The Daily Grind: When is the last time that an MMO sucked you in?

Here is something weird that has been happening to me lately during my gaming time: I’ve been really getting into Dungeons and Dragons Online after many, many years away.

It kind of started slow, as I dutifully did one solo dungeon run a night, but before I knew it I was staying in the game longer and longer for that “just one more dungeon” hit. It kind of amazed me how fun this MMO still is and how satisfying some of these instances can be to explore and solve.

I love that feeling of getting sucked into an MMO. Sometimes people call it “addiction,” though I shy away from that term due to its negative connotations. In any case, what about you? When is the last time that an MMO sucked you in and kept you playing beyond what you anticipated?

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George

ESO, like… Now

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Brown Jenkin

Pretty much any time I jump back into GW2. The thing is it only ever pulls me in for the short-term. GW2 is an amazing game to play for a few days at a time.

Before my most recent stint in GW2, BDO was definitely the last culprit. That game is gorgeous to look at and soo fun to play, sadly the progression system is enough to convince me that I just can’t live a healthy life while trying to play it.

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Lightor

Project Gorgon. If you ever liked the skills type game like UO, where there are no levels just dozens and dozens of skills to level, you’ll love it. It goes a step further and the skills have great depth and complexity, there’s skills for everything from eating (not just cooking), dying (yes, you can get better at dying), anatomy (breaks down with sub skills like rodent anatomy, undead anatomy, etc), forensics, interpretive dance, and on and on and dozens of crafting, gathering and combat skills.

They even give you an in game note pad because everything isn’t just handed to you for quests, you WILL need to pay attention and take notes during quests to complete them. Nothing in this game is handed to you, you figure out things as you go and it’s so rewarding to discover some new skill or system.

I honestly can’t say enough good things, after playing probably every MMO out there, this got me hooked hard.

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donvweel

DDO was the one that hooked me after my brief WoW adiction. Some of the quest designs are really great, there are a few that I had to quit in frustration but that is ok. Other than that Secret World had some really mind blowing content. Some areas where just too hard for me. Downloaded the new Secret World but had some problems with lag. Have to try it again later.

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NeoWolf

World of Warcraft recently. Up until then I hadn’t played it since Bruning Crusade released. Recently I returned and I am oddly loving it, I haven’t had this can’t stop playing buzz from an MMO since LOTRO released. I’ve seen lots of people moaning about the Warlords and Legion expansions but for me I am loving that content.

The new classes are fun, Garrisons are fun, the pokemon game is a hoot, the levelling process although still very grindy in places (mostly rep grinds) but on the whole is a lot more streamlined. Dungeon queuing is a lot less hasslesome. The only downs so far have been the lack of racially specific garrisons style (they are all human styled for alliance and all orc style for horde, which is a disappointment seeing as they actually have designed racially specific architectural styles for all the races) and the main story for the classic content is mostly told through the raids not the quests so you don’t really get a feel of a main story arc for the first 50 levels.

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Jeremiah Wagner

Although I never had any RL friends that played GW1(they were all sucked into WoW). I always felt like GW1, and early WoW did the best job by far of making you feel like you were truly on a grand adventure were death could be right around the corner. Both of those games really sucked me in years ago. I love that feeling of knowing work will be over in two hours and I can once again continue my great Journey. It was like reading some amazing book were you begin to feel like your actually there.

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rufty

Everquest 2’s new expansion is doing it right now. I find myself accidentally logging in and playing when I’m meant to be doing something else. Lol. I wasn’t even going to buy this expansion as they cut the trade skill main storyline but they’ve said they going to patch it in. We’ll see. It will be a shame if they don’t as non-combat questing was something that made EQ2 unique. The expansion is really good anyway. :-)

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Morgan

I get sucked into every mmo this is why im here and no doubt why most of us are here… there is just something about mmo’s. That magic that makes you wanna love em’. Beyond what I anticipated? GW2 and WotLK. And when Cryptics Magic The Gathering comes out I will fall head over heals again until I see its gaping faults nay the generes fault lines and then I will walk with a heavy heart once more oh this burden we bare!

