I’m going to make this a regular feature of the blog to post sometime every Sunday about what I’ve played the past week and what I’ve done in the games while playing. I don’t do this enough and I think it will be both useful to me when I look back at my entries and you as a reader to know where I’m coming from and what I’m up to — that is why you’re reading my blog, isn’t it?
I resubscribed to WAR this week. I decided that it was time to return to the game after ~2 months off. My main reason for returning was to have a character ready for Land of the Dead: The last chance WAR has to win me over long-term. I spent most of my WAR time this week completing the Beyond the Sands Live Event. The lore and objectives were interesting, but what really grabbed on to me was the fact that it’s leading up to something bigger than anything else WAR has seen yet.
I went with a Choppa this time around. Having played a healer, tank, and ranged dps and not ‘feeling it’ with any of them, the obvious choice for me was melee dps. My background in DAOC was very similar: I played a Shaman, a Healer, an Enchanter, a Hero, an Eldritch, and finally settled on a Savage who I took the furthest in RR. The Choppa reminds me of how the Savage played in many ways. I mow through everything my level in PvE without breaking much of a sweat; in fact I mow through 3-5 of anything my level at a time. In RvR I’ve been successful 1v1 against every class except the tank classes. This seems right to me since I think I recall tanks being the original counter to melee dps.
My Choppa hit level 16 yesterday afternoon and I don’t feel like I’ve ever once struggled to level. The levels have just come naturally while I go about doing what I want to do. This = perfect. I know it won’t las though. The game is great from 1-25 then it drags in T3 and eventually dies off in T4. However *lightbulb*, LotD will hopefully pick me up at 25 and carry me to the end. I’m quite proud that in the 4 or so days that I’ve played (more than an hour) I’ve never once done quests beyond level 5, save for the quests that I did for Beyond the Sands. I’ll be spending most of my time over the next few days in WAR just open-rvring. Scenarios don’t pop fast enough -at all- (which I won’t complain about, but I’ll mention) because people are always out open-rvring.
The love hate relationship I’ve developed with Darkfall is best described, well, as love and hate. I love the basic ideas behind the game and I hate the game as it turned out (thus failing to align itself with the ideas it had). This past week was up and down for the Haven community. We’ve been reorganizing ourselves in how we want to play the game. We know that we don’t like owning our own city and just sitting around protecting it all day. We know that we don’t like sitting around PvE’ing all day because the PvE in Darkfall blows. We’ve decided to take an approach closer to the one we took when the game first came out (when we all actually really, really enjoyed playing) that makes us more of roamers. We’ll still have property, but where and what I can’t say at this tiem for security reasons. I will say this: We really do plan on moving in an entirely new direction.
My character in Darkfall is coming along… no, wait, he’s not. Why? Because I can’t really skill him up by PLAYING the game. I can’t emphasize enough how this is such a fatal flaw of Darkfall’s skill system. You really can’t skill up, as much as you want to lie to yourself about how it’s possible in theory, by just playing. You have to macro to level your skills up to the point where you can compete with the vast majority of others who do not just “play” the game.
So overall the past week was spent dealing with drama (not within our clan, but within our “alliance”) and the rest was spent roaming around randomly pvping with what few people we could find. When we do find someone they’re always naked farming.
I’ll keep on truckin’ for a bit longer in the game. Like I’ve always said, I plan to play as long as my friends keep playing because this game is NOTHING (read: complete garbage) without a community. Stay the heck away from this game if you don’t have friends already playing and even then know what you’re getting yourself into. If you’re lookign for people to play with then you can check out our community. We have ~20 active and hopefully will remain that active so long as our new direction we’re taking in-game pans out as well as we plan.
GTA: Chinatown Wars – Good game. I’m only on the 7th or so mission but I like it. I didn’t think I would enjoy the top down view of old but it’s not bad and the gameplay rocks.
Free Realms – You can read my impressions in the entry below this one, but I clocked a few hours exploring in Free Realms this past week.
EVE Trial – Yes, I tried EVE again. My bud Bart gave it a shot and only because of him was I brave enough to play the only MMO that really has ever forced me to stop and think … and think.. and think. Ultimately, I won’t subscribe. I never made it as far as I did this time around though. Another 15 or so trials more attempts and I might actually subscribe! Tongue out of cheek for a sec, I think they changed something that made it easier to get into. I was able to run missions, outfit my ship, train skills, and do a tad bit of exploration without wanting to gouge my eyes out.