I’v been pretty inactive for the last few weeks, given non-gaming demands on my schedule, though I have still managed to squeeze in a little game time in Champions Online and in Guild Wars 2. As my games drive stands at a whopping 227 GB of instaklled games, however, I’ve decided that it’s time to conduct another purge of installed games. So what follows is what I’m keeping or have additional thoughts on, post-purge. They are, in some sense, the MMOs that I consider “worth playing” at the present time. Order is alphabetical.
DUMPED: Age of Conan
A strong game in many respects, but a game that’s probably sixth or seventh on the list of things I would like to be playing right now. I will surely be back to it at some point, but at present it feels to me like a title slowly strangling itself in its own freemium model, by a publisher that doesn’t really know what to do with that kind of model.
KEEPING: Champions Online
Probably inspired by the upcoming announced and near-certain closure of City of Heroes, I’ve been playing quite a bit of this lately; it was my main game over the weekend. CO is kind of a game that plays to my weaknesses as an MMO player; I have a huge array of alts and that (partly) has kept me from progressing farther in the game than I have. Alerts, though the quality of play in them is often dismal, make it easy to hop in for 20 minutes to run a couple of them.
DUMPED: D&D Online
Honestly, I haven’t played this in ages, and I’m probably keeping it around out of nostalgia for its franchise. Without a dedicated group it’s very difficult to play seriously, and I don’t have either that or the time to organize such a thing.
THINKING OF INSTALLING: EVE Online
Even though it isn’t quite subscription-only, I think EVE is the last MMO for which subscription via whatever method remains the only way to play that I think is actually worth the sub fee. I have like 4 accounts, all of which have been inactive for some time,
KEEPING: Fallen Earth
Another one I haven’t played in a while. But I think this is a very strong game with a lot going for it. When I do pick it back up actively I will likely do some more videos for it.
KEEPING: Guild Wars 2The new hotness, of course. From the scuttlebutt that I see, it appears to me that GW2 will be holding up post-launch better than any other recent MMO, with the possible exception of Rift. I’m enjoying it so far and would like to find the time to get back to it.
I’d installed it yet again since I’m (still) on a Station Access account, but I simply came to it too late; it’s too dated for me to get into at this stage. Had I played in 2000 I’d have loved it (but would probably have loved DAoC more.)
KEEPING: EverQuest II
For me a core fantasy MMO. I was very active in it over the summer but have since not paid it much attention. But I’m always just an itch away from playing some EQ2.
KEEPING: The Lord of the Rings Online
Another game I have been very inactive with. I own all the content and have all the expansions and only relatively recently got as far as Moria. I haven’t picked up the upcoming Riders of Rohan expansion; I’ll look at buying the content — on sale — if and when I get that far in the game. Should I start playing again I will definitely pick up the sixth inventory bag, to alleviate the nightmare that is inventory management in LotRO.
KEEPING: Planetside 2 (BETA)
It’s probable that I will spend very limited time in this before launch, but I’m excited to see it release, which should happen, surprisingly, by the end of the year. One thing I’m particularly interested to see is how SOE, which has now fully embraced the freemium model, handles a game designed to support that model from the get-go. The ForgeLight engine is remarkable and heralds great things out of future SOE projects.
DUMPED: Star Trek Online.
It’s a rich game in many respects, but with no support incoming for the Duty Officer system, which is the only thing that made the game feel like Star Trek to me, my interest lagged. Not a dreadful game but I simply don’t have time for it amid the pile of other things to play.
DUMPED: Star Wars: The Old Republic.
It’s possible I may pick this up again once it goes free, although I’m not terribly excited by the prospect. SWTOR is in my opinion simply not a complete MMO. As a free player knocking out the single-player storyline, it may be a fun diversion for a while, but which lacks the very open-endedness that makes MMOs appealing in the first place. Nor do I have, these days, any particular affection for this end of the property.
NOT INSTALLED: World of Warcraft
Not installed and staying not installed, but I feel obliged to mention it. My interest in coming back for Mists of Pandaria is very mild, to the point where I am not sure if I will pick it up at all, at any point. WoW is another title where I simply don’t care for the direction it’s headed. Not enough to hate it, but enough to discourage me from going to the trouble of bothering again. Ever, really.
KEEPING: Vanguard: Saga of Heroes
F2P has boosted Vanguard’s population considerably, and it’s a game I will certainly keep one foot in pretty much at all times now.
So that’s seven released MMO, plus one beta, plus another I’m considering. More than enough to do in what time I have.