It seems I’ve been neglecting my blog a fair bit lately, and well, a lot of other things as well primarily because of Overwatch. Yep, I’ve been playing copious amounts of this new team based fps and having a really good time. Basically everything I said in my initial preview is true. It is an incredibly polished and fun game. Basically everything I needed right now.
And that’s the thing really, I didn’t realise just how much I was after something that was and is primarily fun. No distractions, no training times or planning required. No work, time and grind needed in order to actually have some fun as well and that’s kind of nice after 3 months in Black Desert Online. I missed the freedom of just being able to log in and straight away be in the action. To be competing and fighting against, and with other players.
The gameplay is one of those things that is just, intrinsically fun as well from the visuals to the combat style and while there does seem to be a certain hardcore crowd within trying to make it something more serious, I think for now they won’t see much success there and hopefully not in the future either.
It’s not that I don’t like hardcore styles of play, in fact I often get incredibly fixated on a single game for large lengths of time. Racing up the levels and gear. I also enjoy those times of mindless grind, and those periods of preparation where you attempt to become competitive or just get the most recent additions of weapons and gear. Gaining more and more power just for the sake of it at times. These mindless goal states are, and often have been rather important to my play but there seems to be a limit of how long something so basic and primal can sustain my play.
I crave that style of play but then, I crave a reason behind it as well. Sometimes the simple act of leveling and power progression can suffice. I’ve gone through quite a few mmo’s with just those aims as well but right now I think I’ve burnt out on such simple reasons. I need a greater reason to sustain such play and that state of constant preparation, a greater overall goal than the simple act of attainment. For Black Desert Online I was expecting certain PvP orientated goals, especially those involving the guild warring systems but those haven’t been in for a while and probably won’t be for some time to come. But even that content doesn’t seem like it would be that important to control anyway. Mostly just a meaningless achievement, or more ability to attain greater gear that I won’t really need because there is really no reason to attain, and no where to bother using.
It’s a game that lacks meaningful content in so many ways and I think my current burnout is due to that. I was fine preparing for whatever content was to come, preparing for fun but then I realised that there was never any real fun ending anyway. Just a constant state of power preparation that leads into the next stage of exactly the same thing. It’s pointless and I’m surprised I didn’t see that sooner. And now, without seeing any content I’m interested in for the future, no “fun” to look forward to well… I really don’t see the point anymore.