like Ryzom, but some people say it is fun. I just can’t get past the character models. I hate them all.
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.