Gaming isn’t all about WoW for me. For example: I’m currently working my way through Dragon Age: Awakenings. I also just ordered Dragon Age 2 from some ebay store in India for $33.50. So much awesome!
Just today I jumped into some multiplayer Call of Duty: Black Ops and dived into some Civilization V. Heh, I even downloaded a mod for Civ IV which totally replaces everything to play out a Dune theme (check it out: Dune Wars).
So as a gamer, not just a World of Warcraft subscriber, I like to keep watch for what is up and coming. Games like Diablo III; so many hours of my life were spent playing Diablo II, I’m drooling at the thought of being able to wade back into what is hopefully still a gritty loot filled world of endless creatures to destroy by fire and by sword (all of course in search of those confounded set items!).
But, like all gamers who at some point have been bitten by the MMO bug, whether it be fantasy, sci-fi or something else, I retain and will probably always retain a love of the massively multiplayer online genre.
I have searched the interweb to bring you 4 MMOs that if you read this blog you a) probably already know about and b) am just as excited about some or all of them as I am. If you perchance haven’t come across any of these 4 before, then enjoy sampling the delectable delights of what is heading our way in the (hopefully) not too distant future.
In no particular order:
Number 1 – Guild Wars 2
If that trailerish type clip doesnt wet your appetite then I’m not sure what will. For a fantasy MMO, this looks amazing. If the character progression and quest system they talk about in the clip is actually in-game and functional then I will be one happy MMOer. Everything from the art direction (if you haven’t, check out the wallpapers on concept art on the offical website via the link in the title!) through to the dynamic player driven environment may just freshen up my somewhat stale current MMO experience.
There are plently of other trailers and videos out there for Guild Wars 2 to check out. Continuing on from the original Guild Wars, this is set to be free-to-play. Official release date has been set at 2 November 2011.
Number 2 – Star Wars: The Old Republic
I couldn’t go past this one. If you could make awesome in trailer form, this would be it. Of course there are lots of other videos for SWTOR out there that are also great but in my opinion, this is the best I’ve seen to date. Star Wars is the ultimate in sci-fi game material. Others, such as Dune have spawned games but none have been as widely successful as Star Wars. Of course this isn’t the first Star Wars MMO we have seen, Galaxies started well and is still going, but according to many players, went downhill after SOE took over. Now BioWare, thats a different story.
I’m looking forward to SWTOR for a number of reasons. Firstly: it’s Star Wars. I never played Galaxies, so this will be my first. Secondly: Lightsabers. I, like the other 98% of the population who pickup this game will probably play a class that uses one of the fancy glowing swords. Thirdly: Bioware has marketed this as very strongly story driven. I enjoyed the book quests in LOTRO, so if this has anything like that level of epic storyline to it, I will like it.
I love feeling as though my actions and quests are actually part of something monumentus, not just a meaningless chore that has no real lasting effect on the game world. I for one, am hoping that BioWare deliver. Currently set to release in the Spring (Autumn in Aus) of 2011.
Number 3 – The Secret World
Mmmm, Templars and Illuminati (and Dragons)… Funcom are the makers of Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, which I didn’t mind. It had some novel ideas that drew me in for a good while. To date, that is still the only MMO collectors addition I have bought.
So Funcom have some street cred when it comes to making MMOs. Where I am excited about this is their stated desire to give complete freedom to the player on how to play their character. No levels, no classes. If done properly, this could be fantastic.
The different setting is also attractive, as I have been playing fantasy MMOs for a good number of years now. Whilst this looks to have some fantasy elements to it, the combination with modern day settings and secret societies could provide that much needed, often looked for but seldom found, sea change. Sign me up for some Templar action. One to keep a close watch on. Possible release date of late 2011 through into 2012.
Number 4 – Firefall
Cell shading. Love it. This game looks like it will be a ton of fun to play. Ever since the failed Tabula Rasa, for which I beta tested, I have had a hankering to play a shooter type MMO. I know SWTOR will have it as well, but Firefall looks like Tribes crossed with Jet Set Radio Future (kudos if you know that one) interbred with Borderlands but in MMO form. Quite a heady mix, but one that could be very amusing. Big plus is that it is currently set to be free-to-play. Possible release in late 2011.
So there you have it, 4 MMOs that have caught my eye. This is by no means a complete list of MMOs that are coming in the near future so please do not treat it as such.
If you are like me, please remember to mop up after you have salivated over your keyboard from watching these trailers.
Please feel free to leave to a comment below. Which of these are you most looking forward to? Is there one you think I have missed? Tuna Sandwich?
Till next time,