Splitting the Halloween fight
Lately the somewhat limited game time I have had has been split between all three MMOs I currently play – City of Villains/Heroes, Guild Wars and Age of Conan.
Since it is Halloween season most games has some Halloween events. In City of Villains/Heroes it is the usual trick and treat knock-on-door from last season, with all the disguises as various villains. The added part for this year was the Zombie invasion, which is pretty much like the RIkti invasions, only that there are zombies pouring out of the ground instead of Rikti dropping down from ships.
It is pretty much the same kind of frenzy fun that the Rikti invasions can be – pretty much some intense fighting everything that pops up for a number of minutes. Had one good session with that in Grandville with one of my dominators (Flamebrain) disguised as a Knife of Artemis member. Not that that made any difference ;) The fire imps had a great time, my psychic screams hopefully made some impact, but most mobs died too quickly to think that the holds and stuns had a significant impact. Pretty fun in any case.
In Age of Conan I did make some progress with my bear shaman Wolfsbane fighting a few more of the local Vanir fellows, plus some wolfs. boars and spiders. The landscape is beautiful, but it actually becomes a bit annoying to help out with the Vanir, but always have to run back and forth through the same enemies time anfter time after time. So Wolfsbane has now headed off to explore some other parts of the world.
Tatiana, my fiery missionary in red, had reached level 30 and was about to do her destiny quest at level 30. Excitement! The quest led to an instanced area which had an entry at a top of a mountain with a nice view from it. The quest itself was about to enter some cave area and slay some dark magician and a daemon – with a bunch of minions and servants to warm up with before doing that.
Frankly I was a bit disappointed after I was done with the quest. I had hoped for more of a number of quests in sequence leading through some neat storyline. While this quest was not bad, it was less fulfilling. If there are not more to the destiny quests than this it will not be something to look forward to. And the next one will be at level 50. Oh well…
I did not see any specific Halloween celebrations in game, but I may have missed it.
In Guild Wars some of my latest activities has been to pick up where I left of in the Nightfall campaign; more specifically the Gate of Madness mission. After picking up some new skills, including Pain Inversion, I thought it might be good to have another go at the mission. Actually I have had a few attempts at it.
While progress through the mission has improved and I do not have too much trouble any longer fighting through the different enemy groups of Margonites, Titans and Torment Demons.
Also the Shiro’ken one the way is now fairly straighforward also. One part of the mission is to clear an area of 5 portals. This requires a bit of timing and positioning, but after a few attempts here this also works out pretty fine most of the time.
The real problem comes after the portal area and the two main enemies in the mission; the Undead Lich and Shiro Tagashi. Mr Lich is wellknown to me, or at least to my ranger who defeated him in the last mission in the Prophecies campaign. Mr Tagashi is someone I recognised from cutscenes playing Factions campaign; apparently he is a big bad guy there. I am far from finishing that campaign yet though, so the actual story behind that is yet unknown to me.
After the portal area there is an open space where these two big bad guys stands boosting their egos. And then they decide to pick a fight with you. The first attempt here ended up with trying to fight both of them at once. This was an utter failure. Later attempts has been to try to separate them and take them on one at a time. That was not too difficult, most of the time I ended up with only Shiro Tagashi – only one time so far was I able to get Undead Lich alone at first.
While Mr Lich is tough, he was pretty straighforward still to defeat when he was alone. Shiro Tagachi is another matter though. While he does not look too dangerous, he is quite deadly. Selene’s (my necromancer) team has tried to defeat him a number of times now, with various hero/henchmen constellations and some different skill setups. At best Shiro was down to a few % health left, but has has so far always been successful in beating the team.
I do not mind trying to defeat him many times and trying different options; in fact it is a learning experience to try a number of options. The main problem here is that it takes a while to get to the point where it is time to fight him. So I typically end up trying once or maybe twice in a play session. There are some more people interested in completing the mission in the Tuesday Noob Club though, so I will probably leave that for one of the TNC sessions instead.
In Guild Wars there is also Halloween celebrations going on as well. I think compared to the other games I have played Guild Wars has done the best job of providing a bit spooky environment. While I have not explored the event that much, it is neat to look at and listen to. And while doing missions/quests some trick-and-treat bags drop from the enemies from time to time, which sometimes contain some nice things to have.
All in all it has been some fairly good gaming. Not that much in each game (except perhaps Guild Wars), but sizeable chunks of fun.