The Horrible Gamer #002: The Next Hundred Hours

I’ve probably played through the introduction to Borderlands 2 at least 6 times now. For some unknown reason, it took me over 120 hours of Borderlands gaming to finally play with 4 people. I’ve had plenty of duos and a few threesomes, but organizing 4 people on the same platform at the same time takes a bit of planning. I’m usually the type of gamer who likes to be a part of the zeitgeist of a game’s launch week, so jumping back 20 levels or playing with someone 20 levels ahead of me isn’t something I jump at.

This mentality also carries over to my MMO habits, and these games tend to have the additional hurdle of me having to convince a group to give the game a chance first, at least when compared to AAA best sellers. Thank god for free-to-play. After trying out the first 10 levels of a bad ass rogue in the open beta of Neverwinter, I was hungry to get my friends in the game. Selling it as a D&D MMO with combat that feels more like Diablo seemed to do the trick.


I’m attacted to Neverwinter.

After some great co-op action in Borderlands 2 and Neverwinter (plus a little Torchlight II and Planetside 2 sprinkled in for good measure), I look back on the first week in a long time where I did more multiplayer gaming than solo adventuring. The oddest part is that I had played pretty much all of the content before while solo (most of it multiple times), and ALL of it still felt fresh. When a game’s co-op is designed to be fun and easily accessible, it doesn’t matter how old a game is or how much you have played it, good co-op makes a game feel new again. If you’re not careful, you’ll find your backlog doubling in size pretty quickly. If you haven’t been mixing up your solo and multiplayer sessions, I suggest you diversify your gaming diet and rediscover the other side of what makes game so much damn fun.

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