WRUP: It’s dangerous to go alone edition

It’s dangerous to go alone! Have fun.

What, you want me to give you something? Holy crap, no. Why would I give you something? It is dangerous out there, and this is my stuff. I like my stuff. That’s why it’s my stuff, because otherwise I wouldn’t want this stuff. I’d have… like, other stuff, stuff that I didn’t like as much. Maybe your stuff.

So, yeah, it’s dangerous to go alone, but that’s really your own stupid problem. You can probably find like apples or swords or rocks or something to use while you’re out there, that’ll save you. Or you’ll die violently. I don’t care. Leave your entry on this week’s What Are You Playing and get out. Really, go. It’s much less dangerous to stay here alone. Leave!

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Well, since there’s the Grass event happening this weekend, I’ll be doing some Pokémon Go and praying trading or breeding makes a secret appearance (I’ve been hoarding ‘mon for too long). Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will get some attention since the new battle-mode is so much better! I may pop into one of Blizzard’s snacky games, since my brother had me Cho to power him through the new quests in Heroes of the Storm and now I have skins and heroes in two games I haven’t played as much as I’d like.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I’m not sure! I’ve got piles of work in front of me, but maybe I’ll get back to Guild Wars 2. So much living story to get caught up on!

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Stuff to be done in Final Fantasy XIV, and I’ve also been re-reading some old favorite bits of culture around Final Fantasy XI which is inspiring me to dip back into that game. Plus, you know, it has a 15-year anniversary this year.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): With Star Wars: The Old Republic’s insane 250% XP event going on right now, I’m speed-leveling a new Gunslinger through the personal story and realizing how much I’ve missed this game. Other plans involve going on another Lord of the Rings Online scavenger hunt, finishing the personal story in Guild Wars 2, and recording a pair of new Battle Bards podcasts.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): I’d like to spend some time building in Conan Exiles and ARK: Survival Evolved. Otherwise I will be enjoying the LotRO life and living it up in EverQuest II. I’ve so much to do in both Middle-earth and Norrath!

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Suikoden

I’ve been playing a ton of Marvel online lately. I don’t know why, but that game is fun as hell. ARPG in a good MMORPG setting. I just hope they continue to support the MMORPG side of the game.

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Bruno Brito

I’m drawing in buses.

Always drawing in buses.

Playing Lotro with the MMO book club, but i can’t say i’m completely hooked on the game. It’s pretty and all, but not my style. I’ll have to log a bit more to talk to the cool peeps from the guild, but i’m not really interested in playing it much.

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Bruno Brito

Another one. The travels are giving me a lot of inspiration. I saw the refinery that was such a huge talk about corruption on the inner parts of the government.

Let me say, if there was one thing they did right, was that flame tower. My god, against the heavy black clouds of the nightsky, it was just perfect <3

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Malcolm Swoboda

A bit of SWTOR, taking a Sith Warrior through the first two planets completely. A bit of Elysium-WoW, taking a Forsaken Mage through the first levels. A bit of mobile game blah blah. A bit of MEA MP, as my initial goal (as in before any DLC releases) is to at least cover all the Bronze/Common loot.

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Utakata

This week: Wonder why Mr. Eliot doesn’t profile my pigtails ways he profiled Mr. Schalg’s nose in last weekend’s WRU…

“Probably because your ego is big enough, Uta. And doesn’t need further inflating.”

…oh, well..I guess that’s a good point. Carry on, then! :(

Also this week, wondering if I should take that great WoW vacation in the sky myself. Kinda want to get back into Blade & Soul at some point. Or even try other stuff.

Anyroads, have a great week and weekend folk! <3

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Danny Smith

Got a PSVita dirt cheap right when walmart/asda are liquifying their stock so i am up to my elbows in weebshit on that right now. Also picked up toukiden 2 on PS4. Its techno koeis monster hunter clone and its wierd since its open world. feels like a korean mmo thats servers are dying in wierd way. Fun game but God Eaters world and monster designs remain my go to none monhun hunting game.

