I’m having a bit of a self-control problem lately with all of the games releasing.
First I bought a lifetime subscription to Champions Online, partially on the strength of the beta play that I experiences and partially on my satisfaction with the LoTRO lifetime subscription. Still it is a bit of a gamble, but I wasted more than $200 on my last trip to Vegas so I’m sure I’ll get over it if Champions turns out to be a disappointment. I also had pre-ordered Aion in a moment of weakness from Steam a while back and I recently bought Fallen Earth on the strength of some Twitter comments from Syp, Werit, and Pete. Oh yeah, and I resubscribed to Age of Conan for a month.
So that was just the MMOs. I bought Arkham Asylum a little while back and I’m still working on finishing that (about 60% done I believe). I also splurged on Steam and bought Osmos and Majesty 2. Osmos was a great demo and a fun little game (think the 1 phase of Spore), and Majesty 2 is a nice little strategy/simulation game that I hadn’t given any thought to but bought on a recommendation from Jeff Green.
Hmmm. Maybe I should get off Twitter, it seems to be costing me quite a bit of money.
Of all of these games, I’ve primarily been playing Champions Online. You can find me @BlueKae in the game. I’m really enjoying this game and I’m in the progress of re-making my CoH heroes.
My resub month to Conan is both to see if I can play long enough to get out of Tortage, which I’ve never done, and to check out the game on my brand new machine. So far I’ve played less than an hour.
I played Fallen Earth a bit today, about two hours. I’m not sure that one’s a keeper, since the graphics are a bit rough and I’m pretty shallow in that regard, but I’m going to give it the full 30 day try. My one problem so far is I bought it from Steam but the Steam client won’t launch it. Fortunately I can go down the the updater buried in the Steam folders and launch it manually, but I’m not really happy with that workaround.
LoTRO and Eve are both in a holding pattern for me right now. In LoTRO I’ve logged in once or twice you see what it looks like in DirectX10 on my new machine and to make sure my house is paid up. In Eve, I’m playing the log in, update training queue, log out game. I’m sure my mood will change eventually and I’ll get back into both games, the trick is not to stress out about it and try to force myself to play. After all this is gaming, not work.
Of the six (holy crap six?) MMOs that I have active subscriptions on (2 monthly, 2 lifetime, 2 initial free months, wow yeah that’s six), Aion is the only one I’m not playing. See I’m 35 years old with a wife, a kid, and a job, so my evening gaming time is very precious to me and I don’t want to spend it in a 2-10 hour queue. I’m in no rush though, I’m sure Aion with even out eventually and I’ll play when it does, unless it takes longer than my 30 day free period. If it takes more than the first month for the servers and queues to get to a sane level, I’m not sure if or when I’ll resubscribe.
Beyond the multitude of MMOs that I’m dabbling with, I’ve played a bit more Arkham Asylum and it just keeps getting better. The primary worry I had with that game was hitting a wall at some boss battle and giving up on the game. So far all of the boss encounters have been pretty decent, although Killer Croc was a bit of a let down until the very end. Actually the only time I’ve gotten stuck was one of the predator rooms where there were 6(?) armed henchmen and all of the gargoyles were booby trapped, so I had to get used to playing a bit differently.
So, if I can just get another 10 hours added to the day, I’ll have time to play everything I want to.