NPC Me

Just when you think a good day that got massively better wasn’t likely to improve again, something rather cool happens like this. Those that attended the City of MiniCon at Omega Sektor last year have had their surnames added to the NPC name generator for Rikti War Zone and Shadow Shard.

Ok so it may not be a huge thing to everyone, but us EU gamers frequently feel left out of various game bonuses that are offered at the State-side based conventions. So a big thank you Melissa “War Witch” Bianco (who can also be found in those zones too)  for adding these.

After flying around for a little while I stumbled across the NPCs named after Rachy and I, also I spotted a couple of other names that sounded familiar.

Now I’m in a game, am I like immortal now or something?

Champions Online : An open beta review

champions_logoYou may know that I’m a player and fan of the City of Heroes/Villains franchise, yet I’ve always said if given the opportunity I’d try Champions online out.

One of the annoying elements about Planetside was that it had no rivals, the game didn’t have to fight  it was the only one of it’s kind, it stagnated due to this and the players suffered. The idea of more SuperHero themed MMOs in the world is a very appealing one to me as it encourages enhancement development of each game and of the whole genre.

I grabbed an open beta key from Fileplanet, who appear to be the hottest place for open betas at the moment, yet they have the slowest download queues in the world. Grrr.

Happily I set my download off before bed and it was ready when I woke up on Saturday, My chance had arrived and here are my thoughts on the game.

# This post may contain spoilers, cease reading you are avoiding them #
# Please remember this is Open beta and the game could change before launch #
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Super troopers

PSScreenShot0249We are a few days away from the final Planetside server merge, but as Dok pointed out why would you run a ‘welcome back’ month where most of the free time occurs before the planned event happens? A rather unusual set-up I think you’ll agree.

I’ll be happy to play my (once were) Max level characters again, I really doubt that I’ll re-activate my account once the trail is over. It’s rather sad to see this once proud game reduced down to one solitary server, containing the remnants of the whole player-base.

Through-out the last few years it was made very clear that the EU and US servers weren’t scheduled to be merged. There aren’t many reasons to perform such a feat. unless you are looking to reduce the overheads of the game. The EU server Werner has barely seen any users since the US servers merged and this latest move just looks to delay the eventual closure of Planetside, a move that after Matrix online SOE is willing to make if needed.

It pains me to say that the game is littered with hackers that blatantly exploit the client-side coding without fear of punishment from the company. Excluding the older-school FPS games that drew cheaters in droves, MMOs are normally free from exploits, of course this is the exception to the rule.

The game still continues to be advertised on the SOE site and receives subscriptions from honest and cheating players alike. Frankly I’m disappointed that Sony Online Entertainment do nothing to stop cheaters from ruining one of the most unique games of the MMO genre, not to mention that they still back a product that is known to have exploits.

At the end of the day SOE don’t appear to care who is paying them and cheaters money is as good as an honest players, sadly at some-point the only ones left playing the game will be the cheats.