Random things.

Couple of things I wanted to mention.

Thing One

Had you told me last year that I would still be putting hours into Mass Effect 3′s multiplayer game, I would have said you were crazy. Yet that’s exactly what I’ve been doing, even though I’m not typically a fan of shooters.

Why? Two reasons that I’ve come up with. First, I really love the ME universe and the multiplayer is a way to stay engaged with it. Second, I’ve come to realize it isn’t actually the shooters that I dislike, it’s their competitiveness. ME3′s is cooperative against bots. After hundreds of matches, I’ve yet to run across any of the type A-hole personalities that I associate (rightly or not) with games like Call of Duty, Modern Warfare, or Counter Strike.

Thing Two

Guild Wars 2 has its head start this weekend. I’m excited to play but it’s a low-key kind of excitement. I’m looking forward to playing but if ArenaNet came out tomorrow and said they were delaying headstart for a week or a month, I wouldn’t mind in the slightest.

I haven’t been thinking about the game much, or keeping the patcher updated, or coming up with the character names I want to use. Yet I am excited enough that I’m planning to stay up late and to try to get into the headstart as early as possible.

Possibly my excitement has been blunted by getting to play in a few beta weekends (the stress tests always happen when I’m working). I’ve already had the chance to explore the starting areas and try out different races and classes. I’ve already settled on an Asura Elementalist as my main (at least initially) and the guild I’m planning to join has already chosen a server.

Thing Three

LotRO delayed its expansion until October. I’ve seen a lot of surprised comments about that. I’ve also seen a few comments believing that it was done to fix bugs and improve the game a bit more before release. I’m sure Turbine will use the extra time to improve the game, but I don’t think that was the reason for the delay. September is already super crowded and since Blizzard has already set their expansion date in an effort to compete with ArenaNet, it would be stupid of Turbine not to push the release a bit and give themselves more space.

12 Comments

  1. YeeboNo Gravatar says:

    I have read first hand accounts from beta testers that the expansion currently has some serious issues. However, I also have to agree with you. It would be utterly daft to go head to head with MoP.

  2. I forgot, are you joining Knights of Mercy on Fort Aspenwood?

  3. João CarlosNo Gravatar says:

    At least patch GW2. They are doing the big files go into small doses each day, arounf 500 mega. If you try to patch everything at 25th you can find you will need patch 2 giga or more.

  4. TalynNo Gravatar says:

    Just curious what specifically “those guys” are? I mean, I certainly have my list of undesirable traits and I’m to the point I put myself in a party anytime I do MP no matter how mature (or not) the game may be, and both competitive and cooperative play. But I do love competition, it’s my only outlet since I don’t play or follow sports.

    Do you own any at all? I’m happy to team up for some!

    • BrianNo Gravatar says:

      There’s a couple of different types that bother me, the two big ones are the guys who are convinced there’s only one way to play a particular map and are constantly telling everyone else what they need to be doing, the other type is the one who’s constantly complaining about how much everyone else sucks and usually quits before the map is done.

      Maybe some other games bring out your less flattering traits, but in RDR and ME3 you’ve been totally fine.

      I haven’t bought a competitive shooter in a long time. I think I have Modern Warfare and Halo 2 somewhere but haven’t touched them in forever. I wouldn’t mind digging up RDR again though.

      • TalynNo Gravatar says:

        Well you’re in luck, console games don’t have chat boxes for douches to tell everyone how to play or whatever. That’s the exclusive domain of PC games. Might hear crap over voip but that’s on any platform and precisely the reason I put myself in a party first on 360.

        Still have Reach?

        • BrianNo Gravatar says:

          Reach is around here somewhere, I tend to stockpile games and not sell them.

          What’s this business about putting yourself in a party first? Does that block out voice chat?

          • ScottNo Gravatar says:

            Yes, if you’re in a Party (even alone) then voice chat automatically switches to Party Chat instead of Game Chat so I won’t hear any of the GP talking, coughing, sneezing, singing, snorting, farting, beating their wives or whatever else.

  5. AnjinNo Gravatar says:

    Damnit, Blue. When I scanned over the headers, I thought you were announcing a third child on the way. You scared me! :)

    That’s great that you are still enjoying ME3. My brother played the multiplayer for weeks. I think he finally stopped when he cracked open the copy of Skyrim I bought him for his birthday.

    I’ve been pretty cool on the GW2 launch, but I’m starting to get that urge. I might end up buying the game right before launch.

    • BrianNo Gravatar says:

      Hahahhahah. No. Nope nope nope. I’m pretty sure there will not be a Thing 3 in that sense. You never know, I guess, but I don’t think it’s likely.

      I took a bit of an ME3 break, but I’ve been more interested in playing over the last week or so. I’m sure it’ll go in phases like most other things. Skyrim is something else I want to get back into, both to finish the story and to play around with mods. Eventually, I’m sure I’ll pick it up again.

      Nice thing about GW2 is there’s no subscription to deal with, so unless you plan to wait several months for a price drop, might as well join in on the launch fun.