It’s about time for me to do some MMO gaming again.
I am currently subscribed to Warhammer Online, but I haven’t touched it in about two weeks other than to keep it patched. Two new classes (Slayer and Choppa) are coming in next Tuesday, and I will definitely check those out.
I have signed up on the Darkfall website but haven’t purchased the game yet. I admit to curiosity about the long-term impact of Adventurine’s approach to managing high demand. It’s tough to make the call of “we won’t take your money yet,” but that may lead to greater long-term stability. I do forsee some changes getting made to safe zones and the like as time goes on. I would like to try the game but am willing to wait until things settle down.
I re-installed the World of Warcraft client last night. Yeah, I know. If nothing else, there is now a universal installer that manages the download, and it was lees painful than the old way of doing things, even though it still took quite a while. I have not yet signed up, but it’s probable I will make that leap in the next week or two.
I still have EQ2 and Vanguard on the hard drive, and won’t be uninstalling them. Both games seem a bit… much right now, though. I am not currently wanting a rich, full-featured and demanding MMO – another reason I’m willing to wait for Darkfall. WoW (and for that matter WAR, the way I play it,) can be approached in a laid-back way.
EVE Online’s Apocrypha expansion goes live today. I admit to not being very excited about Tech 3 stuff I won’t be able to afford, but I do have a little tickle to see the new fancy asteroids. It’ll keep, and I will sign back in sooner or later.
I have Runes of Magic launches officially next week. I believe some additional content in going in with the launch, so I’m inclined to wait for that; the game as it stands in “beta” is not bad and seems to have a pretty solid mechanical infrastructure, but it’s not terribly compelling either. Still, it’s free, so I’m never going to state unequivocally that I won’t be playing it.
On the non-MMO front, Empire: Total War is now available and I had to resist buying in on Steam last night. I am very tempted – but at the same time I know that I would not get 20 hours of play out of it, which is my benchmark for games I spend $40+ on. I like games with people in them, and while it does have a multiplayer option, it’s just not the same. The only exception to this has been Team Fortress 2, but even that’s lost a little shine of late.