WRUP: Thanks a bunch edition

So it’s the end of the year, and rather than the usual nonsensical stream of consciousness that I usually put here, I wanted to say thank you to the people who show up to this feature every week to read, comment, and validate the weird garbage that I put ahead of the actual content-and-comments. Because the fact of the matter is that it’s one of my favorite things to do, as ridiculous as that might sound; it’s a chance to write something weird that amuses me with no concern for anything beyond “make it strange enough to be compelling but familiar enough to feel accessible.”

I look forward to writing What Are You Playing every week, whether it’s rambling about food terminology or zone nicknames or recycling. And based on the comments, you guys seem to enjoy it or at least don’t mind it enough to stop commenting. So thanks a bunch, because it makes me smile. See you next year with bits about the creative process for this column, gargoyles made of dental floss, and… oh, let’s say Bob the Gormless Gorm-crafter.

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): ​As always, more Pokemon Go. I’ll have some new Pokes to mess around with and a buttload of raid passes to burn through (as well as holiday calories), though I’m really hoping to see a whale since it’s that season and my usual trail is a pretty good place to see them. Overwatch still has holiday boxes that are tempting me, since nothing is good enough to spend coins on but cool enough for me to want them. And hopefully I’ll get in some Final Fantasy XIV time because I haven’t broken in that Santa Bear mount enough!

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I’m home again, so I’ll definitely be gaming some! I picked up a bunch during the Steam sale, and so far of those I’ve toyed with ARK: Survival Evolved (which I already owned, technically, just hadn’t played) and Portal Knights. They make for an interesting comparison! Justin also talked me into Broke Protocol.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): My usual antics in FFXIV and World of Warcraft, naturally. Other than that? I don’t know, maybe some new single-player stuff? Maybe not. Life is a rich tapestry.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I definitely need to spend some time in Lord of the Rings Online this weekend, because I’ve shamefully neglected it most of this month. Otherwise, I’m looking forward to exploring What Remains of Edith Finch, thanks to some strong reviews and a Steam sale.

Your turn!

SHARE THIS ARTICLE
Code of Conduct | Edit Your Profile | Commenting FAQ | Badge Reclamation | Badge Key

LEAVE A COMMENT

105 Comments on "WRUP: Thanks a bunch edition"

Subscribe to:
Sort by:   newest | oldest | most liked
Reader
Kickstarter Donor
mysecretid

Thanks for all the fascinating non-sequiturs, Eliot! If you have never read Samuel Beckett’s Watt, you may want to take a peek — it’s probably one huge, nonsensical meta-comment on the conveyance of meaning in novels, without the pretention or archness of perhaps-similar works by Joyce or Pynchon (I say probably because Beckett apparently refused to explain the work in any detail, and the novel itself seems intentionally elusive, opaque and absurd).

What R I playing? Two things may be worth mentioning …

Note that these are, as always, only my opinions, friends. I neither expect nor require that you agree.

1) I finally played through Life Is Strange, and — for the type of choice-and-storytelling game that it is, I thought it was a masterwork — until I got to the end.

For all the options and choices and evocative details in the game, the ending comes down to essentially two player choices at the end — and both of those choices suck.

It reminded me of nothing so much as the ending to Mass Effect 3 — where I spent hours immersing myself in characters and plot and carefully-chosen choices only to have it all yanked away at the end for forced endings which were all equally unsatisfying.

Life Is Strange is almost a master-class in how to do choice-based, character-driven storytelling, but the ending utterly ruined the game for me. It actually made me angry, to my surprise. It felt like the game wasted hours of my life invested in a game which reneged on its implied premise and promise.My recommendation? Skip it.

I’d say more, but I don’t want to get into the spoilers further explanation would require.

2) I managed to pick up a copy of No Man’s Sky for about $30 in local currency (full retail for it here is about $80).

As a thirty-dollar game, I like it just fine for what it is (as opposed to what it was hyped to be). It’s basically a single-player spaceship-and-planet exploration game which makes good use of procedural generation.

That said, if I’d paid full price for No Man’s Sky and had expected it to be what the pre-release hype promised it would be (i.e. A vast multiplayer universe full of spaceships, lifeforms, and planets), I would’ve been annoyed with what was released as well.

Take care of yourselves, and each other, going into the New Year folks. Party responsibly, please! (no drunk driving, right?) and I’ll see you all here again in 2018.

Cheers,

Reader
rafael12104

I hear good things about No Man’s Sky now. Apparently, not only is it discounted often, but they have added a great deal to the game. It seems what they deliver now is much better than what they did at launch.

As for ME3, it ruined certain game genres for me. What I mean is, and I know this sounds irrational, but I haven’t played Life is Strange because some reviewers also made the comparison to ME3. Normally bad reviews don’t impact my decision as I do my own research, but anytime ME3 is mentioned it puts the game in a bad light for me. I’ll get over it… maybe someday. Lol

Reader
Sray

I know that there’s a lot of people who hate the endings of Life Is Strange, but I loved it. Right from the get go, I could tell there wasn’t going to be any sort of traditional happy ending involved in this particular story. During the middle chapter I realized that it was just Groundhog Day told differently, but with the same moral: there’s things you can change, and things you can’t. And personally, there’s only one ending: as far as I’m concerned the “happier” ending is just there for the people who aren’t ready to accept what the story was all about.

