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7-02-2011 @ 12:41PM
I always liked open-ended games, and the concept of an massively online, open ended game intrigued me.I first tried a couple beta/free MMOs, but none could really hook me (most of them were too grindy, and the lack of respecs at the time turned me away from them, the same way the lack of respecs was what kept me from even starting a Diablo 2 character on Battle.net). Then I discovered WoW, which was much more casual friendly than any other game out there - and, at the time, had respecs paid for in gold as a planned feature for one of the upcoming patches.I stayed in WoW, with a couple of breaks, up until Cataclysm, when I left the game due to the content I hadn't yet done not being solo and/or casual friendly. I will most likely only return if/when Random Heroics are guaranteed to take less than half an hour - including queue time - and PUGs actually have a fighting chance of beating the normal raids. Otherwise, I've seen everything else I wanted to see, and while I'm all for solo content, I don't count randomized content (such as randomized daily quests) as worth a subscription at all, and I really dislike player-based gating like what is used in the Firelands daily hub to force players to wait 3 weeks to see the end result of their effort (and was used to force players to spend a whole month to become crusaders in WotLK).Since my first break from the game, back in BC days, from time to time I would try other MMOs, but none had the right mix of features for me. This changed the last time I left WoW, just after getting really burned out due to Cataclysm's Heroics - I started playing LotRO (which I didn't try at launch due to lack of trials and the fact it seemed too much like WoW in Middle Earth; becoming F2P fixed the first problem, and actually trying it showed me I was wrong about the second), got the expansions for GW (I was put off at first due to the initial focus on PvP and group content, but patches and expansions turned it into a solid, and solo-friendly, PvE experience), and ended up purchasing a lifetime DCUO sub (unlimited cosmetic gear storage, a combat system that would be good enough for an action game, solo challenge instances, and no locks on raids). I'm also planning on pre-ordering SW:TOR and GW2, and - in the event I get bored with all those games - to try Rift before considering going back to WoW, at least if WoW keeps it's current trend of making end-game not really PUG/casual friendly.
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