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The Gaming Gospel

I write about everything that goes with MMORPGs

Author: DaKurlzz

Elder Scrolls Online [P3]

Posted by DaKurlzz Friday April 18 2014 at 1:58AM
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And so the adventure continues...

Alright, so lately I have been ragging on this game to much, and I feel kind of bad, because i'm not being fair. It's kind of hard since you have such a strong opinion on a game. It feels odd writing a lot about this game, because it's sort of the hot subject right now, and hell i'm playing it, and since it's a hot subject, might as well give my two cents while i'm at it, I mean... That is what I do around here, or at least try to. I've made multiple characters now, one of each class, and yes... They are all Imperials. Since I have it, might as well use it. Am I right? I've seen a lot of DKs, and Templars, more than I have anything else for some reason. Maybe it's just me? Both are strong solo classes, I prefer my DK to anything else though, being a fire Sub Zero is pretty cool at times. Nah mean? I'm also going one hand and shield, typically because I like the look of it, and you can level up every weapon type, which is really neat. I don't plan on doing multiple ones, maybe I will later on, but i'm focused on one handed and shield at the moment. I like being a little more tanky. So, I sort of covered a little of what I know about end game content, and how people speak highly of it. I watched some YouTube videos and such, and it looked kind of neat, but it just depends on how the next two weeks go for me. I'm still up in the air about renewing the subscription.

I know a lot of people are just waiting for the Free to Play stage to come in for this game, and honestly... I think it will eventually, give it a year or so, maybe they will surprise us with good subscription numbers, and we'll all be shocked. I would rather have actual sub numbers than registered accounts. I want activate player numbers you know? A game could have over 10 million registered accounts, and only 200k of it active you know? I want them to be real with us, and if they are low numbers, own up to their mistakes, and say "Hey, we messed up, give us time to fix it". If that happened, and they made a statement like that, i'd give them props. Look what happened to FFXIV. If they want me as a continued subscriber, they gotta be honest and real with me.

The Official forums are a complete mess, and most of my discussion comes from Reddit, and various other sites. I feel like i'd end up on a different planet if I went through those forums. I think they should re-do those forums, maybe it'll take some time, but god damn would it be worth it. I love to forum lurk, I do it on here, hell I do it on TSW, FFXIV, WoW, and such, but those forums are just a complete mess. To have some actual discussion on the game, I talk in-game or on Reddit it seems to get the most out of everything I wanna talk about, rant or not. I feel like this game has so much to improve on, and it's on a time limit. What do I mean exactly?

I truly think a lot of people had high hopes for this game, and it was a huge let down. Either from the game play, the company, the bugs or whatever it may be. A lot of people feel like it crashed, and is still burning. Though, the launch was smoother than I expected. Better than most launches I have played through, the lasting effect of the game is still yet to be found. Speaking from the heart, I don't want this game to fail at all, I love Elder Scroll games. This game does feel like a Elder Scrolls game, it has a nice story line, and it's on the right track, they just have to add/improve a lot more things to the game. (Ahem, inventory space please). I could find so many more things to complain about, but I realized we are still in the first month, and let's see what they can fix.

Though, it seems the bugs are increasing. People are still losing bank inventory, and things of that nature. One person even reported that he lost all of his skills! Boy, that would just be so killer for me, I'd go ballistic, and call Customer Service ASAP, if you could ever get ahold of them of course. I feel really sorry for the people affected by this bugs, they are really killer. I do hope all of this gets resolved soon. For other people's sake you know? There has been a lot of talk about an Item Dupe recently, and maybe some of the readers could enlighten me on this? Much of what I know is the Reddit talk, and other forum talk about it. I'm curious on how big this problem is, or could become.

What would I like ZOS to do in the future? Well, we all know I want more inventory space, that's a given. Something I would like to see, even though it puts more themepark into the game, is more quests in starting areas. I know you can find quest, just about everywhere, which I have done, but I feel like there should be some that are closer together. Maybe, i'm just spoiled, from themepark linear games, but I dunno, I would just like to see more quests is all. Maybe i'm just not doing enough for my own fancy? Another thing I would like to see changed, or tweaked is monster experience. I think i'll get a lot of hate for this, but I feel like they should give some experience you know? I know you can build experience for your weapon/armor and stuff, but level experience as well would be nice.

A better trading system, a.k.a an auction house really needs to be implemented. I like the fact I can join multiple guilds, but there needs more than that for mass trading. Keep it, and add an auction house, I would be fine with that, I really would. Auction house, or something just more of it, I think they are going for hardcore social interaction, but some people just need an auction house, or just damn prefer it. Sometimes I'm not going to be social, and just want to look up what I wanna buy. Though, chewing down people in price is sometimes worth it all. Heh. I also feel like they could smooth out the combat animations, a little bit. I seem to stop moving every once in awhile while in combat, and still able to be hit. It's really annoying, and I'm not the only one experiencing it either it seems!

I'm still waiting for this game to WOW me, it has impressed me, but i'm not blown off my chair or anything. We will see what happens in the weeks to come. I would love to hear from you all, leave a comment if you wanna discuss this post, or drop me a tweet @SirIsaacJewton. Cheers!

Elder Scrolls Online [P2]

Posted by DaKurlzz Tuesday April 15 2014 at 11:50PM
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And so we continue....

So, last post I hit hard on Zenimax. I mean, I was really harsh, with a lot of valid reasons. Issues, many, many people like me are experiencing, sadly. So, if we look past all of this, and look at the actual game, we can delve a little deeper into it. I was lacking on the game play last post, and I want to take a little more time explaining what I liked about the game.

