Raid Warning: On Radar

So right now my Hard Drive is a bit crowded. I’m going to talk about the major MMOs that I at least have installed, why I have them, and why you should consider them (if you should)

Get ’em While They Last

These are games that I don’t think will last very long for whatever reason.  These may or may not be bad games, but they are endangered for one reason or another.

Lord of the Rings Online

Where to start.  Look.  LotRO will be on my computer until they shut down the servers.  I love the game, I love the community, and I loved many of the devs who have worked at Turbine over the years.  But this game is heavily threatened on multiple fronts.  First off they are going to lose their license.  Right now I don’t think there is anyone as pissed off as Christopher Tolkien is with the licensing structure of his Tolkien estate.  So there’s that.  The player base continues to erode away under the winds of lackluster patches, no endgame content, buggy systems and overall disappointment.  I’ll make the march into Mordor with all the rest, probably through Cirith Ungol, but if this game is going 2 years from now I’ll be surprised and if it’s going 4 years from now I’ll be stunned.

I would recommend playing though.  You can see SO much detail and love for the world, and visit SO many famous locales that even if you are only a casual Tolkien fan you owe it to yourself to try it out for a couple months.

Star Wars The Old Republic

SWTOR has followed the development strategy of “Two steps forward, two steps back” ever since launch.  It’s a good game, it’s a fun game and the stories should be played through by any fan of the Star Wars expanded universe.  That being said the mouse is going to want a mint to extend the license and Bioware probably won’t see the value in doing that based on the money they are making.  There’s still plenty of players out there but if the mouse takes his cheese and goes away there won’t be a game, just more disappointed Star Wars fans.

This is another “Log in while it lasts” game.  Do you really want to miss the chance to force-choke people or steal an Imperial prototype out from under the nose of a Sith Lord?  I didn’t think so.

Planetside 2

Who makes this now?  Daybreak?  Who is that?  Oh.  Does anyone work for them?  Ouch.  This one will last longer than the rest but… Don’t invest a lot of time into it.

MWO

Notice how there’s a lot of big IPs involved?  Yeah this thing has been a massive disappointment.  I just patched it and while that was downloading I lost interest in actually playing.

I Should Log in More

World of tanks

WoT is offering a lot of bonuses right now so I actually am logging in every day.  I should probably play more though.  This is just a fun game to drop in and pew pew.  If you like it and especially if you have people to play with it’s worth the time.

League of Legends

This is another game that I can log into for 20 minutes, play a game or two, or drop 6 hours on in a binge.  It’s a fun game if you invest the time into it but my GOD is the community shit.

Chugging Along

World of Warcraft

Not logging in a whole lot.  The games in a great place, and it’ll be in a great place without me.  The problem with this run through isn’t that the game isn’t fun.  It is.  The problem is that you can do everything you want to do pretty fast and just don’t feel like you have to do a lot more unless you put in the time on alts.

The Secret World

Every time there’s a story I get excited, patch, and try to remember my login.  This game has SO much potential but whenever I play it feels janky and like there’s no plan for most of the fights.  The story is fun, even better than SWTOR in a lot of ways but the gameplay feels poor by comparison.

Star Trek Online

Another one of those “It’s worth logging in to take the tour” games, STO sets the bar low and revels in fan service, acceptable, if mediocre-to-average gameplay and capitalizing on a community that wants to make the game MUCH better with its robust fleet and foundry systems.  It would be nice to see more developer driven content, and there is some neat stuff on the horizon.  I spend a fair amount of time in the Alpha quadrant these days, albeit not as much as I probably should.

EvE Online

Unsubbed right now, maybe even for good, although I doubt it.  I just don’t ever feel like I’ve done anything when I log out.

The Time Sink

Final Fantasy XIV

FFXIV has become the time sink that EvE would be if I could get anything done these days.  I always have made progress in something and now that I’ve set some goals for myself I’m actually enjoying working through all the stuff I want to get done.  The game is a blast to play, visually stunning, the score is fantastic and the sound effects… the score is stunning!  The community is great with far more helpful people than dickheads even if the dickheads retain the ability to be incredibly annoying from time to time.

So that’s what’s on my menu right now.  How about you guys?

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About Corelin

An Eve playing Fool who occasionally writes about the shenanigans he and his minions get up to.

Posted on March 12, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Interesting comment about LotRO – I played it for a month when it came out but it was too much of a WoW knockoff that I could not really care. I am an avid Tolkien fan but only if I am allowed to murder elves. I may have to give that game another try. Its free now, isn’t it?

    And I really like PS2. Its my go-to game when I need something fast and violent for 15 minutes. Its actually very well designed and balanced (I think) and it would be right shame if they shut it down. And yes, I realized, I never spent a dollar on it, ever. And have no plans to. Hm. Maybe they do have point?

    • It is free, and there’s a lot to it these days, but it feels a bit hollow/empty. It’s worth it to go sightseeing but there’s a lot of grinding and not a lot worth grinding for.

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