Lately my playtime in Allods Online has dropped to almost nil. I think the major issue that I'm having is that the pace of the game has slowed to a crawl. I realize that's a bit of an unfair assessment, since the level cap is 40 and I'm half way there. Levels don't exactly fly by in the 40s in WoW, or in the 30s in LoTRO after all.
However, the other thing that's making the game seem slow paced to me is that I haven't gotten any new general purpose combat abilities in ages. I've been using the same two buttons in 90% of fights since I was level seven or so. I do have a lot of neat situational skills, such as heals, a health drain, and a rezz ability. In fact, I recently got a plague heal ability that I really like. You cast it on one target and it bounces around among friendlies as long as there is a fresh target in range. You can heal a whole raid with it . . .very cool. I also have a great instant cast fear ability. However, situations where I need to use any of those abilities just don't come up too often, since I mostly solo.
I am still a bit curious about the PvP areas. But if I'm not having enough fun to log now, when I can quest uninterrupted, it's hard to believe that I will start having fun again when I enter an area where I'm at the very bottom of the PvP food chain. Regardless, I'm just not very motivated to push through those last two levels right now, and my spare time isn't exactly abundant.
I do not by this post mean to imply that Allods isn't a good game. It's a great game. Allods kept me entertained for a little over two months, which is roughly the same run I get out of the average sub-based MMO I try out. I can recommend without hesitation that anyone who isn't burned out on EQ/ WoW style fantasy MMOs should try it. It's one of the most polished FtP MMOs I've ever set foot in. The first ten levels on the Empire side were incredibly fun, and had a really intriguing Eastern European flare to them. I would say I was having good solid fun until at least the high teens. The game is going to stay on my hard-drive for certain, but for now I'm off to different pastures.
Magaera at level 20, with her pet robo-scorpion: