Journey to the Stars

Hm, I haven’t done a “what the heck am I up to in MMOs?” post lately, which should probably be rectified.  One of the reasons I haven’t is mostly because little interesting has happened on my end.  I log on, play a little, accomplish this or that, and log off.

I’ve also been playing a lot of Mass Effect 2, a title that I saved for a time that I needed a bit of “oomph” in my play rotation.  As always, I’m loving on BioWare during this whole thing, it’s a lot of fun (although a little too “shootery” for my taste and a great return to the Mass Effect universe.  I’m playing the “nice guy” on the first run through (as I suspect many people do), but huggy-wuvy Shepard isn’t quite as interesting as I’d hoped.  I’d be cool to see a BioWare game that didn’t go between good and evil (or good and ruthless), but between two other interesting polar opposites — crazy and logical, believer and skeptic, fanboy and hater.

As for LOTRO, I’m flipping every week or so between my captain and my burglar.  I think I generally like the burglar more to play — lots more melee abilities — but the cappy is higher in levels and on the verge of Moria.  I’m really disillusioned that the captain doesn’t have much of a viable pet line; Leader of Men is, by all reports, half-baked and not as useful in groups.  Both of them are wading through a lot of virtue grinds, which does nothing to make me excited for the game, but I try to mix it up with quests, skirmishes and events so I’m not totally beating my head against a wall.

I’ve been enjoying the Wednesday evening DDO group with Massively, although probably not as much as I could be.  I’m usually really exhausted on Wednesday evenings and not so much in a social mood, and with DDO I get the feeling that I should be all in or nothing with it — coming back to the game just once a week leaves me feeling disassociated with it.

I am planning on resubbing to STO, probably sometime next week after a quick vacation, mostly just for an off-night bout of fun.  I’m interested to see what they’ve done with the game since launch, and I miss the space combat.

Finally, for my Game Archaeologist column, I need to get into Ultima Online at some point in the next week or two and give it a good go.  I’m both excited and apprehensive about it — a lot of these older titles I never set foot in, so it’ll be cool to see them, but I’m worried that I’m too stuck in a “modern” MMO mindset that I won’t be able to enjoy what they have to offer.

5 thoughts on “Journey to the Stars

  1. UO is a real difficult beast to ride these days if you’ve played any other MMO. A lot of people focus on the visuals, but that really the LEAST of the issues you may encounter.

    I beta tested it (on dialup) and subbed for a few years, and when I went back a few months ago, I was not only lost and confused, but I couldn’t understand how I ever played the game for as long as I had back then XD

  2. I hope you enjoy UO. I really do. I want to know that it’s still a good, enjoyable MMO and that I am simply biased based on the game it used to be. I really do hope I’m just being old and crotchety about the badness AoS brought to it, but I’m afraid I’m not.

    I can’t wait to read what you think about it!

  3. I really love UO, but returning just no longer works. Tried it a few months ago. One must be an insider to find out servers where a few people are still actively playing and not doing little more than insider idling at the West Britain Bank.

    I don’t think you would enjoy it much anymore, with or without the updated client.

    I think even Professor Beej and the others would advise against starting to play UO today, but I might be mistaken – just my opinion.

  4. I’m playin ME2 right now, too, and was wondering how far into the game you’ve gotten.

    I never liked the combat system in ME1 enough to get past the first few hours of the game. I always gave up quickly on it. I kinda felt the same way when I first started ME2, but after awhile it started to grow on me and became more enjoyable. 10+ hours into ME2, I’ve got an assortment of mercs with me, new abilities and I’m seeing some of the more interesting areas of the world which has made it a lot more fun.

  5. COME BACK TO WAR!!!!

    Jeez, why are you avoiding War like the plague? They are rolling out city siege changes completely. The game is bumping and has a healthy population and is more fun than when I quit before TOVL.

    Come back to your roots man! Give it a try. Hell you can come back for 10 days free and try it out with your old chars!… Syp is calling you

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