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I write about everything that goes with MMORPGs

Author: Limitations

TESO: A Updated Perspective

Posted by Limitations Monday December 28 2015 at 1:14AM
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It’s been awhile since I last talked about The Elder Scrolls Online. It is the only MMORPG right now that I hold an active subscription for, even though the game did go buy to play. I’ve been playing the game on and off since launch basically and have had some ups and downs with the game, but it seems I have grown fond of the game, hence the active subscription and I have played pretty much every aspect of the game. The game has seen some very quality updates to the game. Imperial City, and Orsinuim. So, what have I been doing in the land of TESO? You’re about to find out…

I just finished my Dragon Knight playthrough to VR levels, and with the news of VR levels being removed, I am very, very happy about that. I was fond of VR levels at first, but as my second and third character got to them, the prospect of them being removed seemed very, very enjoyable. I am now theorycrafting for what I am going to do with my fourth VR character, which will be a Templar. I feel kinda ashamed, since I purchased the Imperial Edition of the game, every character I have made is Imperial. Don’t judge me. I’m currently figuring out what build he will be taking, what armor he will be using and what weapons he will be using. It is almost more enjoyable theorycrafting than actually playing… Well, maybe not to that extreme, but you get me point.

I can’t tell you how much fun and frustration I have had with my other three characters, and no they aren’t left in the dust, I still login to help my guildies with VR stuff on my Nightblade. Yes, Nightblade is still my favorite class, but we will see if Templar has anything to say about that. I really enjoyed the skillset Nightblade brings, and the versatility the class overall brings. It was a lot of fun leveling, questing with that guy. I feel like my Templar will be a tank/healer because I have not made a tanky character yet, more of my guys have been the sort of jack of all trades. I’m curious if I go that route how he will turn out. I put a lot of thought and really plan out all of my builds before I go adventuring in the lands of Tamriel.

I talked a lot about roleplaying in the game and how it had a presence for me in the game. It still does. I am currently in one very active RP guild in the game, and it really has made the fun factor in the game skyrocket. Now, roleplaying isn’t for everyone, but I really suggest you try it out. The atmosphere in which the game provides really adds a nice element for Roleplaying. When I am burned out of questing, or doing some crafting I roleplay more than usual, and have a ton of fun doing it. The people you roleplay with really impact the enjoyment factor the most. I have been lucky enough to find a mature roleplaying guild that takes it very seriously. (Yes, we are a bunch of nerds.) I roleplay as a character missing his memory, and my guildmates are trying to help me recover all the lost knowledge my character once had.

Being an ex-DM for a huge DnD group this is just awesome for me to have. I really, really enjoy all of what we do in the guild and it really makes me miss my D&D days. Moving on…

The game has won the MMORPG of the year award from this very site, which is awesome… Does the game in my opinion actually deserve the award? Yeah, I think it’s definitely the most improved of the bunch I have played in the year 2015, and like I said, I still hold an active subscription. FFXIV would be a very close second to the award, but since I have had more enjoyment with TESO, TESO gets the award for me as well. Spot on.

The game doesn’t come with it faults though. (Rose tinted glasses off). There are still some bug annoyances that I don’t know why still exist, and the game defiantly isn’t for everyone. Just like any other game though, right? There are still some issues with PvP, and VR levels and the game practically being 85% soloable. It is a solo players paradise in a sense, and for a person who likes to play in groups, not so much. Don’t get me wrong, if you got a few buddies you want to level with and enjoy the game with, you can do that. It is just that the game can be solo’d so easily. Most of the content is soloable, except for dungeons and such. Although, I have seen a DK solo a group dungeon before, it took him awhile but he did it…

The main problem I have with the game right now is VR levels, I won’t delve too much into it because they are being removed sometime next year, hopefully sooner rather than later. I used to enjoy them, but not so much after my third VR character. Heh, how times have changed really.

Once VR levels are removed and they implement something else, which I am very excited and nervous to see, I will update you on that. It’s a problem that’s being fixed at least, and hopefully for the better. I am honestly excited to see what they put in place of VR levels, so it’s a wait and see type of thing right now sadly… (I know there’s talk about what they are going to do, but nothing is final)

Since 85% of the game is infact soloable, how do we deal with the grind? What can we do to pass the time? There is multiple things to do in the game, and unfortunately all of it revolves around that grind. Whether it would be level the multiple guilds in the game, find all the skyshards, crafting or pvp. There is a ton of stuff to do in the game, so you don’t have to focus on the main storyline, or the quest storyline you are doing now. That’s why I joined a nice roleplaying guild, and two very populated trading guilds. I don’t do a lot of selling myself, I just do a ton of buying for making guild mates sets. Of course, there is a lot of grind leveling the undaunted guilds, fighter guilds and mages guild. Each of their storylines are fun, and it kind of gives you a break from the main storyline. Choices you make can impact how the story goes, and how it unfolds at the end.

