We all love taking screenshots and this is just a note to self on how to take screenshots in FFXIV and where to get them once I have them.
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Since I don’t play Final Fantasy 14 super often, this is the best way I can think of to remember how to capture the fun and have it for later! This might change later and I may have to update it but pre-patch 5.1 it still works.
I’m not sure how long that’ll be the case, it really depends on what the new class coming with the upcoming Elsweyr expansion has to offer. I can’t wait to try it out and since I have the PTS loaded I’ll probably be doing just that.
It’ll be yet another gold sink in bags and mount upgrades if I choose to actually keep it. As it is on my warden I have more skill points than I want to count. Mostly from sky shards but also from completing all kinds of quests.
I even have both the Savior of Morrowind and Summerset on Isabeau. For me that’s a big deal. I’m a total slacker.
Vinny, my partner in crime is still running around with me and we’re getting into no end of trouble here and there. He re-rolled Warden and picked up Werewolf. He seems to be having a blast with it and it’s fun to have someone to run around with. Though honestly, I still do a lot of the quests and achievement grind solo.
My mother still plays the game with us and we have a dedicated family game night. It’s not as easy with the time difference. For right now though it’s quite a bit of fun. We’re rolling three wardens and that makes life interesting.
The will I won’t I on the necromancer is going to have to wait until I get a hands on chance to play the class. Without knowing how it plays it’s pointless to decide if it’s something I’m interested in or not.
I can’t wait however for a new zone to explore, hopefully some new armor motifs to grind and… I really want to buy something from an Alfiq. It will be a squee worthy moment.
As it is I’m really itching to try out a Vampire as well and I’m curious how a Vampire Necromancer would play PvE wise. From a lore perspective you’d be an utter abomination. The only way to make that worse would be rolling a Red Guard Vampire Necromancer. Not that it wouldn’t make room for the possibilities of one crazy dude or dudette.
First though, it’s going to be a matter of slogging through dungeons to get a taste of the story before the open world bit lands. I’m not sure how I feel about that since I don’t like dungeons. I don’t mind public dungeons, but I never really got into doing dungeons. Since I actually have a sub again though, I can just dink around with them if I get the time.
Well here’s to the beginning of the YEAR OF THE DRAGON! I just hope I don’t get eaten.
I finally have this mummy themed warframe out of the cooker and he’s pretty fun so far. To get more out of him I guess I need to work on getting a one handed dagger so that I can use Covert Lethality. Though that’ll be grand for Ivara too so no sense in NOT having that. Apparently it’s only works in single daggers, of which I currently have none and of course have to build.
As if building things is a problem for a crafting nut like me!
I’ll probably have him done soon and I’ll probably play him here and there as he has some pretty fun skills that I actually like so far. I also need to finish leveling Zephyr Prime and hopefully Titania will be out of the foundry before the weekend.
I may or may not have a small problem collecting Warframes.
Well really the problem is that they’re all so fun to play. It’s hard to choose which one I like the best, though I will openly admit that I enjoy some of them a LOT more than others. I also like that Warframe doesn’t punish me for leveling up new frames and since I gain mastery by leveling up new warframes and weapons, trying out new things is actually a bonus.
That and I really enjoy trying out new weapons since they have some REALLY unique weapons in Warframe. While at first it can be a bit of a draw back that Warframe is just so different from most MMO’s out there that it can really throw you off. If you stick with it though, it really is worth the time it takes to step outside the norm and wade into Warframe.
I’ve enjoyed this play through since I’ve taken my time. Experimented with weapons, and I’ve done a LOT of reading on the wiki. Which can help quite a bit.
Not that I would have imagined myself saying that about a year ago I can tell you that much. When I first tried it I had no idea what was going on, what did what, what I even WAS in the game! But then I learned how to fish, and from there the rest is history.
Hey any game that gives me a good reason to fish as a great game in my book.
Though I’m not all crazy fisher in the game since I still need to farm for some of the awesome mods I want and wait for Baro to actually sell the really awesome mods I want. In the meantime though, it’s back to missions. It can be a bit repetitive, but when you’re using new warframes all the time it doesn’t really get old.