I would like to expand on crafting just a tad more. I never like crafting in any game, besides maybe, World Of Warcraft, just because it was easy. I'm spoiled remember? ESO really took crafting, and made it into a masterpiece, at least in my book. I made better items, than what quests gave me. I made meals that increased my health and stamina by a LOT. So, it was good. I found the stuff I needed while exploring/questing, so I didn't have to go out of my way to find the materials I needed for what I was going to make. I really like that, I didn't have to yonder so far away from my actual objective to get what I need. Time saving, is amazing. Along with that, I really did enjoy crafting. I mean, it didn't feel like a chore, I was excited when I could make new stuff, fancy shiny new things are always good on my book.

Combat was fluid to me at least. A lot of dodging, and blocking, and smacking faces. I always enjoy smacking people in the face, who wouldn't? I feel like ranged combat is more fun though, spells/arrows are just cool in first person view, as well as in third person. Personal preference, but I like third person more than first person. Always have, probably always will. So, combat was a plus for me. I think a lot of other people have enjoyed the combat as well, it didn't make questing boring, and it kept things interesting, where I had to move around a lot, and not just sit there, and just smash buttons.

This wouldn't be a normal post if I also didn't talk about the negatives of the game, which are plenty, more so than the pros. I have a bigger list than last time, but I won't talk about them all, I will talk about the ones I have a stronger opinion on, and go into a little detail on why it bothers me, and why it should be better/fixed.

Inventory space. I like how they can show you by items, and such. Equipment, etc, etc. I think it could have been made better, 60 slots isn't enough for me, and you can upgrade it, but... It's just not enough for a person who loots everything, and doesn't sell very often, maybe that's my own problem but hell I don't like it. I mean yes, we have a bank, but hell.... I like things in my inventory, just so I can look at it every now and then... Does that make me odd? You can upgrade it, but I would rather have like a weight system, rather than I can only carry 60 items. I hope they do something about this in the future, sooner or later.

PvP. Now, i'm more of a PvE kind of person, but I enjoy a good PvP game every now and then, so when I hit level 10, I decided to check it out. Was I impressed? I was a little confused at first, but followed some guidelines, and listened to directions in chat, so I got into it by doing that, but it wasn't.... what I thought you would feel, I really didn't see a heat on the moment sort of thing. A lot of AOE heal spam, and running away it seemed. Not my kind of thing, I touched it a few times, and then just chose to go back to PvE content. I feel like it is a decent RvRvR system, but it's just not for me. A lot of people were in where I was playing but no heat of the moment, no blood rushing, just... Meh. I don't think I need to go further into this subject.

There are a vast amounts of bugs going around, and I am not sure how fast they are getting fixed. Rarely, have I had games just shut down on me, or stop during a loading screen, and force me to close it down. I mean, not that it happens ALL the time, but when it does, he seems to have frequently after that. I haven't had to reinstall the game or anything, but the frustration comes in. Overall, what I thought about the launch was it went pretty smooth for me, but then the bugs kicked in, and sort of went downhill. The fact that I am still playing the game is because I want to play at least for a full month, for just talk value it seems now.

Yes, I am enjoying the PvE side of the game, and finding, and crafting, and what not. Though, I can play Skyrim or any ES game for that fact and do that, and not be required to pay a monthly sub.  I mean, I could go on and on about  why I don't think I should pay a monthly fee for this game. I do prefer a sub model, I have said that in the past, I like paying for a quality game, that produces quality content. I am okay with that. Though I still feel like I am not getting my money's worth out of this product yet, and for the record... I am continually playing this game, daily. I want to get my month's worth first, and go from there.  Not a likely renewal for me so far, and I don't see that changing at all from what I seen.

I do want to get to end game content though. I have heard really good things about it, and it makes me want to continue to play more than a month, if needed to reach there. So i'm a little confused on what to do. Money isn't a problem, it's just a principle thing really. I doubt I will hit end game during my first months play, because of how my play style is with this game. I have a lot of buddies that actually play this game, that are taking a break from FFXIV, and WoW to play this game, and talking to them they have a completely different opinion on what i have on the game. It's kinda interesting hearing them talk to highly of the game, and listen to them talk about what they love about it.

It does seem like some people are taking the bugs in stride like I am, and having the mentality of "Bugs happen in every game". Which I agree 100%, but it seems they are more vicious in this game than any other MMO I have played. Yes, it's still new, but can they recover from this? I wonder if Zenimax is listening to all the naysayers, surely they are listening to the praise, but I am curious on what they think about all the negativity. I'm also curious to see if Zenimax has the potential to make this game more vast than it already is. Since they already announced their first content patch, I will be watching this patch, and the next few down the road as well to see what they add, and fix.

If you want to discuss this with me, leave a comment below, or tweet at me @SirIsaacJewton Part 3 will be up next week. Cheers!

Elder Scrolls Online [P1]

Posted by DaKurlzz Sunday April 13 2014 at 12:20AM
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And so it begins....

So, Elder Scrolls has been out, for two weeks now. I'll be completely honest, I sold out, and bought the imperial edition, so I could have the early access, and... Yes, the Imperial Race. Was it worth it? Well, that depends on who you ask, I just like having the the more expensive edition, just so I can say, oh yeah, I have that. Ego much? So, what do I think about this game so far? It's vastly improved since Beta. There is some major flaws in the game still though, and i'm talking about MAJOR flaws, at least to me. Though, despite those flaws which I will talk about later, i'm having fun. How much fun? Well, I don't think it's as fun as say FFXIV. Remember, these are my opinions. Why isn't it as fun? FFXIV is a very polished MMO, we can all agree on that. The story line is great, patch 2.2 came out, even though ESO has announced their first major content patch. Don't get me wrong, exploring and finding random quests, and just looting everything, and crafting plays a major role, it's just not... Polished? I find it kind of unfinished. Though, it has time to improve of course, lots of time. Will the player base be patient enough though? I think to an extent they will be, but... Do I have the patience? No.

