Friday! Video games! Let’s talk!
Another Friday is upon us and hopefully all of you beautiful readers out there will be enjoying some video games tonight during the blood moon. Bloodborne, perhaps? Seems fitting.
I reached one of my pre-expansion WoW goals this week and reached exalted with the Nightfallen, thus unlocking the new Nightborne allied race. Unlike most races, they begin the game at level 20… which isn’t a huge bonus, really.
I like their character models a lot, though, so I made a new Shadow Priest to replace my old one (male Undead). The current lead-in story quests being added each week to explain the events in Battle for Azeroth have only taken 30-45 minutes, so there’s really nothing else to do until August 14th anyway.
Since Blizzard recently introduced level scaling and a stat squish, the process of leveling feels incredibly slow now. I have a full set of heirloom gear (gear that can be purchased and upgraded with gold that grants up to a 45% XP bonus) and it’s still taken me nearly 18 hours to gain 28 levels (20-48). I really like being able to quest out an entire zone without quests “going grey” (meaning I’ve out-leveled them and they no longer award XP), and I really think this slower leveling system will provide new players a more engaging experience, but as someone who has been around WoW for 14 years and has already leveled every class to its maximum level (sometimes on multiple occasions), it’s an absolute slog.
I spent about three weeks unlocking a new race only to spend three times as long as before to level them up. I’m playing with my girlfriend and we’re having fun, so I don’t mean to come off as disappointed or bored. It’s just an odd thing to implement on a 14-year-old MMO. Some veteran folks seem to dig it, as it’s a callback to the “old days” when an entire day would be spent working toward a single level gain, but that was only fun for me the first or second time around. Not the 20th.
With WoW being my primary focus, I haven’t gotten much time in Octopath Traveler this week. I’m in no hurry, though. I have two more Travelers to recruit and I’ve really been enjoying myself, but yeah. No rush.
What about you, folks? Any gaming plans this weekend?