With so much being soloable, it does not impact the gameplay experience for me one bit. I am more of a solo player than I would say a group based player. The solo adventure is just fine for me, and I am okay with admitting that. Group content however that I do is with my guild mates, and or the new LFR tool. (Mostly guildies though.) The group content can be hard depending on who you have for a leader, and how informed your party members are. Which is why getting into a nice guild helps here a lot. I like the group content in the game, and doing pvp with friends is a lot more enjoyable even if it’s a zergfest.

Even with all the time played and how many characters I have truly gone through, I still find new stuff to do and still find the game really enjoyable. So, why did I go on and off with it so much? I retained a sub even when I didn’t play the game for the better portion of when I didn’t play. I was found new and shiny things to go to, when they did come out, but I always came back to TESO when the shiny faded. It’s sort of become the new World of Warcraft to me, in a sense. I just hope it doesn’t become stale like World of Warcraft did. Let’s not jinx myself alright? You get my point!

Let’s be real here though… TESO is one hell of a game, and one hell of a MMORPG. It has a lot of good things, and a few negatives about the game. It’s not perfect, but no game is. It has immersion that I want and need in a game, along with excellent questing and multiple, multiple storylines. That is what I also love so much about this, the immersion factor. It’s just there and there is plenty of it. It keeps the boredom down, and the fun factor high. Always a plus, right?

For current and past players, what keeps you playing, and what has made you quit the game?

I would love to hear all of your opinions!

I think with the plans Zenimax has for the future of the game it looks really good, and I am excited to see what is in store. I know the Thieves Guild is coming, and I am super duper stoked for that!

Also for the removal of VR levels like I’ve stated a dozen times. I think I’ll finish the theorycrafting for my Templar tonight and continue the adventure in Tamriel. It’s gonna be another fun ride. If you want to discuss this blog, please leave a comment below, or tweet me @SirIsaacJewton

You can also catch my adventures in Tamriel at www.twitch.tv/isaacjewton

Can Wildstar Be Saved?

Posted by Limitations Monday December 21 2015 at 2:11AM
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Wildstar launched in 2014, and I have been keeping a very close eye on it ever since. Purchased the game since launch, and have had installed, and reinstalled many of times. It has sort of “relaunched” as free to play and has seen a good spike in population since, at least the PvE server, but what about the game as a whole? What is there to save? Is it worth saving? Does it have any sort of future? Let’s talk about it shall we? I’ve talked about Wildstar a lot this year, and since it’s been launched, but I really want to get into more technical stuff rather than gameplay. I want to ask the harsh question for last though: Does the game deserve to be saved? Harsh it may sound, and I’ll answer it at the end after I get all of my stuff out there… Sigh, it’s been a rough, rough year for Wildstar…

I really do love Wildstar, and I want to get that out there,and the title seems rather odd since I love the game with such a different passion. I’ve always said I like the Carbine team, and I like the game in general, but it’s just so hard to see a future for the game, even if you do love the game. What do I mean by future though? I want the game to see consist updates with decent content. Whether it would be PvP or PvE, and I know there will be some information about drop #7 in Jan, so I am excited to see that, but how small is the Wildstar team now? Do we even know?

Do we even want to know is the real question? Would that just justify all the doom and gloom knowing the truth?

There has been so much doom and gloom around this game since it’s inception really that it has really taken a toll on the people who haven’t even tried the game! All they here is what literally I am typing right now, doom and gloom. Am I adding to that? For right now yes, because I want to try to prove a point, a much needed point from me at least. Yes, I do feel bad for dishing out some doom and gloom out myself, but I will get to the good points, I swear to you, please keep reading.

I feel like for an outsider, and for the people currently playing the game, all we see is doom and gloom and with good reason. Sometimes there is no merit in games with doom and gloom, but it seems like this game, there is a lot of merit involved when you really think about it.

