Is it ever too late to take a look back at old MMORPGs — even ones that have passed away? Not when there are rogue servers out there doing the job of preserving these titles for future generations!
MMO blog Indiecator was a bit late to the party with Asheron’s Call, but better late than never: “I talked to a few people on the server yesterday and they all are really cool and quite friendly, even when I’m a complete newbie to the game. It was interesting to see them engage with me even though I’m a complete noob. They brought me to different dungeons where I was able to kill enemies while still gaining a considerable amount of experience points without dying. To prevent me from dying, they also used buffing spells on me, making me quite resilient!”
Once you’re done checking that out, continue on to enjoy a tour of some of the most interesting MMORPG blog essays and rants from the passionate community that writes about these games!
“Fallen Earth is one of those free to play steam games that I always like to go back to every now and then. Earlier this year, I was getting back into it and playing it fairly often. It has a unique setting, decent combat, and a very in-depth crafting system.”
“So now I’m headed to another dungeon to gather up spider legs. I’m sure the experience will be equally as quirky as the time I talked to the blacksmith who said the dwarf who runs the stable wasn’t very good in bed. At least I hope the experience is quirky. Because as I’m quickly finding out: It wouldn’t be Project Gorgon if it wasn’t quirky.”
“Which makes me wonder if game designers at that time, including the development-staff of WoW themselves, had a hard look at that success and drew the completely wrong conclusions about why people actually liked this game so much.”
“I’m coming up on three hours now, and I still have almost zero idea what I’m doing, but I keep coming back, staying to the lowest level safe areas. I realize that soon I need to go further out to get higher level materials to do higher level crafting. Albion Online is horrendously grindy, but I’ve been satisfied by watching my itty bitty percentage bars increase, and have been trying to do enough every day to get my daily activity rewards.”
“Nobody wants to upgrade to a 1st-class cabin on the Titanic. At least, not after it hits an iceberg. And make no mistake, Guild Wars 2 has hit an iceberg. Probably a few. The remaining crew yelling at the panicking passengers is the exact opposite of constructive. Something useful would be informing them that additional lifeboats (expansion) are being constructed as we speak.”
“So the Classic experience after one week of casual play is one of two halves: on the one hand it is good to feel that group challenge again in normal questing areas. On the other hand the content is rather outdated and group-unfriendly that punishes as much as it pleases.”