Some of you may or may not know, but I was once a game correspondent for one of the largest gaming websites in the world: MMORPG.COM. In fact, the first thing I ever got paid to write is still online: Atlantica First Look Preview
Yeah, it’s not the best, but you gotta start somewhere! In fact, 2 years later, the Atlantica Homepage quotes me as their “marquee quote” (lower right, this screenshot was taken today):
Why the frig am I bringing this up today? Well, I’m playing it again so I guess this post can qualify as “what matt’s playing in Nov.2011.” Yeah, if you have no interest in games, go back to searching for new porn as this info won’t interest you.
My favorite type of CRPG is the “Strategy RPG”, so Atlantica kept me busy for quite some time. Why did I stop playing back in 2009? I got worn down by “the grind.” Many Asian games are setup this way – it takes a long time to accumulate experience and wealth. At the time, I always played these games to speed to the end. For some reason, I felt like I was only succeeding if I was playing in the “endgame.”
I really have no idea where that feeling came from.
Today, if I’m enjoying a game, I leave it at that. I don’t speed to the end, worry about the endgame, or take stock in what anyone else is doing. I just play the game to enjoy it.
Armed with that new gaming outlook, I spent some time last night in Atlantica again and I forgot just how great the gameplay was/is. I get my geek on by slowly building a party and controlling them in combat – and combat in Atlantica is FUN. It’s hard to get bored of the combat when there is a timer and other enemies can jump in mid-fight. Good stuff.
I’m not worried about how long things take or what all the other players are doing. I’m just doing my thing and building my party of adventurers… which is where Atlantica shines. Now that they added a new tactical system that more closely resembles FF:Tactics, I’m even more psyched.
Feel free to read the article I linked above (I wrote even more for this game). If Atlantica seems interesting to you, feel free to reach out to me and ask me questions. I’ve tried many “strategy RPG MMO’s” over the past few years, but Atlantica is still the best.