So I have been keeping up on the MoP information that has been coming out and logging into the Beta from time to time, however given what is there now I am not really all that excited to play MoP.
Don’t get me wrong I think MoP will be a good expansion for WoW but at this time there is nothing really all that interesting being implemented that will keep me as anything but an uber uber casual player. I would like to give the Pet Battles and Farming mini games a try, however those are not implemented yet to any real extent. Only a few that trained pet battles on the first few days of the Beta even have the skill…..
I like Diablo 3 and will be grinding away at if to weeks to come just to get to 60 and buy the cool armor on the AH. I have absolutely no interest in playing the hardest mode and only started to have fun in Nightmare after I spent a bloody fortune on the AH to get gear such that Act3 Nightmare for the most part plays like Act3/4 Normal. Going from 1250 Damage to 2000 was that big of a difference.
Several other Bloggers have recently be talking about the gamification and or workification of games when comparing reward design in WoW, D3 and other games. It seems like game companies are only willing to implement 1 of 2 reward paradigms. The old lottery, slot machine mechanic where everything is a random drop and you either are lucky enough to win or you are not. The other which I have always been a strong advocate for as an alternative progression system, note not the main, is the point/token system where every kill/action rewards some sort of currency with which to buy the item with. This has failed because they do not implement both systems in parallel, well I take that back they did implement it for 2 raids, ToC and ICC, oh weren’t they also the most successful raids as far as number of raiders taking them on, ya they were, I wonder if that may be a subtle factor, not a main but a contributory.
Now the MoP reward system with the new loot rolling mechanics may just be the best solution out of it all but we will have to wait and see.
Anyway I think it may just be expansion burnout talking but given the current and near future gaming /MMO market I have to say that I am just waiting for Blizzard’s Project Titan which will hopefully actually take the best of all of the current gen MMOs and interesting things from similar games and wrap it into one bundle.
Also lets hope Blizzard hires some more/new artists for this project, I am tired of everything looking like a WoW or Starcraft clone, I am looking at you Act 4 Diablo.