Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Waiting for November

The next month is the lull before the storm of holiday video game releases. On November 11th, we get Skyrim, the newest installment of the Elder Scrolls.  On December 20th, we get Star Wars: The Old Republic. And then I imagine I won't be thinking about any games ever again - until next March when we get Mass Effect 3.

Until then, here are a few things I'm playing around with.

I tried Rift when it came out and it was a lot of fun.  However, it suffered from an old school interface and it quickly became repetitive as most MMOs do.  The above video gave me some incentive to try it again.

The funny thing about this video is that it's not especially flattering to the game - the graphics and animations in-game actually look much better than what's captured in this video. It still looks pretty great.  Enough for me to try it again.

City of Heroes has gone free-to-play and I am looking at maybe picking that up again, as well.  It was a lot of fun when it came out, and I spent hours playing with the hero generator.  My favorites?  A crack sniper named Crimson Jyhad and a healer with a robotic arm and kitty ears called The White Tyger. (Rawr!)  This game actually makes you feel super hero-y when you're flying over the city and see thugs pestering the innocent citizens.

I actually just finished Dungeon Siege 3, and it was pretty fun.  Aside from the fact that the Anjali character's voice acting is the worst thing ever in the history of all things, the game was pretty solid.  Great levels, interesting story, and they even had a scientist dude that I swear is an homage to Doctor Daniel Jackson. (I'm cursing myself for not taking a screenshot of him at the time.)  There is allegedly a new DLC package for this game scheduled sometime 'in October.' Which is now. So, let's have it, Square-Enix.

All this is just the appetizer before the main course appears, the opening act before the concert gets going, the distraction before the main event.  You may not see me after November 11th. Just send snacks and caffeine - that's all I'll really need.
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  1. I've played City of Heros, found it meh. I prefer Champions Online, which also has a free to play options.

  2. I may have to check that out. I need to log into CoH and grab my character designs. I loved those characters like none others, because they were so deeply customized according to their back stories.

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