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The Gaming Gospel

I write about everything that goes with MMORPGs

Author: Limitations

My Hopes and Worries of Wildstar Free To Play

Posted by Limitations Tuesday August 18 2015 at 11:20PM
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So, the beta for Wildstar free to play is in closed beta. I have not tried out the new changes, I am just playing on the live servers for everything to be a surprise for me when it comes out. Like the title says, this is my hopes and worries when the transition arrives. It’s going to be in a list format so bare with me for awhile as we go through this list. Let’s start shall we?

The fall of the community: We all know what happens when any game converts to the free to play system… Sometimes the community goes down hill to gold spammers, jerks/trolls, and overall degrades the value of the game as a whole. I worry about this because i’ve seen it happen before, an amazing community destroyed by the free to play plague. Most of my readers know how much community affects how I perceive and play the game. I hope for the best but I am definitely preparing for the worst outcome possible.


Future content updates: I don’t want to see future updates lack the content as if it were a pay to play game. I don’t want all the updates to be about the cash shop and not actual in-game content. Playable content. We see countless times how the cash shop gets updated regularly and nothing else. I hope Carbine has seen this in past games, and seen how badly it gets receives and changes that format.

Lack of QoL changes: This could go into the future updates section, but I wanted to talk about this separately. As I’ve mentioned many, many, many times before… I want Wildstar to succeed in the MMO Market, I want it to thrive and have a ton of players, and just be an enjoyable experience for everyone. That is, if we lived in a perfect world, which we don’t. I want the game to improve monthly. I believe they said they would keep the pace of content updates every 3 months. Let’s keep the quality of life updates coming, along with the cash shop stuff. (We all know how much the cash shop will probably be updated, and added to).

I honestly beg of you Carbine, listen to the players, keep making this game awesome and don’t let greed push you around. Make this game what you want it to be, now some cash cow that you will give up on in six months. I have high hopes, and high expectations, and maybe I shouldn’t, but I am preparing for the worst, but let’s not make the nightmare come true… Please?

I love Wildstar, and I continue to sub to the game, and I see the potential it has to be an more amazing game than it already is…

My hopes for the game are less than my worries. My general hope is the game flourishes in players, and becomes popular. People will either stay as free to play, or sub to the game and enjoy all the wonderful content the game has to offer. I know a lot of people will try the game once free to play hits, but I want most of them to stay and see the potential the game has. Is that to much to ask for? I sincerely hope not. I’m not as skeptical as many others are, because I like Carbine and their staff (Even if Frost is no longer with them.) I want them to do well, and it’s like a broken record once again, but I really do…

This last message is to Carbine Studios directly. If any of the staff are reading this, please take this to heart…

I want your game to be as successful as many other MMORPGs. I want you to thrive with more of an amazing community, with a bigger player base. We want you to bring quality content to the game that leaves us wanting more and more. I don’t know what’s to much to ask for, so I guess i’ll just stop here. I’ve been a believer since day one, I know i’ve harped on a lot of your problems in the past, but let’s keep them in the past and focus on Wildstar’s bright future… As a long time lover of Wildstar and Carbine, please… Don’t mess this up.


Are you excited for the conversion of free to play? Please let me know in the comments below or tweet me @SirIsaacJewton Thanks again for reading, and as always, I’ll see you in the next post!

To Heavensward![P2]

Posted by Limitations Friday August 14 2015 at 10:36PM
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Well, Warriors Of Light… I have made it. I’ve been playing non-stop and we’ve made it to Heavensward… After days of playing catch up and doing a TON of story quests and other missions, we have made it to Ishgard… What does that mean now? Well, I think I am going to take a route I’ve thought about doing since hitting Ishgard. I’m going to level my Dark Knight class to level 50, before I take on the storyline quests. I think it’ll be a refresher for me, and i’ll enjoy the content more doing it that way, plus I still get to stay a tank! Woo hoo!

Let’s back it up a little first, I just wanted to announce that I got all caught up haha. I really enjoyed patch 2.x-2.55. The storyline was amazing. (I won’t post any spoilers). A lot happened, and watching all the cutscenes and just enjoying the storyline unravelling was so awesome. I’m excited to see where the Ishgard/Heavensward storyline leads to after all that has happened. I was actually kind of shocked to what transpired!

The storyline grind was a little heavy, but it’s my own fault/doing because of how far I was from catching up, so I couldn’t be to like “Oh my god, it’s such a drag.” It felt heavy and long, but it was so worth it, I swear! My buddies are all happy that I finally made it to Ishgard. I’m really stoked for more primals, dungeons, and etc. I heard Alex is really, really hard. At least that is what my FC mates tell me. I still of course need to do the extreme modes of the primals I do have unlocked, but I think I want to save them for my Dark Knight. (Currently level 40). Oh, the dungeon/fate grinds I will enjoy leveling him.

 

It’s not so bad really… It’s a whole new class, whole new rotations I am learning so it’s something new and different so the grind won’t be as bad as the first time I think, and I am staying with my favorite role while doing all of this. Hooray for insta-ques! I will probably eventually try the other two classes that came with the expansion, but for now I am sooo diggin the Dark Knight. Also, I used some fantasia to turn my character into an Au Ra. (Yes, I am that type of person, don’t judge me.)
 

Going back to the 2.x content, the game makes me appreciate well done, well written content. Every fight, every raid, every primal was really thought out, and I enjoyed learning all the different fights, and things like that. Granted it was easier because of my Free Company, but the point remains it was very, very enjoyable. Although some were more annoying than others, it doesn’t take the enjoyability out of it. Which is the great thing.

