War of Guilds
A few days ago on a whim I decided to reinstall Guild Wars 2 and patch it up, which is not an insignificant process at this point. Last night before getting into anything else I decided to give it a spin. I have done this a number of times since launch, with essentially the same results. After a few minutes of running around I decided that I still don’t like the game. I figured this post is relevant with all of my recent Elder Scrolls fanboyism… that yes it is perfectly okay for you not to like a game. Guild Wars 2 is one of those titles that I want to like, because so many people have so many great moments with the game. However for whatever reason I just cannot see the magic in it that others can.
Guild Wars 2 stands alone as the only alpha program I have ever resigned from. I just did not like what the game was, and how it deviated from all of things I had read into their manifesto about the game. When it came close to release I got into beta and had a marginal amount of fun, and with it launching in a relative dead spot I decided to take the plunge and try it. On the initial play through I managed to make it through to about level 40 before running out of care to continue pushing forward. This is round and about the place most of us dropped out of it. Largely it was the chaos that is GW2 group combat that soured the milk for me.
All of that said… I want to see the magic that others see in this game. So every few months I patch it up and give it another try. I have always prided myself in being able to see the good in something despite its flaws, and as a result it drives me absolutely insane that I cannot grasp why people love this game. I don’t want the game to change to fit my desires, so after a bit of playtime every few months we agree to disagree and I end up uninstalling it again. Other than the chaotic game play, there is just something about the game that feels largely pointless… and I can’t quite put my finger on it. I love faffing about as much as the next person, and I do so happily in many other games… but there is just something about this games style of faffing that seems hollow.
I am not going to rage against this game and bash it for being bad… because it very obviously is NOT bad if so many people seem to be enjoying themselves. It is just not a game for me. I don’t pretend to believe that I could have built it better, nor would I even know where to start to make it feel more like a game I would want to play. So I guess in writing this… I want to show that it is perfectly okay to not like the game that everyone else likes. In doing so you can not like it, but also not seek to spoil the fun of those who really do enjoy it. There are a long list of games that I just don’t “grok” for one reason or another, but it is okay. They exist, and people like them… and it is just fine for me not to.
Savior of the Heavens
Last night I finished my play through of Diablo 3 this time on Hard mode. I am not sure why, but for whatever reason I prefer to level my characters linearly. I know I can jump around a bit after beating the game ages ago on my Monk, but it seems pleasing to see the story play out in front of me as I trudge through it. Last night I played with a handful of friends, and managed to get a few nice legendary drops. Traditionally I have stuck with dual wield, because in general I prefer that in most games. However last night I managed to get an early 50s version of the Zweihander and it good enough to get me to abandon my dual wielding ways… at least temporarily.
I am pretty sure at some point I flipped a slider and the game decided I needed “more spikey bits”, as I now am this bladed lord of death. The appearance is growing on me, and when you see it in small form on screen I look a bit like I imagined the Shrike looking from the Hyperion series. Upon defeating Diablo I promptly restarted the game, this time bumping the difficulty up to expert. As a result I have had to tweak my build a bit to add in a bit more survival. It is not quite as faceroll as it was during my run through Hard. Mostly I am noticing that my healbot spec Templar is starting to struggle to keep up, or at least allowing me to drop quite a bit before topping me back off. Wondering if this will change as I upgrade his gear a bit. I have been trying to keep it upgraded, mostly with my handmedowns.
At the close of the night I managed to ding 56, so hopefully tonight I should be able to finish off my push to get this character to 60. At this point, I can’t really see playing up another character until the crusader. I am sure the Witchdoctor, Demon Hunter and Wizard are cool in their own way… but each of them is very much a ranged/finger wiggler class. They are just not the type of character I enjoy playing. I realize you can tweak them a bit to make them play in different ways, but at the core they will still be more glass cannonish than I care to play. I enjoy tanks and tanky dps… and I feel like the Barbarian, Monk and Crusader fit that bill just fine. If I continue to struggle a bit I might switch to a sword/board build on my Barbarian as I have done in the past. For the time being it is working, but I am having to finally start using my heal pots on elites and champions.
Steampowered Sunday Bioshock Contest
Just a quick reminder that I am running a contest of sorts to let you guys pick what I will be playing this Sunday for my Steampowered Sunday feature. The idea behind Steampowered Sunday is to get me to install and play a game from my steam backlog. Then I will write about the game play experience. Sometimes it is extremely glowing, other times not so much. This week I decided to mix things up a bit and post a google form that allows you guys to vote on which title I will be playing the following week. I have had a handful of votes to date, but I am really hoping for more. As of this morning it looks like if nothing changes I will be playing Alan Wake. Tomorrow when I blog I will be tabulating the results and declaring a winning game.
Additionally to make this more interesting, I have decided to use this as a way to get rid of some of the duplicates I have in steam and have gotten through the various indie bundles. This week I will be giving away a copy of the original Bioshock for Steam. So when you vote, make sure you let me know if you want to be entered in the running for the copy of Bioshock. If so make sure you include your steam id in the form. Saturday morning when I blog I will be picking a winner for this as well and sending off the free game. So get out there and vote… and decide my Steampowered Sunday Fate.