That being said, let's talk about the bad. No auction house. I really hate that. Sure, there is guild trading, and you can join up to five guilds, and guilds are going fully for trading. I've seen a lot just for that, and that's cool, but... I don't want to join a guild just so I can get some items. Zone chat is filled with WTS, and WTB, and I think it's social, but I mean, we are spoiled, and damnit I want an auction house. I don't have much to trade, and I don't like spending my gold, but if I find a deal, i'll make it. There is a lot of bugs, falling forever, losing bank stuff, inventory stuff. This is the first game in awhile, where bugs have actually affected me. I don't like that, no one does, and I really hate these bugs. Probably the worst thing about ESO, is actually not about the game. It's the customer service. It's god damn awful. I've talked poorly about SE before, but Zenimax? They take it to a new level of incompetence. Maybe, they didn't expect the volume of needed CS, but god damn, I hate these people. Useless, i'm being harsh, because it's how I feel. I've gotten responses, that make me scratch my head, and lose IQ points, and i'm not a smart man to begin with, we all know this.

I've dealt with a lot of CS people, for a lot of different companies, but damn, Zenimax tops the charts. I get it, a lot of people are having problems, but when you actually respond to my emails/tickets. Give me a smart response. It's just awful, I cannot stress that enough. It's almost, ALMOST a deal breaker for me. It really is.

Okay, enough of the bad. I'll talk a little bit on the good things. Crafting, it's important, it actually makes good items. I enjoy doing it. Making items, that are better than drops, and quest rewards? Good. I like that. Exploring, I love it. Random quests, and just finding really cool spots, and skyshards. I cheat, and use an addon for finding them, but hey, it's easier! I've grouped more than most MMOs, and have had a lot of help killing harder mobs/bosses by random people. I don't talk to them sometimes, but they help, and sometimes they kill themselves on accident, and it's hilarious... To me! Questing, and even side quests have a really well made story lines, and voice acting is pretty good. I actually listen/read the quest, and get involved with it. Really minds me of SWTOR questing. I read every book/pages I find, even the longer ones, and some of em are really funny. There is more good stuff, but is little, and not worth mentioning.

Like I said before though, I really feel like ESO is not polished, and needs a lot of work. As for the subscription, vs free to play debate. I'll jab into that a little bit. Does this game merit a subscription as it stands now? No, it does not. It would be an amazing free to play game, top tier, and probably the most popular. It may top 100k subs, and maybe more, but I do not think the game will be able to strive off the sub model. Not the way it stands, not with all the bugs, and the problems the game has. I will not renew my subscription as it stands. I do not think it merits it, and it's not worth my money. I don't 'regret buying the game, I think a month's value is pretty good so far, but it doesn't have the longevity that I need for a game. It just doesn't, it's not worth my earned money.  Do I think it will convert to free to play? I think it should, and ZOS should think about this, in about 6-12 months it should really consider the switch. They will make more profit. I also think if they do convert to the model, they should either tier the game, or make it completely free to game, with a cash shop. Why?

I think the game could make it as a completely free to play game, like Rift, and what Trion is doing with AA, (I think, I didn't do much research on AA so far, apologies if I'm wrong). Will tiered work for it, as per say EQ2? Yes, I think it could work. I think most people would like the Rift model more. They should seriously consider this model. I think it was Angry Joe, who said this game would be way better as a free to play model game, and for once, I agree with the dude. It could work. I don't think the game was designed for the model, and maybe it was down the road. If the game lives off subs, congrats to them, but as it stands now, I will not renew my monthly sub, and move back to FFXIV. Just because it's polished.

Before my month is up, I will continually post about the game, until the sub is up. Leave a comment below if you wanna discuss this post, or tweet at me @SirIsaacJewton. Cheers!

Official Rift Review

Posted by DaKurlzz Sunday March 30 2014 at 11:02PM
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It's time for me to "Officially" review a game, and the first one I have chosen to review is Rift, By Trion Worlds.

 

Rift was first released as a pay to play game, and has adapted the free to play model. No Tricks, No Trials, No Traps. I believe the stick to that, the free to play model does not limit game play, areas, zones, pvp, etc. Some may call it truly free to play, and some say it's one of the best free to play models out there right now. I tend to agree with that. It is a wonderful free to play game. Top tier, if there is a tier of Free to play games, Rift is defiantly up there! But is everything about Rift good? You are about to get some insight of Rift, the good, the great, and the terrible. This review is going to be brutally honest, and hold nothing back. That's not how I do it here. So, I have laid out the first thing about Rift for you. It is truly free to play. So, nothing to lose right with playing it! There is always an upside to that. 

 

Graphics: I ran Rift on the maximum settings, and the game looks great. Is it the best out here? No, but it does look really good, and somewhat detailed. I thought the look of the game, and the world around it, was really pretty. Though the one thing the game does lack in graphics, is optimization. The game itself is poorly optimized. I would lag for no reason, and the animations would as well. It mostly during big Rifts, or something like that. I wish Trion would optimize it, it would run a lot smoother for other people, and many, many people have complained about this issue as well. If you can get past that, the game looks great. I think some of the Animations are really stellar. I don't think it will make your jaw drop, but it will impress you nonetheless. It's not the flashiest, or the best, but it has some eye candy moments, hell every game does I think. 

