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The Gaming Gospel

I write about everything that goes with MMORPGs

Author: DaKurlzz

Destiny [P3]

Posted by DaKurlzz Saturday October 18 2014 at 4:08AM
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Note: Another really late blog. There will be errors, and shortness. God bless my sleep cycle. For real.

I've been meeting more and more people from match making and have become friends with a few of them. Doing weekly stuff, and just strikes. (Still not have had enough people to do VoG). All in all it's been a healthy time in Destiny. One of the main things I was concerned about, and I mentioned this in my first post about Destiny is the lack of content to talk about. It is a grindy game after all. It's not that I have nothing to talk about, it's just I'm having a hard time finding things you all would enjoy reading about. It is also hard to not seem like I'm bragging when it comes to PvP, and other cool things I've been doing. I don't want to come off that way at all, you know?

Eventually down the road I will probably make another character/class. Not out of boredom, but I would like to know what other classes have to offer. I do love my Hunter though, Golden Gun is a blast. One thing I've noticed and love about the game so far, is that I don't keep track of time. What I mean is that like... I started playing at 1, and ended at 4. I didn't think three hours have past, because I am so focused on what's going on. It's an intense game, PvP, and PvE. The game has it's easy moments and it's very challenging moments. It's often a mixture of both during game time.

I can see why Destiny got a lot of low reviews upon release, and afterwards. I'm not going to mention names/people. I go back to the point where I had no intention of playing the game, because it was console, and I didn't buy into the hype. God knows I love Bungie. Reddit, and other various sites hate on the game, rather than talk about the good in the game. (I know Reddit is a place of complaints sometimes, but Jesus). Could it have been better though? It's a question asked about every game, and it varies. It's a wide question as well. My answer is of course yet it could be, but they have time to improve. DLC/Updates, whatever they do. Then the question that should be presented is... Shouldn't the game have been released with the updates we talked about? Story, etc etc.

I honestly don't know how to answer that. Is there such a thing as to much starting out content? I mean, I would love a deeper, and a lasting story, but I liked what I saw. I would love better RNG, because screw me. Everything can be complained about, it's just a waiting game for Destiny, and the players now. I have no reason to doubt Bungie's ability to make this game stronger than before. I'm not whatsoever concerned for the game's future. I have no reason to be right now. If I am given a reason, I may start to panic. If you could change Destiny? How would you, and why?

I'm going to leave you all with that question. Have a good one. Cheers!

If you would like to discuss Destiny, please leave a comment below, or tweet me @SirIsaacJewton

Destiny [P2]

Posted by DaKurlzz Tuesday October 14 2014 at 12:48AM
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Note: It's 1:30AM, Post will be shorter than most, sorry. Can't sleep, deciding to write instead.

I've been playing Destiny constantly since I've last posted, and I must say I haven't gotten bored with it yet. Almost light 25. Haven't touched Vault of Glass yet because my college buddies haven't be able to do it with me yet, so I am holding off on pugging it. I know, I know I'm playing the same content over and over again. Isn't that late game though? I'd be doing the same thing if it was Diablo 3, World Of Warcraft, or whatever. The story for Destiny was short as hell though, which was kind of disappointing, but I didn't really play the game for the story sorry!

It's like the same for Diablo III, and Path Of Exile. The story is an addition to the game play for me. I don't read the lore, or you know story like things. Maybe that's a terrible way of looking at that, but for me it's an added addition. For instance, I played The Last of Us for the story/adventure. The game had an amazing story line, and it really developed a relationship with me, and kept me going. The game play was alright, but the story line drove me to play. I look at Destiny the exact opposite. I'm not really playing for the lore/story line. I'm playing to kick some ass, whether it be alien, or human ass. I don't play Halo, or Call of Poop for the story line either. It's the game play that drives me. It's driving me pretty hard as well, I cannot get enough of this game. *Rose tinted glasses activate*.

Sorry enough of the praise. I do get aggravated with the game believe it or not. *Gasp*. I don't think RNG likes me in this game, and it's sort of the same with every action game. Because screw me right? God bless. I think I have gotten maybe 3 legendary engrams, and 1 for my class, and 2 for other classes. Now sure it's great that I got one for me, but I feel like, the game toys with me, and other people. Oh my god, legendary engram? TO BAD ITS NOT FOR YOU. It's like a huge slap to the face. It's like that in any MMO I guess. It did it to me in FFXIV as well. Oh you need these class specific boots? To bad, so sad, suck it up fatty. That's how I feel the game speaks to me when I don't get what I want. Wahhbulance please.