Meanwhile farming Gil in FFXIV, making a few hundred thousands a day just from a max level Botanist in Ironworks gear. Also showed a few friends finally kicking the WoW bug with Legions latest update the benchmark and when they saw RDM dash in to fence with the rapier then dash out, turn it blade down into a staff to cast off a chainspell flare you could see they all got “the look” people get when they see that class in a new mmo to them that sells them.

Which means Dannys got some greenleaves to escort through Satasha and Thousand Maws of To-Torak tonight :p

-also while blizzards trying to leech the overwatch userbase to boost hots numbers a few weeks to make it look like a live game we all had to deal with that one friend so thirsty for cop D.Va they were after any of us to try it but there ain’t nobody in my circle of friends going back to that. Was a bad enough moba before now its got lockboxes? bleh.

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mcsleaz

AFK Fishing in Black Desert, Active Fishing in Fishing Planet.

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thirtymil

My joystick setup for Elite Dangerous got wiped out in a crash (computer, not spaceship), and I can’t face setting it up again. And me and Warcraft are having some time to ourselves because there’s only so much of her artifact grind nonsense I can put up with.

So I guess it’s Prey. It’s the first game since System Shock 2 that’s given me a similar enough vibe to justify playing. Never got on with the Bioshock series.

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mysecretid

Since I re-upped for Star Wars: The Old Republic to see the new story content, I’ve been dabbling at that, but running alts up through the story chapters for the fourth or fifth time is boring, and I think I’ve I’ve finally hit on why this is, after finishing my first playthrough of Mass Effect: Andromeda.

Unlike ME:A, you don’t really get to do very much inside SWTOR’s story — sure you get to talk (usually the choices are: Be Nice, Be Inquisitive, or Be A Dick), but you rarely get to do anything which affects the action or the plot, beyond fighting when the story presents a battle.

You don’t even get to choose which companions you take along with you on your adventures, because things are so tightly scripted. Heck, you don’t even get to choose how to cosmetically dress many of your companions, which is a step down from the base SWTOR game.

Sure, a lot of the choices in ME:A are illusory — your actions may not impact events the way you hope or expect, because of the needs of the greater plot in motion, but at least you get free time to explore around — to decide where to go, and what to do next, and which characters to talk to, or interact with, during your gameplay.

The SWTOR story, by contrast, feels so very “on-rails” at times, it’s like participating in a choreographed dance routine: watch cutscene; fight; watch cutscene; fight …

I recently, finally saw Star Wars: Rogue One, and I loved it in so many ways –and afterwards, I found myself thinking, why can’t we have a Star Wars game which captures more of the sense of the Star Wars universe? SWTOR feels … constrained is the kindest accurate term I can come up with … like the team is holding (or is held) back from really going for an evocative, resonant Star Wars experience.

The only other option right now is Star Wars: Battlegrounds (and its upcoming sequel), but that’s just a very shiny PvP cage match game at core — lots of breadth, but very little depth of gameplay.

In happier game news, I’m still enjoying Destiny. I’ve also started Dishonored 2 on my PS4 — same intriguing (to me) world, and when the game works well, I love it, but when it falters (the sword fighting doesn’t seem to work as advertised — I often die a lot without really knowing how or why; also, the stealth and detection mechanics are occasionally maddeningly inconsistent) it tests my patience. Get it on-sale if you do buy this one, so that you won’t feel cheated if you find its flaws too annoying. :-)

I’m still enjoying Stellaris on PC, and I’ve recently dived (heh) back in to Subnautica on Steam and enjoy it as much as ever.

Still waiting for the next MMORPG to arrive that’s going to give me something to love, but until that happens, there are a number of other interesting games out there left to play.

Have a good week, everyone, and take care of yourselves. You’re the only one of you we’ve got, and the only one we’ll ever have, so treat yourself well., please.