I get the desire to see more varied endings, but pretty much any story comes down to a single choice the hero makes at the climax. Seeing a few more variations in the denouement based on your choices would have been nice; but it’s a time travel story, so you have to have a wall full of flow charts and spreadsheets to figure out what really did and didn’t happen when it’s all said and done.

It’s a shame you didn’t care for the ending, but I guess all I can say is try not to let that spoil the enjoyment you did have up to that point.

Have yourself a Happy New Year.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
mysecretid

Heya Sray!

I’ve been intending to write you a reply, elaborating on my criticisms of Life Is Strange. but I’ve been feeling dodgy health-wise, so this isn’t it. :-)

As a preview, though, my objection to the endings isn’t simply that they were both unhappy, but rather, I was taking issue with two things: first, the increasingly-common substitution in popular writing of tragedy for depth, and second, the fact that Life Is Strange‘s endings betrayed the very themes of the game, and sent (wittingly or not) a very unpleasant message about conformity and inevitability.

Bonus Beef: The authors clearly don’t understand quantum physics and, specifically, chaos theory, even though they attempt to use both as a justification for their endings. One of my oldest friends is an actual quantum physicist, believe me, we’ve had many a discussion about these things over the years! :-)

Anyway, that’s all for another day. Hope you are well, my friend.Stay warm!

Cheers,

Reader
Sray

We’re going to have to agree to (mostly) disagree, but I have to say that I am relieved that your complaints aren’t the thoughtless “both ending were bad” that I usually get from people when I hear them say they hated the endings.

However, I do completely agree with you on the point about them wildly misusing “science”. I was rolling my eyes pretty hard at the explanations that even as a layman I knew were completely wrong. It might have been a bit misguided to try to “science up” a story that was clearly fantasy, but they did kind of need to explain what was going on without having literal wizards start popping up, so I just went with it.

But in the end, I think that regardless of one’s opinions on the endings themselves, I feel like the fact that the work evoking such strong reactions from people means there is a very powerful piece of art there. Clearly, there’s lot of thematic depth there, as your comments about themes of conformity and inevitability never registered with me at all as being there in my playthroughs (not saying they’re not: I’m saying that wasn’t part of my take away at all); which suggests to me that it might be worth another look at another time with a different perspective (don’t do that with Mass Effect 3 though: you can trust me that it’s just plain shit). Honestly, based on your comments here last week, I’d decided that I’m going to stream the game and try to have discussions with any viewers about the themes and such; and just your brief comments here give me a new perspective on new themes to look for in that new play through. Thank you for that. And I’ll probably post a link a schedule of when I plan on starting that in the next WRUP.

Staying warm is a mixed bag: I’m either too hot, or too cold.

And stop being sick: just be awesome instead.

Reader
nobleeinherjar

I spent most of today relearning GTA Online with a friend. It was pretty fun. I need to try to find a good Crew so I can get heists done and stuff.

Besides that, I’ve been spending more time with my 3DS lately. I want to finish Bravely Default, the sequel, and a few other games before Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology and SMT: Strange Journey Redux come out next year.

Reader

Happy New Year Eliot !

Reader
rafael12104

As for me? Well, boys and girls, I’m tired. I get tired of the holidays. :) Love them and all that they mean, but I’m worn out. I need a vacation from my vacation.

But what I’m not tired of is Blade and Soul. Every week I find a reason to keep going strong. Everyday I get what I need for my gaming fix.

And you know what? I don’t care if the studies say I’m addicted. Out all the crappy things to be addicted too, I’ll take MMORPGs please.

So, I made another little nerdy vid. Yup. Very simple, sappy and somewhat less exciting than a dungeon run. And if you look at the scenery in the foreground and especially the background, much more beautiful, IMO.

Indeed, this game was released initially in 2012. And it still looks pretty damn good to me.

Have a safe New Years Eve and day, whatever you do. And if you choose to stay home and play your fave game, that doesn’t mean you have a problem. :)

Minimalistway
Reader
Minimalistway

What impressed me most about BnS is how smooth it ran on my laptop (i have a desktop now), it is a good machine, but old games made it heat up a lot, and BnS didn’t do that, when i played it the laptop was warm, no fan noise, how did they do that?

Reader
Danny Smith

Gave up on Destiny 2 and uninstalled it, its current state is just a very bad game. One that takes up a lot of console HDD space. So i took a look at the sale and saw Diablo 3 with all the dlc on PS4 for £20 and picked it up and its so much better than the pc version its like night and day
-no always online
-no single player lag and rubber banding so hardcore is fun for once
-can lend it to friends because its not locked to an account
-runs better, surprisngly
-has couch co-op
-does not lose a single thing in the port
-has more content like those rifts full of clickers from the last of us
Tried Necromancer and it feels very overpowered. By lvl. 9 you have a small army around you and with the corpse spear you can just spam it as your summons kill stuff to take out huge rooms with no effort. Think i still prefer Monk and Witchdoctor to either of these two new classes so far.

also got Hellboy in Hell library edition which is… something alright as it ends Hellboys story and Twin Peaks the Return on blu ray and it looks amazing!

Reader
Bruno Brito

Hey guys, i’ve been drawing again!

Actually happy i’ve been doing this, and finding pleasure from it.

Sadly, that means less MMO time for me. Still didn’t found anything i actually invested myself into. Tried DDO, didn’t work. Thought about B&S but it seems shallow as a MMO. Anarchy Online seems good but the extremely old graphics and engine put me off.

