For years now, I’ve been on the hunt for a massive title that I can convince my girlfriends to play. I’m so envious of players that have static groups of friends adventuring together in MMOs. That used to be me with my kids. *Sniff* Even then I still wanted something to play with my BFF other than re-telling each other our The Sims tales. Back when we both blogged about our Sims shenanigans our gaming felt a little connected. Now that neither of us plays the Sims, there’s nothing gaming related to share and I miss it.
My BFF’s chief dislike of the MMOs I play is that you have to kill things to advance in the game. She’s also not of fan of being assaulted by mobs when she’s walking along minding her own business. If you could have heard her screams and shrieks over the phone when I was trying to show her how to play World of Warcraft, you’d have bust a gut. Our adventures in WOW didn’t last very long.
Ever since Free Realms (FR) was first announced I’ve been keen to know more about the features. The idea that you can advance by killing or NOT immediately got my attention. The early images and videos showed fantasy and non-fantasy settings too which would be another boon. She doesn’t get my love affair with fantasy either. And even though I’m not a fan of mini-games, I know that my BFF does play a few. The early game information left me wondering if this was the answer to my prayers.
For myself, FR doesn’t scream, “Whoa, I must try this game!” I’d be happy with liking it just enough to enjoy running around with her. Both of my daughters do the casual mini-games in flash and such. FR might be a place where I can get them to come spend some time too. If I can find something I like to do there and they would play, I’m willing to bend my normal MMO gaming standards.
I might not have to bend my preferences too much. I enjoyed Wizard101 immensely even though it targeted a younger audience. W101 includes optional strategic opportunities for mature players that keep things nicely balanced. If FR is designed with similar considerations in mind, I might find something I like to do there too. I don’t play social games. I don’t enjoy mini games – much. I play word games on my cell phone if I’m sitting in an airport, doctor’s office, stuff like that. If FR is mostly Habbo Hotel with mini-games and the ability to slay monsters off somewhere in a corner, it won’t be to my liking.
I’m glad to see the Free Realms Closed BETA has arrived. I may or may not be participating in such an event. I wouldn’t be able to discuss it if I was but would be very pleased at an opportunity for an early peak and help flush out some bugs.