I’m going to wind up this year’s Flushies tomorrow and then get back to the normal swing of things, so you’ll have to pardon me if all of this seems rather… skimpy. It kind of is. I’m sorry! I’m only a human being with weaknesses just like everyone else EXCEPT FOR YOU. Stop looking at me with those accusing, patronizing eyes! I do not dance for you like a clockwork monkey; I am a man!
Best new MMO of the year.
Winner: [Tie] The Secret World and Guild Wars 2
OK, I know this is (a) no big shocker and (b) waffling to make it a tie, but I can’t help either.
While there’s a contingent that really seems to dislike GW2 out there, it’s such a relaxing, engaging, and beautiful game that I knew from the first second I stepped into that world that it would be a contender. The art and sound has set the standard for the industry, and the gameplay ain’t half bad. Even if dynamic events aren’t as completely revolutionary as we might have hoped, they’re pretty cool. Plus, there are a ton of small innovations abounding that I wish would make it to the rest of the industry.
The Secret World is a rougher game, especially with its difficulty level and sometimes wonky combat. However, whatever rough spots exist are forgiven in light of the title’s stellar storytelling, voice acting, and general setting. It’s a type of MMO that we just don’t see anywhere else, and I can’t help but love it.
So I can’t really choose between the two, and since it’s my blog I don’t have to.
- Pirate101 — I do wish I had some time to play this, since it looks like another solid hit for KingsIsle.
- PlanetSide 2 — Not my cup of MMO tea, but I’m not going to ignore its popularity and general good word of mouth I’ve heard from my friends who play it.