Wowie Zowie! TES:Online has released a new trailer! Is everybody excited!?
The new trailer is more CG fantasy like we've seen with SWTOR and WoW, big on spectacle and flash with no actual gameplay in sight. We get to see a barbarian dude stomp some monster-wolves (regular wolves are so passe), a ranger-ish elf-lady reenact the scaling the wall from ASOIAF, and the requisite cooldudeassasinbro rip up a whole group of soldiers with throwing knives and leg melting style.
I'm pretty skeptical about the game itself, but that didn't stop me from signing up for the beta. For all the run-of-the-mill combat dance and generic fantasy pastiche we've seen so far, some small part of me still wants to check it out for myself. I haven't found a fantasy MMO to be excited about since the days of Ragnarok Online (and that was kind of a masochistic thing), but if anyone can pull it off, it would be Bethesda. Sometimes I miss my City of Hero days and the fun I used to have exploring that world, making builds, and chatting with my cape and cowl buddies. If Bethesda can make a fantasy world half as engaging, I might spend a month or two with it just to dig that vibe again.
I don't know if I can ever go back to the combat dance though. After being so thoroughly spoiled by the depth, responsiveness, and tension of Dark Souls PvP, I'm not sure if clicking power buttons and keeping an eye on flying numbers will ever feel satisfying again. But I suppose I won't know unless I try!
Here's hoping TESO won't ruin them like SWTOR ruined Bioware!
For this month's prompt, let's look back in time on our favorite games, then bring our gaze back to the present. Back then, Pokémon had 150 different monsters to collect, psychic types and ghosts were pretty strong, and the only reliable method of hatching eggs was riding a bike downhill on that bike path outside Celadon. Now, Pokémon has added three new types, psychics were toned down considerably (maybe too much until we see how Sun and Moon do), and we've since seen running and even rollerblading added to help in egg hatching.
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