I’m very curious on how the Heavensward content will match up to previous content. I hope it’s just as good, and hopefully better than the previous content released. My buddy who has already completed the story content in the expansion says it is, and I hope he is correct. I may take a different approach than him though, because he sort of blew through it, and I have learned with all Final Fantasy games, you take the story slowly, and enjoy everything the game has to offer.

 

I doubt I have much to worry about, because of all the high quality content they released so far, I can only imagine how the quality is for the first expansion! Let’s not hype it up all the way, since I am going to be leveling a Dark Knight to 50 before I even touch the quests! I’m still giddy from the thought of it all though. I’m sure patch 3.x will be released before I finish it all, which is fine.

I have no intentions of taking a long break like I did last time, and doing all that catch up work. Although, I don’t want to get too far behind, so I am definitely leveling my DK as fast I can, because I’m not really questing with him, it’s just about power leveling him to 50, then continuing on, if that makes sense at all...   

I sound like a very, very broken record by now, but I am looking forward to what’s next on the adventure. I don’t think the next post will be till after my Dark Knight hits 50. It probably won’t be awhile, but I want the next post to be about Ishgard, and actual Heavensward content, I know that’s lame, but whatever yo. Until next time Warrior’s Of Light!
 

If you enjoyed this post, and would like to talk about FFXIV:Heavensward, please leave a comment below or tweet me @SirIsaacJewton and as always, thank you for reading!

To Heavensward! [P1]

Posted by Limitations Tuesday August 11 2015 at 9:28PM
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Author’s Note:

As many of you know, I have written multiple articles/series on FFXIV. I will not be rebuilding those, instead making a completely different set of articles with a different name. Also, I have did a return to this game series already, and we all know how that went. (I’ll explain later in this post) This first post will be mainly a catch up post, and how my journey to Heavensward content is coming along. Hint: I’m not even close. Thanks for reading, and sorry for all the confusion!

So what’s been happening in the land of Eorzea? A lot recently. Moved servers, different FC, but same old Paladin! Good ol’ Ulamog Yawgmoth. For those of you who don’t remember, or maybe I didn’t even say it, I raged quit the game due to Garuda Extreme… The good news? I got my revenge, and beat the living crap out of her. I’m catching up on Storyline quests, and my next adventure will be World of Darkness 24 man raid! I’m very far behind Heavensward content, but slowly and surely I will get there. Have faith in my little man! (My Paladin Tank, is a Lalafell!)

I don’t want to talk about how far off I am, but I did purchase the expansion, and am looking forward to eventually getting there. How long? Who knows. The journey to get there is what matters. That sounded really cheesy, but that is the best way to put it, also it’s 3:45AM, leave me alone and don’t judge please. A lot of has changed in the game, but the same great atmosphere and community is still there. One of the most wonderful things about the game is the wonderful community it has. I also found a new FC, which I transferred servers for, and I could not be happier with them! (They helped me beat Garuda EX) and will probably help me down the road with more primals and things of that nature.

Of course playing the catch up game isn’t all fun and joy, it’s repetitive, but I’m just looking ahead, and unlocking all sort of content. I’m excited to fight Leviathan, Ramuh, and others! I think my next Extreme Primal is Titan, which I am nervous about, but also excited because I am tanking it!

I love tanking in this game, and I haven’t really done anything else besides it. It is just too much fun, and those que times! Phew! Gotta love quick or instant que pops. Such a joy to behold!

I’m sure when I get to Heavensward I will be making a Dark Knight, those abilities look amazing! They also just look fun to play as well, which is always a plus. Until then I will fully enjoy my little Paladin. (I might get some Fantasia to turn him into the new race Au Ra though)

I know I am missing a lot, and have missed the boat by not doing all of this from when they were released, but at least I am slowly catching up. Did I mention my hatred for Garuda EX? Haha. Alright fine, I know it’s childish to rage quit a game due to a raid/instance but gosh darn she was hard, and I hated her. I know the other ones will be more challenging, but with my new FC, and my new hope I will prevail dang it!

In the Author’s note, I told you all I would explain what happened in the previous series, and why I did what I did… During the time I was writing those, I was playing, maybe 3-4 MMORPGs? I was really trying hard to write everything down, and in the end it just ended up all being scrapped, and one was written, another wasn’t. FFXIV was the one that got scrapped. (Out of the many that did.) I told myself I would be honest with myself, and only do what I thought I could from now on. (If you read my It’s A Rough Road series, that gives you a little insight on what goes on.)

Unfortunately that's how my brain works, and how everything goes on. With finishing the Destiny series, it’s a little relief to focus on FFXIV and one other for right now. That being said, I have a lot of content to cover, and a lot to talk about in between all of what I accomplish in the game.

I’m really, REALLY interested to see how the storyline continues. As many of you all know I am a HUGE fan of the Final Fantasy series, and their story telling. The story line in this game keeps me going for more, and that’s how it's continuing to be. I’m not skipping any cutscenes to save time, I’m just breathing in all the story and loving every moment of it!


We’ll see what happens in part 2 of this series! (It’ll be posted very soon). If you’d like to talk about FFXIV please leave a comment below or tweet me @SirIsaacJewton cheers! Thank you again for your continuous support and views, it means the world to me! 

Destiny[P8] [Final]

Posted by Limitations Saturday August 1 2015 at 12:32AM
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“So Guardian… You are leaving us. It’s a shame… You were one of the good ones. Please, tell us your journey before you depart. Let us remember your deeds before you say goodbye”

Man, it’s been a fun journey. As mentioned in the “It’s A Rough Road” posts, this will be a doozy. A long, probably drawn out post, that will cover everything from the beginning, to the very bitter end of my Destiny journey. Even the next expansion isn’t really hyping the game for me, alas… This is the bitter end, and I want you all to enjoy it with me, in this long, last post. Here we go…

It is fair to say, that the money I spent on the base game, and the season pass was very well spent. I definitely got my money’s worth, even with the woes of the game. I’ve enjoyed a lot of the content, gotten mad at the PvP side, and made some friends along the way. So what’s there to quit? You just said you enjoyed it! Key word. Enjoyed. There is a lot of things that I didn’t enjoy as well, but let’s not harp on that to much shall we? Maybe later. I’m kind of at a loss of words for this.

