I haven't posted much lately, summer is here (mostly) which means I make my yearly effort to be outside more often than inside. I'm still working my way through Final Fantasy XIII but find I'm not enjoying it as much as I thought I would. I still intend to finish it, but it's not quite good enough to win the daily battle against drinks on a patio in the sun.
Dragon Age: Awakening was also a bit of a dissapointment according to several people, so I'm going to hold off on that one until I can pick it up for cheap. There are a few games I'm eager to play now that I have a PS3... God of War III, Demon Souls etc. but I've decided not to pick them up until I'm done with FFXIII.
So, long story short... the gaming scene is a bit dull right now, something that seems to happens every summer.
There is however one game that has captured some amount of my attention. Largely because I can play it at work, and in spite of my infinite rage at micro transactions and gated gameplay.. Lord of Ultima is actually pretty interesting.
It's in open Beta now, and I'd encourage anyone who likes upgrade buttons and progress bars to try it out. I would normally dismiss this as a farmville-esque money grab/waste of time, but the fact that it is technically an MMO, where everyone's cities exist in the same game world, and you can plunder them or take them over makes it interesting enough to be worthwhile.
After about a two hour time investement there isn't much of a time commitement required to remain competitive (at least as far as I've played) so it's a nice distraction now and then.
It's certainly not going to become anyone's favorite game, but for the summer season it's perfect. I could see it becoming quite popular when it goes live as long as they don't immediately cripple the gameplay to force use of the item store.
I'm playing with a few friends on World 3, and spawned on continent 24. If anyone gives it a try, feel free to find me. I'm playing as Nemui. I have a city as Tiluvar as well, but I've mostly abandoned it!