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Hello so as the topic suggests I have been extensively searching for a game that feeds my inner fun and addiction meters. Aside from DayZ and Darkfall, nothing else has really held me ever.
RIFT, WOW, GW2, TERA, SWTOR, etc etc these are all games that were all very popular and I was in beta for a few of them but they always seemed pointless. I play MMORPGs for player interaction, and to see the crazy shit that people can come up with. When everything is based on a story and hand-holding, it pretty much feels like an online singleplayer game with coop. Furthermore, the fact that these games are all tab target sickens me to my core. Its simply not fun when I'm not aiming. When I shoot a gun IRL I have to aim. Nobody aims for me and if they did it wouldn't be fun. Why would it be any different online? My mouse is my gun.
So the thing I realized is that for some reason only FPS targeting and full loot appeal to me. When I log into an MMO I guess my brain deviates from the norm and I start thinking how boring and mundane it will be while I finish X quest or X instance to level my char. And for what? If I can't fight against people for loot there's really no drive for me to improve because oh well I just died boo hoo. And if I wanted to fight mobs or monsters I could just go play a singleplayer game.
I log in for the adrenaline rush. So for example in games like DayZ and DFO they were so addicting to me because I logged in and I NEVER KNEW WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. Nothing was really fixed player wise. I remember I could go to Copperdale (a city) in DFO and find people fighting skeletons. Then the next day I went and stumbled upon a crazy 2v2 with guys in full scale - keep in mind I just started the game in chain mail armor. So I simply hid behind a rock and waited for them to duke it out. Finally two guys remain and one of them goes to chase the other and I pop out of the bush and run and loot the crap out of the two graves.
The feeling of running to the bank in full panic mode was indescribable. I actually had a scale armor set and an awesome sword. For days I would just look at it in my bank, scared to take it out. And what the future held? Who knew. It was possible I put it on and died to a mob. Or I sold it. Or I might have equipped everything and went to kill another player who had on scale armor as well, netting me x2 sets. I don't remember. The point is, SO MANY VARIABLES!!!!
I would just go on random runs in the world of Agon just scouring for tombstones. You see, when a player dies his tombstone is there until somebody retrieves it. So there were times I would find 1000g (which was like 3 days farming for me) and just be insanely happy and try to sneak to the nearest bank. With DayZ it was the same thing that feeling that I could kill or be killed at any time, constantly on guard and paranoid just like I would be in a dark alley in real life.
You see, that is the true meaning of freedom. For person X this could happen, while person Y could experience a completely different chain of events.
No games like Planetside 2 or Age of Wushu or Path of Exile currently capture that feeling for me that I could actually go out there and stumble upon something epic that I could potentially witness, attack, run away from, loot, etc. Its really unfortunate because people seemingly like these games for their complex systems but my fun automatically dips to 0 when I realize that everything I do is without emotion due to that primal instinct of survival being absent.
Are there any games that fill this void? Apart from DF and MO I have come up empty for the past 5 years.