I have been playing a bit of D&D Neverwinter MMO (I swear it’s only a bit, I’m level 13) and I wrote up several paragraphs about the game. But then deleted it because I realised that the facts important to me can easily be summed up in a few words. So here it is.
There was a GW2 beta event going on last weekend. Unfortunately I haven’t been invited yet (not that I would be able to participate much) so I’m stuck with sneaking peeks at the official ArenaNet stream. The more I see of GW2 the more I’m convinced it’s a love affair in the making. Let me tell you why.
I’m sort of ashamed to admit, but I relapsed. I went ahead and done the biggest mistake a nerd can make. I resubbed to WoW.
It all started with a friend sending me the new scroll of resurrection thing, asking me if I’d be willing to give the MMO another shot and possibly subbing for a bit, so he could get the special mount as a reward. The offer was quite lucrative as the scroll enables a free upgrade to Cataclysm and the option of instantly leveling one character to 80.
I decided to stop being a pussy and downloaded the game. For reference; I originally left WoW a few months after Sunwell came out (pre-WotLK) with a bitter taste in my mouth. I haven’t had any desire to go back since.
Wow, I didn’t expect my last post to kick up such a fuss. In hindsight, I probably should have. Considering I criticised TotalBiscuit, a man infamous for his inability to receive criticism (as a number of incidents in his SC2 shoutcasting career show), I probably shouldn’t be flattered that my post hit home. Regardless of whether it’s really the aforementioned character flaw that drove TotalBiscuit and his flock of fans to frothing fury or this was just a part of intentionally generated drama intended to gain publicity (any kind of publicity is good publicity?), I feel like I should respond to some of the complaints.
I was going to write a blog post but then I watched a video by a certain Brit about WoH and lost the last bit of incentive I managed to muster previously. I’m sure most of you are familiar with TotalBiscuit, either through his videos about various games or from seeing him shoutcast competitive matches.
Yet another Wrath of Heroes post because besides LoL, there are no other games on my mind these days. And there’s really nothing exciting going on with LoL. I basically own, except for when I don’t.
I was reading this post by Mikfez about WoH. I don’t consider myself as one of the Mythic friendly bloggers in any way, shape or form, but I did write a few positive remarks about the new EA monstrosity in my previous post. After reading the linked post I decided to reconsider things.
I’ve just decided that whenever I write about Wrath of Heroes, I’ll use an “Emotion of Heroes” titling format. Make it so.
I’ve had the chance to play WoH beta for about five hours during the last playtest. Let me tell you it’s fast, furious and fun. It’s obvious the game is still in the beta stage, as there are many problems that need to be addressed and things that need to be fleshed out or added into the game. But if Mythic manage to do that better than they did with WAR (and not launch it prematurely), WoH could become for MMOs what LoL is for DotA games.
PS: Here’s my reaction to Mythic’s decision to only announce playtest dates over Facebook and Twitter, and not actually use the WoH homepage:
PSS: I’m really fuzzy on the state of NDA, so if this is a breach you’re free to ban me Mythic. Go ahead, it builds character.
PSSS: Here’s a video endorsed by Mythic showing the game in action:
Looks legit. Source: Mike Morhaime.
I titled the last “What I love about WAR” post with part 1 for a reason. The reason: there will be several parts (supplies!). However, no one knows exactly how many parts there will be, because this particular blogger is prone to sloth, laziness and occasional weltschmerz. If you are reading this post, consider yourself lucky.
Whenever I play an MMO that isn’t WAR I inevitably think of it when I run into game features that Mythic did better. Obviously the game had a lot of flaws, but there were many (hidden) gems in the way of systems or features that worked better than in other MMOs.
To clarify; the fact that I don’t play WAR anymore doesn’t mean that I hate it. There’s still a lot I love about it and in no way do I regret the time I spent playing it. I simply learned to distance myself from the parts of the game I don’t like. And with that comes the decision to not play it until the number of the items on the list of things that make the game unplayable for me sufficiently diminish.
Now that’s cleared up, let me tell you what I love about WAR.