While everyone else was posting their year-in-review and year-ahead articles in December, I was…
So, it’s January, and here I am. I’ll keep this pretty brief because you’ve probably read enough of these this last month, and I don’t have any really hot takes that are going to knock your socks off. Just some moderately warm takes that might make you raise an eyebrow.
2018 was not a great year for MMORPGs, and it wasn’t even that good in the MMO-adjacent spaces. From disappointing releases to shutdowns and lay-offs, 2018 should hang its head in shame and slink off into a corner to think about what it has done.
My personal game year was dominated by Black Desert Online, which wasn’t a new game.
Wildstar closing down, while not a surprise, was heartbreaking to me. I liked Wildstar. While I do love an underdog, that’s not why I liked Wildstar. I thought the art was beautiful and the gameplay was fun. It could have really been something. In the end, it was never my main game, but it is a shame when a game you like to pop into isn’t there to pop into anymore.
I am not going to crap on Bless Online like so many other people have done in their retrospectives, mainly because I do still play it from time to time. It’s a pretty average Eastern MMO, which is exactly what I expected, so I wasn’t hugely let down like so many other people were. It’s not the worst game I have ever tried to play. They recently merged down to a single server, which speaks to the problems the game continues to have, but it is not, as some people like to claim, unplayable.
I think the launch of Atlas at the tail end of 2018 has given the haters something new to hate on, anyway. I haven’t played it, but the videos look awful and frustrating. I didn’t buy Atlas because I already own and dislike Ark.
And what was that thing at the end of the year with Daybreak and their lifetime subs?! “We have a limited number, act fast!” and then, “Oh, we found a few thousand more behind the couch. Money, please!” As if Daybreak didn’t seem slimy and money-grubbing enough already… Ew. Just. EW.
Games that were already good pretty much stayed that way, fan grumbling aside. That’s hardly newsworthy, but I wanted to include some good news.
It was a good year for Warframe. That’s something, I guess.
What am I looking forward to in 2019? Nothing. Unlike other people, I am not going to say that there’s nothing good on the horizon. I just have a lot on my plate for the coming year, and I foresee myself continuing to play the games I already have, both MMO and otherwise. Wake me up if the mythical WoW-killer comes along.
I wish you all the very best in this new year. Please let me know what you’re excited for in 2019. Maybe I will get excited too.