Too Many Games

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.

6 Comments

  1. LarsNo Gravatar says:

    Heh, I start Aion and get in queue and then play another game (currently DDO and EQ2) while it waits in the background. But I’m not really enjoying it so far.

  2. xXJayeDuBXxNo Gravatar says:

    I hear that Arkham Asylum is great, so that’s a good buy. I am going to end up getting Fallen Earth too, but I am going to wait a few weeks because me and the family are going out of town for a few days and I don’t want to waste any of my free days.

    Not sure when you played AoC last, but it has improved alot since launch. I’m on the Set server, so if you are playing there maybe we could go through Tortage, I have a Conquerer that needs some play time. I don’t expect that you will suddenly decide that Conan is great, but we could group some so that you get your fifteen dollars worth, lol.

    I like Champions so far, it’s fun, and I wouldn’t mind having a lifetime sub. I just wish the game had spent just a little more time in development to give it a bit more polish.

    If it’s ok I would like to add you to my very tiny friends list, I can be found @jayedub7423 when I am on.

  3. LongascNo Gravatar says:

    I like Guild Wars, but I already did most of the things I wanted to do before moving on to greener pastures. There are too many games out there to enjoy them all – which is a really good thing! :)

    Still, I am playing Aion at the moment and wonder if the time would not be better spent on LOTRO, on levelling up before the Mirkwood expansion is released. But none of my close friends is playing LOTRO, too, while I am having quite some fun with one of them in Aion at the moment.

    I have only two MMO subs running – Aion and LOTRO. And I will decide to focus on one soon, time will tell which one.
    Besides that, Mount & Blade: Warband (Mount & Blade multiplayer) is awesome, too. :)

  4. BrianNo Gravatar says:

    @Jaye

    This is my second resub to AoC. I tried it a second time a few months back, but I only ended up playing a couple of hours. I don’t remember, but I think I got distracted by real-life for a bit. Conan is an odd game for me, I don’t love it or hate it, it falls squarely in the meh range. I am going to make more of an effort this month to play a bit though and try to get more than the 3-4 hours worth of play-time that I did on my last resub attempt.

    I did roll a new character on Set, but I don’t remember the name. I’ll have to post again later about that.

  5. BrianNo Gravatar says:

    @Longasc

    I’m enjoying your Twitter pics from Mount & Blade. I really enjoyed the single player game when it came out, although I haven’t played it much recently. I’m looking forward to Warband coming out.

    Guild Wars was fun for me for a bit, but I had a hard time adjusting to the heavy instancing and on-rails feel. The instancing really hurt my immersion and my sense of exploration, plus I’m more likely to do short pickup groups with other players in an area doing the same quest than putting together a group in a city, so I really did very little socialization in GW.

  6. […] Last month I talked about the four MMO’s I was trying (Aion, Fallen Earth, Champions Online) or re-trying (Age of Conan).  Of the four, I’m only planning to continue playing Champions Online. Along with LoTRO and Eve, this leaves me with two lifetime and one monthly subscription (actually two 6-month subs since I have two accounts on Eve). […]