What a day - it took me about 10 hours to get this project done to satisfaction. There hasn't been much time (read: any) for gaming today, and that likely will be the case over the next couple days as well. However, I did have a few interesting things to mention.
- It seems Tabula Rasa is inviting the veteran players back to give the game another spin. May 2nd. When I last played this game, it was very much a "close, but not quite" game. Even after learning what made the gameplay interesting (hint: use cover) it just didn't have enough purpose to keep playing. The world was kludgey and incomplete. Despite the detail they put into it, it still did not bring all the elements together and, as a result, it lacked the unified feel of a well-crafted virtual world. Though it's a tall order, especially for a post-release game, I want to see if they were able to overcome this problem.
- My Open Beta access to Age of Conan is assured. May 1st. Get this, the maximum level in Open Beta is 13. Thanks again for hiding these little details to entice people into paying for your subscription, Fileplanet. Seriously, I didn't just overlook this, try to find any link on Fileplanet that mentions a level cap on the Age of Conan open beta. Psha - I'm never giving you guys a dime again. Oh well, at least this gives me a fair excuse to be an alt-a-holic as I strive to fully grok the class balance in a new and exciting MMORPG - that's just something I tend to do.
- My copy of GTA4 is in the mail. Arrival? Probably May 1st or 2nd. This game is getting absolutely insane reviews. With 23 reviews in, it has the highest average game ranking of all time, edging out Ocarina of Time by a full percent. I watched the two hour GameSpot Marathon and I'm not exactly sure why it's got reviewers so excited. Sure, you've got a fully featured virtual cell phone, clubs with fully scripted real performers' acts, a virtual Internet, and (for the first time outside of a fan hack) online play... but aside from that, it's still GTA, right? Right?! Well, I guess I'll see.