Seriously, I cannot be the only player who finds it so bizarre that on a random week in November we’ve gotten absolutely slammed with new MMO releases, patches, expansions, and events. It’s making me yearn for the quiet to come in December, just so that I’ll have time to stop spazzing out over consuming all this content and instead downshift to merely cruise through it all.
Last night in RIFT I decided that I wasn’t that hot on my Rogue after all. I was really excited to play the new Tactician soul, but it ended up feeling too similar to my flamethrower Engineer in GW2 that I lost interest fast. With few other Rogue builds tempting me and being only a dozen or so quests into the new areas, I went back to my Cleric for the expansion.
This turned out to be a good decision, methinks. The Inquisitor soul, my favorite, got a lot more lethal with recent changes, and so I worked up a new build there. Likewise with the Druid, whose pet roster has expanded to include a melee tank and ranged DPS on top of melee DPS and healer. Druid is my go-to build when I just want to thwap someone with a big hammer.
I’m still trying to wrap my head around the new soul, the Defiler. I haven’t read up on this one at all, so it was a bit of a learning curve to get tons of these new skills and attempt to figure out a rotation. As best as I can tell, the Defiler is a caster/healer hybrid with some interesting mechanics, such as delayed heals and pain transferrence from allies. Time will tell on this one.
I haven’t had time to get my chainsaw yet in TSW, although that’s a priority for the weekend, and I’m probably going to give Lost Shores in GW2 a pass. It just doesn’t look that appealing at all. I’d rather continue my march toward level 80 and 100% map completion.
SWTOR finally flipped the switch to F2P, and as one might expect, it was bananas in general chat. The worlds looked incredibly full, which is both a good sign and to be expected. I’m a day or two away from downgrading from subscription to pure F2P, so I’m sitting on my cartel coins (all 2550 of them) until that happens. I’ve mapped out what unlocks I’m going to get, and I’ve purchased as much inventory space with credits as I can so that that space will be grandfathered in.
I haven’t heard much from people playing the new EverQuest 2 expansion. Have you? Is it good?
I’m also a little saddened to hear the news about Glitch’s closure. Glitch never clicked with me, but I appreciate it’s quite unique art style, community crafting focus, and robust housing. I’m surprised that it couldn’t make it financially; I would’ve thought that the overhead for a browser title like that would be a lot less than your standard MMO. I mean, we live in a world where Evony prospers but Glitch is sent to an early grave? How badly did the studio bungle the financial model here, or was it really just a lack of players?
Anyway, I’m looking forward to a quieter holiday week next week. LOTRO is begging for more of my attention, and I really don’t want to fall too behind in Storm Legion either.