The Daily Grind: Which MMO deserves a second chance from you?

Sometimes we are not very fair to MMOs when we try them for the first time.

Maybe we’re not in a good mood or don’t really want to take the time to learn new systems. Perhaps some petty slight turned us off, or we failed to make a connection in the first 10 minutes. It could even have been that there was too much else on our plates, so our hearts were not into it.

There have been several times in my gaming career where I gave a less-than-fair attempt to try a new MMO and, unsurprisingly, it failed to stick. Yet when I came back later on, perhaps when the game improved, it clicked with me and I was happy that I made the decision to give it a second chance.

Which MMO deserves a second chance from you? What titles have you been keeping in the back of your mind when you think of games that you really should try again at some point?

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Alex Malone

If I give a game a chance, I give it a proper chance so I can experience everything I need to. So, for me, that means none of them deserve a second chance – I’ve already experienced everything I needed to. I do follow games I’ve played to see if they ever fix the problems that drove me away in the first place but to date that has never happened. Like, literally never.

A better question for me is “which games should I have given a first chance?” After becoming jaded with the genre, I can up with a small but strict criteria for choosing MMOs and in 5 years, none have met that criteria. However, it is theoretically possible that a game has enough other good features for me to be able to overlook fundamental flaws.

For example, I never played GW2. Having done my research, the combat system looked like crap and far too shallow for my liking so it missed my criteria. However, it’s possible that GW2 had some other features that would be allowed me to overlook the shallow combat.

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mistressbrazen

I did not give Star Trek Online a really good try. I wanted to…. but I didn’t. Something about flying that ship just didn’t do it for me. And of course, the perpetual, “I’m going to start playing that again” title, SWTOR.

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nobleeinherjar

I’m always tempted to give MMOs second chances. And a third. .. and a fourth. .. and sometimes a fifth ..
For example, lately I’ve been sorely tempted to check out Guild Wars 2 again even though I know there’s nothing there for me. It’s a game that, for some reason, I really want to love but can only barely bring myself to like it. And I’ve been meaning to hop back into ESO ever since player housing was introduced, but I’ve yet to do it. Sometimes the Star Wars fan in me wants to return to SWTOR, but I can usually cure that just by reading whatever news is current about it.
I don’t know if any MMO really “deserves” a second chance, but if two MMOs really counted in terms of me giving them a true second chance, they’d be WoW and EQ2. The first time I played both MMOs, I barely played them at all and quit. But the next time I returned to both games, I stayed for many years.

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Dro Gul

A game called FIRETEAM by a company called Multitude. The game was WAY ahead of it’s time as it was truly E-Sports before there was such a thing. It had a variety of game modes, stat tracking and fully integrated voice communications. Absolutely amazing for a game released in the 90’s
https://www.gamespot.com/reviews/fireteam-review/1900-2536042/
http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/131823/postmortem_multitudes_fireteam.php

It would be cool to see a Game Archaeologist article dig into this lost gem.

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Little Bugbear

TSW (SWL), ESO.

I loved TSW story but the combat was rough. So I hope SWL combat will pull me in so I can enjoy my experience in the world. ESO didn’t feel like a complete game at launch to me, but from what I’ve read ESO is coming into its own.

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Malcolm Swoboda

ESO, GW2, TSW.

One day maybe SWTOR, depending on its direction through 2017-2018. So far I sometimes return for a bit, but the game doesn’t *really* deserve it.

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thalendor

I’m currently giving ESO it’s third or fourth attempt. Maybe this time it will pull me in. Any other MMO I wouldn’t give this many tries, but I’ve been a fan of the TES series since the first game so I really want to like ESO too.

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thirtymil

I have the opposite problem – I give games more second chances than I should. It’s not that the games are bad, it’s just that they don’t work for me – but I want them to work for me, so I give them a second chance, and a third, and a fourth…

Age of Conan, LotRO, Black Desert, Star Trek, EVE, Neverwinter, Blade & Soul, Aion, Tera, Rift, Wildstar and The Secret World have all earned second or more looks from me only for it to end again shortly after.

There are only three MMOs I can think of that didn’t get a second shot from me – City of Heroes, Tabula Rasa and Auto Assault. That’s because they killed them all before I could.

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pixelm0nster

Tabula Rasa! Definitely one I wanted to give a second shot

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Aralith

I want to give Black Desert another try.

The only thing approaching a criticism I recall is feeling overwhelmed by various systems. I felt like what I imagine many feel like trying to drop into a game that has been out for a while. The argument that there is too much to do seems a little silly.

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Pandalulz

I feel like there’s a lot I didn’t give the time, where I saw it, it looked shiny, I downloaded it, and then played for what, two hours, not even long enough to decide whether it was ok or not, barely long enough to even get the graphics settings correct. But that’s me anymore, I have poor impulse control, that gets me to download a thing, and then delete it minutes later. Thank goodness I have no data cap. I do feel like I’d like to go back and see some of the more story oriented games like FFXIV, SWTOR, TSW, ESO, just for the story aspect, but eh… who has the time.

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Pandalulz

I think something I’ve had to work out for myself this year is to just let it go. I guess I have a little FOMO when it comes to games, and so I have a huge backlog and I’m not sure I even enjoy games in general anymore, MMOs in particular, but maybe it doesn’t stop there. But then I’d have to get a real hobby, or read more… and bleh, don’t want to do that.

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thirtymil

There’s a lot to be said for stepping away until you’re bored and then seeing what your brain gets excited about playing. I had a similar problem with being dragged down with dailies across two games earlier this year – I dropped both for a few days, and realised the problem was that one of them just wasn’t fun anymore. That one went and I’ve been a lot more interested in my remaining gaming since.