The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite obscure MMORPG?

Even at a site like Massively OP, we still run across MMOs we’ve never, ever heard of, obscure little gems (or trainwrecks, depending) that just never got the attention or acclaim they deserved. In the hopes of hearing about more today, I’m hopping aboard /r/MMORPG for our Daily Grind. Redditor Cicero asked fellow MMO fans,

What is your favorite obscure MMORPG? And by obscure MMORPG, I mean one that isn’t often talked about, or just isn’t that popular anymore.

Glitch would probably top my list. Though it’s closed now, and though it received a flurry of positive press early on thanks to the credentials of its studio, it somehow managed to wallow in obscurity, such that every time we mention it, our readers pipe up to say they’ve never heard of it. Runner-up for me goes to Zentia, an adorable and bizarre little import that probably turned off most MMO players because of its aesthetic but was actually the cleverest MMO I’ve seen to date out of China (it also was initially hardcore PvP) (and you could play a baby) (I told you it was weird).

How about you? What’s your favorite obscure MMORPG?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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JakeDunnegan
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JakeDunnegan

vicariousfan That’s another one that would have hooked me big time, had they used Forgotten Realms and had Turbine had made a FR setting as broad as they did their LOTR setting. Fourteen AT-ATs and a purple worm couldn’t have torn me away from a setting like that. Instead, I bought the original copy of the game based on the beta, and then proceeded to never actually play it.
(Eventually, I made a FTP account, bout a year sub before the Underdark stuff came out, but then never got a character high enough to play in it. Good grief, I’ve wasted a lot of money on DDO that I never actually used… :/)

JakeDunnegan
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JakeDunnegan

bossrprouse Aywren Is that still a thing? Horizons was like the original Star Citizen insofar as they promised a LOT.
(That’s where the comparison ends, of course. I have no reason to doubt at least at this point, that SC will actually do most of what they promise.)
But yeah, I was one of those who actually tried to do a dragon character at launch.. that was some neat shit! Not sure how long I stayed in that game, but probably gave up on it after a few months. Just way too many bugs, too much repetitive content. (Here’s a green goblin. Now, here’s a blue one! Now a magenta goblin. Have we shown you the grey goblins yet? Wait, what about yellow?)
Could have been a really kick ass game, though.

mjcbarnes
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mjcbarnes

Star Stable. I absolutely love that cute little horsey adventure/racing MMO.

PurpleCopper
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PurpleCopper

I used to play a MMO game called Kill & Steal.

Never heard of it before? Exactly.

se7engames
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se7engames

Eldevan…. For me better than runescape.
And bree took the other games right out of my mouth. Really miss glitch and zentia…. I played both extensively!!

DaBruuzer
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DaBruuzer

karmamule I’m right there with you.  Progen Sentinel forever!

DaBruuzer
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DaBruuzer

For me, it would have to be “Seed”, a great little non-combat MMO from 2006 or so.  It was all about social interaction and political systems, with some “machine maintenance” thrown in.  Hard to describe, to be honest.  I really loved the cell-shaded look, and the fact that everyone had to work together to save their surroundings.  Really, really unique, but not well managed by the developer, who filed for bankruptcy before they ever really released the game. Found this video:

KenMitchell
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KenMitchell

Not sure how obscure it would be considered, but I’ve always enjoyed WURM.

MrEllis
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MrEllis

Isn’t an MMO not very obscure by default? Or does it have to be a failure to be obscure? Hipster dilemma! “What is your favorite failed/unpopular MMO?” Guess that doesn’t have the same ring…

Vexia
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Vexia

I don’t play it very often anymore, but Puzzle Pirates has a place of honor among my favorite MMOs (being one of the first and still most unique I’ve played). Then there’s Realm of the Mad God which is an unusual but surprisingly fun time whenever I choose to play it.