Whew! Not so much gaming was done yesterday as I had many things to do. I did get a handful of smaller chunks of time here and there which were perfect for a quick games of Hearthstone or two. Since Wednesday I’ve also raised my DCUO hero to 19 which has been front and center in my mind.
I had a chance to sit down last night and play about and hour of Planetside 2 as well and was, again, reminded of why I find that game so very compelling. I got lucky and was dropped into a very organized squad whose play was so clearly on a higher level out of my reach. The actions were of the larger variety, with organization and general understanding of the terrain and plan of attack. It was absolutely educational to watch individuals who know what they’re doing actually engaging in 100+ person battles as front lines shift and air support comes blazing in to save the day.
Planetside 2 can be immensely confusing and daunting for a new player. I’m barely at a point where I have even a basic grasp of the basic mechanics, let alone the larger questions of strategy and learned skill. However, what keeps me excited and very interested in the game is exactly what I experienced last night: Darting from cover to cover while artillery shells explode around you and bullets whistle past your ear; charging forward with thirty other teammates while your enemies quickly retreat to fortified positions and bucker in for a siege; looking about and watching the armored division choke enemy reinforcements while a Galaxy swoops down and drops a platoon of soldiers to perfectly execute a flanking attack complimenting your own squad’s assault.
The best part (for me) of Planetside 2? It’s so very drop-in, drop-out. I can play fifteen minutes or four hours. It’s a very flexible game and can be very rewarding once you haul yourself up that first plateau of the steeper difficulty curve.
But for today?
- DCUO gogogo get to 30!
- FFXIV is sort-of on a break at the moment. I may fall behind in my tome grind.
- The Secret World is calling me! Tokyo is imminent, and I do miss the game. Hard to motivate myself to go back to such pure grind, though.
On today’s menu:
- FFXIV Tomes of Soldiery will be a static here. At least until the next tome grind. Still at 70/450 I’ll probably put it off until later in the week. Over the last few weeks I went pretty deep into FFXIV, and I need to step back for a short bit to recharge. I also have been working my Marauder (currently 25) and Gladiator (currently 15) up the levels. My intent here is to use Marauder for PvP and having a level 50 tank isn’t too shabby at all. Gladiator just needs to hit 22 for “Provoke”.
- DCUO leveling (USPVP). This game really sucked me in. I didn’t have much time yesterday to play, and only ended up gaining two levels (barely!) to put me at 14. I’m anxious to get some less interrupted playtime now that I spent a lot of time yesterday being elsewhere very productive.
Speaking of DCUO, I’ve been charmed by this little game. In all likelihood I’ll expand on this idea much further in a future article, but DCUO hits a nice sweet spot for me as a “playground” game sporting a lot of features and mechanics that make me smile. There’s no way one could call DCUO a “sandbox”, but it’s far from the sterile “themepark” MMOs of the past years. One part open-world (like GTA or, more apt, Crackdown) and one part Sims-esque character/architectural design spiked by a hefty dose of personalization (leading to a certain overall-uniqueness) tied together by tried-and-true 2011-standard MMO trappings.
Hell, there are some things DCUO does brilliantly like their approach to role/trinity. Every character is, by default, a DPS with the option to switch to tank, healer or control based on their powers.
Meet Esuna Black, my hero. I’m sticking with a simple, almost Silver-Age look to her:
On tap for today:
- FFXIV Tomes of Soldiery reset. Already did my expert roulette for a weekly jump start of 70/450. This’ll be done by Wednesday.
- Hearthstone May season. Only played a few games so far on the ladder. More interested in the new cards from Naxx.
- DCUO leveling. I never really played this game before, but it’s really got me hooked now. I’m sprinting to 30 with my hero and very much enjoying flying about stopping baddies and decorating my ultra-secret-hideout-lair.
Otherwise it’s a good deal of real world stuff to deal with as well. Now where did I put that laundry macro..?
In other news, here’s my Bard, Jah’Rhee, stopping beneath a beautiful night’s sky: