Lifeless Planet

Sometimes there are gamesĀ  which you know they can be much better, Lifeless Planet is one of them, it feels like a game that need more work to make it better, need to cut some part of it to make it shorter and offer solid experience.

There is a story, a simple one and the game is a world where you uncover the story while walking around, solving puzzles and jumping around, the puzzles are simple, the environment gives you the feeling of lonely world and you are there alone, it’s a harsh world with alien life used to be there and you try to understand what’s going on.

The game kept me saying “if only they …” because the game i think will be much better if only they:

  • Cut some walking in mostly empty spaces and make them shorter.
  • Didn’t include some survival systems like looking for oxygen, that was unnecessary except once.
  • Didn’t make it easy to die while falling, let the player hit the ground.
  • Didn’t repeat same puzzles over and over.

I feel the game lack direction, as in the developer wanted to tell a story but didn’t focus on that and added some puzzles and jumping puzzles but even these are too simple, added some survival aspects but these too are too simple, the story is linear which is ok.

If only they focused on telling a story and made this game a walking simulator and focused on the story, i think the game will be much better.

Honestly i find the game now frustrating after finishing it, there is a wasted potential, the game could be much better.

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Some screenshots from WoW

Playing Diablo was a good thing, playing one game no matter how fun it is can get old and i feel less motivated to keep going, so after killing endless demons in Diablo i went back to leveling a kul’tiran druid, in hope to reach Cataclysm zones soon.

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Siege of Orgrimmar entrance, you can fish here!
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A compass made of rocks?
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Serpentshrine Cavern entrance, you can fish here too!
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Sometimes i dream of Qiraji allied race!
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In Broken Shore, a women made of wood!
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Seriously!
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Ok so you need stuff … but why this “stuff”?!
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Friendly tavern fight.
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Troll ruins in Stranglethorn Vale sea .. how many players see this place these days?
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Kul’tiran flying form … i love it

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Last screenshot is a funny story, i reached level 60 with the druid, so i choose Northrend for leveling, in Stormwind Harbor i took the ship to Borean Tundra, the ship sailed and the loading screen started loading content then boom … i’m in front of Altrec Valley battle ground entrance!

I was so confused! no idea what happened, i wrote a bug report then took flight point to Stormwind, this time i took a portal to Dalaran.

Diablo Transmog is better!

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You see a crusader in his white gear set and a creepy doll pet, black axe and white shield because i could not find good black shield.

Let’s talk Diablo 3 transmog, the game have no type of armor, but one piece of armor will look different depending on what class you play, take for example Astral Mail, chest armor that have 7 different designs.

You unlook the look of any piece by getting that armor piece or a weapon, you can unlock item looks even if your character can’t use them.

You can change the colors of your armor, there are many dyes to choose from and they help to make the gear match in color at least.

Now this last point is the most important, because so many players want to see dye-able armor sets in WoW, Blizzard can add this idea in a new expansion without touching the old gear, they don’t need to work on all old items, just add new items that allow players to change their colors.

Blizzard can make this idea better by making professions as the only source for the new transmog gear and dyes.

Level squish alternatives

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Coming back for 10% xp

So many posts and articles written about the subject, many agree that level squish is not a good idea or not the only way, Blizzard will add levels in next expansions so the problem will come back again.

Stat squish was a thing back in Warlords of Draenor, and just two expansion later it happened again with item level squish, and Blizzard will have to do this again sometimes in the future.

There are many ways to solve the problem, i read all kind of ideas people wrote or talked about in videos and podcasts, so i’ll try to make this short and not repeat what people already said.

Don’t add more levels, there are different ways to add leveling, item level in WoW, Paragon levels in Diablo 3, Mastery leveling in Guild Wars 2.

Add items to speed up leveling, there used to be items drop from mobs that will give the player 300% XP gain for an hour or 15 minutes, if the goal is to reach top level then speed up the process for people who already did that.

Guild Wars 2 have XP buffs from cooking food so you always buy it or cook it yourself, there are items add good chunk of XP or even a whole level.

If someone have already top level character then give the alt XP buffs, more alts on top level? more XP gained.

Make leveling fun, now this one is easy to say but define fun, and how it will look like in WoW? for me i’m always looking for stuff to do other than questing and dungeons, Guild Wars 2 type of leveling is fun since it’s not questing but feels like World Quests, you are always moving around doing stuff.

The idea here is: leveling is boring, and you have to do it for 120 levels so the game open up for you and you can do many things other than questing and dungeons, at level 20 (as allied race) the game does not offer much, and with scaling you have to out-level a whole expansion by 10 levels to just go back for farming dungeons and raids.

Also some events are top level only, like the recent event for PVP against AI.

So make leveling fun, or make it faster, i prefer the first one, if i’m having fun then there is no need to speed up and reach top level.

 

Diablo 3 Season 16: done!

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That was much easier than i thought, i started a fresh character, a crusader and he is the only character i have, i’m starting from zero here, so leveling a new character to 70 needs sometimes, then gearing up and trying to finish 4 chapters for the season.

The rewards are an item/transmog set called Seeker of the Light, a butterfly wings and a portrait frame, by doing what is essentially a to-do list for each chapter you get all the rewards by finishing the 4th chapter, you can join the 5th optional chapter for another portrait frame but that one is for hardcore players … not for me.

I had a hard time trying to find better gear and changing my skills, today i got lucky by getting some legendary flail and a shield which allowed me to use a powerful skill without cooldown or resources, it was overpowered that it kills bosses in few seconds.

It took me few Nephalem Rifts to get these items, also i got a legendary gem which give me more gold so i use that for gold farming, but i still need to farm gold because combining gems costs millions of gold and takes all what i have.

Anyway, i’ll keep playing Diablo, waiting for the next season which may not be far from now.

What i’m playing?

I didn’t play WoW for a while now, thanks to being easily distracted, but not complaining here, it’s good to take a break from the endless leveling grind in WoW.

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Diabol 3, reached level 70, done 3 chapters of the season and i need the 4th to get all the rewards, started to understand how the game works, there is always need for gold so i looked for guides and the D3 community writing guides for itself, i mean they forget that some people are just starting and the whole guide forget to mention that you need to get these things before reading the guide.

Anyway, the game is tons of fun, which makes me wish WoW have some kind of different game play to level alts, something other than questing and dungeons.

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Guild Wars, the first one not 2, i haven’t played it much, just made a character, did few quests, the game is old and they stopped developing content for it but they still maintain it and there are people who still play it.

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Lifeless Planet, it’s 70% off in steam so i bought it, interesting game, i’ll write about it when i finish it.

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Guild Wars 2 Super Adventure Box, this one is fun to play for 10 minutes at a time, it needs grinding like all MMOs content, to get any rewards i mean.

Super Adventure Box

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April first is the day where you have to check if whatever you are reading or watching is true or not, you have to do this every day but in the fool day people are trying to fool you, some jokes are harmless some are stupid, i like jokes when they are elaborate but harmless.

Super Adventure box or SAB is an April fool day joke in Guild Wars 2, but it’s not just a simple joke it’s a whole game inside Guild Wars 2, and ArenaNet offering a whole free chapter for returning players, i thought i’ll reinstall the game, get the chapter and try SAB.

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I wasn’t ready for SAB, it hit me with a truck of nostalgia … i almost cried! the music alone is the main reason, but the developer made a great work on graphics, it feels like an alternative time line where video game companies decided to keep 8-bit style but convert it to 3D world, the gameplay is the same, platform and jumping puzzle, collect stuff, buy stuff and kill snakes and monkeys

Playing SAB reward the players with achievements and skins for weapons, but honestly, for the first time players? the game itself is the best reward.

Well done ArenaNet, SAB is elaborate and joyful April 1st joke.

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Here is a video to see SAB in action: