idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
In other news, I'm suddenly finding LOTRO shockingly entertaining. I probably won't make any long term investment of it, but if you can look past the dated graphics it isn't terrible.
Plus, I have a soft spot for Bard classes. More games REALLY need to implement them. For that matter, more games need to allow for full-support builds again, because some of us actually enjoyed that play style.
I'll second this, I liked LOTRO's Bard and it'd be nice to see more support classes in general. No one really likes the idea of being it buff bot it seems, but some of those support classes were pretty fun at times. Added more to the encounters than just the aggro, damage, healing mix that gets far too old.
Also I think I've given up WoW for TERA, at least for while. That "action-playstyle" they hyped is actually pretty entertaining, more diablo-esque or point and shoot kind of thing. Nice to have an MMO that isn't mindless rotation spam. Hopefully the terrible voice acting doesn't chase me away, because some of the scenery there is pretty impressive
. I'm mean it's very well done.
. It really is.
I can't get into TERA. I don't really find the combat that fun. It feels too spammy and uninteresting (I'm also not a big fan of hack-n-slash games in general). I never felt like I was doing anything that interesting, because the game just gave me a button to combo one attack into the most effective follow-up.
GW2's combat is a lot of fun solo, but I find it's horrible
in groups. It may have gotten better since I last played, but it was largely a cluster@#$%. Without any way to ACTUALLY control the mobs, plus their stupidly powerful AoE attacks you don't have the endurance to consistently job, and no reliable source of healing, it had no feeling of elegance to it.
TOR combat was fun solo, but in groups it felt like a less polished version of WoW's, and EVERY class stil has way more abilities than they need. Group content was fine, but it was never one of the game's notable points.
Playing the MoP trial is definitely reminding me that, even with its many, many flaws, WoW definitely has the most polish of any game on the market. The gameplay may not be super interesting, but overall they use those systems better than their competitors do. I honestly think it's the best game for appearance to processing power you can get on the market right now--30 fps of MoP is definitely aesthetically superior to 30 fps of GW2. Enemies have sufficient movement in the world that it feels alive, and they've gotten much better at making NPCs that aren't just random bodies (cough, cough, TOR, cough). Storytelling is definitely way better now than it was back in Wrath, though I'd definitely rank the quality of the story as being much lower. TOR's story experience was better, but WoW does a better job of immersing you into the world. GW2 is somewhere between those two, I think.