Okay, guys, can we be real here? World of Warcraft, from a story perspective, is NOT GOOD right now. The Broken Shore weekly stuff is just pure hot garbage grindquests with no story to go with them, just lots of “hey do this thing, don’t ask how it contributes to us opening the Tomb, just do it”.
I’m going to have to eventually do this crap because I want those class mounts, but DAMN is this awful.
And I don’t get why they just did bother writing anything decent considering the previous patch gave us the pretty-good Insurrection storyline (it would have been better except elves, ugh) which lead up to us going into the Nighthold.
Come on Blizzard, can we get some consistency here?
Broken Shore might be interesting as a gear catchup mechanic, for both mains and alts alike, but that only goes so far, and right now, I don’t even want to bother logging in to grind for Legionfall supplies in hopes I get a better legendary than the ones I have. Yes I realize this means I’m not improving myself to help my truly amazing raid team, but frankly, I just can’t right now. I can’t force myself to play the game when it isn’t fun.
So all I can do is look forward to next month when we get the Tomb unlocked, as well as the Deaths of Chromie scenario, which hopefully promises some more interesting gameplay.
In the meantime, I’m heading back into another MMO I’ve tried in the past, one that seems very strongly committed to delivering an epic story.
What is it, you ask? Well, go on, give it a guess!
RIFT? Well, no. While RIFT does present a pretty interesting new world to run around in, I’m not a fan of the backstory for the player characters, because it’s essentially the same for everyone with almost no room for creating your own distinct history, especially with class identity (because there really isn’t any).
Wildstar? HAH, no. Haven’t tried that since the beta, never plan to. Biggest disappointment for a game I was very hyped for.
Star Wars: The Old Republic? Hrmmm, a good guess, you’re all likely aware of what a diehard Star Wars fan I am, and this game was a really good Star Wars MMO….for a while. But the story directions of the most recent expacs have killed my immersion entirely. This whole Eternal Empire nonsense does not feel like a Star Wars story, which is a shame because everything leading up to that was pretty solid. Plus it definitely needs some gameplay overhauls, ability pruning, and most importantly someone actually intelligent making decisions about their Free-to-play model. No, as sad as I am to say this, I’m not interested in touching this game in the immediate future, and the recently released SWTOR roadmap does very little to change my attitude there.
No, the MMO I’m trying again is one I barely played for like a week, but gave up thinking I wouldn’t ever be able to get into it, and that’s Final Fantasy XIV. Watching my boy MannyBerry stream it recently and hearing him describe the storytelling and the gameplay mechanics has inspired me to give it another go. So I’ve made a brand new character and started all over.
And I’m loving it. I haven’t played a lot of Final Fantasy games, but the ones I did play I thoroughly enjoyed, and XIV, even in the early levels, is setting up a truly great epic story in their usual style, something I wasn’t sure they could pull off in an MMO. But so far? They are, and I am seriously enjoying it. And WoW needs to take some notes here. I know in the past they’ve said that they prioritize gameplay over story, but frankly if you aren’t giving me a story in which to have your gameplay? You’re not giving me much of a game at all.