You might be wondering, why i keep commenting when i could just play another game. Well… true.
What could i say? It is such an appealing game, the art, lightning falls on monsters, monsters destroyed to bits when killed, the sound of multiple hit skills, high numbers flailing out at the screen, its a brain dead activity that is quite satisfying to watch.
Now before we get down to business, yeah i believe tos is just like any other mmorpg, atleast those who becomes popular for awhile. But hey, it is a changing world, nothing lasts forever, even wow has been dethroned as the #1 mmo for more than a decade.
But comparing it to those like wow or ffxiv, hmm.
Yea i know those are completely different game it is a tab targetting combat open world
but i believe we can still see what sets it apart from you know… “those”
Let’s see, First is, wow or ffxiv is a subscription based games. In other words, the company/developers main monetization is through playing the game itself. It means the devs can focus on contents rather than thinking and designing what else could they sell on cash shops/leticia cubes to make money.
People may argue, that token is just like a form of subscription in tos, the only problem is you can sell the token in exchange for in-game currency, that alone could already give an advantage to “some” players.
Next is, achivements and collections, in wow or ffxiv people actually try to complete those because, some not only get a title, but a mount and/or a companion which is really nice, as i’m not really a title person, but I know that’s on personal preference.
Next one is, exploration probably? I don’t know about you guys, but for me one aspect of an “mmo” is the exploration, you see what monsters are there, feeling the ambiance, the weather, role playing like an isekai’d adventurer. Tos could have that potential but, they decided to make a one-way map to endgame.
Now raiding, well you know, not most people do raids, as it requires yea… a team and socialization, as most people are kirito wannabes. But if you are a hardcore mmo player, i think you spend most of your time doing this as it gives you a real sense of accomplishment every time you beat it(and you get your high end gears here).
Not much difference in wow i think, the only difference would be it is more… massive, and the levels, stats and gear adjust when doing low level raids. So it’s just as hard as when you finally beat it with your max at the time. It’s quite refreshing as a raider. In tos, no one dare touch those unique raids. But hey, we are getting a goddess patch, so who knows, no more unique raids.
Farming is out of the question, as it is time-gated
Now an integral part of any mmo, is of course fashion. Players care about how cool or cute their character looks, as the genre say, (role-playing game) I’d say it’s just about right in tos, or probably the only thing right… for now i think… I’m not a costume hoarder so I wouldn’t know, but i do look at them from time to time. Though I think those who likes to collect tons of them, even using hundreds if not thousands of dollars to get them is just plain stupid, but it’s their money anyway so… who am i to judge.
So in short,
Yeah play it from time to time it’s good to pass time or a side game, but investing this as like your main game, if you plan to invest thousand hours? no.