Guess i’m still looking for a game =P

BW Snow 001.jpg
I will save myself 001.jpg
Skyhigh 001.jpg
Desert Stride 001.jpg
Axing 001.jpg
Tayhuaniwanga 001.jpg
Mouthbreather 001.jpg
EVU concepts.jpg
Reader
Kickstarter Donor
mysecretid

Love that your artwork has come back to you Bruno. You’ve got to follow what brings ya joy!

As for finding a game, just keep checking in here at Massively. If something good releases, I’m sure you’ll see us all yabbering about it here, eventually. :-)

Be well, man. Thanks for sharing your art with us!

Reader
Bruno Brito

Yeah, i am checking. I may end up playing something oldschool. Hell, maybe even Wildstar.

Reader
Utakata

I keep think of that dark fantasy manga Dorohedoro when I see your artwork. o.O

Reader
Bruno Brito

Never heard about it. I’ve read Akame Ga Kiru tho. The artstyle is pretty cute, which threw me off when people started getting decapitated.

Reader
rafael12104

Hmm. I don’t know, but I think you should take time to focus on your artwork. Looks great!

I wish I had any talent at all. Lol. My nerd cred is intact though I suppose since I all I can do is talk about games. Heh.

So, I say keep it up. BnS? Well, I wouldn’t call it a deep experience. It is a theme park. A lovely ride though once you get going. Easy to jump in and out of. But, heh. Not for everyone for sure.

Keep up the good work. The more drawings the better.

Reader
Bruno Brito

Oh, i have enough time to draw even when i play. My issue is really finding something deep to involve me. I miss the time when i was really involved in WoW, and i’m trying to scratch that itch.

About talent. Well, i was the worst artist on a 40 kid’s classroom back on my school days, so it was pretty much effort. I would say, if you can write you name, you can draw. It just comes to effort, to researching and copying what you see, until you start putting yourself in your copies. Then it stops being a copy.

Thanks, i will.

Reader
JonBuck

Well, I’ve already quit playing Champions Online. It’s far more grindy than STO and I just don’t have the patience for that anymore. I’m just bored of everything now.

Reader
rafael12104

Meh, time for a break. Not a bad thing, I think.

Reader
thirtymil

I’ve just cancelled my last two subscriptions. ESO was due to go anyway (because of lockboxes and time-limited cash shop tactics) but Warcraft I cancelled because after the loss of a friend it’s not feeling so much like the world I fondly remember.

I could well be back within a week or a year – I’m just taking the time right now to step away and consider the whole thing from a distance.

And yes, Eliot, I really enjoy the ‘weird garbage’ that precedes the rest of the column. ‘Reasons to order your badger through the mail’ was my favourite this year :)

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
mysecretid

Yes, the mail-order badgers were a highlight. In a parallel universe, I’m sure other-Eliot makes his living as a badger rancher. :-)

And hey, it’s okay to take a break from MMORPGs whenever you like, especially if you’re still mourning an absent friend. The games will always be here, in some form, waiting — so taking care of yourself is job one. Life is hard, and sometimes, you’ve just got to step back from the fray until you feel like yourself again.

Best to ya, 30!

Reader
rafael12104

Distance is a good thing sometimes. It’s not like we are on a marathon anyway. Take your time. Plus, if everything goes as planned in the MMO world, there should be a few new additions this coming year to sample.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Pandalulz

STILL working on FFXIII very slowly. I think I’m near the end, since I just got to the part where you can teleport back to Pulse. Started working on the Cieth stone grind a little, sure I’ll burn out and make myself just finish the game.
Also started Nier:Automata, and while I only played for, I dunno, an hour or so, the way the gameplay shifts is one of the neatest things I’ve played in a long time. If my house guests will ever leave so I can have the big TV again, I want to jump back in.
Unfortunately, I’m leaving Tuesday morning on a work trip for the whole week. I’m going to pack my PS3 and take it with me I think.

Reader
rafael12104

Ah… Nier Automata. Game of the Year, as far as I’m concerned. And yeah, the shifts will continue, but other things will change to as you finish your first play through. You may know a little about that, but just remember that the game is far from over after two playthroughs.

I swear, near the end of playthrough D, I think it was. I was literally brought to tears during the credits. You will see what I mean. Just make sure your system is online for that last playthrough. It is very important. :)

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Pandalulz

If I heard correctly I need to get through at least ending E for the full experience?

Reader
rafael12104

Yup. E is the clincher. D got to me. :) But E is even more important. Just make sure you are online for D and E. E feeds right in from D so they are tied together so to speak. You will see.

Reader
Sray

This is true, but apparently subsequent play throughs are significantly changed from the first, and get faster to finish as well; so completing it five times to get the real ending is not as monotonous as it would sound.

Reader
Sorenthaz

Probably gonna be putting a lot of time into a private Burning Crusade server called Warmane. Started playing it with a few friends from LoL and I’m already absorbed in it in ways that most other MMOs (including FFXIV and retail WoW) just can’t do for me. Helps that the server is 5x experience/reputation rates (still slower than retail WoW in terms of leveling, lol) so the grind isn’t as grueling. So I’ll probably be leveling up the replica of my original Sorenthaz (Blood Elf Ret Paladin that I made back in the original BC era – first time I ever used the name) and working up Engineering/Mining and doing class quests along the way.