The majority of it is, I wish it was a different type of game. Open world. Not instanced based. Of course, that didn’t kill it for me. I still had a blast with what the game offers currently. The same cannot be said about the PvP point of the game. (Hand Cannons and Shotguns all day, erry day.) The frustration kicks in, the want to kill someone settles in, and there is nothing you can do about it, because sadly.. You are doing the same thing. Yes, I use Hand Cannons, because I want to win. I am one of the people that I have come to hate. I, hate myself.

Let’s use a weapon that’s easily a two hit kill, if not one. Now I have used different weapons, mostly Scout Rifle, and Sniper, but everyone including me is using Hand Cannons. It’s more frustrating than anything. Some variety? Nope. Hawkmoon, Thorn, The Last Word, thats it. Suffer the wrath of the Hand Cannon. Destiny: The Hand Cannon game. At least, that is what PvP is anyway! I liked pretty much every map, I guess it’s just how weapons are designed is what killed PvP for me. Don’t get me wrong, every FPS Shooter has a “Cheesy” weapon, but nothing like the Hand Cannon.

Another problem with PvP is the blinking. Please nerf, or put a cool down on blinking, just in PvP! I never did use blink, I used triple jump more than anything really. Blinking is just such a pain to deal with.. My reflexes aren’t fast enough to keep up with double blink. It’s so upsetting it’s not even funny. Well, I didn’t play PvP as much as I did PvE, but my dislike for PvP is way above the PvE aspect of the game. There are many more things I could talk about with PvP, but I could go on for pages, and pages… I’ll end it here for now.

Let’s talk about PvE before I venture to other things shall we? Yes, it’s a grind. All games are grindy in a sense, but I have defended the grind in Destiny because it’s an FPS. I have a ton of fun, and challenge (With some things) and the grind does not affect me as much as other games. That being said, it still can get stale and very boring, very quickly! I didn’t make much sense there did I? It’s fun, but can get boring quickly? The same maps, the same quests, the same strikes. I get the same quests, a lot of MMOs have the same type of quests. Maybe, I am just asking to much for a little more variety. I guess that is too much to ask for, who knows?

I don’t know where else to go from here, so I’m going to just talk about stuff that happened along the way. A lot of fun was made since the beginning. I made some cool friends, and some sweet enemies along the way. It’s a bittersweet ending, because it was this FPS MMO, that just wasn’t good enough for me in the end, and as much as I wanted it to be, it just won’t. I think one of the best moments in Destiny is when I did the the first raid, for the first time “Vault of Glass” I did it with a bunch of IRL friends, and didn’t die once! I listened to instructions, and just had a ton of fun doing it. It was challenging, and we did it with the first try!

Although, I wish the game had Matchmaking for raids, one of the things that really gets to me as well, is that! I don’t have the kind of time to find the people for the raid, and then actually do the raid. I may sound a little spoiled there, but I’m sorry, I guess I am accustomed to a LFG tool, or whatever you want to call it. Spoiled me! Don’t get me wrong, once you're into the raid, and hopefully you have a decent group, it is a lot of fun!

Back to another point, despite it’s shortcomings and bad balancing issues, PvP was fun. The adrenaline when you are on a kill streak, the no scope head shots, etc etc. It sort of balances each other out, the love hate relationship with it. Although, I saw myself getting more angry than enjoying myself. That’s not talking about just at the end, I’m talking throughout. To each their own I guess, but I just found myself more angry than anything…

Another thing I would like to talk about, that I didn’t touch on at all during the series was: Storyline. I didn’t feel compelled to follow the storyline at all. I couldn’t tell you much of story because quite frankly it bored me. I don’t know if it’s just me, or what but I found the storyline to Destiny to be very lackluster and ultimately boring. With every game I try to follow the story some what but I don’t know why I couldn’t follow Destiny’s storyline. Did anyone else have this problem? I sort of just breezed through all the quests without following my dialogue or anything. I usually don’t have this problem, but alas I did with this game!

Maybe it was the voice acting, or the lack of depth to the story, I’m not sure. It’s probably a combination of many, many things. I don’t know what else to say about the storyline than it’s bland, and boring. Well, it’s almost time to wrap things up for this series, and Destiny. This became more of a rant post more than an ending to the series, so I apologize for that, but I just write what comes to me, and how I feel I need to end it.

Destiny is a great game, that could have been an amazing game. I know it’s more about personal balance and things like that to me, but you know… I feel like I am not the only one with the opinions I laid out. I will not be buying the Taken King expansion, because I don’t feel the want/need to buy it, and play the game anymore. It’s truly sad, but that’s just how I feel. What else can I say eh?

Who knows what else Bungie can do to the game, but I hope they continue to improve the game. I will definitely still read about Destiny, and things like that, and maybe in a year or two, or whenever Destiny 2 comes out I’ll check it out again. I think the last two weeks of playing the game really put a lot of things into perspective. I was talking to a buddy and sort of just venting and he agreed with every single thing I talked about, and gave his opinion. Telling me pistols will be nerfed when The Taken King expansion comes out, I guess I am tired of it now, and have no patience, to not play half the game until the expansion comes out. Nerf now please!

I’m not even sure if they fixed/added all the things I am talking about, I would come back to play the game more. Interesting eh?

