Well I’m back. I thought I would start off with something small to get back into the swing of things.
In an unamed beta I’m currently playing they have an option for a hardcore mode, that is to say you create your character and play through the game as you would normally. The kicker is when you die your character dies and is gone for good, back to the drawing board with you …. now I dont usually subscribe to this type of hardcore mode but this is beta so I thought i would give it ago. Wow … what a blast it is, really puts you on edge and makes you think statergy more than in softcore mode. Its like a whole new game …
Now with all things there are some perks and disadvatages to the hardcore mode that I have seen …. random disconnects can play havoc on your nerves let alone the life expectancy of your character. A bad pug can spell the end of dreams for ultimate recogniztion for Mr. hardcore character and it would seem to promote soloing more as to avoid asshat players and pug woes and not to forget the biggest one, once your dead you are dead, no take backs, no apologises, its over and its final ….
However saying that the perks defernatly out weigh the disadvantages, fame and recognition being the biggest advantage, imagine reaching the cap of wow in hardcore mode, talk about a milestone. Better loot to compensate the trials of hardcore mode, always a nice bonus and to be honest a necesity to compensate the risks involved. The shear thrill, adreneline rush of this gaming style. Oh and its addicitive …
Now why did I bring this up, well I was wondering how viable this style of gaming would be in conventional mmo’s ? could it be an alternative gaming style to raiding ? and why has none of the big name mmo’s latched on to this idea and added it.
Personally I see hardcore mode as a very viable addition to all conventional mmo’s, it really dose not change how the game is played by others, or really only effects the player playing in this mode. Could it be an answer to raiding, no but certainly a good alternative or even a good compliment to raiding. Would really add a new level of playing a mmo you are either burned out on or really want a challenge.
So why hasnt current mmo’s really added this option to there mmo’s, no clue to be honest, I wonder if its just not seen as an option or been fully explored before. Either way I like it and would like to see more games pick up this option. If you ever have a chance to try it, go do it, the rewards out weigh the disadvantages, more importantly it can breath new life in to your experience of an mmo
What do you think ?