Beyond that, probably will do a bit of FFXIV and some Fortnite. Might do some Dead By Daylight as well since there’s a double bloodpoint event going on that I’ve been woefully not taking advantage of, but I’ve also been burnt out on DBD so blehhhhh… Probably gonna be a lot of Fortnite and Burning Crusade this weekend.

Reader
Bruno Brito

Outland Server? The P2W mechanics are a bit offputting, but the server is good.

Wish Medivh wasn’t dead. 1k peak pop isn’t really good :c

Reader
Sorenthaz

P2W? I noticed there are some pay to progress options (level boosts/profession boosts) but nothing gamebreaking. I do notice though that people care way too much about iLvL even though the only way to even see iLvL is via an addon…

Reader
Bruno Brito

The x5 server, Outland, has a gearshop. It’s not “P2W” in the extreme sense of the word, but having the ability to completely pay the gap is a bit weird for a WoW server. That being said, the server is good.

If you guys are playing in a stable way, let me know. I’m looking for a server to call home and this may be it.

Reader
Loyal Patron
Patreon Donor
imayb1

Eliot, thank you for writing WRUP and making me smile! It’s always interesting to see where your mind goes. :D

Justin, I hope you’ll let us know how you like What Remains of Edith Finch— even if it isn’t an MMORPG. I saw a video review that named it one of the year’s top games and it seemed interesting.

I’m playing some GW2 and a bit of BnS.

Justin Olivetti
Staff
Justin Olivetti

I have high hopes!

Liandreth
Reader
Loyal Patron
Patreon Donor
Kickstarter Donor
Liandreth

Guild Wars 2 again with hubs. We got the deal on Humble Bundle and hopped in again. It used to make him really sea sick, but it’s not this time around. We’re having a blast just starting fresh again and relearning the game :)

butterpanda888
Reader
butterpanda888

I just purchased Darkest Dungeon and Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy on Steam and Oxenfree on Switch so I will be jumping into those. I will also try to squeeze in some time either leveling my Smuggler in SWTOR or my Cadena in Maplestory. However, Jetlag may take its toll as I flew home from Germany last night. Then there is my best friend’s wedding anniversary party tonight. I hope I will be able to get in enough gaming to make up for lost time from when I let my little brother borrow my laptop to play SWTOR over Xmas.

deekay_plus
Reader
deekay_plus

JK JA is a bad ass game for light saber dueling.

butterpanda888
Reader
butterpanda888

It was one of my favorite games when I was younger. I have been in a strong Star Wars mood ever since I saw The Last Jedi, so I thought I’d look for JK JA on steam. So glad I did.

Skoryy
Reader
Skoryy

Today is the last of the holiday family gatherings, plus preparations for said gathering. After that comes the quest to complete world exploration in Guild Wars 2, and maybe sinking myself back into WvW.

Anything else will have to be indoors, it’s so frozen outside that Norwegian explorers planted a flag in my backyard.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
mysecretid

Dang those Norwegians and their pesky flags, anyway!

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Rees Racer

I’d really like to open up the rest of the system map in Warframe, but I’ve instead taken up (again) FF XIV. I’d been playing off-and-on since the launch of 2.0, but when I replaced many of my computer components early this year, for some reason the game would get stuck in roughly the same place whilst installing. I finally gave up after seeking help from the community and several support tickets.

I elected to have another go during the present promotion to log in and play for free for a few days in order to see if the issue had resolved itself. Surprisingly, it’s all gone off without issue, so I started fresh on the server with my other characters (and where my gaming community’s Free Company resides). I will probably go ahead and sub, and buy the expansions during the 50% off sale. I don’t know it it will supplant GW2 or ESO, but it’s soon to be a new year so I reckon I’ll see where it takes me.

I’ll likely be celebrating the arrival of 2018 before almost all of you. So if I don’t get the chance, I’d like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! Be safe and have fun! :)

Reader
Utakata

This week: Time…

“Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day,
Fritter and waste the hours in an off-hand way,
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town.
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way.”

– Pink Floyd

And speaking of grind, also this week: B&S and WoW. :)

Have a happy and pink New Year everyones! /bows <3

Skoryy
Reader
Skoryy

Given recent personal events, Time may not be the best Floyd song for me this weekend. Maybe Comfortably Numb again…

Reader
Utakata

Sorry to hear that. :(

Reader
Tutorix

Was away from MMOs for most of the year, but I’m back this month with DCUO. I also just downloaded Elder Scrolls Online to see what the fuss is about. So far I prefer the console-like combat of DCUO and Neverwinter, but ESO does look like it will interesting to explore.

The rest of the year, I’ve alternated between

1. Mount & Blade Warband. There’s nothing like stabbing someone in the neck with a lance.

2. Civilization V. I love the pageantry of Civilization games. I don’t think much of them as games or as history simulators, but I have been modding Civ 5 to meet my needs.

3. Sims 4. With the pretty graphics it’s more playable than Sims 3 was.

Both Mount & Blade and the Sims series have some elements I would like to see in an MMO. Unit command — when you’re high level, shouldn’t you have soldiers under your command? And shouldn’t you be too busy managing them to fight yourself?

