I will admit, this isn’t an article that I thought I was going to write, because Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn was not a game that I thought I was going to play. I had gotten quite burned out on MMOs for awhile, and even now that I’m not, I’m still alternating between Guild Wars 2, which I like quite a bit, and The Secret World, which I also like despite a few technical issues it has with one of my GPUs. I even spent a short bit of time with the FFXIV beta and walked away not very impressed at all. So what changed my mind? Well, the game was $15 on Amazon during Thanksgiving Day, and at that price I decided that I’d give it an honest shot for a month and see if it could hold my interest.
I will make the disclaimer that since this is an MMO, and since I’ve only played a few hours into it, I can guarantee you that I don’t have a complete picture of what the game can offer. But that’s not really my purpose here. My purpose is to tell you if it can grab and keep your attention out of the gate.
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Okay, I have a confession to make. I never played Guild Wars all that much. Sure, it was a decent enough game and had a huge following, and what I did play I really enjoyed, it’s just that both times I tried it were at points in my life where I couldn’t really allow myself to get heavily into an online game. That, and it’s the sort of game that needs to be played with others to be truly enjoyed (hence the title), and I didn’t know anyone else who played.
Guild Wars 2, on the other hand, comes along at a time where two things should really be going in its favor: life is stable, and I know people who are playing it. It also has one thing going /against/ it: I’m already playing The Secret World. However, I am not entirely daunted by this. Guild Wars 2, like its predecessor, has no monthly fee associated with it after you purchase the game. This means I can play it when I want to instead of feeling like I have to play it because I’m paying for it. This also means that I can play both Guild Wars 2 and The Secret World concurrently. Both games claim to be ‘different’, and this gives me a chance to compare how different they are from each other and how well they execute on their selling points.
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Well, I’m finally diving back into another MMO, after taking a break from them for a little bit (unless you count Diablo III, which might as well be an MMO). However, the one I’m tackling has been promoted as fairly unconventional. In the interest of full disclosure, I should also state that I’ve been in the beta for this one, so I’ve been able to see how things have evolved and what issues have been addressed or not addressed. What I’m reviewing here, though, is the ‘finished’ product, in the sense that no MMO can ever truly be called a finished product, since they all are regularly patched and altered. Anyway, so, here we go with my initial experience with the release version of The Secret World!
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