It has been most of the summer since I last updated my sidebar, and a lot of things have changed. I figured it was high time that I true things up since we are just about to go into the school year, and starting to enter a pretty tightly packed release schedule for the rest of the year. For those unfamiliar with this feature, I functionally talk about the things that I have added… the things that are remaining… and the things that I am ultimately removing from regular rotation. I play a lot of games at any given time… and generally speaking the moment I update my sidebar… I have a wild mood swing game wise that leads me somewhere completely differently. So here goes nothing!
To Those Remaining
Final Fantasy XIV
Since I last posted there has been a lot of movement in this game, namely the release of a new expansion called Stormblood. As a result I swapped my Heavensward icon out for a Stormblood one. As far as my time in the game… I’ve reached 70 and 310+ gear on both my Warrior and my Samurai and have fallen off significantly in the amount of time I am actually playing. There is still plenty to be done, and I want to get back in the swing of playing on a regular basis, however lately I am deep within my own turtle session which means I tend to be favoring games where I don’t have much of a crowd. Still well within the realm of active games, just only logging in once or twice a day instead of devoting all of my time to it.
To The Returning and New
Guild Wars 2
This is the first time since picking up the game at launch that I can legitimately say that I am really enjoying myself while playing this game. For whatever reason it took five years to actually click with me, and now it is like discovering hidden treasure. I am attempting to do all the things and it is fitting the bill really well because I don’t have much infrastructure in the game currently. My current goal is reaching 100% in all of the old world zones, which I believe is one of the requirements for starting down the Legendary weapon rabbit hole. Another huge boon for my enjoyment of the game is the fact that there are now proper beards for non-norn characters.
To be honest since its release in 2011 it has never really been far off my radar. Crawling back into Rift is like wrapping myself in a warm blanket, because it is so familiar. In the past six years I’ve had highs and lows with the game, but I know that regardless I will always return and always be interested in whatever happens to be going on. Recently during my turtle mode game play in general, I have been spending a bit of time trying to catch up and hit the Prophecy of Ahnket level cap. I am also digging the tweaks I made to my default outfit. Rift in many ways feels like this snapshot of what everyone wanted in a game around its release, and in some ways it is still ahead of its time. In other ways though it feels like a time capsule to a time when MMO games were slower paced and more methodical. I still find it enjoyable and am always proud to feature it on my sidebar when I am playing.
Another game that is never far off my radar is Diablo 3, and with us currently being in the thrall of another season… it is obviously occupying some sidebar territory. This is the first season to feature Necromancers and it has been hilarious to see literally bone spikes for days. I really don’t have a whole lot to talk about the game because if by now you don’t get my attraction you probably never will.
World of Warcraft
I have honestly all but stopped playing World of Warcraft, but I am keeping a space on my sidebar for it because of the RoboSquid Armada. This is effectively our weird brain chain of trying to run every dungeon and raid in World of Warcraft at level in minimal gear. Prior to the launch of Stormblood we had left off at Blackfathom Deeps and it seems like everyone is coalescing towards starting this up again. I am more than happy to do some madness with my baby monk.
To Those Departing
Star Wars the Old Republic
If I am being completely honest… I have to say I love what this game has become. I had this awesome time playing through the Shadows of Revan, Ziost and Fallen Empire content and then I sort of needed a break from deeply story driven gaming. It was also around about this time that we were ramping up for the release of Stormblood. At some point in the future when I need to completely dive into something wholly immersive… I will pick this back up and run through the Eternal Throne story line. I still poke my head in from time to time, but not enough to keep it on the sidebar.
Horizon Zero Dawn
This is one of those games that I really need to finish, but I have a feeling by the time I ultimately get back around to it… I will functionally need to restart the experience. This game is a casualty of too many other games coming out at the same time… and ultimately its playtime got eaten up by Mass Effect Andromeda that for whatever reason clicked way harder with me than Horizon did. I really enjoyed the game but I feel like I am going to have to be in the right frame of mind to actually return to it.
Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild
Another game that has fallen off the radar that I want to start back up at some point is Breath of the Wild. Two things happened to harm this experience… firstly a bunch of other stuff got released. Secondly… I picked up the switch and decided to restart the game. I still play this occasionally but not enough to really keep it hanging out on the right side of the screen.