MMORPGs I Really Want To Like
I’ve tried most of the mainstream MMORPGs that come out but there’s a been a few recently that I just haven’t been able to get into for one reason or other. The ironic thing though is that I really want to like them because their concepts appeal to me greatly in some way but, for whatever reasons, I’ve never been able to get fully immersed into the game for a long period of time. Thinking about it in more detail, it may be because I haven’t given the game a fair chance or it’s flawed in the fashion I require to enjoy it.
Here are the MMOs I really want to like but haven’t been able to.
Age of Conan
I was quite excited about Conan for a long time and when I played the beta and it up’ed my hype factor by another ten degrees. AoC was one of the major contributing reasons why I upgraded my PC last year, I was that into it all. I know graphics don’t maketh the game but I love the visuals and the whole feel and environment of the game. It honestly feels like playing in Conan’s world and, maybe I’m just a big kid, but the visceral nature of the play style makes me giddy. I also stand by the believe that Tortage is one of the best contained experiences (in terms of storyline, immersion, enjoyment, you name it) in any MMORPG ever.
The problem with AoC though is that it lacks depth. Once you get out of Tortage and gain a few levels you feel like you’re playing in a barren, pointless, poorly thought out world. There isn’t much wrong with the mechanics of the game per se, it’s just that the world hasn’t been created to feel like a true virtual life. It’s hard to verbalised but I’m sure people who’ve played Conan will know what I’m talking about.
I honestly believe Age of Conan will become a great game one day, Funcom just need to survive long enough to release a huge expansion with some major content and new play areas from 20+. Maybe then I’ll go back to it for an extended period of time.
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning
WAR was one of those games that I wasn’t very bothered about until August last year and then I suddenly got sucked into the hype of it all. Plus, most of my old guild from Everquest 2 were moving over so we were all looking forward to playing together again and taking part in some casual PvE and full-on PvP.
My big issue with WAR is that the game feels soulless – the world feels like a tiered computer game, not a vibrant online culture. I hate the travel mechanics in WAR and I hate the zoning. Both are badly implemented and don’t give you any sense of immersion. Add onto that the fact that leveling up is extremely slow and the quests are reptitive grinds and don’t exactly have a fun experience. It’s odd because after I left WAR, I started playing World of Warcraft and found that it offered everything I was looking for. When I logged into WoW for the first time I actually felt like I was existing in a large, dynamic virtual world.
I want to go back to WAR one day because I love the idea of RVR and I miss Dark Age of Camelot. I’m sure WAR will improve in time once Mythic get their priorities straightened out.
Lord of the Rings Online
I played LotRO briefly but never got into it. Everyone talks about how beautiful the game is but I find the character models ugly as hell and the UI very difficult to use and totally not in-keeping with the style of the game. I’d also love to play an Uruk-hai as I find the race restrictions kinda dull but alas I don’t think we’ll see that happening any time soon.
Still, I continually hear a lot of great things about LotRO like how good the questing and grouping are and that definitely attracts me to the game. I don’t feel like I’ve given it a fair chance yet so I plan on resubscribing one day and giving it a thorough shot.