Though what is getting old is that after a patch landed yesterday my Battacor keeps firing on other people’s screen for some weird reason. That’s pretty annoying. I’ll have to figure out jut how I bugged my Battacor later.
I actually still have quite a bit to do in Warframe since I have a few years worth of content to catch up on. I have bits of story to do, a lot of warframes to farm, and a bunch of upgrading to do. While it can be pretty grindy I feel like I’m moving at a pretty solid pace which is odd for an MMO especially a grindy one.
Though these days to me it feels like the quest oriented theme park games are almost more grindy than the just go out and kill stuff games. Possibly because of all the waiting and time spent running around.
Even though I am oddly obsessed with Warframe, as I tend to do when I find a shiny, it is a game that has enough depth to it and enough content variety to keep me busy. Something that it’s taken Warframe a few years to build up and something that a lot of MMO’s never figured out how to master even over time.
I’m also a lot more willing to log in since Warframe doesn’t charge a monthly fee or have any premium subscription packages. I can access all of my stuff whenever I want and honestly I feel more generous to games that let me spend when and how I want as opposed to holding things over my head like inventory space, access to my own characters and level limitations.
I’m glad that GW2 proved that MMO’s could make money using their current free to play model and hopefully they’ll continue on that trend now that they’ve added the Nintendo Switch to the number of ways you can access and play Warframe. The use of a tradeable cash shop currency probably has a lot to do with how they’re able to have an in game credit system used for in game stuff.
I could probably write a series on how virtual currencies actually give people more incentive to play games than less, but that’d be for another day. Until next time, remember your F-budget and don’t forget to have some fun out there.
Despite folks getting me tempted to get back into World of Warcraft. I’ve actually been enjoying myself in Warframe. Not something I thought I’d say after I gave it up over the summer, but I feel like I’m actually progressing a bit in the game which is pretty nice.
I have both Inaros and Titania in the cooker. Zepher prime is almost done and I’m working on Nekros prime, but I need to farm some materials for him which is ironic since that’s why I’m getting him. Heavy facepalming was to be had.
I also played some Trinity this morning and for some reason I just have a hard time giving her up even though I’m going to need several more mods to make her viable.
I literally feel like Trinity rick rolls me EVERY time I play her to level a new sentinal. Yep I use Trinity to level sentinals and pets because she can keep them alive through the entire mission. It’s worth it.
I also decided to try out the Redeemer. I’m in LOVE. Swish swish BAM!
I think it’s right up there with the Battacor as one of my new favorite weapons. I intend on trying out the Sarpa as well but I need to farm some cryotic and I just haven’t gotten around to it.
What’s keeping me from taking Trinity further into the star chart is her fragility at higher levels. Without hitting the damage mitigation cap she can be tricky to keep going at higher levels. That and having a solid melee weapon that not only is effective but fun for me to play has kept me from enjoying her as well.
Trinity is really designed to be an in yo face frame. So the damage mitigation that she has from Link and Blessing make her really fun to play when all you want to do is walk into a room and say “COME ON…. HIT ME!”
To me she’s more fun than Valk, probably because as long as I have just enough energy to keep Energy Vampire running I can just keep slowly plodding through things. She’s a lot like Rino in that respect. Not the flashiest frame out there, but very reliable once you drop the whole “gimme energy” for friends thing and start playing the frame as a merciless melee death bringer.
Though once again that is another thing about Warframe, it really depends on your playstyle. What one person finds fantastic the next absolutely hates.
Though regardless, if you’re just starting out in Warframe…. Get Rhino. You can NEVER go wrong with Rhino.
Aside from primed mods that I’m just going to have to wait on I’ll also need Power Drift and Blind Rage. I’m going for a Trini-Tank since she’s just so much more fun to play that way. We’re working on getting those slowly over time but it’s run after run until you get what you want. At least there’s always something which IS nice.
While friends of mine are moving toward World of Warcraft or sticking around in ESO, I have a really hard time not wanting to Warframe. For me it’s just so much more fun. I mean I can play a healer that dishes out some damage. For me that’s so much more fun than just hoping I don’t die all the time because game mechanics.
