I got a lot of good feedback after writing about some of my issues with leveling. Even though I have further thoughts on the subject, some of which is probably going to be published on another site in the near future, I decided to be a good boy and give Lord of the Rings Online another chance.
I can’t get over the fact that I used to be a huge Tolkien fan and I’ve hardly explored Turbine’s version of Middle Earth yet. It’s silly, but the small child in me is always filled with such fuzzy geeky feelings when I run through Bree, or see the rolling hills of the Shire. My biggest problems with LotRO are, and will probably always be, the character models. They don’t do Middle Earth justice in any way or form, so here’s hoping they have to launch the game in some part of the world where alternative models will be needed.
Or something, I don’t care, I just want an Elf female that doesn’t look like she’s kicking her own buttocks when she runs.
I keep nomading from game to game, World of Warcraft showed its true face pretty fast and the bright idea that I was going to try my hand at raiding again flamed for a brief second (or day) and then fizzled out completely. I will treat it like a dungeon parade, doing an instance or two when I feel like it. Until Cataclysm, there really isn’t much else to do – I will just have come to terms with the fact that I will never get to kill Arthas.
I am sad to say it, but sometimes I feel that Blizzard are losing a bit of their touch. They re-invented the MMO, they made end-game raiding the norm, they’ve shown over and over again that they are at the kings of the genre. They do sweeping changes to the core of their game, changing and mutating it over time. But what some of us raised our eyebrows at when Wrath of the Lich King changed the raiding game completely from the hardcore days during The Burning Crusade, keeps mutating. That…”thing” that I can’t put my finger on, keeps growing and twisting.
Not always in that good, innovative way. Over the next couple of months, we will see what the gating of ICC means for the raiding guilds and what the LFD-tool will mean for the larger community. Then Cataclysm will land on top of the situation (said in the most neutral way possible) that Blizzard have created. I’m a bit confused on how the game will develop from here, how open world content will be made interesting again. Exciting times!
But until then, I will once again try to find my way to Rivendell and Moria. It’s taken me quite a long time, and I’m not sure I’m going to make it this time either. But it would be a boyish dream coming true if I do!