Good thing, bad thing: EQ2, Dungeon Runners, Tabula Rasa, Wizard101

trboxAn extra-long Friday edition as I get close to finishing up this series!  Hope you all had large amounts of tasty birds yesterday.

EverQuest II

  • Good thing: This ended up being a very full-featured MMO with so much to do that I can’t wrap my head around it.  I always respected how it kept trying new ideas.
  • Bad thing: The weird plasticky visuals aged so, so badly.  It’s a hard game to look at, in my opinion.

Dungeon Runners

  • Good thing: The humor wasn’t sophisticated, but it did often make me chuckle, especially at the multiple digs concerning MMO tropes.
  • Bad thing: At the end of the day, it really was a stripped-down Diablo clone that didn’t have a lot of meat to it.  Even WITH rainbow gear.

Tabula Rasa

  • Good thing: The world felt very dynamic and alive, as enemy troops kept dropping in and I went through the land as if I was a soldier on the front line.
  • Bad thing: The lackluster and rather pointless logos/character customization system.  It didn’t seem like much and I never got into my character because of it.


  • Good thing: The family subscription deals were and are a great idea.  My wife and I did enjoy playing this together for a while because of it.
  • Bad thing: The long, long combat animations that were unskippable — and the constantly twirling camera.  I actually got seasick from this game.

5 thoughts on “Good thing, bad thing: EQ2, Dungeon Runners, Tabula Rasa, Wizard101

  1. Sylow November 28, 2014 / 10:15 am

    Wow. Four games i’ve never played. So, let me get started on them… *grin*

  2. Atherne November 28, 2014 / 12:01 pm

    I’m really enjoying your Good Thing/Bad Thing encapsulated reviews of games, both the ones I’ve played and the ones I haven’t.

  3. kiantremayne November 28, 2014 / 2:47 pm

    Ah, Tabula Rasa. An action MMO with dynamic events, years before either of those were a thing in other MMOs. And also a colossal financial failure, although some of the allegations circling at the time were that it was weighed down by costs dumped on it by the rest of NCSoft West, which was led by the head honchos of ArenaNet… that then went on to publish Guild Wars 2, an action MMO with dynamic events. There’s either a fascinating untold behind the scenes story, or a GREAT conspiracy theory, to be found in here somewhere.

    And for the record – I like GW2 a lot more than I liked Tabula Rasa. But I didn’t hate TR.

  4. bhagpuss November 28, 2014 / 5:22 pm

    The earlier EQ2 visuals haven’t aged particularly well and it’s true the original character models certainly did have a plasticy sheen. However, the EQ2 team have a completely new set of design tools and the new expansion looks spectacular. Hardly looks like the same game.

  5. Redbeard November 28, 2014 / 10:30 pm

    My big disappointment with Wizard 101 was that the “free” area was really small. (At least it was when I checked the game out 3+ years ago.)

    I did get sick from that game too, just like I do from shooters (or when running through Shadowfang Keep with the zooming in and out).

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