Nine million or whatever the number is should say all there is to say, and yet it doesn't. I hope one of the games releasing this year has something up its sleeve. If they doesn't I'm done. After two weeks playing LOTRO I can say with confidence - no brainer I'm sure, that WOW simply put, has the best leveling of any fantasy game I've every played bar none. That is all and that is it.
For all the things I like about the other games I've played since, and for the things that I HATE about the WOW end game, the journey to the end is best in WOW. Oh well... Doesn't mean I didn't have occasional fun in LOTRO. Or that I love EQ2 crafting, housing and exploration any less. It just means the road to leveling isn't as much fun as it is in WOW.
WOW leveling is simple. It's straight forward and then again not. Because it is so simplistic it means you can do it anyway you choose and you can change your mind every day every session. You can make it as easy or as challenging as you please. As exclusive or inclusive as you please and change what you think pleases you, whenever it suits your fancy. The only thing I'd change is to extend the leveling curve so that they can level of some of the hamster cages at the end. Oh well - it is what it is and isn't by now and not changing drastically any time soon.
I'll continue hopping around on my Captain - which is really what the WOW Paladin always should have been. I'll ride the month's subscription out but I won't be playing beyond that. I recently received a BETA invite to a game that I was marginally interested in but I'm afraid to even download it. What if the only two things on my list as options for 2008 don't even come close to the hype? That would really suck!
I think the fates are conspiring to make me find something else to do with my precious free time. That or I've out grown MMOs!?! Gawd forbid.