Anyone that knows me well knows that I love Hearthstone, considering I’ve spent at least $300 on card packs and expansions to the game. I’d even guess that it was my most played game in 2015, so for me to say that I think Gwent may be able to pull me away from Blizzard’s juggernaut franchise is a big deal.
First off, let me say that I was never really big into card games prior to Hearthstone. Friends tried to teach me Magic the Gathering and other physical card games, but I could never get into them. I’ve also never played any of the Witcher games, but the same could be said forWarcraft titles. I went into my preview of Gwent with a bit of apprehension, thinking I’d need to have played the series to understand and enjoy it. That, thankfully, wasn’t the case.
Moments before breathing his last breath, my grand peppers said to me, “Jed, there is nothing in this world that is free and one day you’ll realize that your time is what is valuable.” He was right. I’ve let him down by wasting so much of it playing Lost Reavers, the multiplayer free-to-play title available exclusive on the Wii U’s eShop.
Sometimes free-to-play games are done really well and end up garnering a large fan base and equally large amounts of revenue. Games like Hearthstone, League of Legends,Dota 2, and others are great examples of this in action. Lost Reavers, on the other hand, is one of the worst free-to-play games I’ve ever played in my life — but not because of microtransactions.
Bethesda seems to be on a streak of trying to cash-in on already saturated markets. First it was The Elders Scrolls Online, and now it’s the Hearthstone-like card game, The Elder Scrolls: Legends. Publishers can’t help but see the amount of money that World of Warcraft and Hearthstone rake in and not want a piece of the pie, but they don’t understand that everyone has already had their fill.
Legends had its first gameplay revealed just before PAX East 2016 with the announcement of a beta, and I was excited. I love The Elder Scrolls, and I love Hearthstone, so maybe this would be my new addiction?
Sad to report, that most likely won’t be the case.