Archive for the ‘MMORPG’ category

Rocking With Amumu

December 2, 2010

In League of Legends you will have a lot of champions to choose from.  You’re going to suck with some of them, others you’ll be inconsistent with, and sometimes your success depends on what your enemy setup looks like.  Eventually you find that one champion that you play very well with, and the sad little mummy is that champion for me.

He’s not a great laner, but he jungles very well.  I find that Jungling in the early game is always a more effective means to collect gold than laning, and is the only way I play Amumu.  Your ult gives you the ability to effectively gank a lane, eventhough it’s not your specialty.  Another reason why I love this champ is that all of his damage is aoe, and he has 2 stuns which make him deadly in team fights and mid to late game creep kills.  He’s a very fast champion to gear up.

The only downside is I see more enemy teams jungling nowadays, and it’s very hard to hold a jungle if the opposing team tries to gank you.  If this happens, it really knocks you off your game.

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I Would Love To See Rift As The New Top MMO

November 21, 2010

whether you like it or hate it, one thing you have to admit is that WOW is getting old.  You will always have the die hard fans that will play a game till the bitter end, but no game lasts forever.  Expansions bring some life back, but as time goes on the effect expansions have on a game is diminished.  Now it’s time for a new king of MMO’s, the timing is there but the quality must also be there.  Few games have been dubbed as the wow-killer, but they seem to only kill themselves with poor game-play.  At this point any AAA fantasy MMO is going to be dubbed as a wow-killer whether they like it or not, but I feel Rift may pull it off.

Although I have concerns, I love Rifts class system.  Unlike Warhammer which basically just copied the classes of one side to the other, the classes in Rift seem quite different.  The soul combining offers a lot of customization, the options seem endless for players to find the favorite build.  Rift’s time has come, and they need to perform.  It’s not an exaggeration to say that 1 million people will at least try out the game, how well they retain them is another story.

A New Post! OMG!

November 11, 2010

I haven’t posted on here in a while, and I won’t even use the typical ‘I’ve been busy’ excuse because I really haven’t been, so I apologize for my inactivity.  I feel like I’m in a ‘blogger’s block’ at the moment, with not much going on MMO wise, so I’ve been spending most of my free time watching horror movies on youtube, playing LOL, and now Black Ops.  I’m trying to shake this rut off, and I want to get back into the habit of posting 3 to 4 times a week.

One thing that myself and MMO developers have in common, is that were in a really bad streak, and the MMO industry has been like that for years.  The latest big name release of FFXIV has officially made Yahoo’s biggest game flops of 2010 list.

Glutton For Punishment

October 22, 2010

Yesterday I made the unfortunate decision to activate my account to WOW once again, and I literally canceled my subscription hours after activating it.  What bizarre impulses I get sometimes, but the hook for me was the new talent system.  My curiosity just got the best of me.  As I mentioned in a previous post my account was hacked, so I had to go through the recovery process.  I have to congratulate Blizzard for improving the recovery for hacked accounts.  My items, cash, and gear were all given back to upon logging in.  Compared to last time, I had to call customer service to unlock my account, and I didn’t get anything back.  So I thank them for that, but that was the only positive thing that happened to me during my reactivation.

My priest’s favorite tree, the disciple tree, was a complete mess.  Now were suppose to weave in smite to take advantage of a couple talents.  One of them gives us Mana as well as increased healing effectiveness, and the other randomly heals the player with the lowest health for the amount of damage we do with smite.  Healing in WOW is reactive and spammy as hell, I don’t know how a group of veteran game designers actually think that healers have enough time to smite the mob while healing a raid.There’s also the knew Heal spell line which is a weak, long cast time but mana efficent heal.  There’s a talent for it which reduces the sheild debuff time, but the heal spell is soo weak and slow that it is not even worth casting.  All in all I would say the disciple tree royally sucks with this revamp.

Holy spec is a bit of a different story, They now use a chakra system, which I found to be pretty interesting but still needs work.  They have a renew, heal, and POM state that you can go in, and as long as you cast that spell enough you’ll stay in that chakra state.  The heal state is completely useless, and I have no clue why they felt they needed to bring this spell line into the game, they should’ve just made a greater healing chakra state.  Renew state I think would be pretty decent in single groups, it’s spammy and mana effcient but doesn’t have the greatest throughput.  Lastly is the Pom state, which I think is really the only state worth going into, with nice throughput and capability to raid heal.

The holy spec is stated to be a versatile healing spec, but really what you have is a spec ideal for a raid healing state with other 2 other states that are different but not useful.  The developers throw a lot at you with the holy spec, but really their going to play the same way as they did before, as raid healers.

