“Those who manipulate the organized habits and opinions of the masses constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.” – Edward Bernays
I’m treating this game very differently from others, 1: Because it’s very different in itself, and 2: You can repeat missions, and just really explore, and find side-quests or what not you know? So, I am taking my time, and enjoying the scenery, the dialogue and just doing some hard missions. Ones that require time and thought, which… I have little of, (Both). Joking aside, I’ve had to look things up, think about things, and most importantly try to figure it out myself before asking for help, or cheating if you want to call it that.
Most of them involve just looking for the clues, or research about a specific character in the game. You don’t have to have a brilliant mind to do them, you just gotta be thinking out of the box, and even me at times I struggle with it, because I’m used to all those easy quests of gathering so much, or killing something so much. We are all used to them by now, even if we don’t want to admit it. Let’s be real here, those are boring after the second time you know? We just power through them like it’s no big deal, because it’s become a chore, an easy chore at that.
Beating a dead horse it seems here, but I am trying not to coat all of this with rose tinted glasses. Every game has it’s downsides, some more than others. This game is not an exception. This game does have it flaws. As I play it more, and get deeper into the game, I will explain what they are, and how it affects me as a player. For people who currently play this game, have played it, or looking to play it I hope this will help you settle your issues with the problems that arise for me. I have a tendency to sugar coat things you know, even when I’m writing a review, I want the best out of the game to come out, and sometimes… It’s not fair/balanced.
Everything needs to be balanced in this series. Everything good that has happened, and the downsides. Whether it be a specific instance or people, or bugs. It could be that I really enjoyed this mission, or found an awesome item. I want to share the stories with you in a way that reflects both good and bad. I don’t want someone coming to me and saying “Oh, you didn’t tell us about this bad part of the game, only the good stuff”. You are correct, potential players should know about everything so they don’t go full throttle into the game thinking it’s perfect. That’s not what I am here for. I feel like I have done that in the past, and that is truly unfair.
Anyways, back to the actual game. I’m still in Solomon Islands, the first area. Going through the main story pretty slowly, like I said I’m taking my time, but I’m not losing track of the main goal here. I’m experimenting with my skill choices for the two items I have picked out. Sword and Assault Rifle. I like the combo, high damage output for me at-least and some sustain. I feel like I would die a lot more without my leech ability. Self healing has put some dire situations into not so dire. Don’t get me wrong though, I’ve died plenty of times so far, and not even to mobs. There is a quest, where you get the wrong answer, you pretty much die to poison smoke. I have around 2,000 health and it still kills me. (Yes, it does happen). Quests kill! Yes, the monsters and quests kill. Isn’t that a terrifying thought? I think so at least.
What’s next for my character? As I mentioned before I am testing out new skills, researching combos, and doing enough quests to make sure my character will be ready for the next zone. (I will go into detail on how, during the next post, I promise). I’m preparing, enjoying and really taking the whole thing in slowly, and making sure I get the best out of this experience. I was reading on another website, a new person to the game asked how they should approach the game, and someone said, which I am going to apply to myself as well “Take it slow, enjoy the game for what it offers, and find what dark secrets the game has”.
The game has a dark setting to it, which I love… I’m having fun finding all it’s quirks, getting to know the NPCs in each zone. I think I have communicated with a lot of people, and it’s fun while questing to talk to people in the chat, and really just talking… Decent conversations, no one is flaming one another. (At least, on my server.) I’m actually you know reading the backgrounds on the NPCs I can and stuff. It’s really cool all the details Funcom put into this game.
In the next post, I will explain my current skill build, how I am planning ahead, and what’s to come after the first zone. I should be done with the first zone before I publish #3. If you enjoyed this post, leave a comment below! If you have any questions, please leave a comment below, or tweet me @SirIsaacJewton Cheers!