Desync is also a huge issue, I won't get into desync because I've already explained it in previous posts, but it comes with Action games/mmos. It's just part of the package, so I've gotten used to it. The effing random disconnects though? (Note, that they did patch the game, and there are less of them now.) OH YOUR ABOUT TO KILL THE LAST BOSS? Nope, sorry disconnect. "You have been removed from the game world). My god, the rage has ensued on my computer desk. If it was a person, I'd probably be in jail for like 3 counts of murder. For real. Everyone gets upset, so don't be like "Oh my god calm down" NO YOU CALM DOWN.

Anyways... I am going to be streaming my first run through of the Vault of Glass, and I will tweet it before I go live, if anyone is interesting in seeing my crying while I fail. It's a pretty good show, I should probably charge people. It's just like a train wreck of fails, while you hear a grown man cry. Wouldn't you pay to see that? It doesn't make you a terrible person if you want to I promise. Action MMOs/Games tend to bring out the worst in me. Every week I play with my IRL brother in Path Of Exile and when I die, World War 3 Erupts for about 3 minutes until I calm down. Same thing in Destiny.

For those of you who play Destiny, when you see teammates try to melee the three boss flayers, and all die... Feel my pain please. I had to do that three times in a row, and my teammates thought it'd be a great idea to do that. FEEL MY PAIN PLEASE. Anyways, that's enough from me. Until next time!

If you'd like to discuss Destiny, please leave a comment below or tweet me @SirIsaacJewton Cheers!

Destiny [P1]

Posted by DaKurlzz Tuesday October 7 2014 at 8:14PM
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After long thinking about what game to write about next, I came to my decision... Destiny! It's a console MMO, and I am sure you all have heard of it. In this post I am just going to give my first impressions. Each of them I went out and bought the Destiny bundle for the PS4. I was looking for something new and exciting.The game has 3 classes, Hunter, Warlock, and Titan. having sub classes as well. The most important part of the game for me so far, is the time consuming fun. Sure it's a sort of grind fest, but I haven't gotten bored with it. (Maybe it's because I am always with my friends, most of the time at least)


(The reason I got it for the PS4, and not the Xbone, was because my college buddies all have it for the PS4). For those of you who don't know about Destiny. It was created by Bungie, the people behind the Halo Franchise, and published by Activision. As of right now it is a console only game. (360, Xbone, Ps3, Ps4). There will probably be a PC release in the future, but I am not for sure on that. So why did I chose Destiny as my next game of choice? Well, a lot of my college buddies talk very highly of it, and have explained to me enough information for me to go out and buy a new system, and the game. (Bundle). My first few story missions were a blast, I haven’t played a console FPS since battlefield 3 for the xbox 360. So it was a new, but very familiar experience. I don’t think I would call Destiny a full blown MMO, I would probably call it MMO-Lite. Why exactly? Well, it’s not as massive as you could say FFXIV, or World Of Warcraft. Sure you have raids, and you can find random people during the maps and missions, but it’s nothing like going to a full Stormwind during peak hour.


Nevertheless the game is a ton of fun so far. “Josh it’s just your normal grinder: Sure is. I play the game for the fun factor, even if the game is a grinder, if the fun factor is there, I sure as hell will play it. I’m writing this in a different style to test it out and see if I like it better than the old way. Apologies if this post seems scrambled and misplaced a lot. I’m still improving on it. As you know I don’t really join hype trains anymore, due to the fact that it mostly leads on to the downfall of a game, and didn’t live up to the hype. All of my college buddies feel like the game was a huge let down, because they followed the hype train, and you know the believed it. Most of the people actually feel like that. Luckily I didn’t, and I sort of knew what to expect, but at the same time I didn’t. I hope you follow me on that. So I have my friends who talk highly of the game, then the people who are all “Eh” about it, and then the people that hate it. I don’t fall into a one of those right now, but I will say I am really loving the game as it is right now.


I guess you could say I’m used to the grind, not because I play a lot of MMOs, but I play a lot of Diablo III, and Path Of Exile. Known action RPGs, that have that repetition of a grinding game. If a grinding game such as these games have the fun, challenging factor then I can be okay with the grinding. (It goes a little different with full fledge MMOs of course). My final question I asked myself for I end this post is how much content am I going to be able to write about a grinding game? I guess it comes down to what I nit pick out of drafts and such. I think i’m going to do more live streaming rather than talking about the game. (On twitch). I still will write enough blogs to get my writing needs in, but I think I will be streaming when I do raids/strikes. I’ll let you all know down the road on what’s going down, and where it’s going down at.