Game Play: This is where I am sort of hit or miss with the game. A lot people, and when I say a lot, I mean most of the people who talk, or play Rift, will call it a "WoW" Clone. I'm going to totally avoid saying that, but the game doesn't add anything new to the Genre. I mean, I have fun playing the game, doing quests, doing crafting, etc. Typical MMO stuff. The game doesn't add anything new, but what it does have, it does pretty well. They do have the "Rift" system, which is pretty fun. Random events, and you get some sweet stuff to go along with it. Though, that can get very boring after awhile. But that is what happens with most games, you do the same thing over again, and it gets boring. It's bound to happen. To that effect though, like I said, what it has, it does well. The classes are really fun, and unique. A healing Rogue? I'll take it. I would like to say this, with all the classes, and souls are available. There is a lot of fun things you can do within the game, class wise. I think this is one of the game's strong points. It's many classes. 3 races per faction, and there is only two factions. A lot of people are used to a lot more races being available. So I would like to see the game add a new race. Trion does continue to add new classes/ souls. Along with new crafting classes. 

 

Storm Legion, added a really cool feature to the game. Dimensions. It's basically player owned part of the game. You build, and add what you want to it. Think of it as housing sort of. I have dabbled a little into this, and I found it fun. It can be very annoying to get into, and the quests involving it really bored me, but I guess in the end, the reward of what you can do is really cool. Housing was never really big with me, but I did dabble into it, and it was worth mentioning in the Review, because it is a cool feature. 

 

To add to the classes, I like how you can change the souls on the fly. Even the website mentions that. Six Races, and 36 souls. So you can see how many things you can do with that. The game does have a good Holy Trinity i'd like to believe. For a free to play game, the game offers a ton of stuff to do. 

 

Social: This is where Rift really doesn't shine for me. The community in this game, is extremely toxic. A new forum policy was even put in place by Trion, because it go so toxic. Inside the game, it can be hit or miss, but most of the time in chat, in the server I played on, level 1-29 chat was spammed with curse words, making fun of people, and racism. Now, you get this in every game, free to play or sub, but the amount I saw in this game, was astounding. The ignore feature was used a lot in this game. Though, find a good guild, and make some friends, and that sort of goes away. With a general chat spammed like that, and the amount of people that talked like that, was just so off putting. It kinda sickened me the way people talked. I mean, they were making fun of people with Down Syndrome. I mean, seriously? Like I said, ignore feature was used to the max. Sadly. At least on my server. It was also a PvP server, I don't know if you want to delve into that, because of the type of server it was, but it was bad. The server I played on was Seastone. 

 

PvP: Another bad thing I found about Rift. The pvp was unbalanced, and bland to say the least. I found myself just wanting to leave in the middle of the matches, and just go do something different. I like PvP, I was huge into it in other games, but Rift's pvp, was just to say the least bad. After my first few sessions with it, i just dropped it completely, and didn't touch it again. My opinion. Some people I talked in the game, really spoke highly of it, and enjoyed it. But, I didn't. I played multiple classes in PvP, and just didn't click with me, I wasn't bad at it, I just felt like it was highly imbalanced. So, PvP wasn't a thing for me in this game. Now, why did I play on a PvP Server? Who doesn't like excitement right? I did the same thing in World Of Warcraft... I mean, who doesn't like getting ganked, and then returning the favor later in the game? Am I right here?

 

PvE: I guess this could go along with Game Play, but I think this is where the game truly shines. I had a blast in the PvE Aspect of the game. Raids, Dungeons, Rifts, and overall questing. Yes, it does have quest hubs, and go here, kill X things, and return to me. Like I said, it doesn't add really anything new to the Genre, but I found myself questing for a few hours, and the time went by, and I didn't really get bored, thank the lord for that. I get bored easily, people know this. I mean, yes, I did get burnt out after awhile, but who wouldn't. I didn't want to treat the whole game as a Hardcore experience. I casually played the game, into late game, and enjoyed the journey. Though the story line is poorly done, it makes up for it in other aspects. Rifts was fun, but can be boring after just following them for awhile. The game has a lot to enjoy, a lot of zones, and dungeons. Typical "Themepark" MMO stuff you could say. I would like to add that Instant Adventures made the game a lot more fun for me to be honest. 

One of my favorite Raids the game had to offer was the 20 man, Infernal Dawn. Just because I had some awesome fun with it. I suggest looking up a YouTube video on it, to see what I mean! I did it as all three roles. I think the most fun I had with it though was DPS, I don't know why. Usually I don't like end-game dps, but hell I had fun with it. 

I would like to think Rift has some sustain. It has held me long enough to play through the "End Game", and so on. It's far from the perfect game indeed, but it's lasted this long with me, and I continue to play it. Now with every game comes the boredom factor. I think rift does an excellent job defeating that factor, with all the classes/souls you can play. In my book that adds a lot of value, and does a lot for the game's sustain. With all the stuff you can do with classes, and the fact the game has a holy trinity, you can do a lot with that. Sure, it's the same old thing, Healer, DPS, Tank, but I mean rogue healing, that's kinda cool right? I know I keep going back to that, but I think that's just a neat thing. You know? There is defiantly some things I would love to change with Rift's PvP, and PvE. I mean, I think everyone would, in any game.

Will Rift last the next couple of years, and with all the new MMOs releasing? I think it can, and i'll tell you why. Well, first thing is The game is truly free to play. I think that will make the game last as long as it's profitable even past then, with all the updates Trion has done over the past, they do have the intention of keeping it running. I believe if they keep coming out with great updates, and even down the road an Expasion like Storm Legion, the game could last a lot more than I think. It is defiantly one of the best free to play games on the market in terms of content, and things like that. Trion does have a lot of work ahead of them if they want to keep it up to par with the latest and greatest so to speak. I think the best thing Trion could do to this game, is add more classes, races, etc. I.E with an Expansion of some sort. 

Playing a lot of subscription, and free to play games, with Rift keeping my attention for a long time, it is indeed a fun game. The best MMO on the market? No, I don't think there is one. It is one really fun game though, and I will continue to play it. My list of playable MMOs is a short and sweet one, and I am happy to be able to add Rift to that list. I still play it, and I still level some alts, while doing some end-game content with my mains.

