Looking back at the plethora of MMO’s out there avaialble to play, what is it about certain ones that take a hold of you can hold you in place?
The first MMO I tried out was during my senior year at Denison University, and it was Ultima Online. I had friends who had played it during highschool and the like..but for me the graphics, the interface and the gameplay was ZZZZZZ.
“You want me to level up my sword skill by stabbing a pig for 2 hours? No thanks. I think will go and drink some Natural Light now.”
Let down with my first experience in an MMO, I swore off them for years….managed to stay away from the Evercrack. That was until about a year after graduating college. Final Fantasy XI was released…and BAM! Thus an addiction was formed. Although many found the arduous grinding, pains of LFG, and pain in the arse missions, I found them to be fun. To me the “hardcore” nature of the game was enthralling. Sure fighting crabs for levels upon levels, camping NMs (Notorious Monsters), and losing crafting material when failing was a pain, but I loved the game. (Sure it may have been the FF fanboy in me, but still.)
Sitting around talking with Linkshell members, seeing the “trade” chat was fun (Galka meat sword do you need it? /tell). Hating on the WoW players filled my days there.
A link to my FFXI character above. I did not have all the BiS gear but it was decent. 6 – 75 jobs…what can I say I loved to level in a group environment. It is something I miss when now playing WoW.
However, things change and you move on….Sky, Dynamis etc soon lost interest. It was time to move on.
Burned out on FFXI, I tried out Warhammer Online. Oh how I wish this game would have been better. So much untapped potential. An awesome intellectual property wasted on mediocrity. No endgame….well there was some but so little to keep people occupied…unless you were 100% PvP gung ho ALL THE TIME. (no thanks….) Class balance was out of line….Hello Witch elf…dead Archmage slice…Witch Elf then moves onto kill Dwarf Ironbreaker…come on…balance people! Out of control root/snares/CC.
Other honorable mentions.
Lord of the Rings Online – Now this was a game I wish I had given more of a chance. (although with it going F2P, I may have to spend more time there) Beautiful graphics, rich lore and story. Interesting classes and races.
The bad: seemed too empty. Questing alone or as a duo became tough. (Wanting to burn the shire….yes, please!)
Age of Conan – beautiful graphics, and ummm boobies….that is about it….waste of time. /sigh Once again a great IP wasted.
Aion – OMFG amazing looking game. I just wish it wasn’t so grindy…if it was more of a FFXI grind then ok, but a single player grind…hellll Nooo!!!! But with recent patches seems like they have altered it and added more quests. But the heavy emphasis on PVP is keeping me from coming back. I like a little PVP but not so much as it be THE focus of the game.
Perfect World International……waste of time…you get what you pay for. Was not my cup of tea.
Dungeons & Dragons Online – has potential. Not sure I like the control scheme. But will put some more time into when I get a chance.
Champions Online – was very fun at the beginning…the arch nemesis idea was cool. TRAVEL POWERS WERE SWEET!!!!!! However a lack of quests was annoying, killing mobs gave pitiful XP, and lack of endgame killed this for me.
This then beings me to my mistress at this current time – the dirty dirty game which serves all styles of play: World of Warcraft.
When I was a FFXI player…you could not get me to touch WoW with a 10 yard stick…although I do admit I did weaken and bought the CE of Vanilla WoW and played for about a month (my poor forsaken lock)….then did the same with BC….my poor belf hunter T_T
Obligatory SQUEEE pic.
What is about FFXI and WoW that has kept me from leaving them on the street corner like the others?
1.) Endgame content. Sure lots of game may not have them in place at launch, but hell have something substantial at least at launch, or at least show you are working on it.
2.) Environment and lore. Sure AoC, WAR and LoTRO had it, but the others did not. Even with AoC, something about it….doesnt feel right to make an MMO out of.
