The MMO Report: Thursday, April 12th

Posted: April 12, 2012
The MMO Report: Thursday, April 12th
Casey breaks down Star Wars: The Old Republic's new patch, shows some World of Darkness footage, and brings you a very special announcement.

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  • BoydofZINJ

    I want to thank you Patrick Roche-Sowa for the MMO report. PC gaming and MMOs in general need more focus and shows that are centered around such a popular media. as it you or Casey that put in the line and jibe about Mass Effect 3?

    I have always been a big fan and nerd for Science Fiction (Sci FI) themed shows and games. My first MMO type game I played was a not really a MMO ... it was massively multiplayer, though. It was MPBT - MultiPlayer BattleTech online - originally on GENIE network then on AOL. Later on it went via the internet for a small nominal fee. Imagine 8 colors, and bad robot and mech graphics with NO CUSTOMIZATION - other than the "room" that you fought battles in... had a randomly selecting map list that would favor specific types of maps.

    I tried games like EvE Online and it lacked a soul and I could never get in it... and I am hoping the new MechWarrior Online will be fun and worth it (I have given up on the Battletech or MechWarrior series - but that is a different story). Star Trek Online was fun in beta, but it got progressively easier and easier... and by the end of beta and early retail... you can close your eyes and WIN.

    Star Wars Galaxy - a great game - the best crafting and harvesting system to date, IMHO. However, after a year and NGO... nuff said... it died!

    Games like WoW, Rift, Warhammer Online, Lineage 2, Myth of Soma, LOTRO, Age of Conan, Vanguard, EverQuest (1 and 2), and a whole slew of WOW clones began to dominate the PC gaming area and MMOs in general. Most were bland. However, none were science fiction or Science Fantasy. Some were clever in it's own way. However, none ever satisified me.

    Until SWTOR.

    I am looking for something different. A game with a Good story and lore - and more science fiction (or sci fi) than pure fantasy. Level 1 - 49 was... a blast... it was great. Left me breathless at times. The only problem I had was it was TOO EASY and you LEVELED too quick. There is no way to stop EXP gain - as a result, you are forced to either skip content or do it and it be so low level that even naked you are more powerful than any mob or droid your fighting.

    Flash points were normally EZMODE even on HM.

    Then hit level 50. Your companions that were vital from level 1 thru 49 became almost worthless at level 50. That Mako and Jawa (Which is so cute and cuddly) were almost never used. Illium was a failed world RvR experiment. The PvP was the same three maps over and over again. Since the servers were mostly Imperials we played allot of Huttball. Huttball was fun, but after 600 games of HUTTBALL... it is dullsville. I was on a PvP server and I fought 3 people 5 times in PvP. Talk about dullsville. I love world PvP - but there was none to be had. People would hide in instances or other maps ... sheesh.

    The operations were a JOKE. The operations are the SWTOR version of a raid. On Easy mode you needed 8. The harder modes can have upto 16 players. Most of the Operations lacked a story and had simple tank and spank boss fights. There were a few weird fights... but most were easy to figure out. I got to the point that I could watch tv and spam a few buttons and kill a boss... something that the devs said would not be possible. Yet I was doing it more and more.

    Likewise, I had trouble logging in more and more. Not technical or financial problems - but I lacked the desire to log on. Most of the Flash Points were easy and fun - but once you did them 50 times... what else can you do? I have not bothered logging in to see the 1.2 patch. Why? I have 4 days until my account ends and I lack a desire to enter it too. My guild has moved on, mostly - for the same reason.

    Even this content patch... um... most of it should have been included as a day one patch. COME ON! GUILD BANKS, Customizeable UIs, one more (and only one more) warfront?! Thats ALL? I waited this long for ONLY THAT?! I WAITED THIS LONG FOR A MEGA PATCH THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A HOT FIX A DAY AFTER RELEASE? Imagine if the new Call of Duty Game Multiplayer only had 4 maps and almost 5 months later they give a 5th. yeah..... right...........

    Then the EZMODE of everything.... EZMODE IS BORING! Why do I have to always win, why can I not have content that is challenging and even 8 to 16 well geared and well educated SWTOR players can fail? REPEATEDLY? Why dont we get a Dungeon where people "BRAG" That it took them only 3 months to kill all the bosses and most guilds took them 2 years to be able to kill all the bosses? Where is the challenge? WHY IS IT ALWAYS WITh THE EZMODE?

    In the end: Why am I leaving SWTOR?

    I am looking for a game that challenges me. I am looking for a game with content and a reason to log in. A Crafting and harvesting system that means something. I am looking for a game that does not need raids to make a game become multiplayer.

    SWTOR is the besy single player game experience I had... on a MMO. Sad, but true.


    Posted: April 12, 2012 3:39 PM
  • Mpfenning

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZiiiiing!! Daaaang Casey, you da SUPATROLL!!! Your retorts are as sharp as a butterfly knife! Love the show, keep up the good work!

    Posted: April 12, 2012 2:48 PM
  • Mostlyrandom

    'This will be the last MMO report (Me *GASP!*) that I will be working on' (Me 'Few' *wipes sweat from forehead*)

    Posted: April 12, 2012 2:25 PM
  • BuddhaBizzle

    on* damnit

    Posted: April 12, 2012 1:58 PM
  • BuddhaBizzle

    Good luck producer guy didn't know about! (though ur name is one every episode) I'll save you a table at the restaurant at the end of the universe.

    Posted: April 12, 2012 1:57 PM
  • KessorMunta

    Oh snap! *&^% just got real!

    Posted: April 12, 2012 1:41 PM