Tomorrow morning is going to be what seems like a frosty one. So I am once again cheating and writing a blog post the night before I intend on posting it. I assume in the morning I will need to spend all of my available time scraping windows and warming cars to make sure we can get in safely. Lately I have been poking my head around Guild Wars 2, a game that I had until Pax South completely written off as “not for me”. Since then I have reached a point of peace with the game, and actually found that I am enjoying it quite a bit. So this morning my post will be a revisiting of games that I would like to give a second or third chance.
Star Wars: The Old Republic
Star Wars: The Old Republic has the dubious honor of being quite possibly the worst possible free to play conversion I have ever experienced. If I did not know any better, it might be absolutely functional for a new player. That said having played the game in release and realizing just how gimped the game is without spending a lot of money, infuriates me. Essentially I cannot bring myself to play this game without actually paying for a subscription. I have attempted to play this game a few times since release, but never for terribly long. My last voyage into the game was to try and play a Sith Juggernaut, since I had not really experienced much of the dark side content. When our guild was actually playing regularly I managed to level a Jedi Guardian, Jedi Shadow, and a Trooper Vanguard… so yes all three available tanks. When I finally left the game I was slowly working on leveling my Chiss Smuggler.
Since then they have released several expansions each with their own story extensions. I feel like maybe I am missing something having not seen any of this content. That was the one thing above all else that really excelled with The Old Republic, was that the traditional Bioware story was excellent. This weekend on the podcast we talked a bit about Kodra’s experiences with the smuggler storyline, and I have to say I got those pangs of remorse in my stomach for never having experienced it. On top of this, there is still so much content Sith side that I have never actually seen. The problem that I ran into the last time I played was that the questing just felt so repetitive. These quests are very much World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King era in the way they are constructed. While the storyline itself is excellent, it just felt tiring to keep trying to push through the planets. Still all of this said… I feel like I should give it another shot.
Lord of the Rings Online
Lord of the Rings Online and I have a strange relationship. I never actually played this at launch, but during one of my many breaks with World of Warcraft I joined some friends playing it. There are things I love about this game, and then there are things that frustrate me. I love the community of this game, almost more than I like the game itself. Landroval is an amazing place, and there are so many times I find myself wandering around Bree listening to player created concerts rather than actually completing content. I’ve never been successful at trying to play this game for free, so ultimately I end up subscribing to remove the roadblocks. There is just so much content that I have yet to experience. Last time I played I had just made it to the Trollshaws, which I think is in my late 30s. I greatly enjoy the Champion as far as a class goes, and found it really enjoyable to solo. Which was super important because I have never really found a stable group playing this game.
I follow so many blog of players devoted to LoTRO and I have to say I feel like somewhat of a failure that I have never had a max level character there. As such it sits in a unique place as far as regrets go for me. I am sure I will end up reinstalling this game at some point, and poking my head back there to give it another go. It has been I think two years since I last tried to play, and since then I am sure quite a bit more content has been released. The game is full of so many special moments of nostalgia for followers of the book series. The above picture is from Weathertop, one of these early “oh my god I am actually standing here” moments in these games. I just wish I could clone myself and play all the games I want to play at the same time.
When this game was released I played off and on during the first week… and then never set foot in it again. The biggest problem I had was that while the game was a good action rpg… Elder Scrolls Online was simply a better one. In the weeks since joining open beta for Neverwinter and the ultimate release… I was let into the double super secret alpha testing program for ESO. So all of the time and devotion I would have spent playing Neverwinter, I instead poured into the alpha testing program for ESO. As such I feel like I never really actually gave this game a chance. I enjoyed the Guardian Fighter quite a bit, and it was an excellent mix of tank and brawler giving me the ability to do damage with my favored sword and shield. Again the biggest problem is that I was trying to compare it to the Dragonknight Sword and Shield that I was playing in Elder Scrolls Online and Neverwinter just coming up short.
What interests me about potentially going back is the fact that not only is there official content waiting on me, there is an absolutely insane amount of player created content. My friend Tipa from West Karana blog, has seemingly done an amazing job of recreating some of the nostalgic content from the original Everquest with the Neverwinter foundry toolset. At some point I really want to go in and experience this first hand. The biggest thing holding me back is the fact that firstly, I am not really sure if I can remember my account information. Secondly Perfect World has never given me the warmest of fuzzies, and I’ve always found some of their practices to be a week bit sketchy. Even taking these into consideration I am sure at some point I will reinstall this game and give it another go. There is just too much left there to experience that I have not seen at all.