Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Random Shots: Resubscribing Somewhere

  • A couple weeks ago, I mentioned that I was thinking about resubscribing to World of Warcraft. Of course, things aren't as simple as that. I have any number of choices available. As the bullet points lend themselves to it, I'm going to make a list of all the games I'm considering. (Oh, I do so love the lists.)

  • Guild Wars - Not so much resubscribing here as returning, I burned out on GW a couple of years ago. I loved the game and played through each campaign as it was released. But that is the problem. I'm so familiar with the game that there is not much to go back to. I should investigate the War In Kryta, but I'm not sure how long that will hold my attention.

  • Allods Online - Ah, the $20 bag. The cash shop fiasco left a bitter taste in my mouth. And the eventuality of PvP might drive me away later in the game. However I really enjoyed the questing and the art style in that game. I did not give it a fair shake before, so I really should look into this game again some day.

  • Aion - Want to hear a secret? (If the answer is no, just play along. Okay?) I have been waiting for months for the price of Aion to drop. I'm never going to pay $50 for a box and 30 days for a game that I may or may not like. The price has never dropped. Honestly, it's only the art style that caught my eye. I've tried worse games for less. But with free to play games like Allods available, I can't see dropping that much money just to try it out.

  • World of Warcraft - As much as I'm just waiting for Cataclysm at this moment, there is a lot I can be doing in Azeroth. I have a paladin or three that I'd like to get back to some day, so it's not like I'd end up grinding daily quests and instances every day. Not much to say other than WoW may be an obvious choice, but it's obvious for a reason.

  • Age of Conan - I really enjoyed my time in AoC right up until my first subscription expired and then I never resubscribed again. I'm pretty sure my ranger was level 40 when I logged off last and I'd be interested in seeing more of Howard's world. It's been long enough that I have the itch to go back. Plus, new expansion, right?

  • Everquest 2 - Much like WoW, I'm waiting on various updates before I return to EQ2. The fabled Golden Path is already in the game and it would do what I need to progress in the game. But the Storyteller system sounds so cool that I'd hate to outlevel it before it launches. When it launches. When does it even launch? Soon, I'm sure.

  • Lord of the Rings Online - Oh, man, I really wish I could play this game again. I don't know what's wrong with my computer that it constantly pukes whenever I try to run it. I should probably turn in my geek card. Oh well. My poor warden must be so lonely waiting for me to come back.

  • Champions Online - Or specifically, "Why is CO not on the list?" Well, I am looking for a fantasy MMO. Plus, I don't need any special encouragement to go back to Champions. Other than the time, maybe.

  • So there's my completely random list. I was going to leave it at that. But instead I'm going to do it. I'm going to dive into one of those games. Only I'm crowd-sourcing my decision. Make your vote in the comment section, anytime up through May 14, about what game you think I should play. I will subscribe and play the winning game for a full thirty days, with status updates as I go along, even if that means I have to buy a new game. Since I'm expecting to get all of two votes, I'll randomly select a winner of the votes cast. Write ins are accepted, but only for fantasy games.

  • So, what do you say?

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  1. Try Age of Conan again, it is really fun, and the expansion is bringing back the population while adding more fun stuff to do. It's way more exciting than Aion, WoW, or playing Guild Wars again, and has the best combat out of all of these games (except maybe Champions, I haven't played that).

  2. Regarding Allods, I managed to have a fair bit of fun without spending a dime, though I did leave midgame when PvP areas loomed. It's worth taking a spin in the world to see what's there, and it will only cost you time.

  3. I would say WoW cause I have started playing again. But then there is AoC which I think is a great game. Of course there is Guild Wars which I just bought off of Steam for twenty bucks. I bought the trilogy by the way.

    You remind me of me really, too many interesting MMO's, not enough time/money to play them.

  4. Have you tried Flashboost for LoTRO?


    As far as my vote, Allods. It's hard to argue with free. Even if you stall out in the high teens like I did, that's a solid month or two of entertainment.

  5. Decisions, decisions. :)

    Of that list, AoC might be the most interesting since they have an expansion coming out soon.

    Of course Allods is free, and if you're just looking to dabble...

  6. I would have to echo the suggestion for AoC. I returned at the end of February and had a lot of fun getting my Priest of Mitra to level 80. Now I'm leveling a bear shaman and waiting for Rise of the Godslayer. Definitely worth checking out again, but if I were just jumping back in now I would probably hold off until after the expansion launches. Always a potential for things to go awry immediately before or after a major update.