3.) A balance of PvP and PVE. Ok FFXI had a pitiful PVP but aleast is focused on PVE and did it well I feel. WoW seems to got the balance right well until the next patch :P The Others – something was missing.
4.) Most IMPORTANT for me – It is the group of people you find and play with. This here is what has kept me in FFXI and WoW the longest. People make the game for you NOT the game. It is this what I think some people have forgotten. With no people, there is no guild and no raid.
AND BTW FFXI > WOW! (as far as my fav MMO’s) Now if they combined the two I would be happy….
Lets hope Star Wars: the old republic, Final Fantasy XIV, and Tera will have something that will hold me in rapture.
Oh yeah Tues 25 main brief recap:
Lower Spire owned – prob could have 3 or 4 healed that. Bubbles are op’d.
Rotface owned the fight took a bit long though lol. But managed the oozes well imo.
BP owned, Fester shoulda been owned.
Wow….BQL on 25….a little more difficult but shouldnt be…….very healable if people manage mechanics.
And as usual Zug err Flavi made out like a bandit! :P
All of the paladin specializations will make use of a new resource called Holy Power. Holy Power accumulates from using Crusader Strike, Holy Shock, and some other talents. Holy Power can be consumed to augment a variety of abilities, including:
An instant mana-free heal: Word of Glory
A buff to increase holy damage done: Inquisition
A massive physical melee attack for Retribution paladins: Templar’s Verdict
Holy Shield’s duration is now extended by Holy Power
Divine Storm’s damage is now increased by Holy Power
We also introduced several new heals for Holy Paladins including Healing Hands (an AoE heal-over-time that is applied to all players standing near the paladin), Light of Dawn (a cone heal with a 30-yard range), as well as a new heal called Divine Light, which is similar to a priest’s Greater Heal, and the new instant heal mentioned above, Word of Glory.
Q: Can you give us a sneak peek at one or two of the new Retribution abilities or talents?
A. Templar’s Verdict: An instant weapon attack that causes a percentage of weapon damage. Consumes all applications of Holy Power to increase damage dealt:
1 Holy Power: 55% Weapon Damage
2 Holy Power: 125% Weapon Damage
3 Holy Power: 225% Weapon Damage
Word of Glory: Consumes all Holy Power to heal a friendly target for a specific amount per application of Holy Power (0 mana cost, 0 cooldown, instant cast)
From the Twitter chat, i saw one thing and grinned.
New healing spells…./dance!!!!!
Will be interesting if this works out as Ret pallying/Prot pallying is pretty simple. Holy pallying as well. Managing Mana and Holy Power…cool. But they need a better name for it…
Ok 25 freakin primordial saronites later….thanks hun (Lyssi) for the last two!
finally has gotten Shadow’s Edge…lol. I am excited to have this weapon, definitely cool, but as you can see my ret set is far behind my holy set.
For the most part I do think Blizzard does a good job with their epic weapon and the means to get them, only thing I do not disagree is how epic weapons become outdated lol. But once Cata hits all our epic gear will soon be outdated anyways…man what a vicious way to keep players playing. :P
25 man raid tonight. Should be interesting as usual. :P
Hopefully will be smooth as butter. Or at least bacon and eggs!!!
I will say having a week off work and visiting Lyssi has lifted my spirits once more. Lets assault hell once more!!! LK dead…yes, please! Slice the kingslayer will bring all the belfs to the yard!!
MMO champion…Guild perks…look awesome. Will promote guild cohesiveness I hope! :)
Btw my one of my new favorite magic cards. Perfect for a white aggro deck imo.
And an good ol’ favorite!
Sure the mana cost is high, but depending on what you play can be very easy to get out on the battlefield in a few turns. Dredge + Rise from the Grave
Nothing WoW related…well maybe one thing….
My lovely paladin has finally gotten rid of that ugly ilvl 200 shield and replaced it with this!
