The Daily Grind: What’s the funniest MMORPG?

During last weekend’s BlizzCon opening ceremonies, nothing got me like Hearthstone’s expansion presentation, and it’s not the first time Blizzard’s card game has done so. Maybe it’s the kind of thing you need to be an old-school WoW Alliance player to really get, but “you no take candle” as a serious theme had me rolling. Dumb inside joke? Executed to perfection? Check and check!

That said, I don’t play Hearthstone; I love everything about it but the card game aspect. I’m an MMO player, what can I say, and Hearthstone isn’t one. So where would I go if I wanted some of Hearthstone’s dorky but lovable humor here in our own home genre? What’s the funniest 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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camelotcrusade

In my experience it’s your friends and guilds who make it funny, not the game trying and usually failing or barely surfacing a grin. As such, games with a wealth of customization, RP-worthy content, and shared experiences are therefore the most likely to invite good humor among players.

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James Crow

WildStar :(
Destiny 2 – Cayde-6

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Tamás Illés

Project Gorgon. Just talk to some of the NPCs. Heck, you don’t even need to talk, just listen to their gossips and banter. Or take a look at the list of skills. The funniest of them besides the animal skills (you can be a cow that can be milked) was the Psychology combat skill. It’s not only good for CC and healing, but your enemies will even respond to powers like “Tell Me About Your Mother” or “You Are Adopted”.

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Crowe

City of Heroes. Not so much for the lore or game itself as the craziness that was able to happen when you put in 8 people with random costumes and powers and tried to get them all moving in the same direction for some sort of goal.
Go. Hunt.

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Dug From The Earth

This is pretty subjective, as everyone has a different sense of humor

For example, Wildstar seems to have a primary goal of being humorous as much as possible. Many simply cant stand that games sense of humor and style though. Does that mean its not a candidate for funniest mmorpg?

Ill sum it up like this…

Games Ive laughed out loud while playing, more than once (that i clearly remember):

Wildstar
WoW
Secret World
SWTOR
ESO
And most recently.. Destiny 2 (Cayde-6 – pretty much wins the award here)

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Crowe

I enjoyed the humor in Wildstar although once I had capped a couple of characters, I was done since I didn’t want to do 20/40 man stuff (10 is my limit!). So it might have grown old if I had kept playing. WoW had a couple of minor chuckles at some of the character names or item names but I can’t remember anything about the game or quests that I found amusing. Since you bring up D2, I did find myself laughing out loud at some of the Failsafe stuff. (don’t end the missions immediately when you’re at those screens… just hang out and listen to her drone on about random things — some of it is hilarious but it’s easy to miss)

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Dug From The Earth

The dialog between Failsafe, her evil twin, Failsafe, and Cayde-6, were a riot too.

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Deuter

Bioware makes me laugh about SWTOR all of the time, but I don’t think it’s in the intended context of this Daily Grind question.

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Rees Racer

Fallen Earth has some genuinely funny and clever dialogue.

Twin Saga may look like a cutesy and shallow F2P game, but underneath there are some surprisingly involved mechanics, and whoever was hired to do the translation into English was not only capable, but injected wry, esoteric, clever, and insightful humour throughout.

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Alfredo Garcia

Heh, this reminds me of the Chinese Restaurant Skit at the end of the Fugees’ The Score album.

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Bryan Correll

The two that come to mind as best with the humor are SWTOR and TSW. SWTOR, being lighter in tone, certainly has more of it and it hits more often than it misses. TSW’s humor is mostly character based and when it’s funny it’s really funny. Hayden Montag, Nassir, and Said* are all reliably funny and the interaction of the latter two in “Last Train to Cairo” is an absolute masterpiece.
* Note: I know some people really love Kirsten Geary, but I find her grating after a bit.

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Hirku

Thank you for giving me an opening now that I know I’m not completely alone: I hated Kirsten Geary’s guts from the opening cutscene. Don’t find her funny or interesting at all.

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hurbster

She’s the reason I’m never playing Illuminati.

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Pandalulz

It wasn’t an especially good game, although perfectly servicable, and I didn’t play it for long, but Dungeon Runners was memorable for the sole reason that its only purpose was to be a self-aware satirical parody of itself.

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Nick

I came here to talk about WildStar but not like others. I found its humor way ‘tryhard’ and exhausting. Just lots of spastic noises and ‘awkward’ situations and stereotypical character archetypes (this guy is super serious and hes teamed up with someone silly elle oh elle). Then it would try to pull a 180 and be ‘serious’ as well which just had no teeth because of the aforementioned poor humor.

City of Heroes was pretty funny, as another commenter alluded to. It usually wasn’t some ‘big production’ but something just being funny realistically inside a situation that was to be taken seriously. ‘Comic relief’ as opposed to a whacky time.

FF14 has some funny moments but either ironic or unintentionally. Such as someone being an extremely cold MF’er or over the top sociopathic behavior making a whole situation rather amusing opposed to a few quick lines.

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Bryan Correll

One of my favorite CoH humor bits is this from Indigo in the “Missing Melvin and the Mysterious Malta Group” arc:

You know how it is, Character. In this kind of life, sometimes it’s nice just to find someone really good to talk to who isn’t a half-alien mutant, or the son of a god, or who becomes a programmed killer whenever he hears a train whistle. Just a nice guy.