Currently i have been having a difficult time deciding on which MMO to play, i am a die-hard Everquest 2 player and can be found on the Crushbone server every night until the wee-hours of the morning. But recently i have been getting that blah feeling, i have completed all the quest with in the last expansion that basically are solo or heroic, i have not done the raid content or the group instances just yet as i just don’t like grouping with just anyone or PUGs, i do have a great guild “The Knights of Marr” behind me that gets together and works on knocking out these types of Zones, instances and group quest. We are not big enough or at least we do not have the active numbers to do the raid content that i would like to do, but they are a great bunch of people that i can call family.
But enough of the mushy things, the main thing is i have grown bored with Eq2, i do not want to cancel my subscription or stop playing eq2 as i love what SOE has done and has evolved the game over the years, i do however want to find something that i can gain as much passion for as i have with eq2 over the years. I have tossed the idea of going back to World of Warcraft, i have seen some new screenshot of the upcoming expansion and things look awesome. i originally left WoW due it it being too cartoony and felt like there were more 12-15 year olds playing, and didn’t want to deal with all the drama that was happening on the server or in the chat, plus the folks i original started playing WoW with left the game and i didn’t have the companionship of my friends or a guild to fall into the players, so i went back to Eq2. As i mentioned before that i have recently seen new pictures of the upcoming expansion of WoW and wanted to jump back in, but i am torn between all the MMO’s and the time that i will need to direct towards playing as i still want to continue playing the current MMO’s that i am associated with.
I also have an account with Star Trek Online, which i think is a well rounded game for as far as i have progressed (Lt. Commander 2), i grew up with the original series or at least the re-runs and fell in love with the movies and different spin-offs of the series. When i heard that they were making a video game, i was excited and could not wait for it to be released, to me it was one of those must have games and i have not been disappointed so far.
So this is where it brings me now, my delimia per say, what to do, do i re-enter the world of Azeroth and work my way up to my current expansion “Wraith of the Lich King” or do i just wait till the expansion comes out and then re-enter this ever changing world or do i just scrap the idea in general until i can manage the time to play all the MMO’s that i want.
I guess only i can make that decision and i need to consider the pro’s and cons of my choices, i will still find the time to enter the world of Norrath and Deep Space for any exploration and adventure, it’s just the time issue since there is one of me and 4 games, if not more that i want to continue to play……..now where did i put the human replicating device……hmmmmmmmmm wonder what this button does…(click) AhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhEwwwwwwwwMmmmmmmmZzzzzzzz…………
Well until next time happy hunting in all the worlds that you may call home.
Science Fiction is quite possible one of my favorite genres of games. Don’t get me wrong, I love casting a large fireball or wielding a giant sword as much as the next elf. The industry seems to be flooded with the magical environments of fantasy though. This isn’t bad, but it is making the sci-fi guy in me really crave a nice blaster, droid, and spaceship system.
I never played Star Wars Galaxies. By the time I decided that pay to play systems were not the devil, SWG had already hit its peak and, according to the masses, been destroyed by Sony. I also missed out on the era of Anarchy Online. Once it went free to play, I tried it out for about five minutes. I then had to go flush my eyes with water in hopes to alleviate the pain caused by the jagged polygon graphics. EVE online is probably the best sci-fi based game I have played to date. Although once I finished the tutorial and the industry quest line, I became lost in the vast area of space and large skill training times.
I’m curious why sci-fi has had such a hard time making a break out into the MMO industry. What is it about the genre that causes most game developers to aim towards making a fantasy game rather than something in the far reaches of space? Is it the enormity of universe rather than just making one world? Or maybe its a class balanced system that forces them to rethink the Caster, Warrior, Rogue norm. Sure we have titles like Star Trek Online and Global Agenda. Global Agenda feels more like an expansive fps to me than an MMO. STO is… well lets just say I’ve never really cared for Star Trek because I myself prefer the Star Wars universe. (Its the phasers. I cant stand beam oriented weapons even if they are scientifically more realistic).
Where are the games that allow us to explore far off solar systems, engage in combat (space ship and ground forces alike) and craft the very vessels we leave a planet with? Has no one thought of the idea of having space to explore but the need to build your ship in order to see the content? Perhaps players are just not willing to work for such experiences. I for one would love to start out on a planet working months to create a vessel that allowed me to visit space and neighboring worlds. The reward would be better than a surprise peach cobbler after a fantastic steak dinner. MMmm cobbler.
Maybe game companies see the dollar value of the fantasy genre and feel that it is a safer investment than sci-fi. I think if a company put in the time to create an MMO that had you playing a character rather than just a ship, they could tap a seriously saturated fantasy market by providing something the MMO world is desperately lacking. There may be options out there that I have just not seen. STO seems to have a mix of ground content with space content, but the story is set in a world that has a particular fan base and all the connotations (good or bad) that come with it.
Why do companies make great single player sci-fi games on a regular basis, but can’t seem to get it right or create something new for MMOs? I’m befuddled by it. Sci-Fi can be just as imaginative as any fantasy game.
Just give me one sci-fi game that creates an experience that isn’t pigeon holed into one element of the genre. I don’t want to just fly in space. I want to land and take on new worlds with groups of explorers. I want to be able to colonize a space station or make a new space port on a distant planet. Perhaps my desires are too specific and too large to realistically create.
What elements do you want to see in a Sci-fi MMO? Why do you think this side of the industry is largely ignored by companies? Id love to hear your thoughts on what would make you rethink playing an orc and wielding a staff. Frankly for me, none of the games advertising this so far have come close to creating a world that has made me consider retiring from a life of fantasy. How about you?
PS: Thanks again to Stargrace for letting me contribute to The Nomadic Gamer. I look forward to sharing some of my thoughts and experiences with you all.
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Thanks for reading.