1. Final Fantasy XI One can understand Final Fantasy XI going into maintenance mode. The game had a good run. What’s a little less comprehensible – to the point where I have stopped making jokes about it because it’s just the same joke over and over – is the fact that the game is still receiving updates. Regular updates. Once per month, new stuff comes out. And sure, some months are lighter than others and focused more on regular monthly content rotation and bug fixes, but there are new and active events, new quests, new stuff to see, and generally far more stuff than you would expect from a game in maintenance mode. … [Read more...] about Perfect Ten: MMOs in limbo
Braces for the second time
I’ve tried a whole slew of weapons and honestly nothing makes me nearly as happy as my Year 2 Iron Banner Auto Rifle… the Haakon’s Hatchet. So for the most part playing on my Warlock meant swapping this over via Destiny Item Manager. For those who are not using this I highly suggest installing the chrome plugin, because it greatly improves the utility of being able to swap gear while playing the game. Essentially I swapped my Auto Rifle and my Gjallarhorn over and was off to the races. There is a part of me that is sad that this Auto Rifle just simply doesn’t exist any more. I wish there was something you could do, like a weekly bounty for Lord Saladin that rewarded the year two weapons… just a random draw at the huge vat of available options. Range Finder is one of those perks on a weapon that I feel like gets overlooked a lot, but given the normal crap range on this weapon… with that perk it allows me to melt … [Read more...] about Warlock Banana
Maybe deep in my heart I’ve always known it, expected it. It’s not just because of the “hero always dies” trope. It’s just that after three installments, I knew that Mass Effect has become so huge that to demand the “perfect” ending is an act of futility (or a programming impossibility). In such cases, perhaps deeply unsatisfactory and confusing story conclusions which lead to speculation, rage, etc. are an inevitability, and if I’m to ask my inner cynic, possibly even intentional. Because hey, they got us all talking about it, didn’t they?! If their goal was a memorable send-off, well then bravo, they’ve done it. … [Read more...] about Mass Effect 3 Ending: I Hate It And I Don’t Hate It
It’s not that there are no MMOs out there that succeed at casting a wide net or that offer content for diverse player types; rather, it’s that we no longer have to all be standing under the same big tent if we want to take part. And that’s a sign of health, not weakness. It’s not a bad thing or a sign that games were so much better when everyone had to be in the same place; it’s a sign of health, that you can focus on the things that bring you joy and not on the things that don’t. I had fun back in the day with Final Fantasy XI, but I had a lot more fun going back recently with my wife, because so many of the game’s time-consuming barriers have been knocked down; a two-hour session resulted in two hours spent doing things rather than two hours of waiting for airships. That is, on balance, a good thing. … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: The best MMORPG developer quotes of 2016
Gameplay There are 4 types of ships available. They are destroyers, cruisers, battleships and aircraft carriers. These ships are based on either real historical ships or the blueprint prototypes of various Naval giants like the United States Navy, the Imperial Japanese Navy, Krieg Marine, the Royal Navy, and the Soviet Navy. Hence, the design of each ship feels very realistic. Even their capabilities in battle are quite closely imitated. This gives the game a wholly authentic feel. It’s plainly obvious how much time and effort Wargaming has put forth into creating a realistic, yet enjoyable, experience. … [Read more...] about Is World of Warships Worth Playing In 2018?