I’ve always wanted to play something that heals in a game but can still survive. Paladins are a prime example. I don’t need huge damage numbers, but I would like to wade through a bunch of enemies and laugh while I’m taking punches to the face. Dunno just my thing.
I’m going to have to start a mod list. In the meantime it’s time to get some work knocked out so I can get back to what I enjoy most. Playing with my new toys!
Until next time.
Currently I feel like a dog chasing my own tail as I work on a lot of different rep gains per day. The downside of starting a game years after it launches is that you’re sitting on a HUGE amount of content you get to sift through and with Warframe that isn’t easy.
There is a LOT to do in Warframe from the basics of just getting through the star-chart to grinding enough Mastery to unlock better weapons that’ll help you get THROUGH the star-chart with a lot fewer upgrades.
Finding the right balance of funzies and completion is pretty tough.
When you’re idea of fun is roaming alone over the plains havesting anything and everything, it takes a bit longer to work through the masteries and star-chart. BUT, because of my obsessive hunter/gatherer (and sometimes fisher) compulsions, rep for the open world map factions has gone quite a bit smoother than I’d anticipated.
This way I can work on my Syndicate standing a little bit when I’m roaming those areas. That is when I’m not just getting any new warframe and weapon out of my foundry and taking it to the usual grind spots.
So far I have my first Zaw and a little MOA buddy I’m going to name Alfred (once I have enough rep to Gild him AND the Zaw… such fun).
Fishing on the plains of Eidolon and mining out Orb Vallis have really made a big difference in making my daily standing cap with these factions rather quickly and banking extra rep for days that I just don’t have time for the grind.
As for the Vent Kids, well that one is going to take longer since that one you have to actively grind that out daily. The one upside is that it doesn’t cost anything but time and effort to level it, so it’s toats worth it.
That and the K-Drive is super useful as quick and easy transportation across the open world areas. You can’t use weapons with it like the Archwing launcher, BUT it’s super quick and a lot more fun to use. The animations are awesome sauce.
Since I’m the K-Drive nut in the crew I pretty much have to wait until I have solo time to grind that out. Though doing rotations at The Pearl there in Orb Vallis has made that go a lot more smoothly. Especially for folks like me that can’t get 3,000 points in tricks just grinding along the pipes in Fortuna’s back yard.
I’ve tried, but I think that it’s nearly impossible with the base board and I’m building my K-Drive not buying it. It’ll be worth the rep to have it exactly the way I want it. That and I hoard plat like a dragon hoards gold. I’m terrible I know. Don’t get me started on gnome punting.
Hopefully soon I’ll be able to gild my Zaw and see what it’ll be able to do with “moar mods” and the like. I’ve been looking around through videos and the configuration I’ve set up seems to be a strong weapon. It’s pretty decent even without gilding so it’ll be fun to see what it can do once I can get that knocked out.
I’m also working on a mighty bow collection since I’m trying to decide what I want to use on Ivara. I know I’ll be using the Dread when I want to do anything sneaky. It’s a great weapon. Downside is that it’s single target and I’m crappy at aiming. With stealth I’m not too bad though, but it does take a bit more time. I need the mod to speed up my stealth, but that’s another grind.
I’ve had a lot of fun with Ivara and now she’s my go-to solo char. High damage, sneaky stealth and utility. She’s really fun for roaming the open world content at my own pace. I just think I’d need to invest in a LOT more damage and whatnot to make her viable for doing more types of mission running, but I’m thinking it’s possible.
Ivara can also be fun to play with others. The little stealth bubble has made life on the planes a lot easier for Vinny and myself, even if he still stomps around on Rhino.
We have a bit of the star chart to go. The problem is I still can’t decide which frame I’m going to work on first. See getting a frame to 30 is just the start. Customizing the frame for mods that require more resource, that takes time and it’s a serious investment.
Right now I can’t decide between Ivara and Octavia. I usually end up playing Ivara a lot more lately.
I have put a lot of work into my Trinity Prime and trin-tanking is quite a bit of fun, but it’s doesn’t give you that powerful feeling that the other frames offer, so she’s just chilling in the arsenal for the time being. While I do like Trinity, she’s a VERY expensive frame to fully kit out for end game. For me it’ll be a LOT more because I prefer playing the more tanky Bless type Trinity.
