Tell us how you really feel (Episodes Defiance Special, 44, and 45)
Looks like it’s time for another special episode that would now technically qualify for a regular episode, another game by the same publisher, and a game that Grindstone has a heavy presence in… while I do not. Weird coincidences are weird.
Special Episode: Defiance
I have never ever seen a game ditch the Buy-to-Play model to convert to a F2P/Sub Hybrid, but here we are. Trion apparently had no faith in this MMO shooter, which I felt was the most solid of the available options. Decent graphics, FANTASTIC optimization, and a fun shooter with a very easy to follow and interesting story. Too bad somewhere along the lines the community was too angry about not “getting better guns all the time” and forced this bullshit power creep system into the game, involving the addition of bullet-spongey shielding, pay-to-win options, and an overall soured experience for all. I have yet to go back to Defiance since this change. I’m afraid to see what it’s become.
I did watch the entire season of the TV show, and I hear it’s being renewed for a third season… despite not having seen a single episode of the second season. Maybe I should get on that.
Recommended?: I’m sure the core feel of the game didn’t get hosed too much so… YES. Sure. Whatever.
Episode 44: Rift
Trion’s flagship/ WoW Clone du jour, Rift was the only game to actually convert to a F2P model while still pulling FFXIV style numbers as a sub. Embrace the market shift, damn it! What I respect about Rift is what I said in the video. It did the WoW clone RIGHT. It didn’t try to repackage old mechanics as innovations. It used dynamic events as an enhancer, and not a crutch. It allowed for full customization of your armor without forcing you into some convoluted “transmog” mechanic. Enemy factions could work and group together, and not be forced behind a language barrier and an artificial reason to want to constantly kill each other. The dungeons were inventive, impressive and FUN (Realm of the Fae ranks up there with one of the coolest first dungeons I’ve ever seen… right behind “Wreck of the Polaris (TSW)”) If you like the traditional two-faction fantasy MMO, you can’t go wrong with Rift.
Episode 45: Warframe
This is the beta that doesn’t end! Yes it goes on and on my friend! Some people, starting patching it not knowing what it was, and they’ll continue updating forever just because…
Digital Extremes doesn’t know what “Open Beta” means.
Never have I see a game go through SO MANY reworks to even the core functions than I have with Warframe. The Backtrack I did has already rendered itself obsolete, I’m sure. Despite all that, I really can’t get into the game. The aesthetic is messy and confusing to me. It’s like I’m watching a pile of geometric shapes try to fuck each other while my teammates can name the race, job, country of origin, and favorite food of an enemy or ally that, to me looks like a mess of blurry pixels half a map away. I am not into this game enough to function in it. Yet, there’s really nothing quite like it and shut the fuck up about Vanquish, already. Grindy but in a rewarding way, action packed like no other and plenty of lore and mechanics to delve right into provided you’re willing to dedicate yourself. I am not, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a great game.
Recommended?: YES. As long as you tell me what the hell I’m looking at.