And, needs and whims from Sims. Most people don’t role-play their characters. There’s no incentive to do it. But there is in Sims.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
mysecretid

My only beef with Sims 4 is that it’s so … suburban. There’s small touches of earlier wackiness (vampires, ghosts, aliens, et cetera) but not nearly enough non-suburbia elements to keep it on my hard drive.

I’m glad that you enjoy the game though. If everybody liked the same games, life would be boring.

Game on!

scrapper
Reader
scrapper

Will probably put in some time into The Crew and maybe log into GW2 for some Wintersday achievements.

Minimalistway
Reader
Minimalistway

I want to focus more on single-player games in 2018, so next week will start with few little games i love, Samorost 2 and 3, Machinarium, also Submachine Universe (free game), all point & click games.

For MMO it’s the same, Trove and WoW.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Ironweakness

Elliot— I love this column and I look forward to it every week. Keep doing what you’re doing, you are a wonderful writer.

As for gaming, realistically there is more that I would like to play than I’ll actuall have time to spend on games. It’s been about a week since I’ve play The Division and I’d like to get back into it so that is at the top of my list. Then secondly, I purchased Fallout 4 and Skyrim during the sale as I haven’t played either of them but I’ve heard a lot of good things about them.

Beyond those three there is Fortnite (PvE), and Destiny 2 as well, the latter of which is no longer much of a priority as I have “finished,” the game more or less for my purposes. I’ve played all the main missions and side missions and don’t have any interest in repeating them on that character. If I do play Destiny this weekend it will be to complete a mission or two on an alt.

Fortnite is such a mixed bag. At the core lies a really good game, but it’s surrounded by way too many systems, most of which are unnecessary and add very little to the core gameplay experience. I hope Epic does a little editing and trims the excess before the official launch but I don’t think they will because all of those extras are tied to the lootboxes which will be the primary means of monitization when it officially launches. However when you are in the actual game, they’ve built a really great world to explore. And the base building is I think my favorite of any game I’ve played and they’ve made it so easy to toggle between building and combat that if you play enough you can seamlessly switch between the two for tactical purposes.

Reader
Boom

At the moment finally getting to level 70 in Rift, the Ankhet zone is actually really cool & despite all of Trions glaring fumbles im having a solid time with many more months to come.
Thank you Lian I know youre lurking somewhere:)
Also grabbed Bomber Crew during the sale & its a great little title with a touch of the old Wings & Cannon Fodder games to it, lose a crew member and they are etched into the memorial. You end up getting attached to Fanny Wagstaff your level 6 gunner…the horror..

Estranged
Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Estranged

Boom, I miss Rift! Happy hunting.

Reader
Boom

Always easy to jump back in:)

Liandreth
Reader
Loyal Patron
Patreon Donor
Kickstarter Donor
Liandreth

<3

Reader
jinarra

Dungeons and Dragons Online: It’s Better With Friends. No, really, it is AMAZINGLY fun if your friends and you can all play together. It makes me happy. I’m currently* farming low-level gear for some friends who are curious about the game, and I’m super happy they might be able to enjoy the game with me.

*Not right this second, taking a break to type this.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
mysecretid

The best times I had in DDO were playing with a real-life friend.

Reader
Bruno Brito

Pls, let me be a part of it. I have no friends to play those.

kofteburger
Reader
kofteburger

Do they sell friends at in game store?

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
mysecretid

I suspect that EA has been working on some version they can market — but they’re probably waiting on approval from their Nine Circles of Management … :-)

Reader
jinarra

For given values of ‘friends’!

Justin Olivetti
Staff
Justin Olivetti

Just joined a new guild in DDO last night, crossing my fingers that it’ll work out! What server are you on?

Reader
jinarra

Thelanis, a friend who’s rejoining refuses to move. So I’m moving. I’ve been grinding out level four gear for a week or two in preparation for their arrival. :D

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
mistressbrazen

Just back from the frozen northern tundra called Toronto, where the lowest temperature was -13C. Had a blast anyway, hanging out with family, eating good food and running outside just long enough for tears to start streaming out of my eyes! With New Year’s Eve just a day away, will probably only have enough time to do daily in Wizard 101 with the grand (who absolutely LOVES his switch, we have to put timers on him with that thing) and for one round of SWTOR. Hey, SWTOR people: I got invited to a guild called Sanctuary of Old Souls. Anyone know anything about them?

Liandreth
Reader
Loyal Patron
Patreon Donor
Kickstarter Donor
Liandreth

Oh man, it’s supposed to warm up here. Yesterday, we were at freaking -40C (Fort McMurray, AB)
Keep warm my fellow Canadians <3

Reader
Loyal Patron
Armsbend

That is quite literally, insane.

Liandreth
Reader
Loyal Patron
Patreon Donor
Kickstarter Donor
Liandreth

No arguments here.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
mistressbrazen

Can that actually be a real temperature?! I mean…what does -40 mean?

Reader
Loyal Patron
Armsbend

The coldest I was ever in was -21F and it was like a different world. Everything is strangely quiet. I was a southerner on a work trip and I didn’t have the clothes for it. There were times just trying to start my rental car where I thought I might get in trouble and get severe frostbite. That kinda cold is no joke.

-40C is like being on the moon in your underwear. I can’t imagine. I really can’t.

deekay_plus
Reader
deekay_plus

-13 is balmy compared to what it’s been up here in cottage country XD

Reader
Utakata

Technically we’re South on the latitude from Montana, Washington, North Dakota and Alaska. o.O

Reader
Sray

For this week’s WRUP, I figured I’d post my personal top five games of the year list, since there’s a damn good chance that at least two or three of them are also probably what I’ll be playing this week. No, most aren’t MMOs, but this is “What are you playing” not “what MMOs are you playing”, so this is what I’m playing.