My questions to you all though, is… Have you played Destiny? If so, what system, and what is your opinion on the game? Bad or good, I would love to hear what you all have to say about the game. Even if you haven’t played it and watched someone else play, please give your opinion. Till next time! Cheers!

 

So... What's Going On?

Posted by DaKurlzz Wednesday September 24 2014 at 9:49PM
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Sorry for posting a ton, but I've had a lot of spare time recently, and this is what I've chose to do.

This is just a small little update about what's going on with me, and moving forward with this blog. Funny enough, I do take this whole blog thing seriously here. I may not be perfect or the best, but I really do enjoy it. So, with the ArcheAge saga being over, what's going to be next here? Well, I am still playing Wildstar, but I am waiting for the Mega Servers to take affect before I continue on with that series. Don't worry, I haven't forgotten about that game. I still have some drafts in the works, and it will be finalized when the mega servers go live. I've gotten some messages, and tweets about what game I should play next, and if I'm going to break away from MMOs, and do single player game reviews. I don't really feel the need/want to review single player games, I like how I do things now.

I do not talk about Dota 2 here as well, I do briefly talk about it in some of the posts here, but MOBA thing isn't a thing I want to talk about, I have enough content to talk about it, but it's more about balancing, and things of that nature. Theory crafting if you will.  I have played a ton of games here, and talked about the majority of them. A lot of the unreleased MMOs, I haven't talked about, because I am not excited for them. I'm not in any early access games, or kickstarters either. So my content sheet right now is a little dry. I was going to ask you all, what you would like to see me play, or talk more of. There is still Guild Wars 2, EvE, and a bunch of MMORPGs I'm willing to try for you all, if you want to hear my opinion about them.

It doesn't matter if it's sub or free to play, depending on how I like it, is how many posts there will be about it. I think the longest running one I have written is probably SWTOR, or ESO. God damn, I did enjoy me some SWTOR. Even if you would like me to go back to previous games, and have be do like a rundown of what's changed, and what I like about it... Don't be afraid to ask or anything. I still have a ton of gaming time, even with school and work.

The last thing I would like to update you guys on, is my twitch channel. (Shameless advertising ahead). It's been operational for awhile, and I'm going to stream hopefully on a daily basis soon, and start doing like video reviews while I play the game. I think that will be something I would enjoy, and would be easier for people to look, rather than read you know this massive posts like you are. Depending if I like it more than I do writing, you could see more video content rather than word content. Please, let me know if you like me to review any game, or just talk about it. Leave a comment below, or tweet me @SirIsaacJewton Cheers!

Update: I've gotten some tweets/messages stating people would like to see a review of TERA. I'm actually looking into that right now, and see if I should give it a go. Downloading the game over night while researching. Will likely be doing that. I know it's a game that has been ported to the NA by En Masse. So, we shall see where it takes us.

Update 2: Destiny will be the next game to be reviewed... Stay tuned!

ArcheAge [P3] [Final]

Posted by DaKurlzz Tuesday September 23 2014 at 9:24PM
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Note: Since this will be the last post, and since it was a short series... This post will be a longer one than previous. I will try to make it as bearable as possible. I promise.

I don't think I'm ending this series prematurely, and I will go over why I think so later in the post, it will be spread throughout the post, so I hope you all can follow along. I honestly didn't expect to even play this game, with it being free to play and all. The "Plague" has surely ended up in this game, and has grown a ton. I told you all before, that I play on the server Ollo. Even with the character creation restrictions, the plague is still huge there. I actually had to switch servers to play with a buddy, and it was there even! Not as bad, but still... It reminds me why I prefer sub games. The plague can still exist in sub games, but aren't there as much. You know? The game was hyped a lot as all of us know, whether people think it will be the savior of MMORPGs, The WoW Killer, or whatever it is. I'm sorry to burst your bubble, but it's not. "You don't know that, you didn't make it till end game!". True story. I did not give up on the game as quickly as some people do. I did give it a fair chance in my eyes.

It is defiantly a decent free to play games. It might be the more popular ones of the Market right now I'm sure. Going back to over hyping of the game, it's a cruel mistress when it back fires. Of course I followed the hype, but never believed in it. The game was meant to be like this, or do this, but it doesn't. The game really just fell flat in certain areas that I deemed more important to me as player, than other things that I found more fun. I'm a picky player, as we all are. One player might like this more than another, and not like this much as the next guy. I haven't even reflected on the launch side of the game yet, I will eventually get there. One thing at a time with the game, ha. To the people who think I am ending this series prematurely, and thinking that I really did give up on the game to early. I don't feel sorry in the slightest, as harsh as that truly sounds.

