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.