Cheers,

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deekay_plus

feel you on rogue one. i went back to swtor to play the then new content with free with sub boosted toon right to it and … it didn’t go well.

sounds like you want a jedi knight game. bar none the best stories in legacy EU even beyond that of a video game (barring maybe reading on wookiepedia about the kotor stories but also better than the games themselves mostly). also kyle katarn was one of the most decent EU character in general.

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mysecretid

I played most of the Jedi Knight games back in the day, and loved them. I guess my dissatisfaction is that I can’t shake the feeling that there’s a better way to build a Star Wars online game which feels just a bit more like Star Wars — but we simply haven’t seen that game yet.

I know a lot of people would say Star Wars: Galaxies, but I was in on that game from day one, and played most of the way to its final end, and it had its problems too, at all points along its lifespan, in my opinion.

As I often say, Star Wars Galaxies was a great, ground-breaking MMORPG, mechanically-speaking, but it was never a great Star Wars game, in my opinion

Ironically, I do like the Old Republic setting — I always have. It’s a clever device for telling all kinds of consequential Star Wars stories without having to worry about bumping into continuity problems with whatever the movies might be doing.

But SWTOR just feels … too safe? Too conservative? Too predictable? (all of these failings tend to crop up in game franchises published by EA, because the financial bottom line must never be put at any suggestion of risk with them, it seems).

People like to dismiss SWTOR as nothing but “a single player game you play online” but y’know, it’s really not, because single-player games tend to give the player a lot more options and choices these days than SWTOR ever has.

I don’t think the solution is to have SWTOR revert back to being a single player game series — I think the solution is to have SWTOR (cover Bree’s ears) step the fuck up and try harder to make something impactful.

Of course, as above — we’ve all heard the stories about how the EA suits are risk-averse when it comes to their franchises, so I don’t want to blame the developers when their creative hands may well be tied by their bosses.

But SWTOR always feels to me like an MMORPG which could be great fun, if somebody just pushed it all a little further.

Anyway, I ramble in my opinions. Apologies.

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BalsBigBrother

Ramble away when you are right you are right :-)

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deekay_plus

yasssssssssssssss slay all of this! :D

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mistressbrazen

“Dusted off” my copy of Dreamfall Chapters, working towards the end of the story. Both story threads are interesting, but, damn Ragnar for some of those insane puzzles. At times they do interfere with the joy of the story.

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mysecretid

I loved Dreamfall Chapters, but yes, some of the puzzles were absurd. My friend calls them “savant puzzles”, because you basically have to be a psychic savant, and read the mind of the designer, to figure them out.

I ended up saying “f#ck it”, and just searching out walkthroughs on the internet with Google. For what its worth, I thought it was a great story, and grand finale for the tale, but the puzzle bits were indeed a pain in the arse, more often than not.

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deekay_plus

this is my issue with games like this. i like story games for their stories but i suck at puzzles.

about he only “puzzle” game i’ve ever enjoyed was monty python’s complete waste of time because it was just a lot of random clicking on things and finding strange thing as a result.

hmmm maybe i should see if it’s on gog. :D

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mysecretid

I agree, savant puzzles suck, and it’s not why we buy story-driven games. Frustration is not fun, especially when it keeps us from playing further.

Cheers,

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deekay_plus

i bought dreamfall chapters for my mom and she got completely agravated by an early puzzle being bugged. i really regret the purchase as a result.

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mysecretid

Last I heard from them as a backer, all the bugs have finally been squashed with the last patch. It should be safe for your Mom to play again, if she still has any interest in going back to it.

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i’ll try to remember but i think she’s generally happy with her freemium i’m not sure what it is but she manages a town game on fb these days LOL

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Sorenthaz

I don’t really know what I’ll be playing. Probably a mix of Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Final Mix, FFXIV, LoL/HotS, MUD stuff, and… dunno. I’ve been enjoying my time on HotS for the moment, though who knows whether it will last or not.