I’ll start with honorable mentions to Persona 5 for rekindling my interest in the Japanese cartoons of my youth; Hob for introducing me to Runic Games before they were just a memory; and to The Last of Us Remastered for being the most amazing game that I didn’t enjoy playing, but totally recommend to anyone to play because of how amazing it is at doing what it sets out to do (which is why I didn’t enjoy it).

5. Sid Meier’s Civilization VI:
I know that there’s a lot of long time fans of the series out there who aren’t fans of this one yet, but this is my introduction to the series, and I think it’s fantastic. It scratches my itch for the slower, more cerebral game play of the MMORPGs of the past; and it’s probably much better at doing it than they ever were. Not many games can get me to stay up past midnight these days, but this one really did have me looking at the clock, seeing “2AM” and thinking “okay, just one more turn.”

4. Mass Effect Andromeda:
This one gets a lot more flak than it deserves. Yeah, there’s the wonky animations, weak character models, and the story is not all that compelling (not that I find BioWare storytelling to be particularly good anyway), but once you get out into the open worlds and into the combat, this is easily the strongest in the series when it comes to actually playing the game. Unfortunately, you do have to slog through seven or eight hours of mediocre game get there.

3. Super Mario Odyssey:
I was starting to worry that my purchase of a Switch had been a big mistake. I hated Zelda and Mario Kart is awesome, but not quite in killer app territory. Then this game, that I originally had no interest in, came along. I spent hours watching streams and reading reviews before taking the plunge. The only regret that I have is that there isn’t enough time in the day to play this as much as I want because of my top two on the list.

2. Destiny 2:
Sure, this has become everyone’s whipping boy in the last couple weeks for missteps that I believe are a by-product of poor internal communication at Bungie between the development team and the live team. Incompetence isn’t much of a defense, but it’s still better than greedy and evil. Given that I’d largely written off MMOs at the beginning of the year, I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, because I know that the first game started out equally rough and ended up being considered amazing. And this game is just flat out fun, which is something in short supply in most MMOs these days.

1. Horizon Zero Dawn:
If you do not own a PS4, borrow one from a friend who does so you can play this game. Make sure it’s not a really good friend, because you’ll lose them as a friend when you refuse to give them their PS4 back, because you can’t stop playing Horizon Zero Dawn.

Hope everyone has a safe and happy new year!

________________________________________________________
Had some issues embedding the images in the main text (my post would just disappear), so now I’m spamming them at the end. Also hoping that my post didn’t show up five time already on everyone else’s page but mine.

Destiny 2 Selfie cayde.jpg
horizon zero1.jpg
moon.jpg
Mass Effect Andromeda Screenshot 2017.12.29 - 20.42.19.28 (2).png
Sid Meier's Civilization VI.jpg
Reader
Kickstarter Donor
mysecretid

Some good picks and pics, Sray! Best to you in the Nude Year, pal! :-)

Reader
rafael12104

Amen! That is what I got to say about your list. :)

Now, I would have put Nier Automata in there as you could have probably guessed. And as if I need to say it, Blade and Soul too. Lol!

Reader
Sray

Nier Automata is on both my Steam and PS4 wishlists. It’s just that I’m unsure of it since I wasn’t really drawn in by the demo, so I want to wait for a fairly deep discount before taking the plunge. Plus, the PC version has never gotten any patches since its launch, so it’s dependent on mods to fix the various frame rate and resolution issue bugs.

Reader
rafael12104

Yup. For the PC it is still user created fixes. But well worth it IF you play with a controller.

Wait for a sale. It will be worth it, I think.

Estranged
Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Estranged

Sray, I concur. Last of Us is too good at its mission.

Gonna buy Horizon Zero, cause I respect your opinion.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
mysecretid

I picked up Horizon Zero Dawn on Sray‘s recommendation, and I’ve been happy I did.

The best thing about the game which leaps immediately to mind is that it’s simply not quite like any other game I’ve ever played. The game-world is uniquely its own.

After all these years of gaming, to find a game-world which feels very new is a rarity.

Enjoy! (and thanks again, Sray!)

Reader
Sray

I keep thinking that I should give Last of Us another shot just because it is sooooo good at making you feel helpless (although you’re actually quite powerful, in a game sense), even though that is the exact opposite of what I like playing video games for. I didn’t get very far into it because of how helpless it made me feel, even while I was blown away at how good it was as a game.

Since you’ll probably end up with the complete edition of HZD, I suggest holding off on the Frozen Wilds part until either doing a new game plus, or at least until you’re level 40+ because it is a shocking change in enemy behavior that will kick your ass if you’re not relatively high level.

Estranged
Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Estranged

Sray, I think the journey is worth it in both games, including the prequel. You don’t feel helpless the entire time, luckily.

Wil take your advice on HZD.

