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Star Trek Online 

I’ve been jumping back and forth between MMOs this summer, and I can’t believe I’ve neglected this game for so long. Usually when it comes to lore and story I really like Lord of the Rings Online or The Secret World, two of my favorite worlds. I think I was put off by this games initial tutorials regarding space combat. I actually really prefer the dialogue and characters that I meet along my journey through this game. Traveling through Vulcan space or encountering Klingons or Borg on my way to a mission is just really cool! I love the TV series, and I really love the way this game incorporates familiar elements! Although they are separate things, I don’t mind the space combat that much. 

I need to spend more time with this game. Most of my time playing it has been surprising and enjoyable. Super fun!

MMO Summer Report: Star Wars:The Old Republic

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This year I completely avoided the Steam Summer Sale, mostly because I already own most of the games I wanted and decided to play MMOs almost exclusively for my summer gaming sessions. While I’ve spent countless hours in this early endeavor, I’ve been enjoying my time nonetheless– and saved money too! Since I haven’t jumped into the “Next Gen” console hardware race yet, I’ve been spending quality time with PC and iOS, (and occasionally WiiU) instead. 

I actually prefer RPGs to MMOs but I’m finding it easier to solo through MMOs now, for better or worse, and I like the idea of an endless game with custom gear and parties plus an endless world to explore. I’m finding these things in MMOs, and thus “My MMO Summer Report” was born!


A short list of MMOs that I currently enjoy in no particular order:

  • The Secret World
  • Star Wars The Old Republic
  • Guild Wars 2
  • Fallen Earth

Would like to try:

  • TERA
  • Rift
  • D&D Online


Star Wars: The Old Republic
Comments: SWTOR is a Free-to-Pay game!Try it out!

I’ve got a couple of characters on this account, and seeing as how there was a Double XP week, I decided to just play this game for a week and started up a new character, Imperial Agent, and I’m really glad I did because it is one hell of a fun story line! Getting an XP boost made it easier to get through the story line and the grind less of a hassle, so it felt like I was playing a movie or cool TV series. I might have leveled up a bit too fast, because I didn’t find much of the general combat too challenging.

 

However, one of the things that didn’t change was the jerky community. One of the things that  puts me off from MMOs are the jerky players that like to get into shouting matches and berate the group. Getting into a guild has it’s benefits, but putting up with rude players can be a deal breaker. I love the game and world enough that I can deal with a few rotten apples, and this phenomenon is not exclusive to this game.


I got to around level 25, which is like half of the story line for a character in one week, which is pretty darned good for progressing a cool story. I kind of wish I had leveled slower to enjoy the story more, but maybe I’ll eventually finish this story. Other characters I want to finish are Bounty Hunter and Jedi Knight, so I’ll be looking for XP Weekends in the future!

Verdict: A great weekend with a great game! I want to try out the housing system coming soon! 

The Bad: Toxic community. One would be wise to study up on Flashpoints and character builds, because god forbid you ever make a mistake in this game. The group will not forgive you! I was playing SIth side, so it was expected.

The Good: There is no good! I’m a Sith! Long live the Empire! I mean? Oh god? What did I just type? LOL! :-|

The Only Game That Mattered at E3 2014!

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Among the avalanche of new game titles announced at this years E3, the one game that really stood out to me as a shocking surprise, albeit not much buzz around it, was the news that the PSP title Final Fantasy Type-0 would be getting a port to next gen, I mean current gen, consoles with an HD graphical overhaul.  This is big news for a couple of reasons. For starters this years E3 was great because you got the sense that hardware companies and software developers are listening to their customers/fans and providing them with what they want.

This is especially apparent with Microsofts presentation, finished off with an announcement for an HD overhaul of the entire Halo Series and a couple of old franchises– Crackdown, and Phantom Dust being given some focus on stage.Sony did similar with Little Big Planet 3, and finished off with Uncharted 4. Nintendo of course has always been criticized for rehashing the same old games, just slightly better looking, with no real new properties to announce to push gaming forward. It seems like everyone is copying a page from their strategy book now, how ironic. No Kinect. No Move. No Wii Motion Controlls. No cross-gamepad controls, except for Nintendo for obvious reasons. So it is true that in terms of pushing the gaming medium forward, it’s not happening this generation. We are getting slightly nicer looking versions of old games and that’s just fine with me. Which brings me to Square Enix. 

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If any gaming company needed to listen to it’s fans and  win back their adoration after derailing for so many years it’s Square Enix.  For example, cranking out sequels to games that seemed unpopular (Final Fantasy 13), releasing a cheaply cut-and-pasted poorly controlled and backward character leveling system with (Final Fantasy 14 1.0 MMO), then backing away from the (XIII) brand name altogether by renaming the  PSP title from “FF13-Agito” to Type-0, FF13-Versus to FF15, re-branding the true Final Fantasy title on 3DS to “Bravely Default”, and releasing poor quality, cheap money grabbing iPhone games like “All the Bravest”. Even still, Square Enix seemed to only make a visible presence for titles like Tomb Raider and Deus Ex, which are far from the Japanese style games that made them popular to begin with. 

Of course all of this seemed to turn for the better after Square Enix started released HD versions of the popular games people open up their wallets for. Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD was terrific and a nice thank you to the fans. Final Fantasy X HD was another great game. The yet to be released Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD looks to be great as well. Square Enix even destroyed, then rebuilt the Final Fantasy 14 MMO into a very successful comeback story titled “A Realm Reborn”. The only two games that haven’t been released yet are Type-0 and Final Fantasy 15. But now we can scratch one game of the list, Type 0 after Square Enix announced a teaser for and HD remake. 

As for the “Type-0″ title itself. I’m curious to see what Square Enix will do to change things. This game is thematically similar to the XIII mythos that Square tried so hard to distance itself from, so I wonder if everything in the lore of the game will be reset or redacted? I hope the connections to the XIII lore and mythos stay in tact, because although not very popular, I really enjoyed the XIII series and I want to experience this universe the way it was intended, sort of like a director’s cut of a film. FF XIII, XIII Versus, and XIII Agito were all cut from the same mythos cloth called the Fabulous New Crystal or “Fabula Nova Crystallis”. In the mean time we have the iPhone version of Type-0 called “Agito” to look forward to which is said to be a good companion to the Type-0 game. Here’s hoping.