ESO – Decision Time

Okay I’m just going to say it. ESO is not holding my attention. I keep logging in and thinking to myself, "You know, I don’t particularly feel like playing this." I’ll go through a quest or two and then log out again.

It’s a major factor in why I went ahead and dropped cough cough dollars on ArcheAge.

And yet I can’t think of anything wrong with ESO (well, except for inventory management – it’s really a pain).

It just sort of loses steam after a while. I’m reminded a lot of TERA. When TERA first came out, I played it, liked it, and then put it aside, never returning until it went free-to-play.

I think the core problem is that my character isn’t changing very much. I need my character’s abilities to keep evolving, but I’m stuck doing the same attacks over and over again.

Right now, I’m strongly tempted to cancel my sub and stop playing once my first month is over. I sense the monthly sub will just be wasted money.

But the thing is, if I don’t play ESO, I don’t know what I’m going to do until WildStar comes out. (To be honest, I’m not super excited about WildStar either. I have a very strong "meh" feeling about it, so I doubt I’ll play more than a month of that either.) I can play ArcheAge, but that can’t be my primary game, or I’ll surely suffer from premature burnout.

Rift maybe? Rift 2.7 with the new souls? I’m planning to level a mage tank. Now that they’ve finally figured out how to keep you from sailing through the air whenever you get near a Porticulum on a 150% mount, I can’t think of any other aggravations left in that game. (Except that nobody is playing it, grr.) But then, who knows when that will be released? (UPDATE: 2.7 will be out next week, which is sooner than I expected and perfect timing!)

So I guess the question of the day is, how many hours do you have to play a game in order to justify spending $15 on it? I have bought plenty of Steam games for $15 and not even installed them, or played them for an hour or two at most. Surely I can summon enough interest in ESO to play more than a couple of hours in an entire month?

What to do, what to do.

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