Thursday, November 15, 2007

Busy, Busy, Busy...

Sorry for the lack of posting so far this week folks. Between the long weekend, getting sick over said weekend, and trying to get a grip on my homework for this week (my first dabblings in Flash) I've been a wee bit busy. Add into that an unquenchable desire to bounce around the galaxy as a certain Italian plumber, and you have me neglecting this webspace.

But today I'm feeling much better, homework is calmed, and I'm stuck at work away from my Wii so hey, let's talk about something.

As Darren already reported on his site, 1up is reporting that Cryptic's Marvel Universe MMO might be the game that Microsoft is cancelling. Recently it was reported that one high profile MSft game will be cancelled, but no one's sure which one it is. Devs on Alan Wake, Fable 2, Banjo Kazooie, and I think Too Human have all come out and said their games are still alive and kicking. There's been no real confirmation from Cryptic that theirs is, and it's leaving many to wonder about the fate of their new comic book MMO.

Devs at Cryptic have even gone on record saying that they're happy to unleash City of Heroes to NCsoft so that they can work on new games and new IPs. Nothing specifically about Marvel Universe in their statements. Whatever the case may be, we should be hearing, according to 1up, what the mystery cancellation is in the next 2 weeks or so. Any bets? If Marvel Universe is cancelled... you can bet NCsoft will be happy. How long until we see a revisioned COH? COH Part Deux?

Also this week, the Everquest brand got a double-shot of invigorating expansion juice. Both EQ and EQ2 saw expansions this week, with the fabled Sarnak and Kunark making a return to Norrath in the latter. Meanwhile in Azeroth patch 2.3 "The Gods of Zul'Aman" went live, bringing with it doses of leveling goodness, a new 10-man dungeon, amazing changes to AV that actually make it PvP instead of a PvE race, and of course, Guild Banks and Engineered Flying mounts among many many other things.

Season 3, the highlight for me, has been delayed until the 27th of November, so my Hunter remains parked until we near that date. Can't wait to get my hands on that crossbow... and is it odd that I'm thinking with these leveling changes it's finally time to level a Horde? I think I'm sick of losing with my fellow Alliance folks. I'd like to see the other side of the fence. We shall see.

But oh, I only have a few months to try this, for Pirates draws ever nearer. We're less than 2 months from pre-order launch on the Burning Sea, and I can't wait. There's another stress-test for the game this weekend, hosted by Fileplanet for all users, so be sure to sign up if you'd like to see this gem in action.

Let's see, what else... oh yeah, did I mention Super Mario Galaxy rules? It does. And more. Best gaming experience I've had in ages. Just an absolute joy to play.

More later perhaps, time to get some work done.



Tipa said...

I'd love to try Mario Galaxy or PotBS, but... I gotta do this Kunark thing :) That's going to consume my gaming for the next few weeks.

As much as I'd like to see what all the hype is about... I'd definitely buy Mario, except, next week Rock Band comes out, so it's just a bad time all around for games whose name is not Rise of Kunark or Rock Band, for me...

Glad to hear you're feeling better!

Link said...

I doubt our play times line up at all, but you can look me up on Lightbringer server if you want someone to duo or just chat with. My belf mage's name is Natter. I'm on about 8pm pacific time.