Warcraft Catering to Children Has Led to a Hostile Takeover By Star Wars: The Old Republic
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I played Warcraft for 5 years and loved it, I had many high level characters, one of each class and most were well geared. Then the rumor of the Cataclysm started to go around. New dungeons, races and flying mounts in the original areas. Lots of changes were coming promising to make the game more player friendly.
When the change arrived, most if not all areas of the game were altered in some facet. A cross realm (servers) dungeon queue was created which was designed to help get characters into more dungeons without having to beg for hours in chat to get a group together.
The dungeon tool was nice, until I realized I could stand at the bank door with my healer or my tank and level up from 10 to 85 without moving from that spot. They removed any need to quest from the game. To make it worse, the loot could be taken by a toon from another realm who didn't need it but rolled for it anyway. They tried to make that part better but it still has loopholes.
I tried raiding, didn't care for that. Too many childish people and far too much time is consumed. It would take someone who does not hold a job to raid and progress.
With those two options not pleasing to me i turned to PVP. I joined battleground after battleground gaining honor points to buy gear. But alas, I realized they have made the best PVP gear easy to obtain. With the gear easily obtained it didn't take long at all for kids to realize the healers in PVP sets were damn nearly impossible to kill one on one or even two on one. I toiled with that for a while and once I got geared up I found a partner to give Arena a shot.
We got in some 2v2 matches and again I quickly realized this is not fun. The one match that sticks out in my mind as the proverbial straw was comprised of me, an Unholy Death Knight, and my partner, an Assassination Rogue. We went to battle with a team of Holy Paladin and a Warrior. I went down and the Warrior went down leaving the Rogue and Paladin. The Rogue of course gets after the healer to seal the win. 25 minutes later the Paladin finally ran out of mana before the bubble cooled down for the third time and was killed. 25 minutes for what was basically a duel. That was it for me, I ran a dungeon or two trying to have fun, but fun was long gone. I retired that account in June until the game is made better which is not likely to happen.
Months went by and I tried to play Everquest, not that fun to me so I just found other things to do in life.
This weekend I was allowed to play the Beta Testing of the new Star Wars: The Old Republic MMORPG game.
This was the most fun I have had playing a game in a while. Many choices you are afforded to make during the game play decides what your character is leveled into for each class. Dark Side or Light Side of the Force. Leveling up is a challenge, obtaining gear is a challenge. The game play is excellent, the story line is excellent and the characters don't have over 100k hit points. I haven't tried PVP, but I am sure it will be equally fun.
I will certainly be purchasing this game when it is available and would recommend it to you if you like Star Wars or playing MMORPG games.