I’ve been getting back into a more normal schedule now that I”m back from the holidays and wanted to take a quick look back at 2010 and look forward a bit as well.

I’ve had a bunch of fun not only gaming in 2010 but blogging as well.  Certainly much of my time was spent in LOTRO but Dragon Age was another big game for me in 2010.  I dabbled in a number of others including Eve Online, Age of Conan, Star Trek Online, Vindictus, Pirates of the Burning Sea, and Warhammer but none were able to really capture my attention like LOTRO has.  I’ve also gotten into a couple of EA Sports F2P sports games including Tiger Woods Online and FIFA Online.  I would love for them to continue that trend a release similar titles, but I imagine those would be seen as competition for their big money annual titles like Madden, etc.  I totally didn’t see the LOTRO F2P switch coming but I’m really starting to enjoy it and I do believe it will turn out well not only for Turbine but the players as well.

I’ve been in the process of expanding as I’ve been writing for LOTRO Reporter and TOR Reporter and more recently joining the TGN-Stratics team.  I’ve managed to join in on a couple of podcast episodes for CStM, LOTRO Reporter, MMO Reporter, and the Dunedain all of which have pushed me to start up my own podcast which will be out hopefully this week.

Looking forward, I’m pretty excited for 2011 and can’t wait to see what surprises we have waiting for us.  I already did my LOTRO predictions over on TGN-Stratics but wanted to toss out a couple of other more general ones here, only focusing on games I’m following and/or care about.

  • Rift will be a big success as the combination of the dynamic content, crazy class customization and PvP will all result in a healthy subscriber base.  I’m not saying it is going to be a WoW killer or anything like that but it will probably be in the top 5.  I’ll have more on my Rift beta thoughts later today or possibly tomorrow depending on how quickly I can get my videos polished off.
  • We will not see anything else from Blizzard this year as Diablo 3 will push into 2011 as they work to make it the game we all expect from Blizzard and the Diablo franchise.
  • Dragon Age 2 will be another hit and will be more like the first Dragon Age and less like the Awakenings expansion.  I can’t really put my finger on what the issue I had with Awakenings, but it just didn’t grab me as well as the original.  I went through Origins at least 6 times from start to finish, not to mention small tweaks in my story as I went, but just went through Awakenings the one time.
  • We will take the Hobbits to Isengard before we visit a galaxy far, far, away.  As I mentioned in my LOTRO predictions, I think Isengard will be in the October timeframe and I’m not expecting to see TOR until the holiday season closer to December.

That’s all for now, I hope everyone had a good holiday break and lets gear up for a great 2011!