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October 18, 2004 at 9:50 am #3532AnonymousInactive
Would be interested in what people are playing online these days, and where you see it going?
I spent a while playing Star Wars Galaxies, but became frustrated with the endless grind.
Now I play a bit of Call of Duty, and Day of Defeat. I read about SecondLife.com in edge, and looking forward to trying it out.
Unfortunately, I am becoming addicted to http://www.wwiionline.com (free trial download available). It’s made some huge improvements in the last two years. The interface is clunky, the action sporadic, and the graphics functional at best, but it remains, to the best of my knowledge, the only true Virtual Battlefield.
Last night I was priviledged to take part in an epic battle for a valuable bridge in the south of France. The conflict raged over this important piece of collateral, and as a British Machine Gunner I sheltered in a blown-out building near the action, raining lead across the buildings close to the bridge, to prevent snipers getting a bead on our Anti-Tank Riflers. Meanwhile, our artillery bombarded the Axis tanks, as their sappers tried to destroy the bridge with explosives. A ferocious air battle raged overhead, and JU 388’s strafed our units. Desperate radio chatter crackled though my ‘Team Speak’ voice coms. Finally, at 1am, exhausted and depleted, I logged out and returned to base, to find out I’d been promoted to Captain.
For all I know, this battle is still raging now, although our supply lines were badly attrited when I left.
Latest figures indicate there are 10 – 15,000 subscribers. Not a huge number compared to SWG or Everquest, but, for me, this is a much more compelling universe, and a very vibrant community. Check out the fan sites and newsletters, all of which maintain that periodic style of communications (the updates read like heavily censored propaganda, with defeats being spun as heroic sacrifices).
It truly is an incredible experience.
October 26, 2004 at 10:28 am #15310AnonymousInactive
Not my most successful thread ever.
October 26, 2004 at 10:41 am #15311AnonymousInactive
Wow.. I`m very much into my WW2 games, I`ll have to download this at home and give it a lash
October 26, 2004 at 11:44 am #15315AnonymousInactive
There’s a two week free trial James. Couple of caveats:
-Need broadband, and a hi-spec PC.
-Need lots of patience (steep learning curve)
-Don’t expect Medal of Honor online. It can take hours to get to mission targets (get a lift, don’t walk it), such is the scale of the game.
to expand on the last point, many times you will be killed and not know how or why. You are dead before you even hear the report of the bullet / shell that did you in. As there are no AI to speak of, there is no cannon-fodder making wave after wave of attack into your iron-sights. Every enemy does his (or her) darndest to stay alive, and making a valuable contribution to a mission can be tricky to say the least.
Eventually, however, with the use of the offline training, you will learn to move through cover (prone crawling through bushes), confuse an attack with smoke grenades, call in real-person Spitfire strafing runs, and make suprise enemy base Sapper attacks. That is when the fun begins.
Bear with it.
PS Sorry to ramble. I really like this game, in case you hadn’t guessed.
Have a great time.
October 26, 2004 at 11:48 am #15316AnonymousInactive
Ah u see, thats something I always through was lacking in certain WW2 games – realism..
got broadband and uber machine :)
October 26, 2004 at 12:15 pm #15317AnonymousInactive
Sounds good Boadle, but I’m already lost to FF xi’s charms. Dare I tackle anothere MMO… I think not.
October 26, 2004 at 1:04 pm #15321AnonymousInactive
I hear ya Omega. One time-sapping, expense-ridden, level-climbing grind is enough for any man.
Perhaps you might elucidate over a few lines what has got you addicted to Final Fantasy? I’ve never played it, but am fascinated by MMO’s.
October 26, 2004 at 2:23 pm #15325AnonymousInactive
Perhaps you might elucidate over a few lines what has got you addicted to Final Fantasy? I’ve never played it, but am fascinated by MMO’s. [/quote:9c5e27123b]
My pleasure. Why am I fascinated by FF xi?, or more importantly why have I played it for some 170 hrs since the 16th of sep?. Well I think the main draw is the Human desire for power, quite simply FF xi is about gaining levels and attaining new and better amour and weponary. You will always see someone with better equipment and more experience and you will always read an article about how to find the next ultimate weapon. Which in turn ofcourse drives your desire for power even more. The fact that the game is based around such a social structure only heightens the feeling of rivalry and more importantly respect. Seeing a LvL 75(the lvl cap) Dark Knight stroll into town often ends up with a trail of newcomers following him around like Girls after Brad Pitt. Basing a game, such as a MMO on such a human emotion is a critical sucsess point for FF xi, people will always want more and better things and people will always strive harder when they see someone else has the weapon that they were looking for rather than a NPC, it’s a much more realistic task when you realize the person who has that weapon is also jusy your average guy or girl and not some scripted peice of coding.
To the second point, I would award FF xi ‘hooks in me’ to the every growing and fantasticly designed world, not just the physical world either but the ampients and the people who live in it, both real and NPC. Vana Diel the world FF xi is set in, is a vast world. So big that even Tolkien would be envious, still at the heart of this world is a fantastic community. The players in FF xi are thankfully realitivly old, the average age is 20. While this may sound cruel it is a nessecity, as younger players wouldn’t understand and often don’t the importance of community. You come across the odd 14 year old American now and then and all they do is hurl abuse and smart comments at you. Whereas the majority of Vana Diels citizens are helpful and a joy to play with. Hmmm all this talk of FF xi is making another visit seem ever impending, perhaps i will tell you more later Boadle if you are interested…:)
October 26, 2004 at 2:30 pm #15326AnonymousInactive
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