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Oleg Chebeneev

Currently. Im totally addictied to Project Ascension and play it many hours a day.
FOr those who dont know, it is WoW private server where there are no classes, you build your own from talents and abilities of diffent classes. I play on PA-Sargeras that has hardcore PvP ruleset (players drop loot in PvP). It also has other custom features like Random Enchantments that you can put on items to add more depth to character progression.
Gave me totally fresh experience of WoW. Check it out: https://project-ascension.com/

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hamblepants

Guild Wars 2, as we speak. It’s beautiful, I’ll never run out of things to do, and it’s an engaging world to explore (and the game rewards me for doing just that).

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strangesands

LOTRO has got me pretty pulled in right now with the Rohan expansion. Really liking the story and enjoying mounted combat more than I expected to.

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Cyclone Jack

FFXIV did a pretty good job until my entire quest log was a list of 20 dungeons. It was a good mix of questing with some dungeons and trials sprinkled in here and there, but once the endless list of dungeons started adding raids to the list that was it for me. That’s as far as I got, even though some of the new jobs from Heavensward intrigued me. While I can enjoy a good dungeon, raids are where I draw the line.

Before that would be WoW Vanilla and City of Heroes. I have always been one to enjoy the journey more than the destination, and I thought both of these games did a great job here. I’ll have to give a few more points to CoH just due to how open they made grouping as the game progressed. No matter what levels your friends were, you could always group up and have fun.

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steve

Hm. UO didn’t take (Isometric wasn’t my thing). There was EQ (3 years), a bit of Planetside (Hot drops!). SW:G lost me at click-to-move. Most of the others lost me at non-consensual PVP. I spent a year failing to gain momentum in Vendetta Online, and then WoW took over.

In the post-WoW depression I tried Rift, TERA, ESO, and dallied in niche places like Second Life, but none of them were worthy of the time I had put into previous MMOs.

I guess my last two ‘hooks’ were Global Agenda and Firefall. I spent hundreds of hours in both, playing with family. At heart I’m a sim gamer, so I prefer my virtual world be more physics-based than RPG, but I have no interest in a battle arena or non-cooperative gameplay.

I’m not so interested in the last MMO that sucked me in as I am in having something better in the next iteration.

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June 23rd 2017

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Teala Te'Jir

I’ve had my share of MMO’s that I really enjoyed playing “a lot”. From Asheron’s Call(2years), to DAoC(6 months), to Vanguard(1 year), SWG(pre-NGE), WoW(8 years), EVE Online( on and off about 5 years), smattering of others inbetween here and there short stints playing other games like Age of Conan and Blade & Soul. But I recently went back and retried Elder Scrolls Online(this last Feb). My brothers were all playing it and told me that a lot had been fixed since beta. So I gave it another shot. Been playing it steadily since. So, yep, Elder Scrolls Online. :)

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Joe Seabreeze

World of Warcraft. Yeah, that long ago. There hasn’t been anything interesting or innovative since.

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David Goodman

When I think about it in restrospect, I’ve played a lot of games for ridiculous long amounts of times (years and years, for nearly a decade in a couple instances) – Ultima Online, EverQuest, World of Warcraft.

DDO is a game I come back to regularly – I feel like I don’t *need* a new adventure pack to enjoy what the game has to offer, and I can slowly build up points to purchase them, so even if i’m gone for a long time I can come back and not feel completely lost. A lot of the packs they add offer horizontal progression, which helps a lot as well.

UO, years and years, until EQ came out; EverQuest for near a decade, because I was young and didn’t have anything keeping me away from playing it all the time :)

I poked around Anarchy Online but while i played a lot, I never got “hooked” as such, which is a shame because I loved the game’s story.

