Thinking Of Going Back To WAR
Before you say anything, I’ll just clarify that I’m not actually an old army veteran suffering withdrawal symptoms, currently considering re-enlisting so I can get back into the action, sate my never ending bloodlust and bring an end to the terrifying dreams that torment my mind every night. No, I am in fact talking about the MMORPG, Warhammer Online.
I played WAR back in September 2008, just after it came out, for about five or six weeks. It was fun but flawed and ultimately failed to hold my attention even though I’ve always liked the idea of RvR. Lately though, I’ve been thinking about giving it another shot.
I’ve been a big fan of PvP ever since I started on the Darathar server in Everquest 2 and since then it’s become a staple sideline activity in any MMO I play. I’ve enjoyed PvP in World of Warcraft a lot but recently it’s started to bore me a little as it’s becoming very repetitive. There’s only so many times you can do Warsong Gulch or Arathi Basin before you go utterly mad plus there seems little point to it all other than accruing enough honour to pick up some nice looking gear. I haven’t given up on WoW, not by any means, but I just fancy a change and also it would be nice to see how far WAR has progressed since I last played.
My biggest issues with WAR when I played it were the fact that very few people seemed to engage in RvR and everyone stuck to the scenarios as it was the quickest way to level up. To me, that was very dull and defeated the point of the entire game. The PvE side to WAR was also incredibly boring and unimaginative, the whole world feeling like one giant arcade game or glorified chat room with unconnected zones rather than a vibrant, living, breathing world. Finally, and maybe most frustrating of all, was the fact that the attacks and abilities seemed very unresponsive and delayed.
How does WAR fair now? I’ve heard a lot of good things about it and know that Mythic have spent a vast amount of effort trying to get it back on track and attract players. Honestly I’m a little surprised that they haven’t brought out an expansion yet but then that’s maybe a good sign that they’re putting their resources into the core gameplay and mechanics first.
I suppose I should just go for it, create a new account and download the free endless trial, there’s really no reason not to. Then again I guess my hesitation is a telling sign. What should I do?