I really don't know how to end this review, but I guess I can do it with a grading score. I would defiantly give Rift a 7.5/10. If the community wasn't so bad, it would be higher. If you have any questions about my review, or wanna discuss it, leave a comment below, or tweet at me, @SirIsaacJewton. Cheers!

Journey Into Tyria [P1]

Posted by DaKurlzz Monday March 24 2014 at 1:39AM
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So it begins....

I'm going to give you a little background on my Guild wars play through. I bought all the guild wars expansions, I was in love with the first one. I mean, really in love. I don't play it anymore, well because a lot of people moved on, to different games, and eventually Guild Wars 2. I have questioned Guild Wars 2 for a long time, a really long time. People have raved about it, and people have hated on it, just like any other game really. I've listened to countless YouTube reviews, countless articles on the game, and really I have never given the game a real good shot.

Why? Well, I mean other games just came along, and the whole living story thing erk'd me a little bit. I never really gave it a shot because well... I was afraid I wasted my money, and didn't touch it. Installed it, ran it once, and then had to go away for awhile, and never touched it. Shame on me I guess. So, you know... I still read the forums, and the updates, and Reddit here and there, and still the game interests me. A lot more people speak highly about it, than they do poorly. Which is always a good thing in my opinion. So, with playing the original Guild Wars, and all the expansions, so let's have ourselves another adventure here shall we? God, I have to much time on my hands lately.

So, I know about the living story, and the whole no holy trinity sort of deal. I've done my research. I've done my reading, and now I just need to get down to the game, and what it can offer me, and hopefully I will enjoy it. I mean hey, no subscription, sweet deal. I mean, I already bought it, nothing left to lose here. So, i've heard the combat is extremely well made, and the story line is iffy, some say it's cheesy, and some really like it, and I like story lines. They make me slow down the game, and really enjoy it for what it is. So, we got a game with good combat, and a story line, sounds good so far. I know i'm really late even starting this game, so I feel like i'm going to be at a disadvantage. Also, I know Guild Wars 2 is known for it's amazing PvP, i'm defiantly going to need to check that out! I'm more of a PvEr, so let's hope that works out for me to.

To be perfectly honest, I mean most games I have sort of an idea of what I am getting into, even through the YouTube videos, I still feel like I am going in blind, and even with playing the original Guild Wars. It makes me a little giddy here. I shouldn't really admit that, but here I am admitting it... I have problems, let's move on with it then. So, right now i'm expecting amazing PvP, and somewhat good PvE content. So two really good things to expect. Check! So for once, i'm asking you, the readers for some advice! What am I to expect when it comes to Guild Wars 2? Is there certain things I need to do? What classes/weapons do you think are really good? And what do you all think of the PvP/PvE content. Going in blind, I might be a little more interactive with you all. I know a lot of people have strong opinions of the game, so both are welcome. If you dislike the game, tell me why! Don't give me some silly reason though. If you really enjoy the game, please tell me why. I would love to know why, and what to expect down the road.

Also, I heard they are going to be updating the game with some really cool stuff in April, I haven't heard or read on it much, but I will and see what they are going to do with the game. I think it was stuff that wasn't along with the living story? I may be wrong. I mean, usually I am wrong, so it's nothing new there. Ha. So, once again, tell me what you go. I'd love to here, you can even tweet at me, @SirIsaacJewton. I've love to hear you all! Till next time. Cheers! 

Warlords Of Draenor [P2]

Posted by DaKurlzz Sunday March 23 2014 at 12:01AM
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So, more and more buzz is coming around for the newest expansion for World Of Warcraft. I am truly excited for this, because of reasons I have told you before. So, I have been playing more and more lately. Rather than any other game I should say, it reflects on my twitter as well. The game is down right still fun to me, in many ways. 10-19 WSG's are hilarious. Well I should say the 15-19 bracket, the 10-14 bracket is just... You get nothing done apparently haha. Switching to Horde has also brought a new light into the game. Different zones, quests, and etc. Well, for me at least. I finally decided to make a priest, a class I haven't leveled to 90, and chose to go Holy spec. Just to try it out, and I like it so far. I'm taking more of a scenic route this play around, not choosing to go through dungeons to skip to this level, or because I hate this zone. I've done that countless times with countless alts, and I think this change of pace will be good for me.

As much as it erks me to say this, I'm finding World Of Warcraft to be better than many of the brand new games out, and coming out. The game has shown it's age, but with the upcoming expansion, models are being upgraded, and the game is getting features that most people want to see in newer games, so i'm glad to see that, I really am. I'm being sold on this more and more, but how the game grows back on me, quicker than any other game. Probably because it's polished, and Blizzard, even though many people would agree fully on this... They know what they are doing, to some extent haha. Leveling a class I never went max with, is actually really fun. Going through the spells, I actually don't know about. I mean, I know the Monk, DK, Paladin, Warrior spell pages like the back of my hand. So playing a Priest is really different for more, not in the role aspect of things. I mean, I play a damn good Monk healer, and a Paladin healer. I actually do not play a lot of DPS classes in World Of Warcraft, or speccs I should say. Not because of que times, or anything like that. I think the only DPS class I truly played was a Feral Druid, and that was mainly for PvP.

It's been a very interesting ride back so far. I've been reading up on what the expansion will bring, and we all know, and i've told you all in the past, it brings the basics of what an expansion is. New areas, raids, dungeons, that kind of content. I'm hoping it will be more like Mists and Burning Crusade. I didn't really care for Wrath, or Cata to be perfectly honest. I mean I played their content, but I sort of tuned them out you know? I know when the level cap raises to 100, I will take a few of my 90s, and get them to the max level again, but I don't plan on racing to it, and being the fastest in my guild, or what not. I think that is just silly. I'm taking the scenic route, like I am doing with horde, and seeing how that goes. I've rushed a lot of in most games. I sort of blame Heirlooms for that, but... I can't live without em, because i'm a sad person like that. I love my heirlooms.

