I wanted to hate it. I wanted to mock it from behind my usual standbys of EVE-Online, TF2, and DayZ. For a while, I probably did hate it... Then I saw it was on sale and wound up buying it and re-activated my account.

"What the shit is this? What'd they do to my Druid?!?"

Class changes aside, I've grown Mists of Pandaland. One feature I thought I'd abhor was pet battles... Boy was I wrong. Remember waiting half an hour for Heroic queues while you ground away on a couple of dailies? Yeah, not anymore. You'll assemble your pet-battle team and go lay waste to whatever furry creature you can find in the forest. Oh, that one has a blue border? YOU'RE GOING TO CAPTURE IT AND MAKE IT YOUR BITCH. I've taken to calling it "PokeWow" since that's the easiest way to explain it for non-believers such as yourselves.

In the pet battle system, you get to have your choice of 3 pets for your team. Of these 3 pets, each has 3 abilities. You use these liberally FOR GREAT JUSTICE. You can capture pets that you have sufficiently weakened and add them to your repertoire.

Really? It's just a fun time-sink. You have slots for 650 pets. GOTTA CATCHEM-ALL.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 12/17/2012 at 11:12pm

The pet battle system was the thing in the Pandera expansion I was the most interested in so its good to hear it worked well. The interesting thing about new entrants into the MMO space is that they have a bunch of awesome WoW expansion to contend with.

The other day I started Planetside 2 and had no idea what I was doing. Nothing letting me know what was happening, nothing giving me a pro-top to what to do next. The game is a cool concept, but the original Quake does a better job of teaching you how to play the game. This isn't a jab at Quake but a slight against a new MMO like Planetside 2 that doesn't really show you what the deal is.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 12/17/2012 at 11:13pm

Oh and how many pets have you collected so far?

Jason_Taylor   Post Author wrote on 12/18/2012 at 03:45pm

Something like 65 I think? I meant to check last night but I was busy trying to build an epic space station in KSP.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 12/18/2012 at 06:10pm

Nice. I was playing Dragon Age: Origins last eve. So fun, gonna write about it soon.

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