I see a lot of bloggers taking the time at the end of the year to engage in the traditional planning for what they want to do in the new year. Futile? Plans change and all of that, but I never think it’s stupid to make plans. Sometimes you follow through on them, sometimes they lead you elsewhere, but always they call you into action and force you to make choices and organize.
I’m feeling a little scattered and in need of some serious planning for what I want to do in 2016. Jumping around in titles is fun and all of that, but I recognize that it would help if I focused and at least tried to stop acting like a jittery kid who can’t decide which candy he wants to eat first. The Snickers! No… Starburst! No… Smarties! Wait, no one ever wants Smarties.
As I expressed earlier this week, I want to plant roots in a traditional MMO and work on making it a home (leveling to the cap, getting involved in the community, etc.). I love the idea of setting into a game — of committing, at least for a good while — but the big question is, which one?
I’m using the remaining days of 2015 to engage in a weird personal reality show-type game-off between five titles, daring them to vie for my affection and time: LOTRO, WoW, FFXIV, SWTOR, and RIFT. Each of those I’ve played before, know that they have something to offer in this department, have some strong pluses and minuses, and have good communities behind them. By January 1st, I’ll have made my decision with this. I’m sure you will be anxiously awaiting it.
Variety is great and I don’t want to focus down so much that I lose the benefits of getting a broader experience and avoiding burnout. Here’s what I’m thinking for my satellite MMO roster:
- WildStar: Definitely don’t want to leave this any time soon. I’ll keep coming up with little goals for my Engineer, attempt to flesh out her build with full AMP/ability points, and work on housing, housing, housing.
- The Secret World: I’m actually quite excited to be back in the game and working on the Secret Adventures again. I also have the new issue to explore. That all should keep me quite busy even if Funcom doesn’t put out much new content in 2016 (which would be a shame).
Yup, just two. Two plus a home MMO plus an action RPG is more than enough variety for me and my limited time.
I love the idea of diving into an action-RPG — sometimes you just need that click-fest fix with a side of loot explosion. Devilian has lost my interest and I need to put Marvel Heroes on the backburner for now. So I’m thinking that Diablo III is going to win my attention, and I’m going to try giving the new season a go when it kicks off in mid-January.
Right now I’m a little burned out on retro games and have been really wanting to fully explore a single-player RPG (of which I have many). So I’m going to pull the trigger on Pillars of Eternity and do some more posts on here about it. Also, my exercise time will be initially spent going back through Chrono Trigger on my iPad. I haven’t done a full run-through of that since the 90s.
Putting out to pasture
This means that not every game that I have on my computer is going to get some attention — which I must remind myself is OK. Doesn’t mean I won’t dip into them from time to time, but sometimes you need to do a little house cleaning. So what’s getting sidelined?
- Devilian: Uninstalled. It was reasonably fun for a few days, but once I got a better idea of what it had entailed for the game, I couldn’t see myself putting this as my action RPG of choice.
- Skyforge: This has been installed — an unplayed — on my computer just shy of forever. I don’t think it’s going to get my attention, so out it goes!
- Whatever of the main MMOs I don’t pick: I don’t need to try to be dancing between several MMO homes and communities, and three of them (SWTOR, WoW, and FF14) require subscriptions (SWTOR for the newer stuff).
- Retro Games: As I said, Pillars of Eternity is going to take the place of these for the time being.
- Path of Exile: I’ve logged in maybe a dozen times so far and haven’t found it better than D3 for my tastes, so I need to cut this loose.
- Marvel Heroes: I won’t uninstall this, but other than logging in to get the daily rewards I want to let this go fallow for a while. If D3 doesn’t really work out, MH is a great candidate for a rebound title.
- Trove: Cute. Accessible. Not my jam. Uninstalled.
Of course, there are always the games yet to come, and looking ahead, there are two I feel I should mention as potentials to be played in 2016 if they get to a launch or semi-launch state.
- Project Gorgon: The title is going to Steam soon and should be more stable (in terms of features) than it was when I last played. I really do want to dive into it, but I keep waiting until it feels like the right time. Maybe this year?
- Shroud of the Avatar: Another game I own and am waiting for a launch. Looks like maybe mid-summer 2016 right now. Want to give it a fair shake when that happens.