Bree Royce
Staff
Bree Royce

Sorry, Sray – the multiple links got the comment caught up in the spam filter. I approved it, but now I see you redid it with images instead of links, and that looks better anyway, plus this one has likes, so I’ma leave this one. :D

Reader
Sray

Thanks Bree. I thought it was some sort of filter at first, but after 20 minutes passed and it still wasn’t there, I assumed that the dog ate my homework.

deekay_plus
Reader
deekay_plus

i did it this morning too so i tweeted to bree and the massively account. but another way to get a mod attention is to email or tip function. :)

Reader
Sray

Too early in the day for thinking smart thoughts like that.

deekay_plus
Reader
deekay_plus

ayyyyy

CapnLan
Reader
CapnLan

Pretty much going all in on FFXIV this weekend. I’m buried in snow as it decided to pile up over night, so I’m going to curl up with coffee and FF all weekend long.

Successfully recovered my 1.0 character and logged in. Apparently when the game switched over and a bunch of server merges happened I got placed on a JP server. Had to pay up for a server transfer which I’m not happy about but eh, I’ll live. Am now on Coeurl NA server which seems like a smaller but really friendly place. It’s quite busy too as I see a ton of new players around. Got picked up almost immediately by a nice FC who didn’t mind having a level 50 noob around.

My gear is all trash though, so I’m a level 50 Pugilist with Item Level 30 lol. My retainers are filled with Dated gear and Cracked Materia so I have to go through all that junk as well. I’m not even sure where to get better gear now so I’m just sticking to the main story quest. The delivery moogle did give me a helmet along with a couerl mount and fat chocobo mount. No idea why he gave me those but I won’t complain. So at least I have that to start with. I used to have a chocobo in 1.0 but I don’t know what happened to him. Maybe he died in the Calamity. Oh well. RIP sweet prince, I have a big fat chocobo to replace you now. I don’t know if that’s better or worse, but that’s how it is.

Going to start looking around at how to get Jobs. Those didn’t exist when I last played so I have no idea how to get them. I finished up the Pugilist quests in the Platinum Mirage but they just stopped so I don’t know what I’m missing to unlock the Monk Job. I thought I’d get that in the fist fighting guild place but I guess I was wrong. Samurai looks cool too so I think I’ll get that as well. Might also get Dragoon but then I played as one for years in FFXI so I might pass on that for a while and try out new stuff.

The game does look way better in this new version. I remember the old game having large but mostly empty areas. I remember having to go out to Nophica’s Wells and doing leves out there while running away from the brutally OP ant things because back then the devs thought it would be cool to put high level mobs in low level areas to murder all the lowbies. These new areas are smaller but have more interesting places around with no murder ants to boot. I like.

So that’s basically my plan this weekend. Be completely lost in FFXIV while I punch things in my trash gear and have fun doing it.

Reader
life_isnt_just_dank_memes

I picked up Invisible Inc., Dark Souls III, and Divinity: Original Sin 2. All three of those games have been amazing so far and for totally different reasons. If you always wanted a pen and paper style narrative in a video game, then you have ZERO reason for not owning Divinity OS 2.

I’m most looking forward to Red Dead 2 next year and that Rare pirate game looks silly and fun.

In BDO I’m still inching toward 60. Like 55% of the way there.

Reader
Bryan Correll

Trying out Pangolin Online Adventures. Not getting eaten by lions is hard.

Reader
Loyal Patron
Patreon Donor
Kickstarter Donor
Winter

I have been playing Destiny 2 sort of half assed and seeing just how that winter event is a bit on the evil side for getting the items. I didn’t complete one of the quests the first time around (I think I needed 2 mobs) thought ah well will do it tomorrow…lol it completely removed the quest from the inventory and had to start with a new quest. Also started POE however I feel a bit out of my depth with that game soooo much stuff! I bought on the Steam sale Coming Out on Top and Dream Daddy both gay dating sims I’ve heard good things about was totally surprised to see it on Steam! Have a Happy New Year Massively Team and community!

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Patreon Donor
Loyal Patron
BalsBigBrother

Will be continuing my Lord of the Rings Online adventures with my High Elf champion who will continue on through Moria.

I have also started another push at Elite: Dangerous though not really due to any updates they have done but more due to an upgrade to the HCS Voicepacks that I own.

They have put out an update (called Singularity) that essentially mimics having a six member crew on your ship. They did have something that did this before but it was fiddly to use nor was it easy to set up but the new version is pretty simply and more or less sets itself up.

It does wonders for the immersion and really makes the whole experience of playing Elite:Dangerous much more enjoyable when you have different voices replying to you from engineering, tactical or the science station etc. Works with Star Citizen too for those that have that. No I am not on commission but I can’t praise the Voice Attack / HCS Voicepack combo enough for what they add to those type of games in terms of immersion

I also purchased the new ship that launched recently in Elite: Dangerous, the Lakon Type 10 Defender. It not the nimblest ship I have flown or the fastest but it is bristling with gun ports and can take quite a beating, well it was designed to fight Thargoids after all. While I haven’t shot at any of those yet or even seen one if I am honest, it has done well on some bounty hunting runs that I have taken it on. Its not cheap and I am down about 275 million credits so far with a couple of things still needing an upgrade but its been worth it in terms of fun for me so far.

Hope everyone has a safe and fun gaming weekend. Also hope the New Year brings good things to you all o7

Zulika Mi-Nam
Reader
Zulika Mi-Nam

This week I have been dabbling at another turn-based combat game Battle Chasers: Nightwar. It feels to me like the old JRPGs (FF like) of yore, yet there are enough cool options in the combat that makes it more interesting than I would have thought.

