I figured I would lump all of these into one post since my thoughts on them are very brief.
Star Trek Online
Okay, it’s being done by Cryptic. That’s not a bad thing but I’m not super hyped about it either. Cryptic has a way of making ‘good’ games but nothing that stands out to me as ‘great’. CoH was far too repetitive and lacked the depth to hold my attention. The same fate is entirely possible for STO. A few things from the official site caught my eye.
1. “Developed for both console and PC formats” – How many have said this and actually delivered?
2. “Surface, Shipboard and Deep Space Adventures” – I have a feeling the standard Cryptic over use of instancing may crush this one for me. With Star Trek’s transporters the ability to mask the abuse of instancing can be done with ease. Fly up to a planet, beam to the surface and suddenly you’re in your own little instance. Same can be said for shipboard battles. I’m skeptic about this one.
3. “With customizable ships and characters from the Klingon Empire and United Federation of Planets” – Bummer… I was really hoping to be a Romulan or Borg.
The positive in all of this is that Cryptic is far more stable and capable of delivering a game than some companies that could have snagged the IP. It has potential but where there is potential there is room for devastating let down.Â Being a huge Star Trek fan I’m mostly worried about being burned.Â I want the Star Trek MMO to be amazing.
DC Universe Online
I saw this video over on Gametrailers (part1 part2) [Thanks to Graev for pointing it out]. At first glance the game looks pretty good. I’m impressed with the scope of the city, although the video being shown is only showcasing the game’s ability to instance a “World quest” where Brainiac’s forces are attacking the city. I want to see what the ‘normal’ world looks like so that I can get a better sense of the atmosphere when it’s not instanced. As for the gameplay, the animations looked a little stiff but those things can be fixed. I was impressed with how relatively effortless much of the character’s actions were and how the character could pick up cars, busses, and other stuff to interact with the environment.
This is another game with potential. I could see it being a really -fun- game but also lacking depth and much longterm appeal. After a while the ‘awesomeness’ of fighting alongside Batman and Superman will wear off. What then? This ties back in to the post I wrote about ‘The itch’ and how I want a game that will allow me to dig in. Don’t let me down SoE.