Tag: Elite: Dangerous

So, what are my plans for 2015?

2015 will be a good year for MMORPGs. I believe so, because there’s not much in the way of “new shiny” coming out. This will be good, in my opinion, because the genre will relax a little bit- players will be more happy with their choices (because there’s nothing coming out next month that will make everything better), the chosen games will turn a profit and see some kind of development, and maybe some will be left behind and close shop. This may seem like a sceptical outlook, but i think this year is going to be healthy for the genre and its players.

So, i’ve put my resolutions for 2015 into some words and there’s two that are hopefully going to define my MMORPG-related gaming in 2015: focus better on some titles instead of spreading out too thin and “be ready when they come”. Also, i’d like to NOT discover an open subscription to a game like i did with Final Fantasy XIV the other week.

Final Fantasy XIV

Final Fantasy XIV

Speaking of which, FF14 will be my first candidate. With Update 2.5 possibly coming in January and the expansion, let’s say, in April, there’s still some time to get my main character to 50 at least in one class/job and hopefully one gathering and one crafting profession, as well. As i’ve mentioned a couple of times, i like the game a lot- it’s a nice mix of old school mechanics and new features and it at least tries to make crafting and the economy somewhat worthwhile.

So, at least in the first quarter of the year, i’d like to make that one my main MMO and hopefully get something done in there.

Everquest 2

Everquest 2 will be my “main alternative” MMORPG for the time being. I like it a lot (in reality, this is my problem- it’s not that all MMORPGs suck, but that they all have their strengths and i do like them).

EQ2 New Halas Mount

 

I’d like to play it when i’m not in the mood for FFXIV and continue levelling my Inquisitor slow and steady. My goal is to be where i need to be when the next expansion comes, presumably some time in November. But, of course i know that this game would be too big for that goal even if i’d play EQ2 exclusively until November, so i’ll see how far i’ll come.

Other candidates

SWTOR will lie dormant for the time being. It’s that “third” MMO i’d like to play, but i won’t have it in my roster permanently- the other two will take up all my free time to achieve what i’d like to achieve there. But still, when i’m in the mood, i’ll probably fire it up some time.

The Repopulation- i’ll take a look before headstart/final wipe and i’ll play it if and when it releases. But we’ll see if that’ll be in 2015, anyway, soooo i’m totally relaxed on that part.

Landmark- i have a vision i’ll share when i looked into the game and my abilities with it and have decided to follow through with it. So that might come up at some point, as well.

World of Warcraft is postponed. I might get back to that if i’m in the mood.

Lord of the Rings Online. If and when they let me buy my way through Moria i’ll take a look at the lands beyond. I won’t play through those caves, though.

Elder Scrolls Online and Wildstar. If and when they go buy-to-play and/or free-to-play, i’ll be there on relaunch day.

The Secret World. Hmmm, i don’t know. Funcom did something spectacular with this game, it might just be the best “play-to-finish” MMO out there, but unfortunately, it’s too quest-heavy for my tastes. But it is possible i’ll be hopping in from time to time.

Did i forget something?

For sure. I’m fickle. Sometimes i’m in the mood for this and sometimes i’m in the mood for something else. As much as i’d like to call one MMORPG my home, i don’t see a candidate yet. It would have to offer almost everything MMOs have to offer in one game- also, my guess is it would have to be polished and, of course, at least hack-and-cheat-free. Also, of course, there are Elite: Dangerous and The Crew, which you might or might not call MMO…and there’ll be new games.

Doesn’t matter, though, for now. We know Heavensward is coming and that should be my priority right now, because i know for a fact i’ll consider buying it and it would be a nice change to finally see an expansion i paid for. So, right now, i’d like to declare 2015 to be the FFXIV and Everquest 2- year for me. We’ll see if that pans out. (Spoiler: it probably won’t)

What i’m playing

So, Syp from Biobreak has this little widget on the right side of his blog, containing games he’s playing and goals he wants to achieve in each of those titles. I’d like to take his lead, as well, and see what i’m playing, what i want out of these games and what my goals are. Also, i think it’s a good idea to get a handle on the games i play/i want to play because the list isn’t getting smaller, unfortunately. I was hoping for 2014 to be the year i finally settle in one or two MMOs, but that wasn’t to be.

So here goes.

Everquest 2

I’m still enjoying this one and it feels like there’s lots to do and explore in EQ2. Right now, i’m a little split up between two characters- Triupia on Antonia Bayle, an Inquisitor, who’s in a guild and supposed to be my main. I’ll continue to focus on her when i’m playing alone. I’d like to get her to adventurer level 25 and then get the complete quested Inquisitor armor. After that, i’d like to catch up in crafting.

The other character i’m playing is Eshaunia, a Fury on Valor, the german server. I started a project in my multigaming guild, basically moving from one f2p-title to the next with a group of players who vote which game to go for and then playing it in a group. Eshaunia will probably stay where she is after the project is finished, because i have the Inquisitor and Valor is quite empty.