So that’s shelved while I work on either Ivara or Octavia and probably beef up my Smeeta Kavat, Buffy. She’s having a hard time in the planes so she needs more modular love. That of course means that she’ll need to be polarized and releveled at least two or three times as well. JOY!
Well time to go and get lost in Warframe. Until next time I plan on continuing my rep grind and trying out some different bows! Have fun out there.
Well hello again to whomever managed to make their way to this odd corner of the internet. Today I’m making another “for Vinny” post this time about some noob friendly ways to grind Solaris United Rep.
There are some GREAT in depth resources on how to do it and if you’re one of those mastery rank 26 folk that need big rep numbers I’d say check out something like Sapmatic’s video on the subject since he’s got some great ways for you to get that rep fast and furious with higher mastery rank and better equipment.
But for us noobs who are still learning how to Git Gud, let’s go over a pretty decent method of grinding a little rep here and there without being awesome sauce. The devs gave us a LOT of ways to earn Solaris United rep. Really the only way you can’t earn rep in Fortuna is by farting near the vents. Trust me, it didn’t work.
The best way for new players to earn rep for serious is to do bounties. I say that because you can get mods, vaulted relics and the stuff you need unlock higher rep tiers for Solaris United. It’s really just a good way to get resources, get some xp, and start working on getting what you want from the expansion a bit at a time.
To start taking Bounties talk to Eudico while still inside Fortuna to grab a bounty and head out.
OR, you can talk to a convenient bounty man that sits just outside the gates of Fortuna when you end up in the frozen hills of Orb Vallis. You can do as many bounties of any tier as you want/have time for, before moving on to whatever else you want to do in Warframe.
One suggestion would be doing some relic runs later and you can work on getting some new primes or forma, both of which you’ll want either for mastery or to finish upgrading your warframe of choice as you progress through the main game. If you get duplicate prime parts you can always try to flog them to other players for platinum which you’ll also want for more warframe slots, weapon slots, and cool colors to really Fashion Frame.. Yes… that is actually a thing
Guess what, another great way to grind rep for Solaris United on a budget is actually MINING. You’ll want to get in some fishing too for parts, but don’t worry about doing it for rep. If you have a lower mastery level you’re not going to be able to earn a ton of rep a day so you don’t want to blow it on fishing lures.
With mining you do need to invest in the one time rep sink of gaining the Sunpoint Plasma drill.
With this bad boy equipped you’ll be ready to head on out there and lazer those rocks like a boss! For more info on the mining process I did a noob friendly write up here or you can surf for your youtube vid of choice. In just a quick run around to get some samples for this post this is what I came up with on a single mission:
That’s not everything I ended up with, but a quick recap. Now you just take your haul back to our good buddy Smokefinger and do a little biznezz. Not ‘The Business’ that’s another guy… and ew..
No no… head on over to Smokefinger here and choose the conveniently labeled section “Trade Gems for Solaris Standing”. If you ended up with some of the high end gems you can get quite a bit of rep for it without too much run around.
I mean you will want those gems later to craft some of the items for Garuda or the high end K-drive parts but if you don’t have the rep to unlock them, having the gems is pointless. Besides, you can always go out and try to mine them again. Reputation wise, here’s what I ended up with:
No it’s not as much as repeating bounties OR doing the conservation captures. BUT if you have a low standing cap anyway or you just don’t have a lot of time one day or another, cashing in some gems is at least one way to keep building up standing a little at a time.
Keep in mind that the gems sit in your stash. So if you have too many gems to turn in for standing today, you can save the rest for tomorrow and do something besides mining that day like alerts, missions or just… riding your K-drive… Moving on…
There are a lot of other fun ways to earn rep in Fortuna, but these are probably going to be the two that are most accessible to peeps with limited funds and rep gains so may as well start here then look into all the other options as you increase in mastery. Once again, check out the video I linked above for more.
So you’ve been busting your hump for rep, you walk up to Eudico and you realize that you need something called Debt Bonds to unlock the next rep tier for Solaris United. Well if you’ve done Bounties you probably have a few. If you haven’t, you’ll need to get the last you need to move on up.
