First, a confession. I stopped playing Guild Wars 2 about a week after my last post on it. I did some WvW, got up to level 60 on my guardian, but I just got really bored really suddenly. Somewhere between the lore, the gameplay and the graphics, it just didn’t grab me long term.
Now, Elder Scrolls Online lifted the NDA on its beta this past weekend, and I got sent an invitation. This was my second beta weekend, the first was troubled by server woes, and I didn’t get to play much. This time, with the NDA lifted and a code to invite a friend to play, I gave it another go.
I gave my friend invite to a friend of mine who likes Elder Scrolls games, but not MMOs, and wanted to decide if he should get ESO (For an extended write-up from someone else with this perspective, there’s an nice one here).
Let me say this before I begin: I’m a sucker for Bethesda RPGs. Fallout 3, New Vegas, and Skyrim have easily eaten over a thousand hours of my life. I’m primed to like any game in that style. If you hadn’t guessed, I also really like MMOs. I’ve sunk even more time into various MMOs than into Elder Scrolls and Fallouts. So this is a game of two great tastes that I really enjoy.
But, for me, they don’t taste great together.
I got into a couple of Betas recently, and I can talk about one of them (the other has an NDA as long as my arm). So here’s some thoughts on Hearthstone.
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, in case you somehow don’t know, is Blizzard’s Warcraft-based online card game. It’s in closed beta currently, and going into open beta in the next month or two. When it launches, it will be free to play.
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