Back in early Wrath of the Lich King I did a lot of faction changing with some of my favorite Warcraft characters, all of them healers. Since then I have had a goal for every expansion: to level one of each heal class to top level on both factions. Mainly so that when the new expansion comes I can play whatever class I want on either faction without having to do a faction change. This is the third expansion I have this goal.
This time around I have been taking it slowly. Since I do not do much with my characters at top level these days, I have not had a reason to hurry up. And since we got a new heal class I have also had the fun experience of leveling two new healers from level 1, one on each side.
This week I reached the goal by dinging 90 on my alliance druid. And so my big healer goal is done for this expansion! Here is a picture with all my level 90 healers.
Last night I got the quest Total Dominance in hearth stone. A quest to win 7 games. At first glance I thought this quest looked a bit annoying. Some days it takes a while to win 7 games in play or arena. I did notice the text “in any mode”, but thought that it couldn’t truly be any mode…must just be another to write play or arena mode.
Then I put it to the side and went ahead as planned. I did Plague Quarter normal in Naxx and followed that up with the two new class challenges. After that, when I looked on my quests again, it said 5/7 games won. I finished the quest by running through a few Naxx fights again, just for the fun of it.
After I had completed it I did a bit of googling. And from what I can gather it truly is any mode, even from challenging a friend. Really nice quest. Since I like to play with friends I wish we had quests more like quests like this one.
All in all I like Wildstar. It has a nice combat system, the double jumps are awesome, all my characters look really cool and there’s that nice sort of “Firefly feeling” to it.
The quest system is one of the things I like the best. You get to use a comunicator to turn in quests and get followup quests while you are out and about. And if you have a hard time finding the things you are looking for, you can get an arrow to show you where to go and how far away it is. So questing has a nice flow to it.
I also love the concept of paths. It’s something I hope to see in more games in the future. It gives an extra dimension to the character based on what you like to do as a player. The settler path was a clear choice for me. But I’ve also had fun exploring on one of my characters and killing stuff together with the hubby’s soldier.
There are some nice zones, interesting stories and cool creatures to experience. I really enjoyed helping out Elderoot in Everstar Grove…all up to the last part of the quest. Don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t done it, but it’s a sad panda moment.
And there’s this huge nature-troll-ish mobs you encounter while questing in Celestion, I really liked them. Especially the part where you get to ride on the back of one of them.
But even though I like the game and feel exited thinking back of my time spent playing it, I have not managed to get past level 10 on any of my characters; mainly because I get over stimulated by the game. There are just so many things happening all at once; flashing graphics and lots of sounds.
But if you don’t mind that part I think it’s a great leveling experience. And it’s fun to play both solo and with friends.
When I fist mentioned on Twitter that I had started to play TERA one of the first questions I got was about the look of the gear in the game. So I thought I’d write a post on the topic.
As most of my long-term readers know, I have a thing for “in-game fashion”. I love clothes, both IRL and in games. In games I tend to stay away from “boob plate” and mail bikinis, mostly because it breaks the illusion of my character being an adventurer. If I’m playing an adventurer I want practical gear that will protect the vital organs and keep my character warm. Needless to say, TERA is a far cry away from that sort of sensible armor.
But even so, there are still aspects of the fashion in TERA that I appreciate. The game is all in all very colorful and that is something that reflects in the gear. There are great pastels as well as bright colors and deeper tones.
There are also many great patterns and textures. And most clothes look as if the designer had the cut and draping of actual clothes mind while designing, so there’s some great movement to the clothes from time to time.
If my sorcer erever leaves the start zone I’m getting her that dress!
I also love the fact that there are a lot of different models. I have wanted shorts and short skirts in Warcraft for a long time, I get both options in TERA. There are also very different styles. Some are more fantasy inspired while others are more contemporary.
The fact that the male characters of some races end up wearing “boob plate” is also a bit refreshing compared to games such as Warcraft where only the ladies get to wear them.