To buy Debt Bonds you’ll need credits and resources. If you’ve been doing the Fortuna content and just playing Warframe in general, you should have enough to get started. If not, get back out there and start hitting nodes and doing missions. You’ll build up a decent stash in no time AND have fun while you’re at it. AKA not just running from node to node doing nothing else and hoping someone doesn’t beat you to it like every OTHER annoying mmo resource mechanic.
But I digress. The bonds range in price from 10kish and some change to well into the 100k and up. So it’s not going to be chump change. Also if you’re working on building weapons and warframes this is going to cut into your budget, but that just means going out and playing more warframe to get more credits, so it’s a win/win.
The Debt Bonds Ticker sells also rotate in and out on a timer. You’ll be able to see what he has available once you ask and you’ll see how much time you have to purchase them. So if you’re just a few credits short you can run a few missions then jump back in and buy them up. If it turns out that he doesn’t have something you want now, you can just come back later and see if he has something better later.
The offers look like this:
If you’ve done some fishing and sacrificed your fishy friends for their sweet sweet components, you’ve done some bounties, or you’ve just cleared out your favorite K-drive grind spot a few times, you’ll likely have some resources to spare on buying up some debt bonds. If you need info on fishing I wrote up a noob friendly guide here or once again do a quick search on youtube and I’m pretty sure you’ll find TONS of stuff.
Technically you can turn around and sell the bonds BACK to Ticker for Solaris United rep. As a newer player I can’t say I’d recommend this until you’re rep is fully unlocked with Solaris United because they are expensive and you’re going to need a lot of them to unlock all the rep tiers.
Personally I’d just bank them until they love you. Once they do you can sell those puppies off up to your reputation cap so that you can start buying the stuff you’re doing all this work for… the blueprints for the kitguns, the new companions and the part blueprints.
Well that’s it for rep. Hopefully this will see you well on your way to getting all of the cool stuff you want/need/whateves from Fortuna! Until next time, remember your f-budgets and those thermal undies!
If you’re like me, which you probably aren’t because I’m strange, but if you ARE, you’ve heard of fishing but haven’t tried it. You’ve probably seen screenshots like this in Discord from guild mates. You’ve probably even bought the gear because someone drug you to the NPC, but may or may not have equipped it and STILL haven’t seen a fish!
Recently I saw that I needed fish parts to build the K-drive of my dreams that I am WAY too cheap to spend plat on, so Imma goin’ fishin’! I decided to bite the bullet and figure this crap out finally. Here’s how I did it, and it might just work for you.
Getting the goods
So to start with, you’re going to want to talk to The Business. He’s the dude rocking a radiator like a boss.
Next up, you’re going to have to spend some standing to buy STUFF! Fortunately if you’ve unlocked Orb Vallis you should have a little standing. If you need more just head outside and talk to the bounty guy, do some missions and you’ll be good to go.
You’re going to want to buy at least the Schockprod Fishing Spear.
If you haven’t done any fishing before, try picking up the bait. It’ll actually bring the fish in quicker so you can see what you’re trying to hit. That helps a bunch.
Now that you have your new shiny fishing… spear… thingy… Don’t forget to hit your arsenal in the escape menu. You don’t even have to go back to your ship you can change your loadout right there in Fortuna just as if you were in a relay or in the Dojo. Once in that menu go on down to equipment and toss the speargun in the wheel there. The bait doesn’t need to be equipped, just the speargun.
With your shiny new fishing spear equipped it’s time to pack those thermal underpants and head out in the the bitter cold of Orb Vallis to sit next to a somehow not frozen pond of water spearing robotic fish.
I kid you not, that IS what you’ll be doing. Bear in mind that it doesn’t make it any less FUN!
Now sidle on up to the water. You’ll want to get really close or almost toes deep in before you hit number 2. That’s the keybind for your Broad-Spectrum Bait. Check out the image below in the bottom right hand corner.
Keep in mind that it is consumed on use so it is a chunk of rep gone but if you’re doing it all of once to just see where the fish are, OR you’re probably trying for a greater range of fish, it’s worth it.