World of Warcraft, well, it still has it’s hooks in me , but I kinda expect that, so I guess it doesn’t count :)

In every one of these cases, the unifying factor is, always has, and always will be the friends and community I am engaged with. NO game stands on it’s own, really.

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steve

In every one of these cases, the unifying factor is, always has, and always will be the friends and community I am engaged with.

Amen.

I wouldn’t give a shit about MMO’s if it wasn’t for the people and the potential they bring.

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Purewitz

Star Wars Galaxies from August 2004 to December 2011 (Shutdown)
Star Wars: The Old Republic: October 2011 (Beta)to the present (I have stopped playing.)
Other MMORPGs I have played off and on over the years but never more than say a month or so at a time: DC Universe Online, Star Trek Online, Lord of the Rings Online, Neverwinter, Marvel Heroes, Elder Scrolls Online, and Age of Conan. I have tried many other MMORPGs over the years, but most of them have never grabbed me and held on to me for more than a few hours to a few days or weeks.

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Jonny Sage

EVE Online is the only MMO that ever captured my attention for more than a few months. Things you do there have meaning.

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Cosmic Cleric

Wildstar. Say what you will about the game mechanics, but I loved the story/rpg of it. Was so tired of D&D style of MMOs.

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matt gourley

98-04 ultima online
2014-Archeage
PRESENT DAY—BLACK DESERT Online!!
BDO, is a wonderful game with soo much to do. The pvp,drama,politics our epic. The gear/lvl grind is surprisingly really fun.
I honestly think ill be playing BDO for a long long time.

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connor_jones

Most recent for me was Secret World Legends. Loved the dark ambiance, its warped sense of humor and pop culture sendups, and found the upgrade system oddly compelling. It was my goto game for the better part of three months. That said, my enthusiasm tanked considerably after getting to Tokyo, and not sure exactly why. I put my subscription on hold, and am waiting to either get back in the mood for SWL or for Funcom to do something that will pull me back in. Speaking of which, I thought I heard a rumor that the game story might be going to the Congo next year, and if so that would certainly get me back. I’m sure the Funcom writers could go to town with the African folklore.

“We are so off Orochi’s Christmas card list this year!” – Kirsten Geary

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Xijit

Black Desert …. till it sadly spat me back out.

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Zen Dadaist

The most recent game to suck me in against my initial expectations is Warframe, nearly 2 years ago. I’ve taken breaks to play other stuff but I’ve always come back to it. I tend to get bored very easily with shooters (especially if my friends aren’t playing) but the fun and flashy frame powers, the wonderful parkour and the ludicrous weapons of Warframe have kept me interested enough to do/see/farm/build/master everything. Even when there’s a lull in friends playing. I suppose it’s my current Home game.

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kjempff

Same, deeply lost in Warframe at the moment, though I would hardly call it a mmo. Regarding mmos, I have to go back to Wrath of the Lich king for the last mmo experience that sucked me in.. Not that I don’t try the new ones still (gw2, eso, barbie doll online) they just don’t speak to me.
Oh of course, eq progression and emulators has sucked me in and consumed my life for a few months, but that is just old wine.

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Cadaver

They all suck me in, but the last one that didn’t spit me out after a couple of months was ESO in 2014.

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Randy Ward

I agree, DDO was really good at pulling me in. So was EQ2 and pre-relaunch TSW.

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Veldan

ArcheAge, in its early (Western) days. Yes, it’s been that long for me… I haven’t felt that “magic” in years.

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Jdawg Playsgames

I was getting sucked into ESO….but my god the hatred over their loot boxes, I’m not a lock box fan but those people are off their nut.

Right now sadly I’m still in search of a MMO home,

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Chris Walker

I’ve been playing ESO on and off since it launched and I never knew it had lock boxes, haha. I know there are plenty of people who feel as you do about them, but whether a game has lock boxes or not has 0 impact on whether I play it or not.

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bereman99

FFXIV, though it took a few times for it to stick.

