I’m not sure what did it. About a month ago I was listening to the guys on Weekend Confirmed talk about the new expansion Mists of Pandaria and I wanted to play again. But if I’m honest, I’ve been on the verge for longer than that. I think it started in December with The Old Republic.
I was excited about The Old Republic for a few reasons. First off, it looked like we might, “get the old band together.” A lot of the guys from my guild in WoW (Sovereign Legion) pre-ordered it. We even had the guild created and ready to go before launch.
Secondly, I’ve always enjoyed the Star Wars universe. I thought that setting would help me get over my aversion to MMOs that are not WoW. Plus, Jedi and lightsabers are just plain cool.
Finally, it seemed to me like Bioware was trying to take an interesting approach to the light side/dark side dynamic of Star Wars. Initial interviews made it sound like they were defining the light side as community minded and the dark side as more individualistic instead of good and evil. I was intrigue.
However, it all fell flat for me. I’ve heard many people describe SWTOR as WoW set in the Star Wars universe. I agree with that assessment. I felt like I was playing the same game with a different skin.
Now, that’s not to say that is necessarily a bad thing. For me, however, it didn’t work. My biggest problem was finding the desire to grind out the levels when I already had a level 80 in WoW. So I didn’t play as much as my guild mates and I fell behind. I wasn’t having any fun with it so I cancelled before the first month was over.
At first I thought I was MMOed out. The more I thought about it, though, the more I realized that wasn’t the case. I just didn’t want to play any MMO that wasn’t WoW.
And yet still I waited. I knew I would enjoy playing WoW again even if I was playing alone (which I would be since no one was coming back with me). But I tried playing other games instead. I had a whole list of games I wanted to play (and will get back to eventually).
But then Blizzard announced their annual pass promotion would end on April 30th. This promotion gave WoW players several freebies for signing a year long contract. One of those freebies was Diablo 3.
So I finally did it. I signed up for the annual pass and purchased Cataclysm. And I have to say, man, it’s good to be home.
Draig hit 82 yesterday. He is working his way through Mount Hyjal. I will write a more in depth article about his progress soon as well as one on my plans for Mists of Pandaria.