And I am back

After a long break of blogging and gaming I am back. I was beginning to get tired of all MMOs so I just stopped playing them and focused on my huge backlog of xbox games. I finished Fallout3, and played many others that I hope to finish soon. I tried fallout when it came out and I just could not get into it. This time I pushed past that section of the game and it was well worth it, that is a fantastic game.

I am currently playing 2 mmos; Lotro and Champions Online. I am really starting to love F2P; it makes it so much easier enjoy multiple games at once.

Salzenmund: Great game design

I have recently started to level a DoK up in WAR. The highest destruction character that I have is level 15 and I have never leveled through Nordland on the destruction side before.

So I am thoroughly enjoying the new streamlined quest and having a blast when I get this quest to go through a smugglers tunnel. I go through the tunnel and on the other side is a town under siege. NPCs are fighting each other, buildings are on fire. It looks really nice and has a great WAR feeling to it.

Then I notice that there is a PQ in middle of this area and a few quest lines that take place in this town that is under siege. The quest all by themselves are pretty run of the mill quests but when you wrap all the other lore that is taking place in this area the quests become great. I had a blast running around and convincing a priest that everyone was cheating him and he should go crazy and kill people.

This has shown me that if you make areas that are interconnected with stories, quests and activities that I will actually get into the story. So many of the quests don’t seem to really relate in a good way to what is going on around almost all MMOs are guilty of this. I hope that I run into some more of these areas.

Guild Wars 2 Ranger Video

While I have been following GW2, I have not been really reading much about it in depth.  Then I ran across this newish ranger video and since rangers are one of my favorite classes I have taken a sudden interest in the game.

Here is the video

It seems that I can not embed the video. So here is the link http://www.guildwars2.com/en/the-game/professions/ranger/#gw2-video-hunters-call

Read the entire write up here

I am a visionary

Syp over at Biobreak has just suggested that Guild Wars 2 may very well be the game that surprises every one and surpases WoW. I suggested this about 4 months ago and since then even more information has come out about  the game that looks VERY promising.

TOR will die under its own hype. There is no way that it can live up to the hype it is creating.

The whole story-driven mmo thing will kill it. If you look at all the games that have tried to copy WoW the one thing they did that did not work was try to add more “you are the hero” type of things and by doing this they have killed re-playability and the sense of a large, living world.  The reason people play WoW is to live in another world. I don’t know a single person that really cares about the story.

With all that said I will defiantly play TOR and I will probably love it, but I do not think it will be as great as every one is hoping. I believe that Guild Wars 2 will surpass everyones expectations and be one of the next big games if not THE one.

I told you so!

I am still alive, there is just a lot happening in my life and blogging has kinda fallen off. But I had to pop in here and say that I predicted Lotro going free to play in my 2010 predictions.

https://mmogchronicles.wordpress.com/2010/01/04/2010-predictions/

A game play update while I am at it. I got tired of most games and started to look at F2P games as a way to just pop in and out of games with out costing any money. So I started to play Runes of Magic. It has been a fantastic experience so far. I am level 30 and I would recommend every one to at least try it. They have moved out of copy wow stage and are doing their own thing.

I have also pre-ordered APB. I know it is not technically an mmo but I love GTA and it looks like fun. I also really like the pricing structure because it fits with my new casual gaming style.

Life is getting back to normal so I expect to start blogging a little more.

TGMT2010-STO Update

As I predicted in my last post I will be continuing Star Trek Online for another week. I was only able to play about 5 hours and that does not seem like a fair amount of time to make a decision on.

TGMT2010 Update

Well so far my little experiment is coming along well. I am currently playing Star Trek Online and I am enjoying it a lot. This has caused me to rethink the 1 week time limit on my trials. I may want to continue to play STO after one week, I have only been able to play about 3 hours this week and I may need more time to give it a fair review.

With Darkfall’s recent announcement I am changing the order of the games I am going to try. I am going to try darkfall next instead of Champions Online. This will be better because CO is so close to STO that it would probably not be a fair trial.

I really did not like Darkfall the last time I played it, but I have heard that they have made it much better (from darkfall’s biggest fanboy) and I am excited to try it again. I have always had this dream of the perfect sandbox game since I started playing UO. My hope is I can get past the little things that bugged me last time and enjoy the game. I really like the idea of a sandbox game.