If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m a bit nerdy when it comes to in-game events in MMOs. Halloween and Christmas happen to be my favorite, but we saw some fun April Fools jokes earlier this year. raises the question — does content make a good game event, or does execution?
It’s been clinically proven that zombies are good fun.* As such, zombies have made their presence known in both WoW and COX. In WoW, the zombies herald the coming Lich King expansion. I give kudos to any event that ties in to telling a larger story, except the execution leaves something to be desired. Zombies at the auction house? PvP on every server? Check out Scott Jennings take on the WoW zombies, which have caused consternation to players and developers alike. A for story, C for execution
In CoX, the zombies are coming out as a true Halloween event. I don’t know if there’s a story reason for these zombies, but it almost doesn’t matter. Players can also run around and get costumes, which presumably they can wear. If you’re really gung ho, apparently two NPCs will tell you about old enemies returning… but somehow, if they’re not selling the story behind it in your promotion, chances are it’s not too integral to your game story. A for execution, C for story (or lower!)
Keep up to date on Halloween events in MMOs here. Have you played any Halloween events? Which ones were good? Which ones told a story?
* not really