That’s Much Better

I complained earlier about the poor level of communication on the part of Cryptic’s Champions team, especially as compared the the level of communication that the Star Trek team maintains. There was apparently enough community feedback that they did an Ask Cryptic, Part 2. This one is much better.

First, the post is explicit that the questions are being answered by Producer Rob Overmeyer, so that whole vague anonymous feeling from the original post is gone. Second, the answers are informative and detailed without losing the humor from the original post. Not to mention there’s just more of them.

Besides the second Ask Cryptic, there’s also a State of the Game for April. Also done by Rob, it does has some crossover with the Ask Cryptic, enough so that Rob is planning to start doing alternating months for the posts.

I’m feeling lukewarm about the upcoming Resistance Adventure Pack. I had issues with Serpent Lantern and I haven’t even attempted Demon Flame. My hope when Adventure Packs were originally announced was that they were nice multi-mission story arcs, but they ended up being mini-dungeons complete with boss fights. It just occurred to my that STO’s Featured Episodes were actually what I’d had in mind for AP’s.

The two things I’m really looking forward to are the Golden Age and Pulp Comics costume sets. Even though they’re C-store items, I’ve got enough Atari Points from my stipend to get at least one for free.

Besides more costume options, I am curious about the Hideouts coming in July although I can’t imagine getting a lot of use out of it once the initial novelty wears off. I’m also interested in seeing what the team does with their AP replacement, Comic Series. It sounds much more like the FE’s that they were inspired by, and even though a lot of challenge focused players probably won’t like it, I hope they drop the boss fights. I’m just interested in experiencing more stories, not snapping my keyboard in half in frustration.

 

6 Comments

  1. AnjinNo Gravatar says:

    Darn it, you beat me to it. :)

    It’s pretty funny to me. Whenever I start thinking that it has been too long to hear anything about Champions, a State of the Game is usually not far behind. I’m pretty excited about everything they mention here.

    It sounds like the adventure packs are going away in favor of the comic series, which I’m hoping is a good thing. I’ve actually enjoyed the difficulty involved in fighting some of the supervillains, but I understand it’s not for everyone. You really should try Demonflame, though. They did a better job with it than on SL.

    • BrianNo Gravatar says:

      I was unusually motivated today. :)

      I intend to give Demonflame a shot at some point, I think it’s really just a matter of other games drawing my attention much more. Really my only Champions playing lately has been some teamups with Scott, Oak, and GC. I have a ton of funs every time I play too, but just never end up jumping in solo. I’m sure I’ll come back around to it eventually.

      You know I wasn’t thinking much of the new heavy weapons powerset until I saw the video for it. Maybe that’ll get me back into the game regularly for a bit.

  2. YeeboNo Gravatar says:

    Hopefully the comic series will be closer to what you had in mind for mission packs (i.e., more like STO episodes). CO is definitely still on my list, but I doubt I’ll get to it while I’m still playing Rift.

    • BrianNo Gravatar says:

      I’m keeping my fingers crossed. It’s kind of a no win situation for Cryptic though, since a lot of people enjoy the boss battle challenges.

      I hear you on Rift dominating playing time. I keep meaning to pop into CO and STO and LotRO to try an spread my playing time across more games. I always end up launching Rift to “do something real quick” and then realize it’s 1:30 AM.

      • The ChampionNo Gravatar says:

        I’ve never played RIFT but I still love Champions. I haven’t played in weeks but I kinda like the hideouts idea. I would also like if they could introduce Villains in the game but I don’t think that will happen. :(

        • BrianNo Gravatar says:

          I’ve read/heard several interviews with Cryptic staff and you are correct, they’re never going to add villains to the game because of what they saw when they did City of Heroes. The number of people who actually played the villain side in that game was very small compared to the overall population.