Guild Wars 2, Storm Legion or Planetside 2?
It’s almost the Christmas holidays and I can’t wait. I love running my own business but geez, does it keep me busy. Although I take some holidays throughout the year (I still have 12 days vacation time remaining which says a lot though), the festive period is the one time of year when most non-retail businesses either slow down or shut up completely meaning I should have a pretty long, uninterrupted break from Christmas Eve to the start of January. Bring on the MMO gaming.
Although I downloaded Planetside 2 today, I’ve purposefully ignored everything about it along with Guild Wars 2 and Storm Legion, the RIFT expansion. All are games I’m itching to try and, by all accounts, all are excellent and come highly recommended… but which to play? They’re each very different, one being an expansion to a traditional style MMO, one being hailed as a completely new MMORPG experience and the other being a massive, fast-paced FPS. I’m finally growing weary of dabbling in WoW and I think it’s time to get stuck into something new.
Planetside 2 is maybe the easiest to call given it costs absolutely nothing to get started with and has no subscription. I’m sure I’d probably end up buying stuff and actually spending money on it but it seems like the type of game I could dip into occasionally without having to commit too much to. The FPS nature of it also seems to suit that approach and, as much I want to see different takes on the MMO genre, I don’t see this as being something I could ever play seriously long-term.
Now the tough call. Guild Wars 2 or Storm Legion? I like RIFT a lot and feel like I never gave it the time or opportunity it deserved. I know it’s not exactly a radical departure from the traditional MMO gameplay model but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The only thing that puts me off is that the expansion seems geared to high levels only and I’m not sure how much of it I would actually get to experience with my lower level toons.
Guild Wars 2, on the other hand, intrigues me tremendously and I’ve yet to experience any of it. It released far too close to the Mists of Pandaria WoW expansion for me to purchase it but it’s definitely on my wish list. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it and I’m keen to give it a shot. However, I’ve never been a stickler for money but, if I’m honest, the price point does put me off a little. £50 for a digital PC game seems a tad excessive especially considering I will likely buy in-game items as well. I appreciate there’s no subscription fee but it’s going to be hard to convince me that the F2P model is necessarily better value for money than a flat subscription.
Anyway, it’s a tough call and I don’t want even to think about other games like The Secret World or EVE (CCP keep sending me offers to resubscribe and it’s very tempting). Maybe I should wait and see if any magical Amazon gift vouchers wing there way to me from Santa and splash out on all three. It is Christmas after all. Failing that, I really should make my mind up.
Guild Wars 2, Storm Legion or Planetside 2 – which one would you pick?