and my gaming trends have taken a turn. I started off the new year playing a lot of LOTRO PvMP even though the server I was on had a noted downturn in activity. I began the process of transfering most of my characters to new servers and that brought up some Turbine criticisms which I posted about here. While the PvMP has been of better quality and quantity on Landroval and Brandywine and I was planning on posting something on Reaver builds, the prevalent problems with the game itself, both pve and pvp, has been sucking the joy out of the game for me. This isn’t anything new, the game has been losing players now for some time. The last expansion just flopped imo and more people are leaving for greener pastures. I’m at the point where I need to stop playing for a while so that when I do come back, I have a fresher feeling about the game.
Just then, Diablo was patched and Blizzard made the game fun again! In just a short time I had reached lvl 60 on my Barbarian and now stand at paragon level 34. Did I say it’s fun! I’m seeing less junk and a lot more useful drops and I’ve gotten several pieces of legendary gear. My Barb has gotten much stronger in only a short amount of time. Now, it’s still a simple hack and slash dungeon game so my advice is short play sessions with friends so the fun doesn’t get stale. Speaking of Blizzard, I’m still playing WOW. My Warrior has gotten up to ~lvl 87 and is questing his way through Panda land.
ESO: Now that the NDA has been lifted we are getting tons of information about this game and while managing my expectations, I’m still excited about what I see. I am on the PTS but I haven’t done extensive play throughs. I’m playing a few hours a week on different characters in the level 1-10 range, getting a feel of how the game works: crafting, pve, leveling, etc. There’s already been some changes made by Zenimax that proves this is a beta for them and just not a trial.