I really tried to ignite my love for the game by doing various other things, playing more with friends rather than solo play, creating the other classes and leveling them, but none of them really gave me that passion back. It’s not you, it’s me Destiny, I assure you. I wanted more than what you had to offer, and continued to offer… My frustration got the better of me, and to that… I say my farewell to you, and take you out of my PS4, and place you back into the place you came from…

It’s been a fun series to write about, and I hope you all have enjoyed it! If you wish to discuss Destiny, if you still like it, or dislike it, please leave a comment below, or tweet @SirIsaacJewton I would love to hear what you all have to say about the game, good or bad. As always, thank you all for reading, and see you in the next post! Cheers!

It's A Rough Road [P9]

Posted by Limitations Thursday July 23 2015 at 2:00AM
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I’ve been thinking lately that I haven’t been posting as much as promised. I’ve been rather busy. Hanging with the girlfriend more and more, and less and less time to play some vidya games. (It’s not all of her fault.) It’s more of my own fault. I’ve spent too much time trying to decide what game to play, rather than playing them. (One of my biggest issues.) It’s between a lot of games really, and I should really limit myself to having only a few games installed at a time. So, what I have decided to do about this, and hopefully it’ll become a long term remedy. I know I’ve stated before that I really only play two or three games at a time, but sometimes I get an itch for more.

What kind of more am I looking for though? I guess, because of the new releases out now, I just want to play them all, but it’s not realistic. I think I was most hyped for Heavensward, the FFXIV expansion, and currently playing that a lot. (Yay, my Paladin!) A bunch of IRL friends renewed their subscriptions and bought the expansion as well, so it’s a joy to run the new content with them. I wonder how long the content will last, and how long will I continue to play it this time around? I never know with myself anymore, and it’s honestly sad. It’s the pain of playing MMORPGs really. It’s a constant rotation for me, and it irks me.

2-3 months of this game, and then 2-3 months of this game, a gigantic circle. Why can’t it be like the old WoW days where I just had one sub for years, and years. Elder Scrolls Online, and Final Fantasy have come very close though. (Final Fantasy is the closest though.) I feel like that rotation needs to end. I need to do my best which I really haven’t been, because I’m so used to this rotation that it’s become the normal for me, you know?

Although, it’s funny how close FFXIV has come with subscription time and time played. There is a difference between the two sadly! I’ve subscribed to WoW just to play a couple of days, and then never touch it again. It’s sad eh? Don’t make fun of me, I am sure other people have done it too! I often wonder what it would be like to just stick with one game, one subscription and then be done with it. Of course, life isn’t that simple and new games come out, older games get updated and life becomes hard again in the MMO world.

It’s not as bad as I am making it out to be though. I am enjoying my time in FFXIV, going through Heavensward content, and playing all the new classes! Dark Knight is by far my favorite, since I love tanking in this game. Although the game does have a multi-class system, and you could technically have all classes on one character, I don’t really do that… That being said, my alt lancer is bringing me a lot of fun. I hope for him to become a Dragoon soon!

What else has been going on eh? I’ve officially stopped playing Destiny, which I will wrap it all up in the last post which will be posted soon. (Soon as in two days.) It’ll be a hefty, long read, so I hope you are all prepared for it. I’ve been jamming to Heroes Of The Storm a lot recently. I have actually put some money into it. (Skins and such, you know.) I gotta look pretty going into battle yo. It’s all fun and games outside the world of true mmorpgs.

I really haven’t written anything substantial in a while, I have been writing some stuff here and there and adding stuff to blogs not posted yet. (Destiny, FFXIV, Etc) It’s rather interesting to see my Google Drive. A lot of stuff haven’t been posted, a lot of in progress things, etc etc. It’s a complete mess, but at least I know what’s going on in there…    

If you are reading this far down, I want to apologize for a lack of direction this post has… It’s around 3 in the morning when I am writing this whole thing and my mind is sort of wandering while I am typing so I guess it’s sort of being represented here pretty strongly. Anyways, to wrap this all up, I will tell you what’s going to be posted in the follow days/weeks/months. I actually have this all planned out this time, hoorah!
Upcoming days: Destiny Final Post

Upcoming Week: FFXIV Heavensward opinions/review

Upcoming months: A series of post about: Shroud of the Avatar, The Repopulation, and Wildstar Free to Play!

I want to be clear on what things I have ended as well, just so people don’t expect another post about a specific game. The series that have concluded, or will conclude as of this post will be:

The Secret World (Sorry)

Destiny (See Above)

Tamriel Unlimited (I’m just going to play the game, and not write about it)

Pathfinder Online (We know what happened here)

Wildstar until free to play transition is live! (It’s still worth a sub though)

Anyways, I hope that clears anything up, and gives you some answers on why I haven’t posted on said games. I’ve just made the decision to conclude them, because I either have no interest in writing them anymore, or have lost interest in the game. I know it sucks, because I kept telling you all, more is coming, more is coming! I’d rather be honest with you now, and with myself that none of that stuff listed above will be written about again. (Besides WS)

Also a huge thank you for my loyal fans/readers. You keep me going with all the views and stuff, it’s really great. I hope more and more come because it just brings a huge smile to my face, and warms my heart that people continue to read my nonsense! Thanks again, and cheers!

Return To Tamriel [P1]

Posted by Limitations Friday June 12 2015 at 1:26AM
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Elder Scrolls Online, buy to play? No way! Heck yeah man, it’s been official for awhile now, and with the console versions available now, It’s no better time to talk about what’s been going down in the world of Tamriel! A lot has happened to be exact, and even though the game did switch to buy to play method, I still have an active subscription. I have seen in recent times the population skyrocket, even more than before. Of course, when any game changes their payment model, you see massive shifts in popularity, but it has remained steady, and overall a decent amount of people have joined in!

