I've been thoroughly searching for a game that have enough influence and inspiring content to catch my attention and make me want to come back for more unique experiences. Something which puts your real life aside and let you dive right into a universe so different yet similar to something which you know of. I can't say wether I am searching for an MMO or an RPG. I have certain criteria or rather - things I am not interested in, though I feel quite open to most things.
I sort of lack that certain feeling of being in a different place - being someone different, even to the extend of saying that I actually need to play a role of a different being in a different universe. Taking a step back, it may sound like I have difficulties with my self, which isn't the truth at all. There are just no similar experience and semi-addictive content that I have connected with as I did with World of Warcraft five years ago. The feel of the universe, the creatures, the environment and tasks as well as the social aspect that brought people with no similarities other than a passion for video games together to form alliances and defeat opponents. Wether they be other human players or NPC's wouldn't matter. To take a role and participate in an adventure through either Wailing Caverns or Molten Core, the feeling was quite the same to me. Being a part of a group with a set purpose.
There are plenty of games, more than ever actually, especially with the old games being revived in either HD or put on GoG.com. There are none however which gives the same feeling. It might have to do with my criteria of what I want to play that limits the options, though I'd like to think that there are some game out there, released or upcoming that will shake the same interest and addiction into me.
The few hours of Modern Warfare 3 weekly is plenty of fun. It's mindless shooting with a group of friends where we try our best to continue our winning streaks, improve our K/D ratio and have fun with trying different things, combination of equipment and weapons and best other people. That is however, all it is. A quick to play, easy to play and fun little shooter with no sense of accomplishment.
Heroes of Newerth is admittedly my only game that I continuously can return to and enjoy fully. The game is a close clone of DotA(WC3) which puts fast paced action gameplay on the RTS-table in a new formula. People might enjoy LoL also, which is a close resemblance, though different. Despite the community being hilariously bad mannered, the gameplay is fun, tactical and rewarding. There are no fancy achievements(though it's coming I've heard) nor titles that proves your insane accomplishments, but winning a game after 35+ minutes is pure joy being injected to your veins.
None of those games however, creates an interesting universe with almighty beings and a dark power with mythical descend. No, they give you a quick boost of something similar to adrenaline and an excuse to shout some very abusive words once in a while. You are not "part" of something greater than just yourself. There are no end purpose with countless of hours spent to accomplish something unique and challenging. You do not explore something magnificent that took a development team a lot of combined powers to brew. The universe and atmosphere are for me, the most important aspects of a video game.
Finding a new game which I can devote my spare time to, is seeming like a task that is impossible to fulfill. I'm almost praying that Guild Wars 2 mighty capture my attention or the Tri-faction MMO (The Secret World?) can become a new addiction. Skyrim was an option, but the grind fest seems never to end. It's all about experience, getting the next level of Fireball and craft the next tier of armor. The same formula which was used for years before TES, has continued and isn't refreshing or inspiring.
What do you RPS'ers devote your spare time to? Anything so magnificent that it tickles in your feet when thinking of what you will attempt once finally in the universe of another realm?