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“Gaming Updates” or “Fable 3, WoW: Cataclysm and RIFT Beta”

Fable III

I can’t play this title any more. I have had a blast playing Molyneux’s latest title, but to a point.

Relationship Quests: I discovered that nearly every NPC in the game had a unique name (though not a unique personality) and several factors determined whether they loved or despised me. This revelation led to figuring out how every single NPC had quests for you, provided you improve your relationship level with them. This was exciting, but also incredibly anal, time-consuming and repetitive. I think it is a great idea, and it breathes new life into the concept of a living, breathing world, but the repetitive nature greatly detracts from the concept. After a few relationship quests, I was just tired of the whole thing, especially after having the dog dig through the 16th random dig site for a small piece of who-gives-a-shit-anymore.

Weapon Leveling: Halfway through the game I found how the weapon upgrade system worked. I was excited. I picked up Briar’s_Blaster, and went about finishing the three objectives required for improving the weapon (earn 10,000 gold from jobs, kill 150 men, complete 30 quests). When the gun wad finally fully upgraded, I realized I had no idea what I was supposed to do next, or where in the storylines had I misplaced myself. Mind you, this wasn’t a “that was so awesome, I completely forgot about the story” moment. This was more of a “all that work for a lousy +12 damage, and now I don’t even know where I was” moment.

Collection Mini-game: Of course the icing on the cake was the collection mini-games. You had to find and shoot 50 gnomes scattered all over the world, in addition to silver keys, the highly elusive gold keys and corresponding chests. Then there were the Demon Doors with their own criteria, as well as rare flowers, and all those damn books. Having collected nearly 70% in each category stated above, I realized I had been spending all of my in-game time collecting these items and getting aggravated when I couldn’t locate something in a particular area, instead of pursuing the ultimate goal: having fun!

I love Fable 3, and I have had a blast with what I have done so far. It will remain as one of the very few games that I actually enjoyed to a point, but never actually finished, thus going against my completionist nature. But I am done with it, now and forever, and I am OK with that.

WoW

Cataclysm has been a blast so far. There are a million things to do, and with all the changes to the game, I continue to find new things in the UI that I had not seen or experienced before. Juet yesterday I realized that you could see a ton of information about guildies via the drop down menu button in the top right corner of the guild management window. Who knew?! You did? Well then, go have a cookie.

Professions: My cooking is at 525, but that wasn’t difficult to do because I can fish for hours on end when I am catching up on my weekly shows. The caught fish simultaneously raised my fishing to 525, and cooking it took my cooking to 525 as well. I tried my hands at Archeology, but after getting the raptor mount try as I might, I just cannot bring myself to do it any more. It is just… exhausting. I dropped Alchemy as a profession halfway through Wrath of the Lich King, and picked up Blasksmithing. It is now stuck somewhere in the mid-hundreds, and feeling utterly neglected. I should probably do something about that. My enchanting is now finally at 500, and although that is a ways to go yet, I am sure I will get there by the week’s end.

Auction House Master: I am back to playing the auction house. I have been back at WoW for merely two weeks and have already added closed to 50K to my coffers. You might think that is exceptional, but it really isn’t. I don;t normally bag that much gold in such a short amount of time. The prices for reagents and goods in Cataclysm have, let’s just say, skyrocketed past the Cathedral’s steeples in Stormwind. Just the other day I saw Maelstrom Crystals go from 1K a pop to 7K a pop (thanks to the alchemy nerf!). I also discovered the joy of a wonderful new mod called Trade Skill Master. It is too complex to explain here, suffice it to say it is bloody brilliant, and you should look into it on Curse or WoWInterface.

End-game Content: Uh, I haven’t done any yet. Honestly I haven’t even completed all the normal instances, let alone the heroic ones. Part of the reason is because I have only so many gaming hours in a day. But part of it is because, well, I am scared. Everyone in Cataclysm keeps talking about how hard dungeons are in Cataclysm. Hell Ghostcrawler himself admitted that dungeons were hard, yo. I keep meaning to try heroics, but my timings are so much different from everyone else in my core group of WoW friends that it rarely, if ever, works out. My goal is to complete every dungeon on normal, and every dungeon on heroic by this week’s end. Next week I will will start working on Glory of the Cataclysmic Hero.

RIFT

So I finally got in the beta. Sort of. It took two days to download because the download rates, despite a kickass connection, were abysmal. When the game finally downloaded, patched, updated (rinse repeat the last two a few times), it wouldn’t launch. It kept givingme some error about how servers were not available. When the game finally launched, I kept crashing at the character creation loading screen.

This morning, when I was finally able to re-create a Guardian Dwarf Warrior and enter the game, the game crashed again. Too disgusted to try again, I shut it down and punched a kitten in the face. I made up the last part, but I was a little too frustrated to try it again for a while. I know this is the beta, and there will be some inherent issues, and I should be more understanding. I will be eventually. Just not now, after struggling with the game for two straight days.