One of the biggest fears of this game going this method, is the amount of “trolls” will be in zone chats, and stuff like that. There are a few more than usual, nothing the mute function can’t fix, but they are still there and annoying. With how the game’s atmosphere is, a lot of the newer folks are really nice, and the community is as helpful as ever for the newcomers. I’ve personally helped a few people, and it’s really nice to see people asking questions and getting good answers, and not someone saying “Just Google it.“

In all reality though, the community is still as awesome as always, and I hope it continues to be that way for a long time to come. I think the majority of the time I am talking to my multiple guilds. (I have 3, but two of them are for trading purposes.) It’s a feature that I was hesitant about, but as the game grew on me, so did this unusual feature. I know this is sounding more of a re-review but I’ll get to what I am actually doing in a moment, promise. I’m just happy to see the community still thrive and be as generous as it was in launch.

Alright, so my mage got to veteran ranks, and I wanted to really try something new. Nightblade was my last choice of all the four classes, but I decided to give it a shot, and I was super surprised on how much I am enjoying the class. I am currently dual wielding, and doing a dual magicka and stamina build. I haven’t tried PvP with the class yet, as I am wanting to just do PvE at the moment. I am reading all the quests, and doing more of the mage’s guild and fighter’s guild than before. I did explore a lot on my mage, but this time I am really just taking it all in.

I’m also doing more PvP, and exploring crafting more and more. I didn’t really craft much, or find a use for it on the first go around, but this time, I’m taking the game as I would Skyrim, or the Witcher and just feel the whole game. Sounds cheesy and what not, but I’m doing the things I wish I did the first play through. I honestly know where this character is heading, and what I want him to do, which is fairly uncommon for me since most of the time I wing it, unless it’s more open I.E Path Of Exile, or a more sandbox like game.

Most of my preparation went into skill guides and such, trying to figure out what would be best, but then I thought this is Elder Scrolls, everything can work out in the end. I mean, I say that but knowing me I could screw up a character easily, don’t judge me. I know I talked somewhat about RPing in the game before, and I must say the RP guild I was in the previous posts have grown so much, and it’s gotten to be a lot more fun with more serious people joining in.

I actually love RPing in this game, especially with people who take it seriously, involve lore and everything. I know that makes me a huge nerd, and a huge lore nerd but it’s seriously so much fun. I recommend you at least try light RP to give it a try, it makes the game so much more fun! To fully enjoy RP, you have to try you know? I can’t half ass RP, because then it’s just not fair to the other people giving it 100%, at least that is how I feel. I have a question for people who have RP in this game, or various other games. Do you take it as seriously as I am talking about, or do you just take it lightly? I’m very curious about it.

For those of you who have tried Elder Scrolls Online since the buy to play, and for those of you who have returned as well… What are your thoughts on the game? Positive? Negative? Let me know in the comment section please! I’m really enjoying the game all over again thanks to my Nightblade! If you are returning, or just joining in, I really recommend you find a nice guild to join, even multiple ones, they make the game so much better. Community is just an important part of this game to me.

If you play the PC version, and would like some tips/advice in-game, please add me in-game @IsaacJewton, I will be playing on my NB the majority of the time under the name “Consume The Meek”. If you enjoyed this post, and would like to discuss it, please leave a comment below or tweet me @SirIsaacJewton Cheers!

Destiny[P7]

Posted by Limitations Wednesday May 20 2015 at 11:14PM
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It’s been long awaited, and House of Wolves was just released… How is Destiny? Let’s find out shall we? It’s been a long, long break since I last wrote about Destiny, but I’ve written other things to make up for it, so don’t hate me to much. I’ve been streaming the game more and more though, I swear! I think the biggest question is, does the game still bring me the fun and joy it once did since we last talked? The answer is well… sort of.

It’s a known thing that most online FPS shooters are well repetitive. In Destiny, you do the same strikes, play the same PvP maps and so on and so forth, we’ve talked about this before. The game continues to get updates, and like I stated in the first sentence, House of Wolves was just released, the second expansion for the game, adding new and cool stuff. Why am I saying sort of though, shouldn’t I be happy new things have arrived? Some of the core things I wished for the game to have, isn’t really here yet. I haven’t really complained about it on here, more with my IRL buddies that I play with.

I’ll touch on House of Wolves in a different post, I merely spoke about it because well, it’s here. Let’s get to what’s been going on with how the game is playing with me. I’ve been playing a ton more PvP and getting more and more angry. Handguns like Thorn, The Last Word, and Hawkmoon have been destroying me left and right. I don’t own any of those guns, my RNG hasn’t been blessing me lately, and I’m getting two shotted by all three of those guns with little to no reaction time.

I don’t mind getting destroyed, I really don’t. My K:D might be terrible, but my W:L ratio is pretty high, at least I’d like to think that… The majority of my deaths come from the three guns I just talked about, and that is what makes me angry. When I die, and see those names on my death recap, it just irritates the hell out of me. My IRL buddy tells me when he wants to win he’ll pull out his Thorn and just annihilate everything in sight with it. I’m over here using my scout rifle, and auto rifle like a turd. On a positive note though, I am pretty good with a sniper rifle! That pretty much sums up PvP though. I play Control and Clash most of the time, and every single time at least two people on the enemy team has a Thorn, I swear to you! I’m not lying!