Pre-orders are up for the newest expansion, and it brings along with a free level 90 boost. I'm not shocked, or upset about this at all. I have pre-ordered it, but I haven't used the free boost. I probably won't unless down the line they release a new class, and BAM i'll use it on that... Then level that new class the old fashion way. I honestly don't care about boosts, it doesn't effect my game play. I did however get my awesome Hearthsteed mount. Which is aweesomeeeee. It's just so pretty, and It's a free cool mount, what's not to love?

One of the MANY things I haven't done in World Of Warcraft, but have been offered many times is mount runs. You know, hopefully this boss will drop a certain mount. I've been doing them more and more, and have gotten some, and frustrated because some didn't drop. It's exciting, and i'm working on some cool mounts that I personally want. It's something to do to pass the time, when i'm done pvping, or doing late game content. I've also done some pet battles, and pet quests. I like to think of it like Pokemon. My favorite pet is one that Blizzard gives you for doing some many Random Dungeons. It's the Pug! It's just one of the small things I love about the game. Plus, pugs are cute and awesome.

I think the release date for the expansion was on, or before December 20th. So I have a lot of time to do what I want, play all I want, until it comes out, and i'm sure Blizzard will have some huge patches in the meantime, and along with the Diablo 3 expansion coming out on Tuesday, I will have so much to do, it won't be funny. Blizzard is making me spend my good earned money a lot recently. Which is fine, good entertainment for me. I'm getting my value's worth, so it's okay! Till next time! Cheers!

Taking A Break

Posted by DaKurlzz Monday March 10 2014 at 4:54PM
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So, I decided earlier today that I am going to take a break from blogging. I know I have a lot of free time now, because of my work schedule, and things like that. I think this break will be about a month or so, maybe less. Just depends on how I will on this whole situation. When I come back I will post a lot of content, and hopefully be back on track for weekly posts. I know I kept saying I would post weekly, and sometimes that hasn't happened. Not because i'm busy, or lacking things to write about, I just don't feel right when I post. I think my content is pretty good, I write a lot, and it's been really good for me just to talk stuff out, you know? Of course i'm still going to be playing SWTOR, and World Of Warcraft. By the time I come back, I will be doing a re-review of ESO. I think my other review was lacking on some facts, pros and cons. It was lacking for sure, so i'm going to do some re-reviewing of that for sure. Sorry about that. It will be much more detailed, and more talking about the game, instead of the business model. I think I focused on that to much, even though it was a big part of it.

So, like I said in a month I will be posting more. I've got my own personal reasons why i'm stopping, and you all aren't my therapist, so I will spare you the silly details. I promise you when I come back, it'll be back with weekly content, and it'll be awesome. My hardware came in, (Finally) for streaming, and youtube content. My internet was upgraded so I could stream without my internet getting torn to shreds. So that'll be cool to stream and do some YouTube videos. See you all sooner or later! Cheers!

May The Force Be With Us [P1]

Posted by DaKurlzz Saturday March 8 2014 at 7:07PM
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Uh oh, we are back. Star wars? Again? Well, my job only requires me to work so much out of the week, so I have more time to play more games. Along with World Of Warcraft, for the time being until the expansion comes out. I've chosen to have more content for you to read, so I'm back to playing SWTOR. If you read the previous blogs I have written, you can tell I wrote a lot about the game, and enjoyed my time. So, let's return to the game, and do a different story line, and enjoy it! So, the biggest debate I had with the game so far, is of course, choosing a faction, and a class.

I did a lot of research, and read some polls about what story line people like the best, and also what romance was the best. Ooh, la la. So, after awhile reading, I came to my decision. Last time I played a Jedi Knight, this time I'm playing a Smuggler! Why must you ask? I think I'm because I don't feel the need to get light points all the time. I can do what my character feels like doing, even it's bad, or bad in some people's eyes. So I think it will be very interesting, and a new story line for me to follow. 

So, I think it's safe to say it will be a new journey for me. I mean, same areas to quest in, but new choices for me to chose, and a whole new story line for me to venture into. Last time I chose a tanking class, or spec you could say, and now i'm venturing into a DPS class. Sure, longer que times and such, but hey... Time to take it easy and blast some people in the face. Who doesn't like wielding two blasters and shooting someone? Ok, maybe that is murder but hey... My guy likes it. You may find this odd, and if you do, I don't actually blame you, I like to role play with my character when it comes to questing. Really getting into the story, and try to feel it out, and be like well "What would a smuggler do?" Not, as I would do as me. I think I could explain that better but... I'm lazy. That brings out the true nerd in me, but if it brings more fun... Why the hell not? Right? I'm here to have fun, in way shape or form. I think that's how most people should play anyway.

Whatever brings you fun, do it, and don't feel judged if you do. I also switched servers, and having done so, has opened me up to a brand new community, and with the area I am in (Taris), It's been a lot of fun, a lot of open conversations, and very few bad people. As in ragers, or things like that. It's been a very enjoyable experience, and i'm digging the feeling and vibes. I have yet to join a guild, but I am looking, i'm more focused on what I want, and filling my needs. Safe to say it's going really well. So, since being back it's been refreshing, and yes... I am subbed to it. I am not playing as free to play. I have even spent some money for some things that make my game play much more easy, and fun. Rocket boots anyone? Hell yes. It's just one of those things that gets me to places quicker, defiantly in flash points. I have dabbled in the latest expansion, which brings space pvp. It's really fun, it's a good distraction from the day ol grind, which is good. Ultimately it's really fun, and a good addition to the game.

