I’ve had a whole lot kicking around in my head about what I’ve been playing, what I’d like to go back to playing, and what’s ahead that I’m looking forward to playing. Might as well write it all down and slap it with an embarrassingly pompous title.
/looks up at the title
Whew. Good. So ready? Here we go!
WildStar is still going strong in my interest sphere(tm). I think I’m going through it at a good pace so that I’m not butting my head up against the endgame right now, but am allowing for a few more months of additions before that happens. Building up my house and fleshing out my Engie’s build are my main priorities.
I can’t see myself leaving Lord of the Rings Online either. It’s one of those games that never compels me to log in, although when I do I generally enjoy myself greatly. The new Beorning class isn’t going to change the game for me, but being able to continue the journey through Gondor is something that should fill up my winter months.
It’s probably obvious that I’m in a deep The Secret World lull. This is mainly due to the glacial pace of new content releases. I’ve been toying with starting up another alt in the meanwhile, but I’d rather have new stories than rehash old ones. Whenever new updates come out, I’ll be going back into it, but for now it’s a rarely played title.
I’ve finished up my expedition into Dungeons and Dragons Online and won’t be continuing there. Not a horrible game by any means, just not something I want to be playing right now.
Guild Wars 2 is another mainstay that’s fun if I push myself to log in, although I can let it slip by for days. I feel a little unfocused in that game, although there is tons to do. I need to finish up the new living world stuff, fill out the map, and become richer than the ten kings of Europe. The intermission that Anet is taking is making me take an intermission as well.
Like to Go Back to Playing
I have room in my schedule for at least one other part-time MMO right now, although who that will be is really up for grabs. There are three front-runners in that race: Star Trek Online, Neverwinter, and RIFT.
All of these have new content, either Neverwinter’s recent module 4 or the other two’s upcoming expansions. I still have much love for RIFT and am quite intrigued by the tease of the minion system with Nightmare Tide, although I know that if I go back into that game I’ll be rerolling once more. It’s probably the most time-intensive of the three in terms of what I’d need to play to get to the new stuff. The expansion does look pretty awesome, tho.
I was all on fire to return to Neverwinter with a new Scourge Warlock when I logged in the other day and logged out after three minutes. Maybe it’s been too soon? Maybe I have my fill with action combat and fantasy? I’m not sure what it is. Could be I just need to give it another shot.
Star Trek Online is a good bet then. It’s Cryptic, so it’s really easy to play in short bursts — a mission or two here and there. And while the expansion doesn’t have me on fire, it is more interesting than Legacy of Romulos to me and will give me more to do with my crew. I rolled up a new captain the other night and rediscovered how much I enjoyed the visuals and different style of gameplay that comes with space combat.
Looking Forward to Playing
There are three non-MMOs that have my full attention for this fall: The Sims 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and Wasteland 2. All of those have great potential to be fun alternatives to online gaming, and I will probably be getting each at some point. Man, I can’t believe Sims 4 comes out tomorrow! Of course, with me and every Sims game following the first I’ve had a tradition: buy it, play it for three days, and never play it again. They’re games I really should like, but something about them eludes my attention.
So let’s move on to MMOs, shall we? The only big question marks for the remainder of the year are probably ArcheAge and Landmark. I’m willing to give Landmark a serious go, but only when it’s feature-complete and in a non-wipable state, so that might be several months. And who am I kidding, I’d only be playing it because EverQuest Next isn’t out. Landmark knows it comes in second, and it’s only by virtue of releasing first that it’ll get as much attention as it will.
ArcheAge? Hm. My feelings on the PvPish nature and the reports of toxic community still have me leery about this. I’m curious how people have told me how “weak” and lacking the PvE content is while stressing how you never have to play the game so that you bump into any PvP situations. Seems like a lot of folks that I read playing the game are pretty much 100% into the PvE side of it, which sounds robust to me. I guess it’ll come down to trying it out at some point, seeing what Trion does with the launch, and gauging the post-launch situation. It looks promising for a lot of reasons, but if I never played this I wouldn’t feel empty in side either.
My wish list right now is mostly Skyforge and EverQuest Next. H1Z1 is a good candidate as well, although I’ll hold out to see what kinds of servers they’re releasing. Survival sandbox is all well and good, but I’m not doing that with ganking jerks crowding out the zombies. I’ll keep an eye on the space sim wars to see how Elite Dangerous and Star Citizen shake out, and as for the big fish, that’s probably it. Shroud of the Avatar got my attention at PAX for its unusual combat system and surprisingly good looks, so I’ll be keeping a closer eye on that.
So what are your plans for gaming going forward?