The game didn't hit me in the sweet spots. It didn't bring back old feelings, or anything like that. One player was telling us in faction chat that it felt like old Vanilla World Of Warcraft. Only if it did that for me, but it doesn't. I honestly didn't even expect it to, so I am not sad it didn't. Remember, I did not have high expectations for this game, I was gifted this game, and didn't have any plans for playing the free to play release... Since I was gifted the game, I felt obligated to play the game. The room for improvement is vast in this game, and I could say that about any game, but we are focusing on this right now. One of the problems with this subject is that Trion is just the publisher, like I've talked about before. Before the new content hits, it has to go through a process of translation, and etc. (I Don't know the full details). Along with new patches, content, or however you want to put it, there will be bugs.

I have a huge fear with this game, that it will eventually be overwhelmingly plagued with bugs, and the fixes won't come fast enough. Due to Trion being the publisher, and not the developer. Who knows, maybe XL Games doesn't like how Trion is running things so far, we don't know. What is exactly my point for all of this? I've seen many games that have oversea developers, just fall behind in content, and plagued with bugs. No game deserves that treatment. I hope quality things come from XL, and is easily converted to the Trion servers. I always hope for the best for games, even when I don't play them.

To expand on this some more, we all know how the launch has been going for ArcheAge. Some people have re-named it to QueAge. Funny enough, it's true. Que times, bots, afkers have plagued the game so far. I've waited my fair share of time in the Que to play the game. Granted I've played Dota, or Hearthstone while in Que so I wasn't just staring at my screen watching the numbers go up and down. Yes, they have gone up on me. Trion has added additional servers since the launch, but even they have ques now. So, what does launch mean for any game? To give an example: FFXIV. FFXIV had a pretty bad launch. I tried to repress some of the launch woes, but it happened. People couldn't enter the servers, couldn't play.

I expect the worst when launch happens for any game. Servers can't handle the amount of people, bugs, can't enter the game, whatever it may be... It happens. Launch can make or break a game. We've seen it happened. Will it break this game? I don't think so, because it's a free to play game, with a higher production. (Higher production to me at least). So, it's going to a very popular game, because of the hype, and whatever. Launch will break it for some people, and some will stick it out, and bless the people who do. I think after all the woes, the game will just be okay. They probably won't have to drop any servers, they may have to add some, who knows. The FFXIV launch did not break the game for me, It's just different for everyone.

The final subject I would like to talk about, and it isn't talk as much as before, but I think it'd be a nice finisher to this. Pay To Win. Oh god, how could I talk about this? Well suck it up, it's happening. Sorry! Is this game pay to win? With how labor works, and things like that... I feel like the game is pay to have things done. Which to me, is not pay to win. Pay to win, is really subjective. Everyone has a different opinion on this, whether we are talking about this game or another. The labor system I do not like, but it's there for a reason. I believe the game was actually meant for the sub model? (I could be wrong). My verdict on the game is not pay to win, again it's subjective.

All in all, I would give this game a 6.5/10. I hate the scoring system, but eh... Might as well use it. I hope you enjoyed this last post. Maybe it wasn't as long as the previous, but I'm just tired at the moment, and this part of my MMO journey is over! If you would like to talk about Archeage, please leave a comment below or tweet me @SirIsaacJewton Cheers!

ArcheAge [P2]

Posted by DaKurlzz Sunday September 21 2014 at 11:52PM
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I think I should rename the title to QueAge, but I think that joke is a little bland, and old. From the massive posts from various forums, even on the main website, the game is hitting some really tough times. I mean sure, it's in the first week of launch, but I think Trion miscalculated. The debate I run into with this game is this... "Well, there wasn't enough servers" "Well, once the hype dies down, some servers will be ghost towns". I mean look what happened to Wildstar, they are switching to the Mega Server tech.

I have battled the Que times, and have successfully played on on the server I first chose, (Ollo). Luckily I haven't run into any disconnects so far, so I consider myself very lucky, but the free to play community has plagued this game. Now before I make any rash stereotypes, which I will, because that's just how it is, I want to say... I don't care. Harsh eh? Anyways, what I mean by this is, the "Plague" is the constant "Want to cyber" chat in faction, shout, and even Trial chat. Now even in pay to play games you have this, we've all been there, done that, and seen it. There is just more of it because the game is really popular right now, and it is kind of fun. One of things I've done to combat this is join a guild. I've been through many guilds, and I've found a reasonably mature guild. So I can ignore the faction chat/others for the majority of my time.

