I’ve been hit with a case of boredom. I think it’s probably the result of overly repetitive and undiversified gameplay. More so, I think it’s the recognition of this fact that has lead me to this current feeling of lull surrounding Pirates of the Burning Sea. On one hand I enjoy ship battles against other players. On the other hand I don’t enjoy having that be the only thing there is left to do in the game. Too much of a good thing is bad; no really, it’s true.
Last night I spent 2 hours sinking other players. I had a hand in sinking so many ships that I can not recount to you any one particular battle. I lost zero ships last night and actually gained a great deal of coin from the loot of my victims. Last night was full of all good things yet I am left feeling unfulfilled. It hit me today that I have experienced all there is to do in the game at this time. I’m producing the highest quality goods in the economy, sinking level 50 players, sinking level 50 NPCs in max group sizes, explored the entire map, done all of the quest lines, and if there’s anything I’ve forgotten to mention I’ve probably done that too. It’s been a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs lately. I feel like I finally have the game under control but them suddenly the ride has come to a stop…
The simple and unavoidable fact of the matter is that I am left without choices. Choices are important in a mmorpg because without them repetition sinks in. Repetition is the cancer equivalent in mmorpgs. It will break down and destroy the very basic enjoyable things in a game when it sets in. I invite anyone reading this to analyze the game you are currently playing or any games you have played in the past. Think back to why you are bored with (or quit) the game. Chances are it has something to do with repetition in some form.
FLS (PotBS Devs) need to diversify gameplay. If this is not done then many others will quickly come to the realization that they have only one choice left. When that choice is explored to its fullest, and it will be, they will be bored too. Although I have been playing since August I anticipate it will take other players only a fraction of the time to realize the same truths. There is only so much you can experience in a small square instance of water. There are only so many ways you can fire a cannon, only so many ways you can sail a ship, and only so many ways you can sink your opponent and generally speaking every class plays the same.
Pirates of the Burning Sea is still a good game and I have not quit playing. I’ve peacefully decided to take a break. I want to feel a desire to log in. Without that then I can’t justify subscribing once the free month is over. While I may speak negatively about the game I’m content that I have not done so without providing solutions and alternatives. I’ve put a lot of thought in to a battleground system, risk vs reward, and mixing up the gameplay, and the economy.
Don’t let the fact that I’ve become discouraged deter you from the game. Get yourself a buddy key and play the trial. Pirates is still the most unique and different approach to a mmo yet. Hopefully I feel like logging in soon. I want to keep enjoying it.
Okay, that concludes today’s therapeutic writings! I feel better now.
Update: I’m almost ready to log in again. Almost.
Update 2: I logged in late this afternoon and did some PvE. I felt neither excitement or boredom. A very “bleh” feeling.