When you’re deciding whether you even want to try playing a game (function/end-game/etc aside), what piques your interest?
The question arises since a friend asked me if I’ll be playing The Secret World. Honestly, I doubt it. It doesn’t seem like something I would be interested in. I like the fantasy aspect of my games.
Let’s face it — my very first MMO toon was a cute little Fae in EQ2. I had WINGS, man. I loved that. She was adorable and pretty, and I like fairies. 😛 I even made an Arasai, which I turned-to-the-good side, just for the slightly different character customization. Those were my favorite toons of all the ones I played in that game. Because I liked the look. 🙂
When I moved on to WoW, I made a Draenei (though I was SO sad over the loss of my wings!). Again – I like the look. It’s a break from reality when I game, and I think part of me enjoys having my toons represent that. None of my alts are humans – even if their classes could be played by one. I have Draenei and Worgens (who are *never* in their human form). I’m also fully intent on having a Pandaren toon or two.
SWTOR was borderline for me at first. The appreciation I have for Star Wars, and the fact that my friends were playing, got me started there – and light sabers and magic. But I like the Mirialan that the TOR Avi ended up being. Again, I’m really not drawn to playing a Human. Or even a Cyborg, really. Twi’lek? Sure – if I can ever bring myself to level *again* in that game.
So clearly, a definite fantasy element is involved for me to immerse myself. I don’t want to play a human – I do that IRL, thanks. 😉 The Secret World, to me, seems too “realistic”. When the game world looks like the real world, it doesn’t grip me. If people are running around hacking at mobs with chainsaws, I’m more turned off than I am intrigued.