The "Plague" can be funny at times, we do have the one liners, and the funny people, and at times I will join in, if I find that I can add to the comedy. Most of the time it's like how I just explained. I haven't played a free to play game in a long time, well... I don't count Rift because I paid for the Patron. (I think I should count it, but I didn't play it as a free player". Most of my time I've spent on the newer released games. So, how does the "Plague" affect my game play, and should it even affect it? No, it shouldn't, but it does. It's an annoyance to me which I wish I didn't have to see. "Yo, man, just ignore it". Ignore the people? Ignore the whole channel? Sooner or later my list is going to be full, and I'm just going to get more and more annoyed with it.

I guess it's the little things that bug man, then the things that bother people. I don't care for the bugs or what not, I care about this you know? I'm an odd duckling, I hope most of you have realized this by now, but that's just how I am. ACCEPT ME FOR ME MAN. So, after getting past that, and you know... Playing the game. What do I actually think of the game play, mechanics. I've touched on it before. I was a little harsh I felt on the first/previous post, and I've already complained in this one, so I would like to take some time to talk about what I do like about the game, and what I find really fun.

Gliding: I've touched on this before, but damn man, it is fun to Glide around, and just do that. It's a great distraction from the grind of questing. The questing in the game is the same ol "Quest hubs". If you disagree, I am sorry but that is how I feel it is. I mean we have the quests that you find after killing something the "Hidden" quests, that you just finish when you find it. Gliding has been a very fun, and cool thing to do. Find some epic spots, and just go for a ride.

Crafting: I've dabbled a lot into the crafting. (For the amount of time I've been able to play). For me, most of the games I haven't even touched crafting. The games I have is basically World Of Warcraft, and Elder Scrolls Online. I do like the crafting in the game, and the quests/story, however you want to put it, has you find some materials and craft some better loot. (Unless you find some sweet epic drops).

Randomness: The best example I can give for this, is pretty much this... I was questing in an area with lots of people, and there was elite mob, you could say that was a level 30. People we're going in guns blazing trying to solo it, and people just got wrecked. In faction/shout chat people were forming a raid for this, I was like "Eh, why not" joined the raid, and we went TO KILL THE DRAGON THING. Many of us died trying, and about thirty minutes of the epic fight, the beast was defeated... What did we get? Nothing. For me though, that wasn't the point, the point was people go into this raid, quit questing, or whatever they were doing and went to kill this beast.

It was a blast even if we didn't get anything epic out of it. Time well spent. Alas, everything isn't perfect in this game. There are still bugs, and most people are calling it QueAge. Some people say Trion is way over their heads. They did underestimate a lot of the popularity of the game. Maybe Trion wasn't he best company to oversee the publication for the US. Who knows? I do feel like most people are spending all of their time waiting to play the game than actually playing it.

My buddy is a free to play player, and has been waiting since the launch began for free players, and has played the game maybe about six hours, his wait time? Around 20. No joke. He's tried different times of the day, and when he finally got in, he was kicked around 2 hours in, and reque'd. My hope is defiantly they fix it. To combat my Que times, I play Dota 2, or HearthStone during my Que time. 3/4 of the time honestly I have given up, and just played something else. It's really a shame. They are"working" on it.

You all know how I feel about Trion Worlds, and how they run things. (I almost typed Ruin, instead of run). Maybe people are right, and the hype will die down, but will it die down because of how it's being run right now? A lot of people say the first impressions are the last, and some launches have doomed some MMORPGs. This post is a little jumbled so I apologize for that, but I do hope I get my point across.

If you want to talk about ArcheAge, leave a comment below or Tweet me @SirIsaacJewton Cheers!

ArcheAge [P1]

Posted by DaKurlzz Sunday September 14 2014 at 3:15AM
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Note: I was gifted this game, I did buy into the head start. I also did not play in any of the beta events. None.

I kind of told myself I would not write about this game, I was gifted the game, and played it, and I decided to give my two cents about the game. I fear the fan boys, but whatever... After downloading, and installing the game, knowing it was the first day of the head start, I assumed the worst... What did I run into? Well, massive Que times, and bugs. If you are a reader, you know how I feel about Trion Worlds. All the servers had a massive Que time to get into the game. I believe I waited an hour before I actually got in? I did however tinker with the character creation, and I did enjoy what I could get out of it. You can make some rather... Interesting looking people. The Que time didn't really bother me, I just put the game into windowed mode, and played some HearthStone while waiting. No big deal. After an hour past, we got into the game...

I've watched a few videos on the game I will tell you that, but nothing truly impressed me. Did the Game Play impress me? Well, yes and no. The game is not as refreshing as many people said it would be. I did enjoy how the game looked and felt. The game wasn't crashing, I wasn't having massive FPS issues, the game ran well rather well. I do like how the game sort of just helps you into all the aspects of the game. Mounts Land & Sea, Housing, Gliders. (I do love my Glider). I did spent a good 45 minutes just gliding around... Not going to lie. Anyways, back to the point, I'll get back to that later on. The game has the standard story lines, and then the "Quest hubs". I don't mind, a lot of people said it wasn't as Sandbox as many people led me on to believe. I don't mind. I mean it was the standard kill X those, find X this, but I do like the little twists they put on the quest. You can tell them in early, and get less rewards, etc.

Here was my main complaint, and which had me mumbling to myself some nasty words. First come first serve. Now, you'd think I would be used to this, but it's still so annoying. So, what am I talking about? So, I'm on a quest, kill X monster. Well, I didn't get to this monster first (I didn't hit it first), the person who did hit it first gets credit. God, how annoying. Now, because it's the first/second day of the head start, there is a TON OF PEOPLE. People who are currently playing the game, will understand my pain. Yah know? Now the respawn rate wasn't that bad, so it was okay, but with an overwhelming amount of people doing the same quest, that respawn rate doesn't matter as much anymore. So, luckily I have a lot of patience, so I got through it. but it's like this... It's annoying, and I dislike it.

So the whole gliding thing is fun, like I stated before, I spent around 45 minutes just gliding, and messing around with my horse. I still haven't gotten the full hang of it all, but it's fun, and it's a nice distraction from the daily grind. I think the game has a lot of distractions, and side attractions from you know the base MMO aspects. Which is why people call it Sandbox? I'm not sure. Most of the side attractions I did, while messing around with the game was fun. Going over all my skills, what my character can and cannot do. So it's sort of different from an average MMO. I know i'm not going into detail, and I apologize for that.

Before I end this post, I would like to address my main concern about the game. XL Games, and Trion Worlds. Why? Well, to get the point, for me I am used to be the game being developed and published by the same people. I.E World Of Warcraft, Elder Scrolls, and Wildstar. There is a bug that needs to be fixed? We can hot fix it. Since Trion Worlds is the North American Publisher, and XL Games in the Developer, there won't be those hot fixes, as fast as other games. I could be proven wrong, maybe there is something that is going down to fix that. From past experiences, there has ALWAYS been a delay on that, and there are some very annoying quest bugs that I have encountered so far.

Ugh, I'm sorry I'm whining a lot in this post, I'll tone it down for the next post, I'm very tired. I apologize fan boys, but I would love to hear from you all, if you are playing in the Head start, or just want to talk about ArcheAge, leave a comment below, or tweet me @SIrIsaacJewton Cheers!

Wildstar Revisited [P3]

Posted by DaKurlzz Monday August 25 2014 at 9:34PM
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And so it continues...

So apparently, Carbine will be addressing the low population server issues soon. Frost said in a tweet: "we are working on some tech regarding that issue. You should hear about it soon." Well, at least they are not being completely silent about the situation. So, what does this mean exactly? Are they going the WoW route? Mega-server tech? Well, I mean it could be as simple as just merging the servers. I must admit they did have to many servers at launch, but I don't blame them for that. I mean, I am one one of the more popular servers, and sometimes it seems dead. I must admit I am a fan of a single mega server. It gets rid of the whole ghost town to a point, and I always see people. (Eve, and ESO, have spoiled me with that).

In other big Wildstar news, they will no longer be doing monthly updates. Well, my whole opinion on this is... I would rather them not bring out monthly "buggy" content. Instead doing what FFXIV does, and bring out solid content every few months. I believe it's 3 months for FFXIV? I don't know if they were over confident, or what, but I think reality is setting in for Carbine, and hopefully with that, players are being listened to more and more. It's not all roses in the Nexus. I may write and you may think it's the perfect game, but it's not. Even though the performance has improved, there are still a lot of bugs that needs to be fixed. Even though performance has improved, there are still instances where animations are going off correctly, or the damage isn't be read on the health bars. (When soloing group quests, and you don't know the actual HP on the mob... Yeah, it sucks).