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  1. January 27, 2011 at 1:02 am | #1

    It may be better that you didn’t finish Fable III, what with all the complaints about the endgame.

    Hope you get to see Rift a little. I’m enjoying myself enough that I may have to stop playing so I don’t spoil myself.

  2. January 27, 2011 at 2:51 am | #2

    i’m surprised at Fable 3; my gf utterly loved Fable2 and played it on her own, but she absolutely hated 3.. :S
    heh; i think ill wait for the physical copy of RIFT; if it takes you 2 days with wicked connection… i might be 4 days :P.. i don’t think i could take the crashing tho; are you on Vista/W7?

  3. January 27, 2011 at 3:29 am | #3

    Damn – Really sorry to hear the experience with Rift was frustrating. Drop me a line at the email here? Would definitely like to get your patcher logs and username/crash reports.

    Patching especially is usually something that people are reporting crazy good speed experiences with, so if there’s an issue impacting a part of the world, we’d like to know about it ASAP.

  4. Zygwen
    January 28, 2011 at 2:45 am | #4

    What video card do you have?

    The recommended ATI driver is 10.10e

    I think they recommend the latest Nvidia driver and the lastest DirectX 9c.

    If you are using nVidia you also have to make sure that you go to the nVidia control panel set AA so it doesn’t override the program values.

    You may also have to disable AA in game because that was added this beta and has caused some problems for some people.

  5. January 28, 2011 at 7:07 pm | #5

    @Anjin – Yeah I think this is for the best. I had as good time, but with Undead Nightmare, parts of Mafia II, and Fallout: New Vegas left over, in addition to the plethora of titles coming out in Q1, I won’t be going back to Mr. Molyneux’s (alleged) masterpiece.

    @Jomu: Don’t take my experience with RIFT negatively man. Remember: I currently live halfway across the world, and it is the beta, which I am fortunate enough to get into. So if you want to try it, don’t let me stop you!

    @Scott Hartman: Thank you for posting here man, that was very nice of you. You are the first member of a development team to post on here, and that’s quite exciting in of itself. I will be playing it extensively over Friday night, and I will be sure to reach out if there are any problems. In the interim, could you clarify one thing for me: is the NDA in effect, or can I discuss my thoughts on Rift freely here?

    @Zygwen, I have a GeForce Cuda in my laptop (the desktop fried – it’s at the shop). I will try both your tips in-game and see if anything improves. Thanks much!

  6. January 28, 2011 at 9:17 pm | #6

    @Bronte – If you’re in the beta (where you see about 20+ different servers at server select), the NDA for those events are indeed off. :)

  7. cedric
    January 28, 2011 at 9:52 pm | #7

    You had that many problems with Rift?
    Might I recommend a computer that isn’t pieced together with paper mache and spaghetti? I have a pretty standard 2-3 year old rig, with a standard conection and I downloaded the client at 2-3 mbs/s and patched in a trivial amount of time. I then proceeded to play a completely lag free beta with hundreds of players in the same zone, often on screen, with no chop, rubberbanding, etc.

    I would further submit that my experience was considerably closer to the average for this game in every of the 5 betas so far, than your own.

    If you’re going to be offering reviews on these titles, it’s your responsibility to pull your act together, update drivers etc, and not try and download the most popular incoming title at peak-time the night before so you can actually give some kind of informed opinion.

    (btw, your crashes seem very similar to what a number of people running certain ATI cards have been experiencing. There’s number of threads on the forums about this, along with the appropriate fixes. Helped a friend work through just that last night.)

  8. January 29, 2011 at 1:26 am | #8

    @Scott – thank you sir! Expect a full analysis from me tomorrow then.

    @cedric – Wow, OK, where do I begin:
    1. I have a brand new machine, it is barely 3 months old. Currently it has World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, Lord of the Rings Online, Torchlight, Pirates of the Burning Seas and Champions Online installed. I have played them all and they all work fine. So your ill-informed paper-mache and spaghetti theory is void.
    2. I am not offering a review. I don’t work for a gaming website. This is my blog, and I write about things as I see them and as I see fit. My act is well put together, you should see it sometime, and 1. above is ample evidence. I didn’t try to download it at peak time at night, I started the download at around 4 am. My opinion was exactly that: my OPINION. It is not fact, it is not set in stone and it does not speak for everyone playing the beta.
    3. I don’t have an ATI card.

    In summary, and with all due respect, perhaps you should pull your act together. You are clearly a first-time visitor to this blog. If you had read anything here before you would have known that despite not being in the beta earlier, I am quite excited about this title and looking forward to getting some playtime in it.

    I hope that adequately addresses your incredibly condescending and patronizing comment. I hope whatever happened in your life that caused you come to this blog and post that message sorts itself out soon, cause dude, you’re a serious downer.

  1. January 28, 2011 at 7:36 pm | #1

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