It took a while to get. 4 wipes on Northrend beasts….wow people if your healers have a snobold on them….kill the snobold ASAP…i dont care about your DPS!!! Other then that everything else was oneshotted…I was surprised…and I WAS the only one who could use the shield! /dance!
Downloaded DDO…not sure if I am sold on it. I dont like the constant clicking…if i wanted to do that I would play Champions of Norrath or Diablo. However, it is nice to play some good ol’ fashioned D&D. The DM piping in every now and then is cool. And stats galore…./drool.
Also what surprised me is LOTRO is heading in the same direction this fall, and truthfully that intrigues me. My 3 months there was a blast. I may have to check it out when it swaps over for the Free to play but pay for junk model.
What i see with this model and it can be a good idea for old, less popular games to stay viable.
Over the weekend, I did place a reserve on FF14
Its gonna be sweet. Catgirls ftw :P
From a lot of the videos from E3…the gameplay, graphics are soooo much vastly improved. I am definitely excited for it.
Also check this out. http://www.complexactions.com/archive/113.shtml
It’s epic win!
Ok NDA has been lifted…and i will admit I had a moment of girly nerdiness glee. /shoves it back into its jail.
Some interesting things out there…but WHY are they releasing it so early, the NDA that is? This is the closed beta, more then likely a lot of things will be changed. So why are they revealing thing now?
1.) To get our hopes up and RUTHLESSLY crush our souls/hearts with their digital porn clips of zone, skills, and /emotes!
2.) See above – with all this “teasing” are they trying to keep people interested in WoW. This is very feasible. I can see many people getting bored with the current content. Furthermore, with the shortness the RS is, that is not going to keep the extremely bored paying for their WoW SUBS.
3.) Could Blizzard be worried about other MMO’s coming out? I feel that Blizzard did when WAR 1st hit the scene. With FF14 out in December, TERA, and SW:TOR out in early 2011, could they feel some of their territory will be taken? Possibly. SE has a proven record with FFXI, and shit Bioware makes one hell of a game. Both games and even TERA had a lot of people looking at them at E3.
4.) Also WoW is quite an old game now. It is great that it catered to the masses, hence its greatest strength and its greatest crutch. So many people who HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO PLAY IN A GROUP IT IS SO AMAZING THAT I CONSTANLY FACEPALM EVERYDAY. It is TOO EASY to get a toon to 80 and “HEY GUYS CAN I READZ WIF U 4 EPICZ?” But its simplicity allowed casual gamers to get into the MMO genre and made MMO’s more visible to the greater audience. But come on….graphics need changed and all great things need to end. Hence once again – they are trying to shake up Azeroth and give it, in my opinion, a more raw feel, Get back to that animosity between Alliance and Horde, also even between the factions contained with in each side.
5.) They lifted the NDA early…cause they are genuinle NICE people and want to make us happy…..yeah i laughed when I wrote #5.
Some of the teases it did like.
1.) WORGEN MODEL FOR DRUID!!! One thing i did not like was…why why….worgen cat form? Makes no sense to me…why not let them just shift into a WOLF…you know cause that would make sense….
2.) Troll and Dwarf locks….pretty f’ing sweet imo.
3.) Mohawks on Cats and Bears for trolls….looks sweet but hurt da eyes….they BURN!!!
4.) LMAO BLUE and GREEN items with a higher ilvl then current epics…wait…that makes me sad in da pants…
5.) Tauren and Space goat mounts…for their paladins….loooks cool. Elekk and Kodo paladin mounts = win!
(and no my pally with me Belf4lyfe!)
6.) PW: Barrier
What I wish they would put in Cata.
1.) Worgen Paladins…yeah…HAWT!
2.) That GM’s would actually do something about people constantly talking in trade about stupid stuff….yeah i know turn it off…..but come on….people talk about stuff that no self respecting human being talk about etc…..some people should not be allowed to breed I swear. /grumble.
3.) Maybe a new class but not heroic.
4.) Food actually being useful….fish feasts…getting old.