My main gripe with the game right now is the lack of raid matchmaking. I usually don’t have time to gather people up for the raid, and when I do, we usually just fail. Getting my IRL buddies to do the raid is hard as hell, because they have done them a ton of times, and would rather just PvP now. A honest fact about my friends, they actually hate the PvE side of the game, and spend probably 90% of their time just straight PvP. I’m the exact opposite but I will admit PvP is growing on me a lot! If Bungie somehow added Raid matchmaking the game would be heaven for me, but I just don’t have/want to take the time to get people to do it. (Even the new stuff)

I play the game every other day now, so I don’t get burned out, but I still feel burned out on sessions of 2-3 hours. I will play a certain amount of PvP, and PvE before getting off, but it seems to getting fewer and fewer unless I am on a roll with PvP, or with IRL friends. That being said though while playing the game, it does bring me a ton of joy and fun. Looking forward to Xur every week, and then getting pissed every week when he doesn’t have what I want/need. I do pretty much everything the game has to offer (I do raid, just not often) and find it really entertaining, but I can’t see it going much further though, unless they add raid matchmaking and new stuff. I don’t even think adding a new class, or more subclasses would do me much justice. I could always make a new class, but the replayability of the game isn’t there to support that. My friends have multiple classes maxed out, but I can’t justify doing that for myself, I would get bored way too quickly. I even hate leveling Light levels on the character I do have! Why would I want to do it again, you know? I know all of this sounds awful, but it’s the truth. The game isn’t all peaches and cream, it’s becoming a dull but beautiful wasteland.

Let me expound on that a little further though. It’s a beautiful game, and has given me countless hours of entertainment with all the quests, strikes, and kills and deaths in PvP, but what else can the game offer me? In terms of MMO standards not much. As in terms of an action shooter, I don’t much more it can offer me besides the game being updated with expansion content. Since I did purchase the season pass, and intend to play all of the new content and future expansion content, but the game still feels somewhat empty to me.

Maybe it’s not enough of an MMO to me? It’s not that open world feeling that I want? I don’t know, but I can tell you it’s slowly coming to me that it’ll never be what I need it to be. It has it’s super strong points in fun and game play, but then you get down to the details and you sort of realize I’m doing the same thing every single time. Defending that point though, that’s what we do in all MMORPGs, we grind, and do X quests, gather X this, or kill X that. Yet there isn’t things that can distract me, from the normal grind. I know Destiny is not a full fledged MMORPG, but I would like things to distract me from that “normal grind.” We can do some PvP here and there but that’s just becoming a chore…

I can still see myself playing the game every other day and streaming the game when I do, and enjoying the time I do play the game. It’s just slowly withering down to what I am seeing, and what I am seeing is what I am telling you now. It offers what I like, but not enough of it. Maybe there just isn’t enough content to satisfy me? I’m not sure how I could truly word it without sounding stupid. On the bright side, I have some really good IRL friends that I play with in PvP, and I hardly lose so that’s always a good thing haha.
In closing, I am going to continue to play, write, and stream the game and furthering my character into new content. Take what you will from all of this, but I am defiantly seeing more sour days than good. The next post will talk about the House of Wolves expansion, and see how it goes from there. Thanks again for reading! The stream for Destiny is www.twitch.tv/isaacjewton

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It's A Rough Road [P8]

Posted by Limitations Thursday May 14 2015 at 1:39AM
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This is actually going to be a more personal blog, and how gaming has really impacted my life. Even though that’s really silly to say. I’m going to start with a story that will end up going to what my main point is. I’ve been writing for a long time now, and I really wanted to talk about how I go into the whole “hardcore” gaming scene. I’ve touched on this probably in the past, but I really can’t remember how in detail I went, so I thought with this being the 8th part of this series, I could tell you a little story, and some more background information!

The woman I thought I was going to marry suddenly broke up with me, blocking me essentially every way she could in her life. I haven’t spoken to her since that day, which has been years, but this situation really broke the mold for me, that entered me into all of this. She was my escape from all my depression, she was my escape from almost everything you know? I needed to find a replacement, a holder for that, until I got something more permanent. I was really into CS:S at the time, and just played some Gungame, and some other mods.

I really got into a mod called Jailbreak, and I was on a specific server almost all day. My job back then was only weekends, so basically I played this every day all day. I was captured by this, and made so many friends who I still talk to on a daily basis and game with. Some of my best friends are people I haven’t met, and I hope I will meet one day! I found that fix I needed, but then you know things changed, and I sort of just got over the whole jailbreak mod, and needed something else.

I got into console games, bought an XboX 360, and jammed basically to Black Ops, and Gears of War 3. What happened with Jailbreak, literally happened to Gears of War 3! I was on it constantly, I was watching YouTube videos, streams on how to get better. I was determined to be so good at this game. I left the game with a 3:1 W/L Ratio, and a 2.5 K:D Ratio. I was showing off my skills to my IRL buddies, clutching 1v5 victories, doing some sick moves and loving every minute of it. I was impressing people online, had a lot of friends on there as well, but then the XboX one came out, and along with the PS4, and I didn’t have the money to upgrade, so I just sat back and watched my friends with the next-gen consoles have at it.

That brought in basically what is the present: PC Gaming. As I am now, I was addicted to MMOs. Of course, I dabbled in World of Warcraft before all of this happened, so it wasn’t a new scene for me, but it felt like it after the whole console thing. (I want to make it clear, that I was still playing some PC games, while this whole “Console Era” happened.) My parents were kind enough to buy me a new gaming PC, and I just went off with games like League of Legends, Dota 2, and some MMOs! That pretty much leads into present day. I began writing about all my adventures, and I think I have a few followers that read every post, or I would hope I have some. I’ve been doing this thing for a long while now, you know?

As with everything, it matures and you grow fond over it, but you just want to expand on everything. Gaming became that fix I needed, that hole that was once there has now been filled and it was a great feeling. I grew more and more fond playing video games reviewing them, talking about them, and it became a great source of freedom. It was mine, this is mine. It’s become ours now. It’s not just my blog, it’s the reader’s blog. I listen to people, and review the games that you all want to see. It’s no longer some sheltered thing, where I name my blogs off song names. I’ve become a better reviewer, I don’t think I am as boring as I once was. It’s all sort of just melded together perfectly. There are a lot of things that I have gone over that need to be fixed, and improved upon but I am getting there.

