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Posted: Jun 25th 2010 9:00AM Jeromai said

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Eve Online. Roughly 2-4 hours of the free trial. Sat there slowly reading instructions/tutorials/guides until my eyes bled, mined an asteroid (methodical zap zap zap), shot an NPC ship (methodical zap zap zap while orbiting each other in circles), flew slowly from station to station, fiddled with buying/selling/industry stuff, and concluded that taking part in an epic cutthroat drama wasn't for me. I'm not into playing tribal politics just to feel periodic bouts of triumph/agony and contribute to an overarcing massive story... and if I was going to read tons of documentation and sit through boring stuff to unlock and amass riches over time, I'm damn well going to be a wuss and play a game where no one can take it from me until I quit the subscription (ie. A Tale In The Desert).

All Points Bulletin. Maybe 5-6 hours of Keys to the City trial. Got out of the tutorial zone. Messed around in the social zone. Went into the financial and waterfront districts to shoot and be shot at, solo and in groups. Rammed over some umpteen pedestrians and shopfronts - mostly not meaning to, but a cruddy 400-500ms ping does horrible things to clunky car controls. Died many times from folks who probably had much higher ping and higher level ranks/weapons than me, racing around in posses who looked like they were having lots more fun than I. Decided there were many other FPSes out there whose servers were closer to home and charged no subscription fee.

Fallen Earth. 2-3 days. Moseyed around. Harvested some plants. Jumped roofs to harvest some planks. Got lost in town looking for the correct quest givers x 20. Rode a horse there and back again. Shot at some NPCs, who promptly respawned. Pondered the oldschool nature of the game and why the browns and greys just didn't appeal. Rode to another town to see if things were different - Nope, they weren't, just different fetch/kill quests to level different skill focuses, with equally hard to differentiate buildings. This was the most costly of the lot, having bought it half price off Steam, intending to give it a shot through a month before quitting. Couldn't find a reason to continue. The faction PvP end-game wasn't for me.

Tabula Rasa - 3-5 days of near-launch beta. Had the most emotional "puke-repulsed" reaction to this game, just too much hype and expectation for a very mediocre Fed-Ex experience, full of bugs like things shooting through walls. It had its moments (control point Bane massacres, with FPS inspired 5x kill combo bonuses) but ultimately very shallow for an MMO.

Champions Online - 5-7 days. Felt like a shiny coat of paint slapped onto City of Heroes with none of the lessons learnt taken very seriously, and all following Emmert's "vision." Fun enough to bound around with cute animations, tsk at the imbalance of powers and powersets and pervasiveness of microtransactions, marvel at how the quest system and character build system screwed up any sense of joy or synergy in PUGs, and gave up chasing the level ladder after the first three area maps or so. Also another expensive half-price Steam purchase trial, intended to last a month but lost steam (pardon the pun) halfway through.

No regrets though. All learning experiences about what I like or don't like. Other relatively short-lived stuff like Vanguard, Auto-Assault, DDO, AoC, I actually did enjoy for the week(s) to month(s) I played them.

Posted: Jun 25th 2010 10:24AM Joesef said

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Any game that has me go talk to someone and deliver something to someone as soon as I enter the game, I quit and uninstall. I've already played that game several times.

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