Housing was recently announced, and to me it's really cool. I'm not big into housing, but a big addition like that is always welcomed in my book. It also tells me they are dedicated to bringing good content into the game. I'm always okay with that! I'm looking forward to what else the devs bring into the game. So, as I always say, over and over, and I hate to do... I am excited for the future for SWTOR. I hope other players are as well. Adventuring as a Smuggler is a rather fun adventure, having a lot of flirt options is always fun hehe. My guy is light side right now, but I do often pick the dark side when I think the quest needs it, or I get more personal gain out of it. I also take what my companion would do into consideration. Important to me, that they are happy to... I didn't say that. Let's forget I said that. To much nerdy in this post already. Oh god, kill it.

Along with the World Of Warcraft posts, I will be posting SWTOR as well. Bringing much more to the table with my blog. Been slacking off lately. Once again, it's because I am lazy, and I'm just playing to much really. That's fair though right? I wouldn't have anything to write about if I didn't play. Maybe I play to much, and don't write enough. Who knows? I'll keep it coming though, I promise. I'll try to keep it equal on what I write, I hope to do so at least. I'm not biased I swear. On a side note, I will be posting the last blog post for the Final Fantasy series sometime tomorrow or Monday. So, you have something else to look forward to! Hooray. Cheers!

Warlords Of Draenor [P1]

Posted by DaKurlzz Friday February 28 2014 at 7:41PM
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So it begins...

Why in the world am I talking about World Of Warcraft in 2014? Well, we all know that Warlords Of Draenor is on the horizon for World of Warcraft, the latest expansion, comes with a lot of cool things, and even more to be announced, but it's World Of Warcraft! It's old, there are new and shiny things to play. Right, right, I hear ya. I dabbled here and there in World Of Warcraft, and I have a ton of 90s, variety of classes, and it is a staple for MMOs currently. (Well, here comes the hate train). We have games like Elder Scrolls, WildStar, FFXIV, all these games coming out, or already been released to play, and here I am talking to you about World Of Warcraft. I mean, it still calms my urge for gaming, and with the new expansion coming out soon, there are lots of things to look forward to! The expansion brings new character models, new areas, raids, pvp, etc etc.

A typical expansion you might say, but they are creating new character models that I must say look really nice. It's no where near FFXIV, or anything like that, but it's nice, and much better than the current. As long as it looks better, i'm cool with it! The game still brings back some good memories, and allows me to have fun, but why in the world am I playing it now? It seems to me after all these years, Blizzard is still doing a top notch job on the game. Connected Realms, new expansion, nice updates, etc. I mean, after all this time... They are still doing it, and have what I think the last told number was 7.8 million subscribers, which I believe is World Wide. People are still talking about the next "WoW killer". Granted, I thought a lot of games would make World Of Warcraft bleed, but alas it hasn't, and still going pretty damn strong if you don't ask me. A lot of people on the forums are complaining about Connected Realms, because it hasn't reached their servers yet, and from what I hear the servers that have been connected seem to be thriving pretty well. Granted some of the lower population servers haven't been touched or added to the list, it continues to grow, and Blizzard seems to know what they are doing.... Which I rarely say, believe it or not.

We all know that World Of Warcraft is a pay to play game, that has a "Cash shop" along with it, that sells mounts, pets, etc. Along with that Blizzard will also Realm Transfer, Faction change, and etc for a fee. Some people dislike that, I don't use those services so it doesn't bother me, nor should it bother anyone else. Blizzard has sort of caused on uproar recently, about this little thing here... You can pay a fee of 90$ to get instant level 90! I'll get right to it, and give me honest opinion about this. Does it bother me? Nope! Will I use this service? Nope! I know some people have a total different opinion than that, but honestly... Business and business, and this is a way they chose to see if they can make money of it, and i'm sure they will. I do not think this is any way shape or form pay to win. I think it's silly to use this service, because leveling is rather easy in World Of Warcraft, and I prefer the old fashion way, rather than buying it right away, even if it's my 10th character or whatever.

Even if I had the spare money, or was filthy rich I wouldn't use it either. It's a matter of choice here. Now, do I think they will take it another notch and let's say let you buy gear? I do not think they are dumb enough to do that, even though some games have done it in the past, and still do it... I don't think Blizzard is that dumb to do something like that, that for me would cause concern, but a lot of other people would think... Well, if Blizzard can get away with it, so we can we. Let's not go that far people, paying for level 90, which won't be the max level soon doesn't really bother me, and it shouldn't bother you. If it does, okay! All in all, I don't think it will impact the game in such a way that we will riot Blizzard HQ and demand for it to be done with.

I'm really excited to see what else this expansion brings to the table, I hope it won't be another Cataclysm. Mist really brought the game back to me, even though I hated being a Panda in the end, the lore, and story really made the scene for it. I hope WoD can deliver even more than what I am expecting, so far so good. I think one of the biggest reasons I am coming back to this along with everything I have explained, is quite simply... Hearthstone. It's really addicting, and every time I play it i'm like... Man, I should play WoW. Now here I am writing for you all to read. So, even with all these new games out, and coming out, it seems to me World Of Warcraft still has a tiny grasp of my MMO attention, and it's here to stay... Would I have it differently? I don't know, I'm enjoying my time right now, and with everything i'm hearing about WoD is really golden.

I think the game is really starting to show it's age, but Blizzard is doing a good job keeping it up to par with some of the newer games coming out. Themepark and all. Let's be honest here... World Of Warcraft is a good game, and has been a staple for sometime. Along with Everquest, and Ultima online. It has a lot of life left into it, and I would love to see Blizzard do more and more to keep it up to date. WoD brings a lot more to the table than I am just bringing up... Garrisons is defiantly one I am looking forward to. Class talents, and many many more things, that I am just to lazy to type up right now. It brings a lot to the table, but one question remains for me is... How fast will I blow through this content? Hopefully I won't be blowing it all through a weekend or something silly like that. Let's take it at a pace this time Josh shall we? Seriously... 

