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Honestly, I really want to play ESO, but I can't justify a $60 box fee. If it were 20 or 30, I'd drop it in a heartbeat. But even without a subscription, that high of a price completely bars me from getting it. I've been burned on too many $50+ games that petered out after a few hours that I just can't do it anymore, even for single player games. I tend to play like that old XKCD comic mentions--I'm on a 5 year back log where I get the same progression of games as everyone else, only much cheaper and manageable.
Eventually, GreenmanGaming or Steam will have a sale for it, and I'll grab it then.
1 week, 4 days ago on Tamriel Infinium: Elder Scrolls Online sucked me in with werewolves
Do you have to collect the items you're putting into the outfit (like WoW's transmog)? Or is it something you can just select from a list containing everything?
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Hyperspace Beacon: What you need to know about SWTOR’s Outfit Designer
I think UO did the best job of this. With an ever-changing set of skills, I never felt like I was stuck with a character. It wasn't quite levels, and the gear mattered far less than almost anything else. I liked that.
1 month ago on Massively Overthinking: Making MMOs ‘sticky’ without vertical progression
I think story matters, but not as much as I used to. I love a good story while leveling up, but I find that I get really irritated at having too much to plow through at max level. SWTOR does a great job of balancing them I think--and they never feel like they get in the way, while FFXIV's constant additions to the main scenario are essentially like attunements to new content that I find annoying.
1 month ago on The Daily Grind: Does story matter in MMORPGs?
@BigAngryPlays That's how i felt about Champions Online. I wanted so badly to love it, and I bought it at 60 bucks when the game released, but I just couldn't bring myself to even like it. I have since avoided buying big-name box games at full price because of how disappointed I was with it.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on The Daily Grind: What’s one MMO wish you deeply regret?
I think for me it was making Jedi easier to get in SWG. I was able to get one at the end of the holocron grind, and it was awesome. After that, using the village or even startign a new one after the NGE was just lacking in depth and accomplishment. I felt a connection to my original Wookiee Jedi that I never felt with another character in an MMO--and probably never will again.
@Lanthyn That's something I was wondering, too. I'd love to be able to essentially go F2P with a veteran edition for when I just want to screw around on my level 100s.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on The Queue: X marks the spacegoat
@A Dad Supreme @GeekFitness That's true. I guess if anything, the faction system could have been a mini-game of that side, but yeah, it was the whole game for me.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Daily Grind: What’s the best game-within-a-game in the MMO space?
Does PvP count as a game-within-a-game? If so, then PvP in UO and WoW. I just adore being able to fight against other people more than monsters.
My main fear is that it will become like the casino minigame in SWTOR, a moneysink for a very few items and not a lot of fun on its own. I hope the games are actually worth playing in their own rights and not just for the rewards we can get.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Final Fantasy XIV unveils more about the Gold Saucer
@Beacon @karmamule @woolydub And with an expansion on the way soon, there'll be a bunch of lead-up sales where you can snag it super cheap, too.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on EverQuest Next may not be F2P
Honestly, I wish that EQN had the GW2 model. I will not pay a box cost for a game with a sub these days. I've been burned too many times to do that again. I even waited until I could get FFXIV for $15 before buying it. If they had a buy-to-play model (or whatever they're calling the GW2 model), I would be down for it in a second and probably spend an unreasonable amount of time with it.
I would probably do the same thing with F2P, too, if it were done well. But as a full subscription game? I doubt I'll play it, which makes me sad. I was really looking forward to this game, but the way they're handling it lately, and especially since Daybreak grabbed it just makes me wary.
We'll see, though. The game itself looks awesome, even if the business model doesn't.
I adore the RIFT bard most of the time, but I got a little bored with it now and then.
I think UO bards were my favorite, though. Provoking monsters like dragons onto other players was just too amazing. I miss that game so much.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Daily Grind: Which MMO boasts the best bard?
I am super excited to get back into SWTOR, myself. I just hope I can get the hang of my Sorc again. The changes in 3.0 were a bit daunting to me.
I am enjoying the crap out of Hearthstone right now, too.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on WRUP: Cliffs Notes
I am so far behind the curve in every game I'm dabbling in. I am still trying to get to the Revan content in SWTOR (patching it up right now) and stuck on some of the old solo flashpoints, and in FFXIV I haven't even done the newest dungeons and stuff with my friend since my sub lapsed. I haven't seen Blackrock Foundry in WoW, either.
I feel so behind that I wish there were a way to dabble without feeling totally behind and as though what I'm doing doesn't matter.
And don't even get me started on TSW and GW2. Ugh.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Daily Grind: Are you with or behind the player curve?
@datus4 @GeekFitness And for me, it wasn't about questing. The actual quests in FFXIV aren't really worth the time to do, from rewards to XP. The actual level-sync from FATEs and world events and dungeons and such works so well. Even while leveling up a class for the first time, you can pretty much skip as many ordinary quests as you want, do the main scenario, and just play with dynamic world events (FATEs) and Levequests since that's where the syncing comes into play the best. That, and dungeons.
I do totally see your point, though, if you were to be trying ordinary NPC-given quests. But honestly, they're the worst part about the game anyway. I wish SE would do something to make them actually worth the time it takes to do them, but when you can get almost a full level from a dungeon or a handful of leves in the time it takes you to do a single NPC quest, they're just there as filler content. :/ It ain't right, I tell ya!
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Massively Overthinking: The best MMOs for duoing
Honestly, if there's a switch to F2P, I'd be on WildStar in a second. I just can't make myself pay a sub right now. I adore being able to come in and out of games as I please, paying for stuff as I am willing and able. I would love to spend more time on WildStar (or ESO for that matter), but the subscriptions have kept the dabbler in me from being able to. If they make the switch, I'll definitely be there.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on The Daily Grind: Are you optimistic about WildStar’s future?
I think FFXIV works great, like you guys mentioned. I have a very small group of friends I play it with, and most of the time, it's just a couple of us out doing FATEs or something like that. It works well because of level sync and the ability to have our chocobos out as party members.
Same goes for SWTOR--being able to party up with one other person gives an additional companion, which makes stuff so much more fun and easy to play/plow through.
Well, I know my least favorite zone is Coerthas in FFXIV. I hate that place. The story is boring, the scenery is dull, and there is nothing there to make me want to stay there. It's just terrible.
Probably my favorite would be Winterspring in WoW. I just had so much fun there when the game was new. Maybe that would be different now, but back in vanilla...it was so different from the other snowy zones.
2 months ago on The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite winter zone?
Q4TQ: I'm curious as to what the business model for BW is going to be. I love Patreon, and I think that's a great idea. Are you guys going to be able to do drives for new contributors because you're crowd funding now?
I also see the folks at Massively are doing a new one called Massively Overpowered. Are you all in any way working together in these new projects?
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Ask your Queue questions here!
Hah, I'm not sure if I'm a fitness god by any means, but I do appreciate the thought. :D
2 years ago on Great Reads