I’ve started playing DDO recently. (D&D Online for the uninitiated.) It’s free and I figured, “What the hell? It’s got to be worth at least that much.” I love my WoW but Lena and I like to play together and she doesn’t like to play as much as I do and I get ahead and it’s a problem… Anyway I figured it’d be cool if I had something to play while she was watching America’s Next Top Model or something totally girly like that. (They always send home the ones I like.)
The weird thing for me is that I don’t hate this game at all. I tried Champions Online, City of Heroes, (I dig me some superheroes) and Lord of the Rings Online, but I never really got into any of them. Either they seemed too confusing, made me wander all over the place like a crazy person, all looked the same, or punished me for wanting to solo. So far anyway, (I’m all of second level) DDO mostly seems interested in letting me play the game any way I like. The quest system isn’t quite as clear as WoW, but it ain’t bad, and the quests themselves are straightforward and interesting and seem infinitely repeatable. Also, I’m finding it much easier to keep up with the storyline in DDO than in WoW, which makes me pretty happy.
Now the “free” play angle is an interesting approach, since you can still spend real money on your character. The game allows you to purchase “Turbo Points” for actual money, which you can spend in the in-game store on level appropriate gear and fun stuff, as well as new classes and races. I haven’t done this yet, but I might just to dip my toe in.
I’m liking the differences between DDO and WoW, though it’ll never replace gaming with Lena in that world. I was wondering though, what else might be out there. What free or inexpensive games are you guys playing? What’s fun and what’s to be avoided?
What do YOU like?