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.


    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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