I can’t tell you how many times I have tried this game over and over. It’s been installed on my computer ever since Free to Play launch though, because it has a very good cash shop. There is no need for really a subscription unless you want the perks listed for it, and the cash shop to me, is very, very balanced and non pay to win. When it comes to free to play games, even when they are switching from a sub, new players will look and judge off that cash shop. We all know it’s true, we all do it as well. From that perspective, it is a really nice balanced cash shop like I said. Some may have a different opinion though, but I like it, and I hope they do not add any pay to win elements in the future.

The core of the game though, as in graphics, gameplay, and other things are not for everyone. The graphics are very cartoony, and the gameplay is more action oriented than most other MMORPGs in the competition. Yes, it’s more dodge the red lines, and get out of the red circles, but it adds a good element to the game and makes the grinding much less well grindy. It’s definitely not for everyone though, and it shows. Housing is a great thing in the game, and even though I most of the time ignore housing features, it’s really a fun addition and much more laid back. Something to do while you need downtime from raiding or pvping. It’s just another fun addition to the game, which it needs. It’s relaxing, enjoyable for some, and with the graphics style really cool to look at. If you go on the forums, or even YouTube it, some people make the craziest, most awesome things in the game. I am sometimes jealous that they take all the time to do all that stuff, maybe I just need some more patience eh? Maybe I just need to get better at housing, probably both… Yeah, both.

A lot of people say that Wildstar should have launched as a free to play title in June of 2014, instead of a subscription based game. I was a firm believer of the subscription model for the game, which was probably a lot of false hope that it would retain that, but for the longevity of the game and probably for the better future of the game it switched to the free to play model. Thinking about it now, I don’t think it would work as a buy to play model like Elder Scrolls Online. The game was burning quickly, and free to play help kill the flames. The game is still however burning, but I think it will repair in time, if the time is given.

Plagued with optimization problems, server problems, and overall lack of population the game was rendered a do not enter zone by a lot of people and still is. Maybe it went after the wrong target audience, or maybe it was just poor management overall. Don’t worry Carbine, I still love you. A lot of core people who were with the game at the beginning are gone. Stephen Frost is now with Blizzard, and Tony Rey works for NCSoft (Publisher of Wildstar). A lot of core people left, and we are sort of wondering now, what next? There has been content made since some of the core people left, and overall it’s been very good. Even though drops were consistent as promised, we can all see clearly why they weren’t.

Those optimization problems are still there, but nowhere as bad as they were during launch. I can get 60FPS on max settings pretty much everywhere except Thayd (Major city in the game). Again, this is what it should have been at launch. I think the majority of us believe the game was rushed, and should have been more polished, but I think we can all blame NCSoft for that. I seriously would rather have a game that has more polish and optimization and waited a little longer, than have what we had a release. It was a crap show and we all know it, I will say it for us.

I feel like I’m just repeating myself from previous post, probably because I am. Sad isn’t it? Alas, there is hope… Is it just me though? That’s the real question. We all have hopes and dreams for various games, where they be single player games, FPS games, etc. Mine sort of stick with Wildstar and it’s really kind of hard to keep those hopes and dreams alive. Not because the gameplay is bad, or the core of the game is terrible. It just seems to me free to play wasn’t enough, damage has been sustained, and they are repairing very, very slowly.

I tweeted to Tony Rey is NCSoft had high hopes for the games, or something along the lines of that, and he replied that they did. Instead of shutting the game down completely, which NCSoft has a history of doing. (Poor TR) they did the free to play transition, which given their history of shutting down games that weren’t doing so hot, is giving me hope. Maybe they do see something in the game after all? They do have more a picture of the future than we the players do, they have a better roadmap, etc. I really want wish to see that roadmap, and see what NCSoft sees in the game. I can’t tell you how many Reddit post, or forums post about the game being dead, or how long does this game have to live. Doom and gloom people, doom and gloom. Like I said before, damage has been sustained but anything can be repaired right? Please tell me everything can be repaired, even if you don’t believe it, tell it to me for my sake please. (I may be a little over dramatic there…)

If Carbine came to me today and said “Hey, I know it looks bad, but trust us, we have a bright future ahead of us”. I would believe them, but I would be very hesitant about it. Just because I don’t want to get these high hopes about new content updates, and then only to have cash shop additions and that is it. None of us want that, we want solid content updates. New PvE, PvP content, we want it all dammit, give it to us! In January, we are supposed to get information about Drop #7 and they better “Wow” us dammit. I want to be amazed. I want to see post free to play content just be as good as pre free to play content. I know it’s not much to ask for, but…

Do I think the game can be saved? Yeah, I think it can be, but 2016 needs to be a extremely good year for Wildstar. Fresh content needs to be had, and needs to have a steady pace. Even if it’s in small batches or fewer big batches, no matter how it happens, it needs to happen. There are 365 days in the year, and every single day needs to be good for Wildstar to repair most of the damage. Maybe it will take longer than a year, that is when we really need NCSoft to say “Hey, we like the game, we have hopes for the game. If you don’t give up, we won’t”. Just because NCSoft has a history of shutting down games, makes new people and veteran people very hesitant of the future. I hate to admit it, but it’s true...

