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Sunday Multi-Subject Post!

Rebel Walker from Star Wars Galaxies

The Galactic War is on in Star Wars Galaxies this week. So many Jedis for people to get upset about!

Multi-subject post! I don’t always have time to blog that much, so here’s a summary of the stuff I felt I should have written about, but didn’t.

Star Trek Online - Seems like everyone on my Twitter-list are playing STO these days. I am not, since my review code has yet to materialize. Not sure if there’s been a mix-up, if they are simply not sending out review codes (I am not the only one that have yet to get one) this time around or if they want to sort out most of the problems during head-start before letting the press in. I am bouncing up and down here, there’s a new MMO on the market and I’m not playing it. I feel naked.

Mass Effect 2 – The other game on everyones’ lips right now is Mass Effect 2. While I still feel a bit uncomfortable about some of the changes they’ve made to the gameplay, I am completely in love. If  you loved the first game, you must get Mass Effect 2. If you haven’t played the first game, then you are not a real human being and should get it right now. I love seeing Commander Shepard again, it’s been too long. So long that I’m actually playing through Mass Effect 1 as well.

Dante’s Inferno – The review copy of Dante’s Inferno turned up this Friday. It’s complete and utter madness. I adore it. Gameplay is solid enough to be entertaining on its own, but DI is all about the design. And the madness never, ever let up. I’ve played for around 8 – 9 hours of it, and it manages to keep the intensity up at all times. Good going, Visceral. You guys make me proud.

Mining copper in Lord of the Rings Online

Redthir the Rune Keeper, proudly stealing hobbit copper since 2010.

Lord of the Rings Online – I’ve really started to love LotRO. My rune keeper is a lot of fun to play, I love the atmosphere and the environments. While the quests are pretty standard, and I have to go into complete leveling-denial to keep myself going, I’m really enjoying myself when playing. I have fun, which is great, and I managed to get my first mount yesterday. I’m also starting to enjoy the crafting, having emptied the Shire on copper and animals dropping light hides. Sadly, the sub ran out today and since my economy this month is as bad as it more or less can get, I don’t feel like I have the funds to re-activate a P2P-account right now. I’ll be back next month, if not sooner, when everything looks a lot more stable.

Star Wars Galaxies – The Galactic Civil War update, also known as the more exciting title “Game Update 15″, was released this week. Haven’t had much time to play around, since I’m only level 47 and can’t really do much during the attacks on various cities, but I logged in and took a bunch of screens. Guild chat had some people complaining, but there was quite a lot of action going on from what I could see. Hope it works out and gets some people back to the game. It deserves it.

The future - The future does indeed look a bit brighter right now. It seems like I’ve fixed a stable freelance cash flow over the next couple of months, hopefully longer, so I should be OK economically for the moment. We’ll see how everything works out, but I feel more positive right now than I’ve done for a long, long time.

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In 2010, We Will All Go To Hell

I will take a break from the usual MMO talk here on DFTM and talk a bit about two games I look forward to in the coming year. I actually look forward to them so much that I can’t wait to play them. Interesting enough, they both belong to a genre I don’t appreciate all that much – the God of War-alike kill-everything-in-sight action genre. Sure, God of War 1/2/CoO are all fun, but they are hardly the kind of games that gets my blood flowing.

For the record, I hated Devil May Cry 4. The design, and Nero, made me want to cry. Make it stop!

Big hands, big death

Big hands, big bada-boom.

Which brings me back to the two games I am talking about here – Dante’s Inferno and Darksiders. It’s not that the games themselves look all that hot. I played Darksiders at a THQ event in London a few months ago and there’s nothing really innovative about it. No, instead it is the aesthetics that get me all fired up. I really like Joe Madureira’s art style, my first contact with him was through Battlechasers (since I used to read a lot of WildStorm/Image Comics during the 90′s) and I see Darksiders as a prelude to that certain Warhammer 40,000 MMO that Vigil Games are working on…

And Dante’s Inferno…judging from the trailers, the artwork for that game is really good. I want to experience Hell through the eyes of Visceral Games. It might be my old fascination with religion and angelic iconography that is talking here, because it sure as hell (pun not originally intended) isn’t what seems to be the stereotypical God of War/Devil May Cry-style of game. Big scythes are cool, I suppose, and I adore the kind of over-the-top theme that Visceral has gone for. Kudos! Weird IP, weird game, lots of gore, nudity, demons…what more can you ask for?

And my scythe...cross...eh!

And my scythe...cross...eh!

It’s all kind of silly. The gaming year of 2010 looks insane. Here we thought 2009 was a pretty good year (except MMO-wise which, except Fallen Earth, felt pretty weak when it came to new releases), but 2010 looks like it can blow most years out of the water. Not only sequels, but brand new IPs like the aforementioned titles are on the horizon.

Now, if you excuse me, I’m going to play some Star Trek Online (impressions coming at some point) while sulking about the fact that EA didn’t send me a $200 Dante’s Inferno check. (Or an empty version of that beautiful box. Hint hint.)

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GRTV: Games and literature in sweet harmony

Inspired by Visceral Games’ upcoming game based on The Divine Comedy, me and Bengt took this opportunity to give EA some ideas for future projects. And I get to mention MMO blogger Tobold and give the man credit for one of the ideas. There you go!

(The last part of the show we had to take several times, since I kept breaking down laughing.)

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