With all of this, you’d think I would see a bright future ahead of me right? I don’t see colors in the world… I see the world in black and white. As much as I wish to see colors in the world, I am stuck on two colors, and that’s all I see. I see hope, and I see failure. I think you can all guess what I see more of. I want to see a brighter future, I don’t want to see judging eyes everywhere, ready to pounce at all my failures. I want to see me stream more, I want to see me ramp up my writing to 2-3 posts a week, but, I can’t see it. I see the failure before the hope/dreams.

I have hopes that one day I will actually work as a writer for MMORPG.com or various other sites, getting paid to do what I love. I would love to see one of my posts hit 2,000 views… It’s just not so simple for me. I’m a 24 year old dude, who loves to write about games, but sees doom and gloom before hopes and dreams.  I keep going though, I keep writing, and I’m still getting used to streaming, but there really isn’t a rainbow at the end. It’s just more of the same. I said I had hopes, and I want to continue to have them. I just wish I could do more.

I am saddened by the fact that I can’t do more. I’m sort of just stuck here writing about games that I play. I love doing that, but I just want to do more. I don’t know if it’s reaching a bigger audience, wanting more viewers or what, I just want, and have the need for more. I want to break barriers, and I’m trying that out with streaming. I’m only streaming Destiny right now, which is what I wanted to do in the first place, but ultimately that’s a start to hopefully something bigger and better, you know? We start with Destiny and move our way up! I think that’s a good way to start, you know?

I’m curious on where this all will take me next. Will I revisit old games? Will I broaden my horizons with Alpha games, like I did with Pathfinder, which wasn’t much of a success. Although other games may be, I’m not ruling anything out. I know I told myself I wouldn’t do Alpha access games, but there really isn’t anything left. I know that sounds unusual of me to say, but it’s true. There are games that I want to give a try, but haven’t. One of them is probably EvE online. I hear mix things about it, that you need to have a specific taste to enjoy it, there are lots of spreadsheets, and politics. The politics part I heard about sounded amazing to me.

Games like FFXIV, SWTOR, GW2, WS, and other “Themepark” MMOs aren’t just doing for me anymore. I need something new, something fresh. If you have read this far, would you like to see an Alpha game be reviewed, or maybe EvE? If so, please tell me your thoughts about the games you’d like to see, or have any perspective on Eve Online. That would be awesome of you to tell me. That’s all for this one. See you all in the next post!

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Pathfinder Online: It's Not Pretty[P1]

Posted by Limitations Sunday May 3 2015 at 10:51PM
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Uhh, I don’t actually don’t know where to start on this one… The title really says it all, but in my normal fashion, I will give you what I have seen so far, and played so far. It’s not pretty at all.For starters, I do like the PnP version of Pathfinder, and I have told many of you before I used to DM for my PnP D&D group a long time ago for a long time. When I heard there would be an MMO version of Pathfinder I got kind of excited, but then… I started reading all about what it’s about. The game is a very, very alpha state, now normally that wouldn’t be a bad thing right? They are charging a monthly fee, the standard rate of 15$ to play the Alpha!

Isn’t that kind of odd? I play a monthly fee for completed games, with little bugs, and lots of content. I don’t want to play a monthly fee for an “Alpha” state game. I got into Alpha by paying the 30$ to get in, and got a free month like most games offer, and I wanted to see what this is all about. I make my character with minimal features for character creation, and step into the world, and that’s when the horror started. I know that sounds really, really harsh but that’s just how it was.

I know the game is in Alpha, and yada yada, but the animations… Dear God the animations were atrocious. I’ve seen some bad games before, but this really tops the list of awful animations. Before I get into that more, I want to talk about something else. The game offers a tutorial, that really doesn’t give a lot of information, and I couldn’t even complete the darn thing. It bugged out on me multiple times, and the few people that were responsive to me, told me to re-log and that should fix the problem. No problemo, but no… It didn’t fix it. I made a new character, tried it all over again and yet I couldn’t even get past the tutorial.
 

I filed a bug report to help out, and was given the response “The stuff you get from it, you don’t really need.” Gee, thanks. First impressions are everything right? Well in this case, it started out the worst of the worst. “Give it a break Josh, it’s in Alpha state.” Agreed, but if I’m going to be paying monthly for this game, can I at least get past the darn tutorial and get my reward? Nope, I have to stick it out, and just deal with it.

Okay, let’s go into more detail about the animations that were atrocious. The running animation literally made my eyes bleed… Okay it wasn’t that bad, but you get the point. Combat was very sluggish, and I felt like my character would just limp and even though my character was holding a weapon, it would bug out and just show his arms. I can get over all of this, since it’s a work in progress. In time those can be iron’d out and make it look better. The thing that gets me the most is, they expect me to pay a monthly fee for this. (You will hear me say this a lot).

You can get into this game now with the thirty dollar special they have now. That like I said gives you a month free and all sorts of stuff. Though, the CEO of Goblinworks, the people who develop the game, Ryan Dancey has told his community, that they are not doing enough to bring new people in. So, I’m going to dedicate this next portion of the post to Ryan directly, because this makes me a little upset.
 

I don’t mind that you said that, but disturbs me the most is that you really think I’m going to go out to the public, and say “Hey, for 30$ and a monthly fee, you can try out a game that’s in alpha state, and is constantly improving itself over time!” People are not going to buy that, not in this day of online gaming. I have a hard time getting my friends to try polished games, but you are going to sit there and tell the players they aren’t doing enough? I’m sorry, but that’s just not how it works. Isn’t it your job, your company’s job to get new people flowing in? I’m pretty sure you’d get a ton of people just by dropping the sub. Thirty dollars isn’t bad for me, but that monthly sub is what will kill you.

