Being that I just wrapped up my review for Allods, I must move on to something else. I decided to give Champions another go, being that in the beta and early stages of the game I thought it was pretty rough.
The graphics were hard-running and ugly, and the game-play too reminiscent of City of Heroes.
But, I am pleasantly surprised at this return! I am not going to tell too much, being that I need to save a bunch of it up for my www.ablegamers.com review, but you would think that by now I would have learned to give a game a pretty deep few days of gaming before I pass judgment. Still, the game should grab me within the first few minutes, but I am no ordinary player. I have played everything out there, so it is easier for someone like me to miss details because my vision is a little...calloused.
Has the performance improved? Well, the performance is just odd. I can't really explain it, the frame-rates are fine and even with all the goodies turned up, but it has sluggish performance in areas and rubber-banding issues. There are odd graphical glitches, as well, but I finally settled upon a setting that mostly satisfies (I turned off those silly outlines.)
One thing that strikes me is how easy the game is, being that I amn sailing through levels. Within 2 days of play I am already level 13! I wonder, is this what "normal" gamers feel, levels whipping by all the time? I have to admit that (thanks to having asthma issues and having to take medicine that can potentially give me a migraine) I have not been reading all of the clever quest text as much as I normally would, and that definitely speeds things up.
So, is this what everyone else does...clicking on the accept button just to run to the spot on the map?
I don't know, I don't like the speed. I am slowing down a bit since I am feeling better (many asthma meds increase blood pressure which can easily cause a headache) and I am loving some of the neat little quest stories. Right now I am on a mission to rescue some very familiar sounding comic artists and writers, and will soon get another power!
The game is growing on me more and more, which feels strange. I just hated it so much when I first played it.
Oh well, this is my P2P game for the next month (since I am switching to a one game a month plan for sub games) so I hope it stays as fun as it is now.
In the meanwhile, I am off to smash some bad guys.