I haven’t been playing World of Warcraft : Cataclysm as much in the past several weeks. It’s that time of the expansion cycle again. The final boss is vanquished, the next expansion is in beta, and there just doesn’t seem there’s anything interesting to do in Azeroth right now.
In the meantime, I’ve been dabbling in other games. Three were mentioned a few days ago. Here’s the rest of the bunch:
World of Warcraft : Mists of Pandaria
I’ve been fairly selective in what parts of the Beta I’m testing. Right now I’m going to stay focused on warlock gameplay and the Pet Battle System.
Plenty of other people are doing the level grind and reporting bugs for quests. Personally I’d like to witness the quests firsthand spoiler-free once the expansion goes live.
The Demonology changes in MoP are extreme and the spec feels entirely different from the Cataclysm iteration. This is not only a good thing, but a marvelous thing. Right now I think the primary “complaint” I have is that a lot of the new abilities and talents feel very situational. This isn’t a bad thing mind you, but I feel like I’d be pressing more of these abilities if the spec had to do something crazy like… I don’t know… tank. Warlock tanking? I must be nuts.
Starcraft II : Wings of Liberty
I love Warcraft and Starcraft. Funny thing is I don’t play much beyond the single player campaign. I probably watch eSports coverage of Starcraft 2 matches twenty times more than I actually participate in matches. Competitive play is a bit intimidating. It seems like you need very quick reflexes, not to mention the ability to multi-task and plan ahead.
One can only play the single player campaign so many times though. I may start playing against other players soon. I’m just hoping I’m not part of the 1% that gets absolutely steamrolled before I even launch my first attack.
Final Fantasy XIII-2
I’ve played every Final Fantasy game ever made thus far except for Theatrhythm (don’t even ask what that is, you don’t want to know.) I’ve even played Mystic Quest, much to my regret.
I think I’m one of a minority that actually liked FF XIII. Yes, it was absurdly linear. Yes, the lack of optional content outside of monster hunting was lazy on Square Enix’s part. Yes, I too hated the voice of Vanille. Overall though, I enjoyed the story and my time spent playing the game. It was a no-brainer for me to pick up this direct sequel to the game.
Right now I’m working on side quests and optional content, trying to collect all the fragments that I can. I’ve seen the main ending, and without spoiling too much I have to say I’m not too upset about how it ended. Strange. I was furious about how Mass Effect 3 ended. This game? Not so much.
I’m looking forward to May 15th when Diablo 3 consumes my soul for the next couple of months. By the time I’ve crawled out of that fiery pit of dungeon crawling I’m sure Pandaria will await.
Is there an RPG I haven’t mentioned that you think I should give a shot? Leave a comment here or on Twitter @RhoWoW. You can also email me at RhoWoW@gmail.com.