Now just look out in the water and start looking for something wriggling. It shouldn’t take too long really.
If you have your spear out you’ll even see a little fishy hit bar that’ll make it easier to target the lil bastages.
Just hover over the fish until your reticle brings up that fishy hit bar. Then click with the left mouse button to fire the speargun and snag that fish. It helps to wait until they’re just chilling out somewhere for a moment otherwise you’ll have to lead them a bit.
You can also use your right mouse button to zoom in on the water. This’ll bring them a bit more into focus and help you hit ’em.
Once you’ve got one on the line just wait until the little hover bar in the center there lands in the red. Fortunately you just have to click the left mouse button one time when it gets there. Saves out on a lot of time, energy and keyboards. I’m looking at you BDO.
The music Warframe plays when you DO catch a fish is SO AWESOME that’s worth every catch. At least I think so, but see the top of this post if you have questions.
Now, rinse and repeat until you feel like you’ve thinned the schools enough for one day and head back on into Fortuna.
Getting the Goods
So you’ve managed to get these fish, but why would you even bother going through this much effort? Well if you want to build either the fancy new warframe or you want to build a better K-drive, you can sacrifice your new fishy friends to get at their sweet, sweet, components.
To do that you’ll want to head on back to The Business and this time you’re going to want to ask him to put his back into it for a change and disassemble those fish for you by selecting Dismantle Servofish.
He’ll pop up with this handy menu where you can select which fishies you’re willing to part with, either some or all, you know whatever goes. Just select and hit dismantle.
Once that’s done you’ll see what your part haul is for you fishing adventures. Most of these items are used to build the things you need to build, TO build the things you WANT to build. What’s an MMO without steps before steps?
Now you’re well on your way to getting the fishtacular components you’ll need to craft the random crap you’ll be crafting here in the belly of Fortuna. Well at least the start of it, you’ll find more of the goods roaming the frozen hills of Orb Vallis. Now on to getting rep to build that sweet, sweet, new K-drive that you’ll be able to trick out and well… you know, do tricks ON. Not to mention the cool mods that’ll let you rip through mobs as you shred your way across the map!
Hey a gal’s gotta have goals. A bigger and better K-drive is mine! Until next time, remember your f-budget and enjoy stabby stabbin’ them fishies!
I’ll work in one for fishing soonish, hopefully tomorrow. So here’s one for the Vinnster and anyone else who’s too embarrassed to ask just how the hell you use the damn scanner someone told you to buy and is taking up an equipment slot doing all of nothing.
Now my fellow newblets, the thing is that mining in Warframe seems to be about as intuitive as a brick until you actually do it. Once you’ve equipped the scanner and started running around you’ll probably realize how silly you’ve been for not just doing it this entire time.
That is unless you do it by your self and take one of those leaping moa bastards to the face while you’re trying to mine because Ozzy was apparently on a pee break or something. I love that Kubro buuuuut sometimes I wonder what exactly she’s up to.
Getting the Scanner:
To start things off if you haven’t done it already you need to buy the scanner from this guy:
Now you’ll want to buy and equip this guy:
Just add that puppy to your Equipment wheel from your arsenal interface. Basically go to where you spend hours deciding what colors to put on your warframe. Just below that is the boring spot where you were told to add scanners in one of the first missions and haven’t touched it since you got the Arcwing launcher on the Plains of Eidolon.
Using the Scanner:
Now once you’ve got that guy equipped you can head out and start looking for rocks. Open your Equipment menu and load up the Sunpoint Plasma Drill the same way you’d load a scanner or the K-Drive. You’ll want to run around rocky areas and if you have sound on you’ll hear the drill making more noise the closer you get to a mining vein.
Also take a look at the minimap and you’ll see little gem icons there that’ll help make it a lot easier to find what you’re looking for.
Hitting the Rocks:
What you’re looking for are glowing cracks in the rock. They stand out a bit which makes life much easier. Just zoom in with your scanner and move the drill reticle around until it lands on one of these happy blue spots. Those are what you’re gonna want to hit.