I will continue to play the game during the year of 2016, and hope that what I just said happens. If it doesn’t, well then the game’s future will be very bleak, and you might just say goodbye to the game. Is that harsh to say? Yes, of course it is. That means jobs lost, and a very awesome game gone. They need to step up their game, own their mistakes and just go with it. Just go with it. Own everything you have done Carbine, and just improve it. I know it’s hard to own up to mistakes, hell I’m the farthest from perfect, and I am flawed just like everyone else, and even I have a hard time owning up to my mistakes, but do it for the sake of the tight veteran community that you have, believers like me… We need hope. We have dreams for the game, and we need YOU to give us that hope to see them come to life.

What do you guys think? Can the game be saved? Does it deserve to be saved? Please, I’d love for you all to voice your opinions about the game, since I do have such an odd passion about it, good or bad. Just lemme know. If you would like to discuss this post, please leave a comment below, or tweet me @SirIsaacJewton.


P.S Yes, the game can be saved…  

Devilian: The Long Awaited Update

Posted by Limitations Thursday December 17 2015 at 6:33PM
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Er-mah-gawd, it’s been forever. Devilian has launched! Well, has been launched for awhile now it seems, and by gawd have I been playing it! (Also streaming it). It’s been a very fun road. I’ve gone through Alpha, Closed Beta, and now full blown launch. Special thanks to Trion, and Scapes for letting me test out the game in Alpha and Closed Beta. I’ve tried all four classes, and my favorite used to be Shadowhunter, but now it’s Beserker. Something about spinning fire and just owning everything with fire is just awesome. It brings me great joy to burn my enemies…

A lot has improved since Alpha, and I know I haven’t been posting at all lately. (Depression sucks). It’s time for a well needed update from me to you. The game has really got me addicted. I’ve been playing it non stop, like I said before. The game does have some issues with servers, and has had some rollbacks, and people are upset, but I mean… Some are warranted, some are not. My server (Asperon) was down for awhile, but I just played some Heroes Of The Storm instead of complaining about it on the forums. Anyways, I’ve been just grinding away at levels, and there a ton of people already max level (52), and doing +3 hell runs. (End game content). My Zerker isn’t max level yet, I’m sort of taking my time this time with my guy, and really having fun. I am even dipping into PvP content since the que’s aren’t that long anymore.

Let me just say one thing, I guess Evoker is the flavor of the month, and boy are they annoying in PvP, let me tell you that right now. I usually just run if I see more than two Evokers coming at me. PvP does have some bugs and kinks to work out, I’ve noticed a lot of lag/rubberbanding when it comes to PvP. Every match I have been in has had some serious rubber banding in it. I don’t know if the servers were lagging really bad at the time, or that’s just how the game is. Either way it was annoying, but meh, we still won. Annoying, but not totally game breaking.

Being an Asian imported game, probably the most annoying thing you will run into is: Voice over work, and translation issues. We have English voice overs for quest and such, and let’s just say some of them are… Interesting. Don’t get me wrong, I am glad we have English voice overs and everything, but I dunno, some NPCs are just annoying. There are some translation errors here and there, but you sort of just read through them, and you get the jist/point of all the story and quests. Again, semi annoying, but not game breaking. A lot of imported games have these issues, and I am sure with future content updates there will be fixes and such.

Since Launch has arrived, dungeon ques and PvP ques have been pretty short. At least on my server, so it’s really cool to find a party just like that. I remember in Alpha and Closed Beta, I solo’d every dungeon I came across because I didn’t like the wait for groups. Some dungeons have longer waits than others, and with announce chat, you can get a group going in no time. Speaking of announce chat. That comes the biggest problem for me at least. I could probably write a ton of stuff about how this is the biggest problem for me, but I’ll do my best to cut to the chase.

