I tried Albion Online. I picked it from my list of MMOs to try first because I was traveling and it would run on my MacBook Pro.
ProTip: Don’t play a game where you do a ton of clicking on a laptop without a mouse.
I think I have about 30 minutes of game time in, and that’s enough to know this game’s not for me. Here’s why:
- While I like the graphic style, everything looks kind of the same. I’d tolerate this for a quirky indie game, but in an MMO I need more variety. This also means the character creator is boring.
- If I wanted to play a game where I just clicked a bunch, I’d play Diablo III.
- I got lost in the tutorial area.
Yup. I really wanted to at least get to the real game before deciding this wasn’t for me, but that’s not going to happen if I get lost before I can even get there. You start off the game, like most MMOs, in the character creator. Playing as a woman, you get to pick from various skin colors, hair colors, and faces. All of the faces look about the same, like Lego faces but with less detail. Then you pick your underwear, from a potato sack style garment to extra-revealing. I went with the potato sack.
You get in the game and you get quests where you go out and gather materials for new things. You don’t pick a class, but eventually you can pick a skill from a choice of two. Oh, goody. Eventually you get a mule. It’s definitely the fastest I’ve ever gotten to ride a mount in an MMO. After a couple more gathering quests, I had to go to some new mountain area. I couldn’t find it.
Sometimes getting lost is good, if you find interesting things, but I just found this tower full of identical mage-types that were easy to kill. I did not find anything that made me sit up a little straighter or want to play more. And so, I logged off for good.
Cover image from Albion Online. I always go for the quaint medieval village concept art.