This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Experience Points The goal of this series was to give an overview of the state of the game from a player perspective, as balanced as possible and taking most things into account. At whom was it directed?
This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series Experience Points So far, most of this “Experience Points” series was based on just that: an overview from player experience. It’s a bit harder to offer my opinion on PvP when I haven’t dabbled in it much myself. As it seems to be a habit of mine, I’ll try and put in a few disclaimers before delving deeper.
This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series Experience Points Looking over the feedback on these articles, as well as community comments on various other “second looks” on the game, I’ve started wondering what was really up with the criticism of content gaps in Champions Online. I started playing a few months after the game was released and never had this problem, so I just assumed it had been fixed. However, it seems the problem with the lack of content wasn’t missions being missing, but rather nothing pointing […]
This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Experience Points The Adventure Packs in Champions Online had a few goals, but were only partially successful. The point was to make self-contained repeatable mission chains that would work as scalable content, so you could do them regardless of your level or team size. This would give every character something to do and help with mission gaps. Where they fell short was providing frequent updates. After three of them, the new content update format was the Comic Series, basically Adventure […]
This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series Experience Points It’s fun to save the world from a giant flaming gorilla, stop a high-tech terrorist organization and help grannies find their lost kitties, but each hero needs that one person that makes it personal. The Joker, the Lex Luthor, the Dr. Doom, the nemesis. The antagonist of a story is a trope goldmine. They help us define the protagonist, show his virtues, his flaws, hopes, dreams and shortcomings. It is because of all of this that the idea […]
This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series Experience Points Something universally agreed upon in regards to Champions Online is just how good the costume creator is. While you cannot exactly make anything you want, most concepts translate very well into the game. The creator sports around 3000 regular pieces, another 400 gold pieces, dozens of C-Store sets and a lot of unlockables. Cosmetic items are often worth much more than most items that affect actual gameplay or stats. It is not without its limitations, though. As with anything […]
This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series Experience Points As mentioned in the previous installment of Experience Points: CO, the most vocal fear in any Free-to-Play game is the Pay-to-Win occurrence. I wrote how being a freeform character, which is exclusive to Gold players, compares to being an archetype, but I didn’t address the actual microtransaction store and its relevance in the “Pay-to-Win” argument. The C-Store is divided into a few categories, and I’ll cover them one by one. There are a few things I’d like to […]
This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Experience Points Until recently, Free to Play MMOs have had a really bad reputation. Technically, they still do among some folk, but considering all the “free to play” announcements in the industry the past few weeks, I’m guessing things are slowly changing. One of the major gripes people have with F2P is the (not very witty, but neither unfounded) term “pay to win”. You don’t pay for a subscription, but using whatever microtransaction store the game offers would give you […]
This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Experience Points Looking back, I’m not really sure why I ever saw the need to start playing an MMO, but there was a time when I had decided to find one to devour my time. After an onslaught of free MMOs (Dungeon Fighter hadn’t yet been released, so shush) I started playing WoW on a private server. I found a nice guild with nice people, but, as always, some sort of MMO drama ensued and the guild fell apart. I […]