Now lazer them like nobody’s business with the drill (by using the left mouse button) and you’ll see the mining mini-game pop up. From there it’s pretty straight forward you just wait till the wheel makes it’s way to that sweet spot between the brackets and take your finger off the mouse. Boom! you’ve got STUFF! Look I’m not responsible for what you get from it, I’m just showing you how to do it.
So now you can mine with confidence, and you too can take a Moa to the face while innocently mining in enemy territory. Good times am I right?
At this point I should tell you to bring friends when mining as it definitely helps to have an extra punching bag… I mean friend… at hand to help you lazer those rocks but well everyone wants to do stuff on their own sometimes.
So yeah, I’ll get another one of these together for fishing. Mostly for myself in case I forget how to do it. PS there’s probably one thousand and one videos on how to do it, but hey, some of us are still old school.
Until next time, remember your F budgets and make sure to bring those sweet thermal undies to keep yourself warm as you mine the crap out of Orb Vallis with your new found mining skillz. (Yes it needs to have a z, because reazonz.)
For me Guild Wars 2 and Warframe are taking MMO Gaming up a notch in some interesting ways. Their PvE is amazing and the way they’re adding movement as an art form to their games is incredible in a lot of ways.
I mean who wasn’t excited to get their first horse back in the old days of MMO’s. I mean you usually had to grind forever to get enough gold to buy it and then just sat on it in town taking screens shots so incredibly happy that you finally have something that’s faster than running.
Ah those were the days right?
Well those days my friends were dead as soon as Fallen Earth offered a horse to new players within the first hour of gameplay. Not to mention as soon as Runes of Magic offered the ten dollar horse.
But sure, having a faster way to get around is nice and all, but what if it just adds so much to the game play that it’s just fun all by it’s self?
Well I’ll give credit to Wildstar for kicking off the concept. They had hoverboards! The hoverboards and the housing were probably the two things about the game that kept me logged in for an extra month after the game launched. I even built a skate park in my house just to play on the hoverboard. No foolin’. It was pretty fun, it added a neat extra way to get around and it was something else to do.
Guild Wars 2 decided to take mounts into a whole new direction with Path of Fire in that the mounts are actually a part of the game play. They can be openers for combat, you need them to get to specific places and to get specific items and their animations are just amazing.
While Riders of Icarus made an interesting go at making riding in game more involved by adding your mount as a combat pet, I’ll be perfectly honest with you, it was not a game that captured my interest and I’m not exactly sorry about that.
Even in Final Fantasy XIV your Chocobo is a friendly helper and not just a funny mount. Also not something I’ve played with much myself, that’s a game I tried and was pretty quickly turned off by.
Now with the launch of Fortuna Warframe is reviving that sweet sweet hoverboard action. If you’ve gotten as far as Venus in the over all story chain you’ve probably unlocked it. It’s worth giving it a go. I really liked the story and the hoverboard animations and controls are SUPER fun.
While granted it’s not as complex as the over all mount structure in GW2, the hoverboards in Warframe do have their own mini games associated with them. You can participate in races and just try to hit up random stuff around the map. Doing these things helps you “grind” rep with the kiddos in Fortuna that sell… get this… even better boards!
I want one… I want one so much!
Safe to say this kind of thing actually adds some fun to games. Funny thing is that if you add something fun to games people actually enjoy them. Hard to believe I know.
Warframe needs to have little fun extras like the fishing, mining and now hoverboarding to kind of distract a bit from the grind. Yes it can be a grindy game, but it’s pretty rewarding if you’re the kind of person who just loves getting dropped off on a random planet somewhere and thinning out the population.
I can’t explain why I like that, but I really do.
I’m betting that in the future we’re going to be seeing a lot more games work on trying to implement this kind of game play. If we don’t I’m thinking that those games are going to start losing players to the games that do. Not overnight of course, but it doesn’t take long these days for word to get around that there’s just more cool stuff in this other game.
Once again the devs at GW2 and Warframe are pushing the MMO genre forward in some interesting ways. Even their revenue models are something that the other companies could take a long look at. Just saying.
Anyway, until next time remember your F budget and have fun out there. Also… get the hoverboard… it’s AMAZING….