Video Game Review: Tales of Solaris

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My new addiction: Tales of Solaris (formerly known as Tales of Laputa), a MMORPG. Usually these things aren’t my thing. I don’t play well with others, and I don’t like the idea of depending on strangers to help me accomplish things in a game.

The game is in an anime style, and as a person who likes anime it makes me smile. The game is designed to be a little more kid-friendly. I personally don’t mind the kid-friendly-ness of the game, although in general I’m not attracted to the hard-core mature games.

I guess one of the things I like is that I don’t have to be dependent on others. I have my own character and I have my pets. Yes, I have pets that fight along with me. Currently I have a dragon. It’s pretty awesome. Anyway, I can choose to team up with other people or I can play through the game myself. I like the flexibility.

The basics of this game are really easy to grasp. All you do is fight things and go through the main plot of the game. This intricacies of the game are (shockingly) harder to grasp. I constantly have the feeling that I’m missing some key aspect of the game while I’m playing it. It makes me very insecure in what I’m doing whilst playing. And I don’t like not knowing exactly what I’m doing.

However, as much as I am enjoying this game, it is the biggest time suck on the face of the planet. I guess since this is the first MMORPG I’ve ever committed to, I didn’t really know what I was getting into. I’m a competitive person when it comes to gaming. The more you put into an MMORPG, the more rewards you get out of it. And as one of those people who wants to get the most out of their gaming experience, it means I put in more time than I probably should.

And while I really haven’t interacted with a lot of people, I can tell right off the bat that the other gamers are a bunch of nerds. I’m the Chairman of the guild Fairy TaiL (by default when other people quit) and I constantly see other people with nerdy names. So if you are looking for Internet friends, this may not be a bad place to start.

So if you have the time and have any level of interest, I’d say check this game out. If you don’t, then this game is not going to be worth your time.

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