Critiquing quests is quickly becoming theÂ norm around here. Â Every time a new MMO comes out the first thing I'll say is how much the questing sucks. Â Killing ten rats has…
My character in ESO is coming along nicely. Â I guess you can say I play a “Blood Mage.” Â I’m a Nightblade with a Restoration Staff, and I plan to one day become a vampire. Â I take the life force from others and siphon it off to heal myself and my allies over time. Â I can also lay down some great ‘smart hots’ and ‘aoe hots’ (heal over time) abilities to a group. Â Everything I do is based around living longer than the enemy, and killing them in the process.
Honestly, I haven’t spent a lot of time in PvP. Â Most of my time is spent PvEing with Graev and enjoying the world. Â My healer has been more than capable of all content I’ve encountered. Â Graev (tank), our friend as a DPS, a random DPS, and myself cleared all of the 20-23 dungeons (3 of them) yesterday in a marathon session. Â All of them were actually pretty easy for me to heal. Â The hardest encounters are those with lots of monsters all activating abilities at once. Â If people stay out of the red circles, block when they need to block, and play it smart then my spec works great. Â I contribute to the DPS and keep everyone alive with moderate effort.
I say moderate effort, but it’s not quite the same as other games. Â Healing can be frantic. Â I feel almost like a Druid in WoW. Â I won’t ever have the direct heals of a Paladin, and I have to keep everyone hotted up. Â I don’t stare at hotbars and play wack-a-mole. Â I pull out my bow and fire off some shots, cast lots of siphon spells, and contribute to the DPS as much as possible. Â I’m enjoying myself.
The dungeons themselves have been pretty decent. Â The boss fights are fairly straight forward, and the trash mobs are just enough to give you pause but not enough to feel like you’re wading through trash. Â We’ll have to see how the later ones pan out.
My build is still missing 3-4 very key abilities that will make everything I do 10x better. Â Part of that involves becoming a vampire, which itself is pretty involved and carries with it a series consequences like you find in previous Elder Scrolls games. Â If I can convince Graev, well go into PvP tonight and I’ll be able to bring you more of those impressions.
Overall, I have to say my class choice has been superb thus far. Â I can kill things quickly, live almost forever, and bring a ton of group utility. Check out a video of us killing a boss in last night’s dungeon run after the break. (more…)
I’ve been on the fence with ESO for a long time. Â I’ve also been a harsh critic of a lot of Zenimax’s choices. Â I’m a very straight shooter; when I see things I don’t like I tell you, but I also feel it’s important to share things I think are pretty neat.
I am a fan of small groups. Â I like PvPing in small groups, and I like PvEing in small groups. Â I love when content is fine-tuned precisely for a small group of people and everyone has a specific role to play. Â Whether or not ESO’s content ends up being good, they are at least appealing to my love of being able to just grab my friends and jump into some content. Â Forget that 40-man zerg. Â I would rather the ‘experience’ guide me than the mechanics.
In ESO there are Veteran content, Adventure zones (4 people), and Trials (12).
All of the crafting skills are part of the overall skill system, so youâ€™ll need to consider your options carefully when you spend a skill point. Should you put one more point into blacksmithing, or do you really want to learn a new two-handed weapon ability?
You guys know how much I love specialization. Â No one should be able to be everything. Â People should have to rely on each other. Â That, to me, is a hallmark of a good MMORPG. Â I love that people in ESO will have to choose to spend some of their overall skill pool on improving their crafting. Â Crafting seems pretty useful, too. Â From what little I’ve seen, I believe there will be an actual reason to make gear right from the start. (more…)
I must confess I am having mixed feelings about The Elder Scrolls Online.Â I recently wrote my opinion on the 1-20 experience during beta.Â I was pretty bored with most…