Yearning for a top notch story I am back to reading. This past year I read the entire “A Song of Ice and Fire” (ASOIAF) series upon which the TV show Game of Thrones is based on.

Yesterday I started reading a “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”. Which takes place in the same world, but ~90 years before the start of the series. It is relatively short so I will have it finished before 2018. It does not have the POV writing style of ASOIAF that I love, but the story still draws me in and the connections between the two make it even better.

Stay warm everyone !!!

20171229221410_1.jpg
Reader
Kickstarter Donor
mysecretid

Battle Chasers looks good to me too. I’ve almost bought it a couple of times on Steam, but my poor, poor wallet needs a break …

butterpanda888
Reader
butterpanda888

I can’t wait until this game comes out for the switch.

Reader
Loyal Patron
Patreon Donor
Kickstarter Donor
Winter

This game looks very pretty!

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
mysecretid

Check out the demos on Steam — they show off the artwork quite well!

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Patreon Donor
zoward

Hats off to you, Eliot. “Making it strange enough to be compelling but familiar enough to feel accessible” is a fine line to walk, and you do a marvelous job on it every week. We enjoy reading it as much as you enjoy writing it. I’ll salute you by leveling my RP/social alt in LotRO this weekend, and by playing Finding Paradise.

And for those of you who happen to demark the turning of the year at the end of December, have a Happy New Year!

Estranged
Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Estranged

I’m finally going home! Been 2-3 months of messy family business, have been away 90% of the time.

Also, please forgive my moodiness around here, the fatigue has finally worn me down.

I’ll be playing some SWTOR with a terrific RP guild I found randomly one night. Relax with some Destiny 2 weeklies and go watch a football game.

HNY

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
mysecretid

Some say “home is where the heart is”, but sometimes, home is where your favorite snacks and your most comfortable bed reside.

Welcome home, Estranged!

Liandreth
Reader
Loyal Patron
Patreon Donor
Kickstarter Donor
Liandreth

Hooray for home!

deekay_plus
Reader
deekay_plus

this week i took a break from star citizen 3.0 now that it’s live to watch my friends that have been watching and waiting gt into it and find all the gameplay i failed to find on my learning experience to land comfortably on a useful part of a planet over and over again.

also took a break from destiny 2.

and got into closers a bit more as a nice casual 10~ minute foray every so often game since i won that super duper high cash value prize pack from massively this week.

and also continued to enjoy my new cars in gtao

and jose tipping us off to a very charming and clever game we all got in to and creub gifted me quite generously, astroneer, which is today’s video share and i will talk a bit more about in a bit.

also picked up divinity original sin 2 and halfassedly starting to make plans for a static group campaign starting in teh new year.

had a nice evening and xmas dinner with my mom and aunt and uncle which was nice and chill and laid back with alot of good conversation.

spent xmas eve and day with the guildies which surprisingly quite a few people dropped by to hang out and game and do discord cams and such.

and excited for new years eve and my birthday a week from new years day! wew lads!


so this is a fun and cute and very clever little coop sandbox game that gives some really well done mechanics for exploration in different ways, from the energy and air tether lines to threats being sudden unexpcted drop offs in caves and venmous plants that mark goodies under the ground. it also has interplanetary travel with real orbits and all of that wild stuff, tho some of that seems to be in rough shape.

i hope everyone had a great xmas and that santi claus brought you all the awesome things! and wishing everyone safe and happy new year celebrations no matter how loud or low key you may do it this year :D

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
mysecretid

I bought Astroneer on Steam but refunded it — not because it was bad (it’s very good at what it does), but because I realized that it wasn’t the specific “flavor” of science-fiction game I was craving at the time.

Glad you found fun with it!

Bree Royce
Staff
Bree Royce

I came so close to finally getting Astroneer in this last Steam sale, but my early access rule saved my wallet in the end. As soon as they leave it, I am so in.

deekay_plus
Reader
deekay_plus

it’s a really sweet little game but definitely needs some work in some areas and desperately in need of dedicated server multiplayer with more than 4 player as opposed to the locally hosted 4 play max thing it has now :P

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
bigangry

Always fun to read your weird intros, Eliot! As for What I Am Playing… I’m currently square in the jaws of a bad bout of executive dysfunction, so I can’t bring myself to play anything, except maybe getting my one daily quest done in Hearthstone, but not really enjoying it. :(

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
bigangry

Just loaded up Tales of Bersaria for the first time, because I was sick of not playing anything. It’s neat so far!

Reader
Loyal Patron
Armsbend

I bought a i7 max chip during cyber monday so now I think I’m going to buy the rest of the parts for a completely new build. Ive decided to retire this 6 year old workhorse to make it a family pc. It’s good enough to run games up to 2016 on max but it’s starting to chug a bit. As a homework/work pc. I’ll miss you old friend.

Right now I’m going to cut down some trees with the chainsaw. I waitied until it’s cold to avoid copperheads. They get sleepy this time of year.

Lots of WoW in between. Stay warm friends and Happy New Year ahead!

Estranged
Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Estranged

Arms, same. My baby is 6 years old, time to go to school! Gotta build a new child!

deekay_plus
Reader
deekay_plus

funny enough i have a spare kabylake motherboard sitting around i panic bought when i couldn’t spot the m2 drive port and din’t think to double check what i ordered before ordering a new one LOL

wpDiscuz