In case you’ve missed it, FunCom’s new MMO, The Secret World, has officially launched. The game has flown under the radar a bit, but I’ve really been looking forward to it, as it’s FunCom’s attempt at producing an MMO that isn’t another copy of World of Warcraft. (And it’s not based around high-fantasy — mega-yay!)
I’ve been downloading the 14.4GB client for a few hours now, so I obviously haven’t played it yet, but I’ve read many good things about it. From the feedback I’ve seen, it seems like FunCom pulled off something special here, and even though I’m really hoping that’s the case, I’m trying to keep my expectations low. (I’ve been burned too many times before on MMOs to be much of a “glass half full” kind of guy.)
I have been meaning to write about my abandonment of Diablo III for a couple weeks now, but have been so irritated by the state of the game, that even the opportunity to bitch about it has been a turn-off.
Dear Blizzard Entertainment,
I’m sure you like having the many gold farmers in your games that provide a considerable percentage of your revenue, but you just gotta fix the goddamn spam problem in your titles’ chat channels. (It was bad enough in World of Warcraft, but in Diablo III, it’s insanely horrible.)
I’m near the end of Act III in Diablo III‘s “Hell” difficulty mode, and at this point, I find myself being incredibly annoyed by some of the game’s features — especially as they pertain to multiplayer with the D3 community.
Here are the things that have me incredibly close to saying the hell with the game; shelving it until that first expansion pack arrives:
Blizzard has been working on their Diablo III BattleNet issues, and things have improved dramatically since launch. In fact, I’ve had very little trouble over the last few days, and on a technical level, I feel completely comfortable recommending the game to anyone interested.
And on a gameplay level, you should be interested, as Diablo III is a blast. It’s familiar enough to scratch that nostalgic itch from PC gaming’s yesteryear, while implementing enough modern improvements to not feel like Diablo II ½. I find the simple, yet engaging, gameplay to be a tremendous plus after so many years of complicated MMO gaming, and it’s nice to just login to a game and start having fun right off the bat.