By ground or by air By gaining enough certification points, players were allowed to stop hoofing it and jump into one of the dozens of advanced vehicles that the game boasted. After all, this was the future of warfare, so why shouldn’t vehicles play a part? From giant mechs to airplanes to everything in between, vehicles play a crucial part of the battles. Given a choice between slowly running to a combat zone or jumping on board a transport, most everyone agreed that it was better to ride in style. … [Read more...] about The Game Archaeologist: Classic PlanetSide
Classical schools of thought
The SNES Classic, on the other hand, has gotten so much more play time being at home, having two controllers, and being the superior console. My kids in 2018 are just as enthralled with games like Street Fighter II and Super Mario World as I was back in high school. My six-year-old is a whiz with Starfox and moves his entire body whenever he’s piloting that basic polygon jet. I love to see the cooperation between them as they offer advice while trading turns going through Super Mario World, and so far they’re pushing into the third area pretty well. … [Read more...] about I got great value out of the SNES Classic (and its little brother)
Maybe it is that crowd syndrome, where it’s easy to contract excitement when everyone around you is excited. I’m sure that’s part of it. But all of this coverage and talk has gotten me thinking about what I did like about the original game and curious to experience it once more — especially in light of going through LOTRO’s progression server and jumping back into City of Heroes as of late. … [Read more...] about Coming around on WoW Classic
Just a few short years ago in 2016, the World of Warcraft community caught fire after a popular rogue private vanilla server threatened with legal action pivoted to agitate for Blizzard to revisit the idea of progression servers then taking off across the MMO industry, complete with petition and live meetings. Though at first the posturing had seemed like a joke – you guys remember Nostalrius’ “core values” demands, right? – by 2017’s BlizzCon, Blizzard had come ’round to the idea and announced WoW Classic, putting to rest the “you think you do but you don’t” meme. … [Read more...] about WoW Classic’s servers are live – have fun in your queues!
2. The one thing I miss the most from modern WoW? Quest directions. I’ve seen a lot of chatter about the old school design of WoW Classic and how that’s made people pay attention and not take advancement for granted. But the one thing I am struggling with the most in this regard is the sheer lack of quest prompts. Without symbols on the map or minimap showing where quests are, where you go, and a quest tracker itself, going through the core content of actually questing is an exercise in constantly opening up the journal to reference it. That’s cute for about three minutes, but I couldn’t stand it past that point and had to install the Questie mod to make it somewhat playable. … [Read more...] about Perfect Ten: Ten weird things I’m relearning with WoW Classic