DLC and the Long Wait for Release Dates

The long slog to Star Wars: The Old Republic now has an end in sight. In case you missed it, the release date has been announced as December 20th. No news yet on how early the “early start” will be for those of us who pre-ordered. Also, guilds have entered the Aligning Phase where you make up to 3 alliances or adversary pacts with other guilds.

The alignment phase is odd to me because allies and adversaries normally appear organically over time in an MMO. Members of other guilds you meet in your travels and develop close ties. I expect to see more fluid movement of allies and adversaries once the game launches and people get a feel if they really do enjoy playing with each other. I did post my guild’s request for allies today. Skeptic or not, the chance to make more friends off the bat is enough for me to give it a shot and everyone agreed.

In the meantime, there is a lot to keep busy with both, Dragon Age 2 DLC Mark of the Assassin and  Deus Ex: Human Revolution The Missing Link releasing this month (yay for October!). Mark of the Assassin looks good and has Felicity Day doing the voice over for her character Tallis (same character as her Dragon Age Redemption webseries) and dlc is the only reason I am picking DA2 up again. (the game is fine just eh about replays on it) The Missing Link in contrast (mind you it is coming out for a game I am still very much into…still need to do a run and gun play through) has me chomping at the bit to filling the 3 day gap as Jensen travels via ship to Singapore. I am nothing if not eager for this release.

I’m filling my current pre-DLC time with Forsaken World a spiffy little Free to Play MMO from Perfect World. FW is fun and light enough to fill the gaps of time and I am sinking no cash into the game as tempting as special mounts and cool outfits appear. The game has more complexity that I expected (my expectations were very low). The story is rich and worth reading the quests for. The game play (for the bard at least) is complex and channeling. Classes are ranked on difficulty 3-5 stars and honestly is a good gauge of how complex the game play will be for the class.

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