We’re a month into 2017, but the lunar new year just started. It’s the Year of the Rooster, and Guild Wars 2 is celebrating with its annual lunar new year event in Divinity’s Reach. But I’ve also spent some time in a few other games throughout January, including The Elder Scrolls Online, The Secret World and even Star Trek Online…
I’ve put Eve Online on pause for now. To make any effective progress in Eve, you really need to be a subscriber and have it as the main game you spend the most of your time in. After two months of playing Eve, I feel like I’ve made a lot of progress in building up my in-game wealth and assets, but would like to move on to something else.
After the various Christmas and winter events in MMOs came to a close in the first week of January, I remained in The Elder Scrolls Online and decided that it was the right time to give it my attention for the month. My Return to Tamriel saw me making some progress on my main character by completing the Aldmeri Dominion content, becoming an ESO Plus member and venturing into the new areas introduced by the Thieves Guild and Dark Brotherhood DLCs.
During the last week of January, I’ve started wandering a bit and have logged into The Secret World to run some raids. There isn’t anything new going on in The Secret World at the moment, but perhaps they’ll reveal what their next large update is when the developer live streams return in February.
I’ve also popped into Guild Wars 2 for the Lunar New Year festival. I like how they’ve successfully integrated events like Chinese New Year and Halloween into the game, but in the context of game lore. Lunar New Year in Guild Wars 2 basically involves getting lucky envelopes and opening them for luck and goodies, including themed backpack skins. There’s also a PvP minigame called Dragon Ball that is quite fun when in a balanced team.
Most surprising was my return to Star Trek Online this week – I totally forgot that February is the anniversary of the game launch and they’ve activated their 7th year anniversary event. That’s quite an achievement for a game to last that long and still be rolling out new content on a regular basis. I haven’t played the game since last year’s anniversary event, so I’ve mostly been running around confused by things like the Admiralty system and the new skill tree.
I was pleased to see a couple more episodes of “Let’s Play Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE” from HeathHimselfSteams on Twitch this month. As it’s an exclusive Wii U title, I won’t ever be able to play it for myself, but being able to watch someone else play it on Twitch is almost just as fun.
I don’t have anything specific planned for February, but the anniversary event continues throughout February in Star Trek Online, so I might continue checking that out.
In The Elder Scrolls Online, the next big content update is imminent – Homestead will add player housing to the game, so I’m interested in trying that out when it hits the live servers.
I’m also expecting at least a Valentine’s Day themed random loot store bag to appear in The Secret World, but who knows for sure what the developers have planned? Perhaps we’ll find out when Funcom’s Twitch streams for The Secret World resume.
What will you be playing in February?