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.