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).
Age of Conan
I let Age of Conan expire last week, and this retry marks the least amount of progress I’ve ever made in the game. Generally when I retry the game I create a new character and get about halfway through Tortage. This time around, I barely got into Tortage. I may go back if something huge changes with the game, but I’m not sure anything would make much of a difference. The graphics are good and the combat is fun, but I just don’t have any interest in the world or the story.
I cancelled my Aion subscription yesterday. Aion is still playable until the 29th, but I doubt I’ll spend any more time on it. Every time I’ve sat down at my PC recently to play a game, I’ve found myself launching Champions Online instead.
I think the shine on Aion rubbed off during beta when I hit the mid-teens. I was especially disappointed to find that flight was not intended for exploration or travel. I’m aware of the lore reasons, but Aion is not based on a movie or book series, the lore is there to support the gameplay not vice versa. The queues and faction locks just served to keep me from trying to rekindle my interest during the initial launch. Even still, I might have spent more time with the game except that most of the people I know playing were scattered across different servers, and I found it difficult to decide where to roll. One thing I know I didn’t want to do was reroll and go through the 1-10 experience multiple times.
Of the games I’m cutting, Fallen Earth was the most fun for me, and I seriously considered staying subscribed just to play off and on and support the developer. In the end, I decided to let the subscription lapse because Fallen Earth and Eve both fulfill the same need for me and I’m much more invested in Eve. I also prefer the slower pace of combat in Eve.
Of all of the games I’m dropping this month, Fallen Earth is the only one that I see myself coming back to at a later date.
Most of my playtime the last few weeks have been spent in Champions. There are definitely some roughs edges in this game just like there are in Fallen Earth, but nothing that interferes with my fun, and having fun is my primary criteria for what I play. I’m not planning to post a review of the game as its already been thoroughly discussed on other blogs. If you want some links, the best overview is Syp’s Bio Break posts about the positives and negatives of the game. I’d also recommend checking out A Ding World, Bullet Points, and NecroRogIcon for other bloggers who are playing the game.