Tuesday, March 18, 2014

So Many New Games to Say No to

There are a lot of games coming out soon that, in theory, should interest me.  I may post more about individual games later, but it really should be an embarrassment of riches.

Diablo III Reaper of Souls - March 25,2014

Not an MMO, but certainly of interest to me.  I played a lot of Diablo and bought both Diablo II and the expansion almost as soon as they came out.  However, this goes into the 'not safe to have a 4 year child looking over my shoulder' category and with my limited time, I'd rather play something where I don't have that concern.  (And no, I haven't bought the original game)

Elder Scrolls Online - April 4, 2014

I have both Morrowind and Oblivion but have only played them briefly.  Arena and Daggerfall both came out when I was still playing RPGs a lot.  Skyrim has received great reviews and I've considered getting it a couple of times.  However, somehow none of these games including ESO are really of interest to me.

Wildstar - June 3, 2014

I like the style of this game (more stylized, doesn't take itself too seriously) and I really like that they are explicitly trying to adapt to different styles of play with the Paths (as an aside, I recommend subscribing to Richard Bartle's blog).  Of all the games on the list, this is probably the one that interests me most, but I still think it is doubtful that I will ever play it.

Everquest Next Landmark - 2014 (?) but Alpha available now

Seems more like a toy than a game to me and therefore holds little interest to me.  I also don't like the idea of paying to alpha test a free to play game, but I can't blame SOE for doing it.

Shroud of the Avatar - Q4, 2014

I may have spent more time playing Ultima VI and VII than any other RPGs.  I lived in Austin, Texas longer than any place else (19 years?).  I think Richard Garriott does have some good ideas and I did watch the reveal video the day it came out.  I am glad it is in development and I hope it is successful but I just can't get excited about this game.

Star Citizen - Early 2015

I loved the first two Wing Commander designed by Chris Roberts and space combat MMOs are very rare (Eve Online is the only successful one that I'm aware of and I'm much more interested in the style of gameplay being offered by Star Citizen).  Even more than Shroud of the Avatar, I hope this game is successful (and not just at raising money).  I can imagine myself getting this game after it comes out, but not on the first day and certainly not as a pre-order.

Any prominent MMOs expected to be available in the next 12 months or so that I've missed?


  1. I have the same with Elder Scrolls games: I generally like them, but I never seem to be able to stick to them for a long time. However, I liked Skyrim out of those three the most by far, so if you ever see it on sale, I'd recommend it. :) Very much doubting whether to buy TESO.

  2. If you're going to pick up any game, I would heavily suggest Skyrim, although it is a lot like previous TES games, just... better.

    Of the group, SotA is the only one I'm really looking forward to, but that's part nostalgia, part vestment (I've preordered), and part hope... who knows if it's going to really succeed, but I'd really like to see it do so.

    As far as games missed, I think only ArcheAge and Black Gold come to mind, but they're more niche sandbox titles.