I’m about done with Elder Scrolls Online.

First off I gotta say, one thing ESO does need to change is the stupidly punishing way it treats it’s crafters. You just will NOT have enough bank space to hold all the materials you’ll need if you want to do more than one or two crafting professions. There is absolutely NO REASON to punish such players, by making them have to create ‘alts’ to hold all that crafting material. Just loging off and onto the alts can take 15-30 minutes out of your day. There is no reason you should make players spend that much time NOT PLAYING YOUR GAME, but waiting to get characters and bank slots adjusted SO THAT YOU CAN PLAY! Set up ‘crafting bank slots’ to hold all that crafting material including pets like Guild Wars 2 does it, shrink the starting bank size by half, and your players will enjoy your game that much more, because they don’t have to waste time in game but NOT PLAYING IT.

I’ve got two main characters going in Elder Scrolls Online. A Sorcerer that I mainly play duo with a friend, and my solo Templar. They are in different factions and seeing different stories as they level up. Main story is the same for both characters, but the zone quests are very different and tell some fun stories. Still, I think I’ve about reached the end for me. The only real push I feel right now is to get to 50 and ‘beat the game’ by seeing the end of the main story-line, but the Templar is 43 and I’m not sure I care enough to get those last 7 levels.

I could re-try PvP which I initially loved in beta, but once the game became dominated by the veteran ranked players I just didn’t enjoy it any more. I haven’t gone back in months though. Things may have changed and I should probably check it out again.

I mainly play MMO’s so I can play with my friends, who are spread around the country about as far as they can get from where we all started. Literally. One’s on the East coast in the North East, the other is on the West Coast in the North West. One time zone difference isn’t to bad but 3(hell 2) really is too much. Maybe I should stick with some single player games for a bit. ESO isn’t bad by any means, but I’m just kinda tired of it. I almost always play solo these days, and I figure if I’m going to play solo anyway, there are a lot of solo games that that I could be trying out.

Elder Scrolls Online vs WildStar

It’s funny. When I first started paying attention to these two games and even after my initial beta access to both, I would have said that Wildstar was the game I would play. But now, after ESO has gone live and the start date for Wildstar ticks down, I’m going with ESO.

I only had access to ESO for ‘weekend betas’ and I’ll admit to being pretty bored and annoyed with ESO. They had a TON of quests bugged out so you couldn’t complete them and it was a really generic game. I skipped a couple weekends because I was simply not that interested. Then I went back and got a character to level 10 and did some PvP. FUN! Why hadn’t I seen tons of marketing about this part of the game? That ole ‘DAOC’ feel was back and I was loving it. My only concern was ‘will I get board of zerg WvW’? Maybe. Time will tell. I also found that playing with a friend or two in PvE is a LOT of fun. So I’m sticking with ESO for now, and probably as long as my friends play. They will probably quit the game first and THEN I’ll let it go.

What’s wrong with Wildstar? Well nothing much that I directly saw while in the beta, but their marketing (or at lest the part I’ve been exposed to so far) it ruining it for me. Everywhere I hear people talking about Wildstar the words that seem to keep coming up over and over are, “hardcore, Vanilla WoW, difficult”. I’m not now, nor anytime in the future going to be ‘hardcore’ with a game, because to me that just means “LOTS OF HOURS” and I don’t play that way. I have no real interest in being in huge guilds and ‘hardcore, vanilla WoW type raids’ sounds like a horrible game to me. There is a REASON Blizzard changed their game and all these ‘hardboys’ out there thinking that making things more accessible ruined the game can have fun playing without me. So the gameplay that I experiences made me think the game was going to be tricky but hopefully fun, but the marketing and the games ‘fans’ have made it clear I should avoid the game. I’ll have to look in on the game again in 6 months. See if things have changed.