Star Wars: the old republic

I started an Imperial Agent, because the storyline is generally viewed as the best in game and i haven’t even finished one of them. I’d like to do that. Right now, immediate goals are to finish the first zone and get a hang of the class and story.

Elite: Dangerous

Some people describe it as “Euro Truck Simulator in space”- but really, i like it this way. I want to improve my flying skills while doing simple delivery missions, maybe trading and exploring as a medium term goal. If i get into fights, i’d like to be able to hold myself. Also, i want to get involved in the storylines the game presents.

The Crew

No real goals here. First one would have to be to level up and finish the main storyline. After that, it will be a fun ride of completing skill trials, finding hidden cars, exploring the mini-US and drive coast-to-coast or go on a virtual “Route 66”-tour.

World of Warcraft

I bought into it when they had the discount on the basic game. My wife plays, so i thought i’d like to join her, but we haven’t played together all that much. Still, i think the Explorer and Loremaster achievements are quite attractive goals and i’d really like to see the content of the game, because we spent a significant amount of money on this game if you add it all up and i didn’t play past the vanilla Un’goro crater.

Single Player

There are some singleplayer games i’d like to visit, as well. Endless Legend, The Wolf among us, Civ:beyond earth, Divinity: Original Sin are some that come to mind.

All in all, i think i have enough on my plate to spend 2015 without buying any new games. But i also know it won’t happen, sadly. For 2015, i’ve made the resolution to curb my spending on MMORPGs, though. With all those alpha-accesses i bought in 2014 it was an expensive year without much success in this regard (Landmark is still quite rough, AA is broken, Repopulation still not released.

Elite: Dangerous or EVE?

Now i know this is a dangerous question to ask. There’ll be proponents of both games and some others might point out that the true question would be “Star Citizen or Elite: Dangerous”. But that’s not the question i was facing yesterday, when a sudden urge to explore space grew and i needed to decide whether firing up E:D or resubscribing to EVE would be better suited for me.

Now, there are articles by others who list the differences between those two games in an objective manner- i can recommend Elite:Dangerous is not EVE by EliteNinja if you’re looking for that kind of thing. I’m taking a more subjective approach to show why i decided to play Elite: Dangerous as my space sim of choice for now.

Elite: Dangerous is not an RTS

See, i like EVEs approach. But i prefer the first-person-actiony-stuff from E:D, because it offers the opportunity to improve my skills over time. When i completed the first training scenario, where you shoot some toxic barrells in space, i was flying like a mad, drunk monkey. Later, when i started the “real thing” i was already somewhat capable of interpreting the radar and moving my ship. Now, i didn’t meet anything when i played (in Solo mode) and it was for the better, to be sure, but still, i felt like i was improving- without skills, levels or stats. It was my ability to play that was improving.

Also, it is new (and shiny)

The second most important reason i chose E:D was that it is new. Most of us like to read about exciting EVE news and think about how great it is that a game is able to deliver experiences like that. EVE is about the only game that does that right now and maybe even in the future. But there is the possibility that E:D also shapes up like that, given time (and money)- and this time, there’s the opportunity to be there when it begins.

The social experience

E:D is not about the PvP; in fact, you can play Solo, but you’re still not playing alone. The market, the political structure of the systems etc., everything is influenced by all players. Sure, technically E:D doesn’t count as an MMORPG in a sense we are used to, but i think if thousands of players influence whether a certain trade is profitable or not, they influence my gameplay in a much deeper way than all the other players in the normal themepark MMORPG. Of course i can see them in WoW et al, but usually, they won’t impact me in any way. In E:D, other players have an impact without necessarily involving pvp.

It’s not only about the players

EVE is great because it’s player-run. There are NPCs, but from my understanding, they don’t change the course of the universe. Today i read the interview with David Braben over at mmorpg.com, and here’s a snippet i found to be very interesting:

There was a rebellion in a city where the Federation has raised taxes, and the rebels are objecting to this. They want to secede, they want to become independent. During the beta, lots of the backers were supporting the rebels. They were running guns and supplies to the rebels and fighting for them—the Federation brought in a big battle cruiser—until the rebel leader made a speech saying “Comrades, excellent, we’re winning the battle against the Capitalist oppressors!” And it was very clear from his language that they were Communists. Now, everyone knew they were Communists, but they hadn’t really realized the connection. After that, all the backers started supporting the Federation.

Somehow, the players influenced things. But the NPCs influenced the players, as well. I didn’t know E:D intermingled these things in such a way, but it does, and i like it very much.

400 billion stars

This is endless. Even if E:D might have 1 million players, the galaxy won’t be mapped out and “won” in a few days. So here’s an opportunity to play, explore, trade, in a vast “world” where travel matters and markets are regional/local. I always wanted to see stuff like that in fantasy mmos, but none have managed to realize this to its full potential. Great to see it in a space sim.

Of course, there are other reasons for choosing E:D over EVE, but these are the most important ones. Can’t wait to explore the galaxy!