So a question remains from me to you all... With everything being announced, and released soon. is World Of Warcraft still on your radar, and what about WoD for players? Are you as excited as I am for this content? Cheers! Part 2 will be coming shortly!

Elder Scrolls Online Review

Posted by DaKurlzz Monday February 17 2014 at 2:12AM
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The NDA has been lifted. Huzzah! So, let's talk about it then shall we? Note: This post will be longer than usual, sorry!

Well, let's start by saying this... I wasn't impressed at all. I mean, well... Some things were really cool about the game. Looting a lot of things was actually kind of fun, but... That was about it. Harsh, I know. It sucks to be saying this, it really does, and I will probably get a lot of hate for saying so. I was disappointed in a huge way. I wasn't really looking forward to the game, because I play FFXIV mainly, but I love Skyrim, and I love Elder Scrolls, I mean it's awesome eh? To be honest, I would rather have a multiplayer Skyrim than this. I kind of had the mindset of it being like that, and I shouldn't have, because I should have known it wouldn't be like that. I think the game does an "okay" job, I wouldn't pay monthly for this game, i'm sorry, I don't think it merit's the 15$ monthly fee. Why? I don't feel like it brings anything new to the table! I'm not going to call it a clone of anything, but I think it takes bits and pieces of a lot of MMOs and brings it into one, and it doesn't do well. It's a mixture of things, and for me it doesn't have a very strong points to where the game stands out because of this, or that. No feature really stands out for me. I didn't have high expectations for it. So, I sort of came in a little biased you could say, but hell... I gave it a shot. (I even pre-ordered it, but we'll get back to that later). 

I found the game to be rather clunky. I felt the combat system could be a lot better, and the animations could be smoother. I'm no programmer, and I'm not sure what engine they are using, but I feel like they could taken some more time and smoothed out the animations, not just to make it look cooler, just so it flow together more. That was a turn off for me, it just didn't cut it for me, sorry to say. I think the game looks great, some people say otherwise, but I think it looks great, not amazing, but great nonetheless. The voice acting was stellar. I enjoyed listening to the NPCs talk to me. SWTOR did the same thing for me, I felt more involved in the quests rather than reading them. I even feel that way with Audio books, when someone is reading me the story, I feel more immersed, and the game did that, so that's a plus for them. Though, the questing seemed the same still. Find this person, go to this place. I wasn't killing X rats, or looking for X bones or whatever. Questing is questing, and it will forever be that way, people will realize this. It's grinding, quest grinding, mob grinding, it's all the same to me. It gets me from one level to the next. Some paths will be quicker, than others, but whatever gets me there.  

The music was really good as well, I enjoyed all the sounds in Skyrim, and it did the same for me. It's beautiful. I could listen to it for hours on end, but... I can just download the soundtrack, buy it, and listen to it, and not have to pay the monthly fee to listen to it, or just listen on YouTube. Harsh? Maybe. I was reading a lot of the press reviews, when they were allowed to talk about it, and many people talked bad about it, some talked really well about the game, in PvP aspects. Which is cool, the game got some good reviews, but from what I mostly read, a lot of people didn't think it merited the monthly fee. I believe it was Angry Joe, who said It would be the best free to play title on the market. I highly agree with that. I prefer sub games myself, but if ESO was designed to be released as free to play, or even buy to play, I would play it. It just doesn't do what FFXIV does, or other games, where I feel like the game deserves a monthly fee. Some people say FFXIV should be free to play, and it doesn't merit a sub, and that's their opinion, and I'm cool with that! I'm just saying that I don't think it should have a sub fee attached to it, and they will also be doing a cash shop. Meh, let's not have both here people. I don't like where this is going...

Do I think the game will end up going free to play? I'm not sure really. It will depend on how the game does with sales, and subscriptions within the first few months. If it bombs, we will likely see free to play sooner rather than later. Is that a good thing? Don't know. I strongly believe the game would be a lot better off as a free to play title. Some people have issues with paying 15$ A month, but will spend more on a cash shop game in a month. I've been at fault for this. I'm not sure on the cost of development for this game, I wish I could find a number, i'm sure I could if I dug deep enough on the interwebz. I'm not a money manager, or good with figures or anything, but it would just seem to make more money as a free to play title with a cash shop. I think it was SWTOR who made around 139 Million USD on the cartel market. I'm not entirely sure if that includes Sub fees with it, but if it doesn't, well gee, that's pretty good if I do say so myself. 

I think the game will have a lot of issues on the start of it, and it will get better in time, like most games do. I would delay the game if I could, at least another month or two. Also, I would have a traditional "Open beta". A lot of people need to feel more than just a weekend's worth of game play. Am I right? I believe they did give a reason why they aren't doing a traditional open beta, but I don't think it was the fight thing to do. Now, I talked about how I pre-ordered the game. Sadly, I ended up canceling my order, and getting my refund. "You fool, why would you do that?". Well, if you read what I just talked about, I think you would understand. There will be a huge debate, even after the release if the game should go free to play or not. I think the community, even on MMORPG.com is pretty divided. A lot of people have solid points, some don't... Time will defiantly tell for ESO. Will it prove that it can stand on it it's own? Will it make money? Will it be the next big hit? I don't think so, but I do hope it does well for itself. I'm sure Zenimax worked hard on the game, and I would hate for it to be a huge flop for their sake. 

Final Verdict. 5/10. It adds a mixture of everything to the table, and does them in an "ok" manner. I will defiantly keep my eyes out for updates post launch, and see how it does. I'm very intrigued on what will happen, and what the communities reaction will be after the launch. Cheers!