I thought I would level my shaman to 80, but I don’t even have enough motivation to do that.  Everybody was doing the same old raids, same old dungeons, and same old everything else.  Combine that with what they did to the disc spec, just lead me to immediately cancel my sub.

League of Legends Has The Hook On Me

October 8, 2010

Another RPG-like game in the sense that you use abilities, spells, and itemize your character just like you would in an RPG, but has no world to explore.  One thing I found out, the more you play the less you blog.  LOL probably has the best tactical team based gameplay out there at the moment, and I highly recommend it.  Of course your going to want to rage quit sometimes as you do with any PVP game, but don’t let it get to you.

Rift sent out a “chance” to get into beta notifications to many people this past week, which I’m hoping that I would be lucky to get into.  I figure in the next couple months my game time is either going to consist of Cataclysm or Rift beta, and I really don’t want to play Cataclysm.

I also recommend you to subscribe to the 38Studios newsletter, if your interested in the RPG they are creating.  Recently I received another Email from them, and it seems they’re setting up to release some info.

Global Agenda Tries to Capitalize on APB’s Shutdown

September 18, 2010

I just received this email today.  Some people may view it as insensitive I guess, but I don’t really have a problem with it.  I thought it was an interesting marketing outreach, and if it increases Global Agenda’s population then all the power to them.

An Open Letter to Shooter/MMO Fans from Hi-Rez Studios

Dear Shooter/MMO Fans: Image

The last few years have been rough for many fans of the Shooter/MMO genre.

Several innovative game titles with great communities have folded as they sought to bring together those of us who enjoy the fast-action, intense pace of a shooter, but also the character progression and persistence offered by MMOs.

Today, we mourn our latest fallen colleague, APB. In making APB, Realtime Worlds had a bold vision to make an MMO devoid of traditional tab-targeting, cast bars, and die-roll combat. We honor their effort and innovation, and greatly mourn the game’s closing.

Sadly, the APB server shutdown leaves their entire community with nothing to shoot or blow up tonight!

So between today and Friday, September 24, 2010, we are offering refugees from APB and other Shooter/MMOs an opportunity to join Global Agenda’s growing community more easily and affordably than ever.

We figure you deserve it. And you’ll fit right in since you already know how to aim.

All players that purchase Global Agenda on the game’s official webstore prior to September 24, 2010, using the promotion code “LongLiveShooterMMOs” will receive a 30% discount off the game. That’s $20.99, £13.12 and €15.75!

This one-time purchase gives you full access to the game’s content, with no monthly fees.

And, remember, you can try the game before you buy by playing the free trial, available here..

We at Hi-Rez Studios believe strongly in the Shooter/MMO genre. We celebrate and thank all developers advancing innovative Shooter/MMO concepts, as well as the fans that dedicate their time to playing and supporting these games.

Todd Harris
Executive Producer, Global Agenda

Do you want to play the most popular MMO

September 16, 2010

Ideally players should play the game that they enjoy playing, thus knowing how popular an MMO is should be a meaningless statistic, Since it tells us nothing about the game features that one would enjoy.  The simple reality is the game is popular because people enjoy playing it, which makes it a perfect statistic to look at when picking an MMO to play.  Of course there’s always exceptions, maybe you’re playing the game because there’s nothing better out.  In this case people don’t always play a game because they enjoy it, but for the great majority, popularity and enjoyment go hand in hand.

Even companies love to release subscription numbers when it’s in their favor.  If a company makes a subscription announcement at their peak of popularity, that will be the last time they will talk about subscriptions because an updated sub total would signify to players that the game is in its downturn.  Companies need to worry about something like their image when releasing information regarding subs, which leaves us in the dark.

It’s difficult to get updated info on MMO subs, take a look at this MMOGCHART.COM.  Take a look at his charts, then look at his analysis and conclusion, where you’ll find that he admits that the numbers from the companies and their employees can be completely made up.  I applaud him for his effort, but companies just do not want you to know this type of information.  There is a more exact tool that you can use to figure out which games are popular and that’s Xfire.

Obiviously, not everyone has Xfire, but there is enough of a random sample of players using it now to give us an accurate reading on statistics.  If you look at the top 20 games played per hour, I would say it is a fairly reasonable ranking of the most popular games.  While not as high as they use to be, WOW is still the clear favorite.  Aion at 8 and LOTRO are other MMO’s finishing out the top 10, Aion is the most recently released big name title, and LOTRO got a spike due to new subscription model.  Silkroad Online, Eve Online, and Guildwars are the other MMO’s in the top 20, and they’re all quality MMO’s.

Popularity is a good gauge of what games players are enjoying, so if your looking for something new to play, but just don’t know where to start.  I encourage players to check out Xfire to find out what is popular.