I mean yeah, every game has bugs, and no game is bug free. I shouldn't complain to much, because I would be like everyone else talking about Wildstar it seems. Yes, i'm still staying away from Reddit, and Official forums. Going back to a point I was making... I think reality is setting in for Carbine. Maybe their realizing there game isn't as popular as they thought, there are a LOT of dead servers, and most people's complaints are valid. What should they do about it though? I mean if reality is setting in, they need to do some planning ahead. Break out some developer's blogs, and be real with people. I do not think the game failed at all, but it defiantly did not live up to many people's expectations. You hear a lot of "Glad I canceled my sub" or "Good thing I didn't buy that game". I mean yeah, a lot of people feel this way. We are I believe 4 months in, and zone chat was talking about "My god, it's WoW in space".

It feels like nowadays, every game is being butchered if it's like another game. Some more extreme than others in the hate. I mean I am all about voicing opinions, and having debates and stuff, but there is a point where I'm like "That's enough". I've muted a lot of people because they just log in to hate the game. I mean is there really a point to that? Hell I don't think so, but to them they have some sort of point they need to get across. "Hey, I spent 60$ to flame a game". Wise decision? Not to me. I mean here I am talking about a game that gets a lot of dislike. (Hate seems like a really strong word). I mean, I've canceled my sub before, I am not one of the extreme followers of the game. I play it because it attracts my attention, and scratches that MMO itch for me. Is it going to last forever? Probably not, but I'm going to enjoy it for as long as I want/can.

If I'm going to be perfectly honest with you all, I think sooner rather than later Carbine will adopt another model for the game. Whether it be buy to play, or free to play. Only they know the exact numbers, and we sort of have a clue with all the dead servers. Maybe when they announce what they are doing with the servers, the game will see more alive. I don' think NCSOFT will bring the shut down hammer before free to play in my opinion. I think they game could do extremely well off a free to play model, and if they did... They should carefully plan what restrictions, and what is offered in the store. Hell, they could even go the Rift Route, or something like that. I can't see into the future sadly, and we don't know what the people of Carbine are thinking. Anyone a mind reader?

Despite all of this, I'm having a blast leveling still. Almost level 30. Have dabbled into some dungeons, which I will talk about in the next post. I have yet to dabble in PvP, sorry, sorry. PvE is just to much fun. But yeah. If you want to discuss Wildstar, please leave a comment below, or tweet me @SIrIsaacJewton Cheers!

Wildstar Revisited [P2]

Posted by DaKurlzz Thursday August 21 2014 at 12:15AM
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And so we continue...

I'm having a freaking blast playing Wildstar right now. No understatement or overstatement about it. I'm having a complete blast. I know it's the same old linear progression, hub questing, you know, natural themepark stuff. Is there any real difference though? I mean, we have quests that have to do with like... Remembering colors. (There was a game like that, I can't remember the name). Pushing F fast enough, or at the right times. I mean we got weird things like that, that make it different, but I mean besides that? Hub questing, and following the story line. It's fun though. I feel like I'm questing like Vanilla World Of Warcraft, in the sense that It's just plain fun. To expand on that, I was hella addicted to Vanilla WoW, to the point where my social life, and school life was gone. Wildstar doesn't do that exactly, though I have said no to my friends to playing Dota 2 because of Wildstar, I'm still eating and sleeping compared to Vanilla. Did I mention I was addicted to it back then?

Is it more fun than FFXIV, or Elder Scrolls? Well, I mean this of course is my opinion. Comparing Wildstar to those is hard, because each game has something better than what I'm comparing it to. FFXIV had an amazing leveling experience, and ESO has amazing crafting, role playing potential. I hate to keep going back to it, but Wildstar gives me the vanilla feeling. I know i'm not answering the question directly, but I kind of don't want to in a sense. All the games have pros and cons. With Wildstar fixing it's issues with performance by a big margin, It's currently in high favor with me.

Right now in the game, I'm still just reading up on lore, and enjoying my leveling process. I'm being a exploring type of player right now, getting all my science stuff done, and doing every quest in the region. I'm putting a lot of effort and time right now into the game, and it's making my time with it more enjoyable! I'm still trying to find a fit where I can play the game in a hardcore sense without the burn out feeling. That happened with SWTOR, and FFXIV. So i'm playing in about 3 hour sessions, twice a day right now. If time allows it more or less.

Why so much time? I got classes twice a week, and work is easy, and my schedule is not a lot of hours, due to my own personal issues. (I swear). I have a lot of time to game, I mean I do have a social life, I go to the gym, (I lift bro). So what do I do with all this extra time? I game. Right now, to my own surprise. I am playing WS more than Dota 2. I play a lot of Dota 2 as well, just so you all know, and I stated previously I've played WS over Dota 2. I like the lore in the game, with it's own comedic effects. I love when I level it says something, the game has it's moments where I smile and chuckle. Because it's so random and strange. For once random and strange isn't so bad after all.

