Happy Musings Thursday my friends! After a 1 week hiatus, I have some thoughts for you. Now that Game of Games is officially over I thought I’d spend today musing about the multi-event as a whole. You know I’ve got some thoughts, so let’s get to ’em…
-Game of Games was the first “big” event in TSTO since Love, Springfieldian Style back in February. After a 4 month wait, it feels like it was a bit of a letdown. I know many players were hoping they were using the downtime to retool things and make the game even better. Instead, we got a multi-event that, aside from the subject matter, could have been released months ago.
It’s like waiting and waiting for Christmas morning only to open your presents. The Christmas morning comes and you tear open all the paper only to find out you just got socks and underwear. Yea, it’s still nice to get presents but where the hell are the toys?!
-That being said there still are a lot of positives to take away from Game of Games. Aside from the awesome dialogue, the prizes were really good. There were 20 actual prizes for this event. No land tokens (as valuable as they are to some players) or crafting currency in the prize track. Instead, we earned actual prizes for Springfield. Buildings, decorations, and a bunch of new (full) characters. (Not an NPC in the bunch! (sorry Brooders))
Sure, some of the decorations are…meh. And going to be a struggle to fit into Springfield (hello inventory…), but getting 4 new full characters and 2 costumes softens the blow.
-The premium items for this one were fairly priced. With the exception of the ridiculously priced Blocko Angelica Button, everything else was at a fair price point premium wise. And the game wasn’t overwhelmed with a ton of premium content. Only 4 new premium items were offered for this event, 1 per week, which was a nice balance to the prize track/free items earned.
-One interesting note about the premium items. EA didn’t offer a “Last Chance” sale on the premium items like they have in the past. Which is fine, if the items have a timer we should stick to the timer but it’s just interesting to note that the items didn’t hit stores again. Perhaps this means we’ll be seeing them again soon in another Mystery Box?
-Speaking of Mystery Boxes…why does EA keep reintroducing content for donuts that’s already available in the Yearbook Mystery Box? Why spend 175 donuts on the Yard Work Simulator and CHUM when you can spend 30/try in the Yearbook box? (and at most spend 150 donuts) Seems a little strange to me. Either eliminate the Yearbook Box or don’t bring back content that’s inside the box.
-4th of July was a bit of a letdown huh? No new president this year. Kind of a bummer. Maybe they feel like 6 is enough? I know they could have added Bush 41, but I (personally) think it’s still too soon after his passing to add him to the game. However, they could have added JFK, FDR…all characters from the show. Heck, Ike (who’s in TSTO) wasn’t really a character in the show just had his picture shown or mentioned…they could add a whole slew of Presidents that were mentioned or pictured. A big let down in my opinion.
-As far as a grading scale, I’d give this event a C-.
All in all, I think Game of Games was nice, but not a hit by any means. Great dialogue, good prizes, but a letdown in gameplay.
And that’s it, guys my wrap up on the latest event in TSTO. After 4 months of waiting EA gave us a slightly less than average event. Nothing spectacular, nothing that’s a complete failure…just basic. It’s like EA has tried to “dumb down” TSTO so much lately with no thought required. Hey EA, we’re not idiots. We appreciate a challenge!
Given that it’ll probably be, at least, another week until new content hits our games it’s time to have some more fun around here! 🙂
Thoughts? Care to share your own musings on Game of Games? Sound off below, you know we love hearing from you!