Saturday, February 05, 2005

Triple Post (3 of 3): Online Games

I've wound up actually playing two online games, City of Heroes and World of Warcraft.

I'd probably let one of them drop but, since I subscribed in large blocks in order to pay a bit less, I'm in this zone where I can still play both of them before making a decision which way to go. And, given that "The Sound" is supposed to start filming before either of those subscriptions run out, I'll possibly not feel the pressing need to save the monthly fee afterwards.

They're both great games. I slightly prefer the game play in World of Warcraft. There's an awful lot to do -- quests pay off well and you can have up to twenty at a time (I often have a stack of 15 or so, many of which are grouped in a similar location), crafting skills have you out scrounging herbs and making potions and trying to get the craft skill up, and the auction house brings Adam Smith's invisible hand to the land of make believe.

City of Heroes has a great hero building system -- complete with a wide variety of costumes. The game play feels a little more repetitive than WoW, but you get little benefits every level. Also, after not too long playing you can pick up some nice and fast movement powers; WoW feels sort of slow getting around after CoH. The chat features are also just a little more convenient. However, if you die you do get experience debt, which can make playing feel a bit more like a grind.

The best thing about City of Heroes, though, is that another of my old friends, Sung, is playing it -- along with his brother, George, and George's wife, Jessica. It's vastly more enjoyable to play these games with friends, particularly when we've all spread out since this way I get to catch up with them a bit. Sung is actively recruiting the members of our old gaming group -- so, Scott, there's just something seriously wrong with a long time Champions player like you not getting online with us.

If you happen to be picking up, or already playing either game, I'll put the server names and character names (in order of who I usually play) I use here:

City of Heroes
Liberty Server

Heroes:
Recursive
Vesuvius


World of Warcraft
Feathermoon Server

Characters:
Umbranic
Leucauge
Gipper


2 comments:

Sung Chang said...

Steve, hope you stay with City of Heroes now that Jerome and John have joined in and Scott will be joining us in the near future -- he has the game, but ran into technical difficulties with his video card. The Sun Video gang is only missing Ray and Martin to some degree.

Steve, it might be useful for you add an update to your blog to include the following character names:

City of HeroesLiberty Server

Steve's Heroes:Recursive
Vesuvius

Sung's Heroes:Fire'LordFire'StormLady'BlazeShadow'SpawnGeorge's Heroes:Torrancean
RoboX
FureX
Super-boy

John's Heroes:Captain Jimmy
Bent Space

Jerome's Heroes:Obsidian Bane

Sung Chang said...

Steve, hope you stay with City of Heroes now that Jerome and John have joined in and Scott will be joining us in the near future -- he has the game, but ran into technical difficulties with his video card. The Sun Video gang is only missing Ray and Martin to some degree.

Steve, it might be useful for you add an update to your blog to include the following character names:

City of HeroesLiberty Server

Steve's Heroes:Recursive
Vesuvius

Sung's Heroes:Fire'LordFire'StormLady'BlazeShadow'SpawnGeorge's Heroes:Torrancean
RoboX
FureX
Super-boy

John's Heroes:Captain Jimmy
Bent Space

Jerome's Heroes:Obsidian Bane

Note: to add any of the heroes above to your CoH friends list, type in the chat window:

/friend hero nameEg: /friend Fire'Lord