A while since a proper update. So where am I at currently with my gaming?
I’ve more or less stopped playing WAR after being back a couple of months. I thought the new Live Event might prolong my stay but in all honesty I’ve found it quite boring and very grindy. In Ekrund/Mt Bloodhorn both Des and Order seem to camp on BOs hoping to get the defensive or offensive quotas for the LE. Not sure I blame the developers with this, just a majority of lame players who are more concerned with rewards than actually playing the game (some might say “same old story”).
And if players are not idling round on a BO then they are stood facing a brick wall waiting for a clickable square item to appear. Honestly, it’s as depressing as it sounds. I got the basic event reward buff on my Slayer but couldn’t stomach the prospect of grinding out the elite reward, and certainly not on more than one char.
The new twist on the scenario Gates of Ekrund is not great either. Escorting the NPCs back and forth from the camp distracts from the scenario objective so much that it becomes a farce.
All in all, a mundane affair. I don’t want to come down too heavy on Mythic. I admire them for putting out a new event and trying something different (especially going down to tier 1). But for me it hasn’t worked this time around. This combined with a general feeling of apathy in the lakes for Order makes things pretty unfulfilling. And as I say, I’ve pretty much stopped playing these last few weeks. My finger is hovering over the unsub button with intent.
I’ve been playing a few other games in the meantime. I finally finished Dawn of War 2, picked up a new platform game from Steam called The Cave (which is great fun, much like Monkey Island from the old days) and started with Age of Conan again.
My return to Conan is something I’ve been flirting with for some time. I previously got a char to level 18 after I left SWTOR first time around. It’s a really nice game. The UI seems somewhat dated but the game has a great atmosphere about it, easy to immerse yourself in (the soundtrack is peerless imo). The world of Conan, Hyboria, is in stark contrast to something like Guild Wars. There is no fluff, at all. This appeals to me a lot. So I’m currently lvl23 and moved to the next area of the game. It really is very beautiful. I will shortly embark on some crafting and PvP all being well. Watch this space.
A big part of me feels like I’m now simply filling time until Elder Scrolls Online is released. This is the only upcoming MMO on the horizon which has my interest. Three faction PvP, like DAoC. Also, the PvP appears not to be a “bolted on afterthought” a la SWTOR. Judging from what the devs are saying, it’s a core part of the game - which bodes very well indeed. The Elder Scrolls world is somewhere I’ve spent time previously and enjoyed immensely. Both Morrowind and Oblivion were great. I would’ve very much liked to try Skyrim but didn’t think my PC would be up to it (and I don’t own a console). The long term plan for this year is to build a new PC which will be capable of running Elder Scrolls to a good level.
I’m sure I’ll be flitting in and out of WAR (which is why I’m hesitant to unsub) and I fully intend to buy and play the SWTOR expansion. Hopefully Conan will have some longevity in it. Feels like I’ve been slowly falling out of love with WAR and I’m a bit in limbo. Who knows, I might even try Wrath of Heroes…
Over and out, T.