When I’m between games I know that I have to watch myself to make sure that I don’t get swept away by the need to play something, and just subscribe to the first game that comes along promising me a persistent world. In the past, actually twice in the past… hmm… I’ve resubscribed to WoW. This time around, I’m being tempted by Darkfall. If you just spilled something while laughing, I apologize.
What is it that Darkfall could possibly offer that would be of interest to someone currently ‘between’ games? I find myself yearning for the virtual world feel. I hunger for the open-ended or multifaceted character progression. I enjoy being able to chop trees for 5 hours and have no one around me question why I have spent my time doing that. Are these the reasons I am so tempted by Darkfall?
I’ve done the 14-day trial (which Aventurine cut short…those savages) and played around with the game. There are many things in Darkfall you won’t find readily available elsewhere. The death penalty is harsh; you can lose your stuff. The learning curve is steep. It takes a lot of time to see results. You really have to rely on other players to advance. Maybe that’s why I am tempted by Darkfall?
No, despite being decent at some of those things, those aren’t the reasons. I finally realized what it was drawing me to the game: Friends. If I did not have three friends playing, I would not even consider playing Darkfall right now. I’m still not impressed by the game enough to praise it, and I would drop it in an instant if a better sandbox came along. My friends are the reason why I’ll log in and play because in Darkfall you can truly utilize your friends. You can rely on them, need them to watch your back, watch them give you the shirt off their back, and experience with greater enjoyment all of the things I mentioned above.
That’s why I’ll consider returning to Darkfall instead of WoW. 1) My friends aren’t playing WoW, and 2) WoW doesn’t condone the social dynamics of community quite like Darkfall does. As I look for a future game to play, perhaps the next best thing, I’ll be looking more closely at how that game capitalizes on and sustains friendships that players form.
That’s my feel-good message of the month.