I'm sort of setting some goals I want for Wildstar, most of them have to do with end-game stuff which I won't get into detail so much. I'm only level 16 right now. Spell slinger for all of those who are curious. I have tried every class, and this one and Stalker I like the most. But I stuck with Spell Slinger so there we have it. I play healers in most games, and with you know... Faster que times for stuff, what's not to like. I'd like to touch on another subject before I end this post.

We have all seen you know NCSOFT's reports for money and stuff, and with some people stating Wildstar isn't so good. Empty servers, and I won't lie to you, there are a lot of low populated servers. Even my populated server feels dead at times. A server merge is something they need to be thinking about, I know it would be like saying 'Oh my god, free to play inc, noobs". I do not know how healthy the game is, if at all. Do I think the game would do better as a free to play game? At this stage, I think the game would benefit from it, but it does not need to be. The server merges, need to happen though. Do I see free to play coming into Wildstar's future? Yes, I do. I'll end it at that.

If you would like to talk about this post, or Wildstar in general, leave a comment below, or send me a tweet @SirIsaacJewton Cheers!

Wildstar Revisited [P1]

Posted by DaKurlzz Sunday August 17 2014 at 10:55PM
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To space! (Once again...)

So, what's been going on? Wildstar again? Yeah, I know I wrote about it, but I was a little unfair I felt like, so I wanted to give the game a second chance! (This doesn't happen often). Why WildStar though? To be honest, I finished the story line in ESO, hit VR7, and just let my subscription expire. I was thinking to myself, what else is there? I saw the WildStar icon, and thought I would catch up with the game. If you have read the previous series to the game, you will know I have terrible performance issues, and de-sync issues. So, what has changed since then? Read on, and find out!

Okay, so the most important part? How is the performance? Well, I will tell you this though, it has improved a lot. I went from 15 fps, to around 40-50 fps. Steady fps that is. When streaming I hit around a steady 35 fps. Also, the game doesn't look like complete crap. Which is a huge plus. There are some parts, (Towns, and high mob areas), where the FPS does drop, but it's not as common as before. It's no secret that the game has some empty servers, there have been some forum posts, and some complaints, so I'm not going to give some rose tinted glasses about that situation. I re-rolled servers, and went to a PvP server, and went to the Exile faction. Normally, I would just play a human race, or human like race depending on what the game offers, but I actually went off and a made a Mordesh race, and I must admit... They look Badass.

There are still some huge complaints from the community, and the subreddit for the game is a lot of doom and gloom. So I'm avoiding going to them for information, I'm actually going to try to play the game start to finish. (In a sense at least). Since the performance issues are for the most part gone, I feel like I can fully enjoy what the game has to offer. As for the de-sync issue, I haven't noticed as much, but I did upgrade my internet, and things of that nature. It could have been that, or because of the server changes. Who knows, but it hasn't presented itself as much as it used to previously.

I think the first step for me for liking the game more and more, is to remove the doom and gloom from the situation. Even when you truly love a game, and you read doom and gloom it makes you think you know? I don't need negativity when playing a game I want to like. So I'm avoiding the sub reddit, and the official forums for awhile. I mean I browse reddit when I'm bored, and I tend to like reading forum posts also when I'm bored. So I'm going to do my best to avoid them. I think some readers will understand. As for people say "Well it deserves the hate". Maybe so. I don't need to read about it though, I don't care for the sub count, the game is playing better and that's what matters.

So new race, server, and the game plays better? I don't remember off the top of my head what the level I hit before I quit, (I could look, but lazy). I intend to beat that record, and just look forward to what the game has to offer. I did that with Elder Scrolls Online, and I hit VR7. So, I could take what I did with Elder Scrolls, and apply it here, and see what happens! You have no idea how excited I was when my FPS was you know like... 0?

There have been two major updates since I last played. The Strain, and Sabotage updates have hit the official servers. I've been reading up on what they have to offer. I mean, most important once AGAIN is performance improvements. I do believe Sabotage had to due with PvP. (Which I have not dabbled a lot into). I'm very curious on how PvP is now, and what not. I will be streaming Wildstar now and then. Because I can without getting crap FPS! I know with the Firefall series I gave an exact number of posts that this series would have. I don't have a clue how much this one will be. I expect more than 4, hopefully more though. I aim for around 8 posts for this one. So, I guess we will shoot for 7 more posts after this one!

Until next time. If you wanna talk about Wildstar, please leave a comment below, or send me a tweet @SirIsaacJewton Cheers!