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Morrowind is awesome

Morrowind is awesome. It’s barley comprehensible just how awesome it really is; and I haven’t installed any mods, or Tribunal and Bloodmoon (by the way, if you don’t own a copy, game of the year edition is a good buy: Amazon). The scope of the game is simply mind blowing, each game can be as similar or as different from the next as you want, and the gameplay is more open world than most MMOs. Simply put: there are no right or wrong ways to play Morrowind, play however the hell you want. You want to play by the book and get the wraithguard from the demi-god Vivec? Great. You want to just kill him, embed his soul in your sword, and loot the wraithguard off of his cold corpse? That’s fine too. You can literally kill anybody you want (but you’ll also face the consequences if they’re essential to completion of the main quest). Want to level the natural way? Fine. Want to skip it by becoming a werewolf or vampire? That’s cool. Want to kill somebody for their house? Alright. Want to design a mod to give you a house- no, a castle- in the middle of downtown Balmora? OK. This game is a must have, simply put. And if possible, get the PC version instead of the Xbox version; the elder scrolls construction set is quite epic.

MMORPGs

Posted: September 5, 2010 in Computers, Gaming

I really like mmo’s, and I do actually have quite a lot of choice even as a linux gamer. Here’s a decent list of my top 7 MMOs.

1. Lord of the Rings Online

A screenshot showcasing LOTRO's excellent graphics

To start this off: I’m a die-hard Tolkien fan. Now that’s out of the way, LOTRO tops my list for good MMOs becauseĀ  it has:

  • Modest system requirements- an old geforce 3 is good enough.
  • Excellent upper range graphics.
  • Player housing system.
  • It’s lord of the rings!
  • Fun to play.
  • Excellent story.
  • Lord of the rings.
  • Swapping to a free to play with premium content system in *drumroll* 5 days!
  • Based on the books more so than the movies.
  • Did I mention lord of the rings?
  • Unique and excellent PvP system

The player housing system is pretty cool- there’s several instanced versions of the same neighborhood containing your and other people’s houses, and there are 3 levels of houses- standard, deluxe, and guild. Its quite nicely done, and there’s no racial restrictions. For instance, I’m a human lore master because that’s just my thing, but I own a house at thorin’s halls in Ered Luin (god that phrase is fun to say). The PvP system is really cool, once you hit level 10 you’re granted the ability to use monster play. That’s where you get handed a level 65 (cap) monster of sauron and fight level 40+ free peoples characters in the ettenmoors. I also like the title system, for instance you kill 50-100 of <mob> you get the title of <mob> slayer, if you kill a certain number, you gain a special ability from it.

2. Dungeons and Dragons Online

The bar in stormreach which I can't remember the name of

Second on my list of excellent MMOs is Dungeons and Dragons Online, from the same people who made LOTRO (Turbine). A lot of its bonuses are the same as LOTRO’s, but here goes:

  • Modest requirements
  • Excellent graphics
  • No race/class restrictions (finally, I can be a dwarf mage or a hobbit barbarian).
  • Wide selection of classes and sub classes.
  • Decent story.
  • A good selection of caster classes, I like the cleric’s roll as armored healer.
  • The necromancer class (Every MMO needs this).
  • Guild Airships! AIRSHIPS!
  • Airships.
  • Airships.

As you can see, besides the nice selection of caster classes (which I honestly prefer), I love airships. Airships. Besides airships, the major reason I like this MMO is because, obviously, it has extremely nice dungeons (D&D, hello!). I like dungeon running with a party of friends, it’s really quite enjoyable, especially with a voice chat system, and the DM voice overs are also quite awesome. One thing that I absolutely love about this MMO is the total absence of artificial limits on character creation. I’m just going to shout out a few MMO taboos. Dwarf mage! Hobbit barbarian! Hobbit paladin! Dwarf necromancer! Its not entirely without limits though, dwarves have lower charisma, thus lower mana, and hobbits are weak and flimsy. Still. Playable, like LOTRO, on linux via pylotro.

3. Runescape

Meh, unavoidable

I don’t want to assemble a pros and cons list, so I’ll just say it like it is: RuneScape is fun. It really is. Player owned housing system, character/server independence, open world PVP, extremely light requirements, platform independent, f2p with p2p upgrades, insane amount of quests. It’s pretty nice. The only thing its really lacking is a mount system, but otherwise, it’s an excellent game. If you can deal with those graphics, that is šŸ™‚

4.World of Warcraft

It's awesome. Just don't get sucked in.

World of warcraft is completely awesome. Dwarves with guns, gnomes with HUD goggles who’s home city is swimming in radioactive waste, its got it all. Except a player owned housing system. But its so completely addictive, fun, and expensive that you’d do best to stay away, far away. Trust me.

5. Regnum Online

Regnum Online

Regnum’s a pretty nice game, native linux support, decent graphics, nice community. Its open world RvR PvP combat, a nice selection of terrains and monsters and a mount system. The major hurdle it needs to overcome is the self destructive company controlling it: NGD. They continually alienate their user base by removing content and never adding any. The game’s fun until you get to about level 43, the last quest you ever have. Then you have to grind endlessly. To put it in perspective, level 25 is not halfway to 50. Level 47 is halfway to 50. Once you hit 50, you’ve got nothing to do except collect an implausible amount of a rare mineral to create a special weapon. *yawn*

I end it here because I own this blog and I can do this kind of thing.

The Legend of Zelda, one of the last long games.

Its true. Think about it, how long has it been since you’ve played a game that actually had a replay value or distracted you for more than 5 hours? Chances are: a while. (unless you’re a zelda/final fantasy fan or something) Except games from those two series, I haven’t ever played a modern game that I haven’t beaten in less than 5 or 6 hours. Maybe I’m just a good gamer, but I really doubt that. The problem is that modern games seem to be designed around having the best graphics, or the most well designed world, and very few have very decent AIs anymore. Case in point: Master of Orion 1. (available for free download here, its out of copyright. Use Dosbox to play it!). That is an AI that can think strategically. It builds up armada of destruction to reign death upon my worlds, so I build up missile defenses and planetary shields. They see this with their spy network, stop constructing their fleet, and scrap it for money to be used towards creating weapons powerful enough to destroy my defenses. I happened to loose that game (first game I played on impossible). Then another time, I declared war on a former NAP member after they assaulted an allied world. Later they surrendered but refused to discuss treaties because they thought (rightfully so) I was untrustworthy. The AI in one of my civilization games is so poor, by the time I’ve got B2 bombers and nuclear weapons, some nations haven’t instructed their settlers to build their first city. I still haven’t quite beaten Zelda: Link to the past (1991, SNES) after 3 weeks of progress. I never beat NetHack. I defeated Star Wars: The Force Unleashed in 5 hours. 20$ for five hours. NetHack is free and I’ve gotten weeks of enjoyment (and frustration) out of it. So before you go out buying new games, check some older titles. 95% content, 5% graphics.