You may argue that the game has a ton of potential, which it may have, you may have a ton of arguments to make, which is all fine. I’m not looking to start anything, I’m just asking you to look at reality, and maybe change up somethings. I know bills have to be paid, employees have to be paid, but this won’t last in the long run, and you need to think about that. You may have future plans for the game, but dear God, it doesn’t look pretty. I want a clear justification to why the sub fee to what I can clearly say that it is not worthy of one. I don’t expect a response, but in all honesty… You make me worried about the future of gaming. Sorry Sir, but that’s just how I feel.

I know that’s all harsh, but I dunno, maybe that’s all not needed but I just wanted to get it all out. I’ll continue to play the game, and see what happens down the road, but for now… This is all I really have to say folks… Cheers

It's A Rough Road [P7]

Posted by Limitations Saturday April 18 2015 at 11:16PM
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I’ve been thinking a lot about how to spice things up, what should be done to improve my writing style and experience. I’m kind of worried I’m becoming bland, and everyone will get bored. I’ve been doing this for a long time, it’s a known fact, I’ve been doing this before I started “publishing” on MMORPG.com, with my own blog. (Gaming Gospel). I’ve written about plenty of games, there is enough to make a list, but I am too lazy to write it all out. Sorry!

I’ve even re-reviewed games like I am currently doing with Wildstar. I feel kind of empty lately, sort of hollowed out of writing.

I’ve been thinking about it really, and I’ve been writing all this time, and really haven’t found my clique yet. I’ve evolved my own writing style, even started talking about console games, and even that didn’t really click with me enough to warrant me to like write all about it, or review more console games. (Evolve, GTA, Etc). I don’t talk much about Mobas, or TCG games, because that’s just not my thing to write about, people do it better than me, and I know that so I let that one just go.

I sort of just stuck with the whole MMO thing, and I guess that’s just my thing you know? The problem with that is, as I have stated before I switch way too many times. We all know that’s a huge flaw about me and my whole MMO experience, but you know, that’s just who I am I guess. I’ve been trying harder to stick with a game, but it’s kind of hard to stick just to one you know? I really, really, REALLY wish I didn’t have this problem, but I do. I’ve been thinking this past couple of weeks while on vacation and such to remedy this problem to more a better situation for myself, and for the readers.

It’s kind of stupid in a way to write about a game so much then just stop all the sudden. (Sort of like all my past series). It’s stupid because maybe someone is really into that series, then they go “Wait, what… He’s writing about this game now? What happened to this game?” If someone has said that, I am truly sorry. If you have, please tweet me the game @SirIsaacJewton and I will see what I can do about extending that series some more.
 

It’s not from laziness or anything I can promise you that, I just keep switching, and switching… I talked about a remedy, and while I was in vacation in Seattle I didn’t get to play a lot of games, I was just spending time with my family, and really enjoying that but in the downtime, I often wondered “What games do I want to play?” Of course the games I review I want to play, but like it’s not a “Want want”. I know that’s confusing but I hope you understand it haha. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been thinking about what I really want to play, and if I would enjoy talking about it.

Because I’ve been so on and off about talking, and some games I just said “Nah, people don’t like this” and quit, or just did not find the need/want to talk about it more. There has been one game that keeps coming back to me as wanting to write more. I have written about it before, but if I started it back up, I would just completely forget that I have written about it before and just start anew. That just makes more sense to me, you know? I know that kinds of defeating the purpose of talking about it before, but yeah…
I’ll name the game at the end of the post, because I wanted to actually focus on something else. As you see with the new Wildstar posts, I’ve been trying out a new writing style. At least for the re-reviews. I’ve been taking parts of the games that have improved, or that I want to talk about it and talk about them.

Usually three parts at a time. I think that ends up better for everyone involved because it’s more structured and there is a less chance that I will go off-topic and I can just focus on those three things instead of just doing whatever comes off the top of my head. I can get the things I am going to talk about (The three parts) and then I can talk about whatever I want to end it, you know? Don’t give up on me people, I’ll get everything perfect, just give me some time.
You’d think I would have fixed the whole problem by now eh? I would think that as well, but it’s just not reality.

Well, I told you what game it was that has been always wanted to write more about, it’s almost like it’s calling me to write about it, but… Yeah. The game is actually: Guild Wars 2! Yeah, I don’t think anyone was expecting that name eh? No? I thought so! :P

What’s so special about the game, and why does it matter to me? A little background with my relationship with the game. I bought the game, and dabbled with it a little bit, and just really never took off. I went back to the game after a while and then I progressed further into the game, and the same thing happened. How the game is built, and how many great things the game offers is why it still sort of “haunts” me that I haven’t talked about it more. I keep wanting to pursue it more, and then I’m just like “Eh.” I guess that’s a bad attitude to have about it, but I can’t really help it at this point.

I think I will just take my time with the Wildstar thing, and then just wait for Guild Wars 2 afterwards. I’m really committed to my time in Wildstar, and I don’t want to take any focus away I have on it right now. I’m just super impressed with the game right now, which is why I haven’t put it down so far. Although, I am sure down the road I will find things that I don’t like, but that’s all part of the process. I will keep doing the format for Wildstar, and if I like it enough, I will use the same format for Guild Wars 2. With of course having a unique name for it. I just gotta have a unique name for it. If you are a long-time reader you know that for a fact.

To wrap it all up, I just want to thank you all once again for the views and the overwhelming support through the years. I will continue to write about Wildstar, and when it’s time for me, I will start the Guild Wars 2 posts. So you will want to stay tuned for that, I will probably update the status on everything when I write part 8 of this series. Thanks so much again everyone! If you enjoyed this post, and would like to talk about it, leave a comment below or tweet me @SirIsaacJewton