I think it’s time for a catch-you-all-up blog post. I’ve been bouncing around the past few days playing a little of this and that, and also researching games and awaiting a few on the horizon.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
Reckoning launches for me in just two hours! I pre-ordered via Steam and Graev will get his copy delivered to the house in the morning because of Amazon’s free release-date shipping. He decided to get the Xbox 360 version, and I went with the PC version. I’m going to use a Xbox 360 controller, though. I really didn’t like the PC controls at all, but the controller felt natural.
I think I’ll be going with a Mage and may branch out to Mage-Fighter if the pure magic doesn’t do it for me. I’m currently debating normal mode vs. hard… that might be a last minute decision. I’m completely beside myself with anticipation. Lots of us on Ventrilo plan to talk while we play, and even the guys who don’t usually play RPG’s are excited to play after they tried the demo.
Baldur’s Gate II
Back in December we both picked up BG2 from GoG.com. We installed the game along with some mods that improve the functionality (but keep the game true to ‘vanilla’) and finally managed to get the multiplayer working. We’ll be playing through one of the greatest RPG’s ever made together for the first time.
We both have nightmares of getting the game to work on our old PCs. It proved to be difficult again as we realized you have to run the game in window mode and sometimes use Gameranger to establish a connection to each other. It works, though, and we’re ready to begin our epic adventure. Graev went with a Ranger and I went the Mage route. We got into the game, troubleshooted our issues, and have everything set and running beautifully. I can’t wait to get explore.
Go for the eyes Boo, GO FOR THE EYES!! RrraaaAAGHGHH!!!
Guild Wars 2
My excitement for Guild Wars 2 is growing as my friends begin to hype videos. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the idea of “no end-game” in Guild Wars 2. GW2 is sitting on the fence between themepark and pseudo-sandbox (my made up term for games like EverQuest and Dark Age of Camelot). It wants to be both, and it can be if done correctly. I’m anxious to see how these public quests truly impact the world. Regardless of the PvE or progression content, I’m very curious to learn anything I can about the PvP.
Star Wars: The Old Republic
I’m sad to say that most of my friends have cancelled their accounts. I want to keep playing, see the content, and make the game last. It’s just not happening for me. One of my friends, Evalissa, is a major alt-aholic, but she’s expressed her disinterest in making alts. I feel the same way. I have no desire to make a character and see the game again.
SWTOR was a fun leveling experience, albeit one with moments of dull sprinkled throughout. If I had to deliver a final verdict right here, right now, it would be that SWTOR is a 3 monther. I expected it. I planned for it. I was very clear upfront with myself and all of you that I was going into SWTOR to play it like a Bioware RPG. Mission accomplished.
I’ll keep playing as long as enough of my guild members log in to do content together. Do I dislike playing? Nah, I’m just not motivated. At most, SWTOR is a bridge allowing my to cross the void until GW2.