Announcement chat is essentially Global chat in a sense. You get your usual, group advertisements, guild advertisements, trade advertisements, and etc. There is a lot of immaturity that goes along with it as well. Just to mention a few “Hail Satan/Hitler” “I had sex with your mom/sister” and of course lots of swearing. That’s just some of the stuff that goes on. Now, all of that would be easier to deal with, if you could simply ignore it, well… In Devilian, you can’t. You are stuck with whatever people say. A lot of the complaints I am hearing on different sources wish you could just simply ignore Announce chat, but you can’t. You are stuck with whatever people say. Luckily, gold spam hasn’t become a huge issues. There are some spammers in Zone chats and such, and have on occasion seen spam on Announce chat, but since they require megaphones, they did not last long. Thank God. I am hoping that may change in the future. I know Trion doesn’t develop the game, but maybe they can do something about it. Who knows right?

I won’t go into detail about the amount of trolls in Announce chat, because that is sort of a given, but whatever, I can deal with it. I know it will cause a lot of annoyance with other people, and it is annoying to me, but I just look through it, and ignore it, and laugh at the immaturity. Heh.

The core gameplay, and everything about it makes me love the game, and look past everything else. It has the type of gameplay I love (ARPG), with the type of game I love. (MMO). It can only get better with updates right? Daily quests, daily login rewards, and etc are just more reasons for me to login every day, and of course Abyssal Tower. Boy, do I love me some Abyssal Tower. Easy XP, easy loot, easy life.

Of course we have the generic questing, fetch this, go here, kill X, and etc. It don’t bother one bit, because 1. I actually enjoy the game a lot, and 2. Auto run. Hell, I’m lazy, and sometimes I want to identify some items, and look at my inventory, well now I can do all of those things while my character goes to where I need to be. Who doesn’t love that? Seriously, I have a new found love for the auto-run feature. I know it’s lazy, and it’s stupid to some people, but when you first use it, you just won’t stop. For me, it’s just I can get more done while doing other things, type of thing… If that makes any sense.

There is a lot of daily things to do in this game. Daily friend gift and guild gifts. Daily to do list. A lot of incentives to login each day and do a ton of stuff. Dungeons are fun and exciting. Sure they are not as complex as say FFXIV, or WoW, but we aren’t playing the game for complexity. Some dungeons have unique mechanics, and I haven’t hit true end game yet, but when I do I will sure as hell tell you how it is. My point is, there is a lot of things to keep you going in the game, and to make you want to play more, and login each day. Isn’t that what we want? We need reasons to login each day, and play more.

I have always said, community does a lot of good for the game, and is a very core part to me when I want to play a game, and want to play it long term. The community, on my server at least has it’s very immature moments, but you find a good guild and try your best to ignore the Announce chat, you find yourself with a really, really good game at it’s core. I mean yeah, we got the translation issues, and sometimes horrendous voice over work, but maybe that can all change in future updates. (I hope to God, the translations issues do at least). Future updates to end-game, and raising the level cap should come soon, I hope at least. I am taking my sweet time like I said, but leveling in this game with all the daily offers, is pretty easy. Abyssal Tower really helps, and doing daily quests, and sometimes dungeon grinds for ze loots, can really make leveling super easy, and super fast.

Of course, I do have a wish list for this game, but I won’t tell you all, until I hit end game content, and play around with it first. I am really looking through all the issues the game currently has, and just playing the game for the good elements of it. The game certainly isn’t for everyone, but if you are like me and want a good ARPGMMO, Devilian is a really good one. I compare all the ARPG games to the holy grail (To me at least) of ARPGs Path Of Exile. Devilian isn’t better than PoE, but it does have the potential to be, and I will be playing the game, and hoping it does surpass it. I really, really am digging Devilian. I’ve been streaming the game when I can. Since it’s the Holidays I’ve been spending time with my Girlfriend and been playing on my laptop, since I am out of town for the Holidays as well. Can’t really stream on my laptop heh.

Even though I’ve hit a rough patch of depression lately, I really wanted to write this up, and post about it, because I haven’t really been writing anything lately, and I really wanted to apologize for that. I won’t go into details with my personal life for now, I guess I can save that for a later date. I mainly just wanted to apologize for the lack of content, even though I promised you guys more. Depressions sucks, but I’m slowly getting better. Anyways, that’s it for now. I will be posting more Devilian content in the near future. The next post will probably be when I hit max level, which should be very soon. I think I will be streaming most of the end game content as well, which you can catch all the cool action at www.twitch.tv/IsaacJewton

If you enjoyed this post, and would like to talk about Devilian, please leave a comment below or tweet me @SirIsaacJewton Cheers!