Initially I was intrigued by the way they sunsetted 1.0 and so it stuck in my mind, and then a YouTuber that I watched at the time was one of a group allowed to do some basic videos from the beta shortly before the 2.0 launch…and something about the way the game was presented caught my interest enough to get it at launch…

But I tended to just keep making alts and not really making it past the mid-20s much, and so I’d play for a couple months then go back to something else for a while, then play for a couple months with a new character, etc…

Until early 2015, right as they were adding in the Gold Saucer, and I decided to keep pushing past the mid-20s…

And did the Titan fight.

And learned what happened after that.

I’ve not stopped playing since.

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mistressbrazen

The Secret World (TSW – original) was the only game that has done that for me. I’ve played other games and spent hours in them but mainly because of stubborn pride or frustration, not because I actually thoroughly enjoyed the environment and wanted to wrap myself in it. Only TSW provided that kind of hit. My withdrawal from dead carcass of the game is almost manageable now… a fading memory of something sweet and wonderful I once ate. At least I have my screenshots to remember it by.

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Nathaniel Downes

On a whim I tried out Blade and Soul, and three days later…..

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If you mean when is the last time I wanted to play a game daily because it was fun every time I logged in, that’s every MMO that I play because if the game isn’t fun I just don’t play it. I might not be doing what most people are doing, but if I am doing things at all it’s because they’re fun and I want to.

Like you though I have been getting this mostly from older games these days. In the last couple of years, in no particular order, from ESO, WoW, STO, and even a bit in Anarchy Online. I also am messing around a bit in SWTOR since the recent server merge.

To your point though, none of those games are new. Only one of them was even new to me, and I picked that one up years after launch (ESO). If you’re asking when is the last time a new game sucked me in, it’s been a long time; 2011 in early access SWTOR to be exact. I haven’t had that sort of feeling about a new game since then, and at this point I don’t expect I will again soon, if ever.

Since then,I find myself being sucked in more by finding the fun in overlooked and long forgotten niches in old games. There is a lot of fun out ther if you look hard enough, even in some places you have seen many times before.

Also I agree with you about so-called “addiction.” Not everything you like doing or do often is an “addiction.” An addiction is something you can’t stop doing even when you don’t like doing it anymore. Some people have that level of a problem with playing games, but doing something a lot because you like it does not make you an “addict”; it just makes you an enthusiast.

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Rick Mills

Believe it or not, Aion! Hate the pvp, but love the game :)

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Castagere Shaikura

I feel the same way about Aion too. Now you don’t even have to worry about gear till after lvl 50. You so OP lvling with the gear you get at lvl 10 that you can use up to lvl 50.

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Chris Walker

I should really revisit Aion some time, such a fun game.

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Jdawg Playsgames

I don’t play myself but I love that game because it’s one of the few my daughter can log into and not get harassed, she has actually met some real life friends, and folks seem to respect each other

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Nick

Hasn’t been a year that has gone by since 2009 that I haven’t played Aion at least a couple months.

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MesaSage

When I started Lotro some years ago. Nothing since then.

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Jeffery Witman

Strangely enough, DDO was the last MMO that really sucked me in completely, and for years. It actually got to me pretty badly and I had to stop playing for my own good. Took the game too seriously and started becoming one of those players that no one likes having around.

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Nick

Latest is Lineage 2 Revolution which surprises me a it’s mobile.

In the past I have been completely obsessed with:
1996-99: Diablo (being in Clans had just as much clan drama as MMO guilds today)
1999-2004: EQ / Diablo 2
2004-2009: Eq2
2009-2012: Aion
2012-2014: Diablo 3
2015-2017: Final Fantasy XIV / Marvel Heroes / Aion .

I picked up a few others in these times, like Secret World, GW2, Tera, Black Desert – none of them really hooked me for very long.

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Pandalulz

Final Fantasy XIV was doing a pretty good job of it lately, but I had to push past level 40 or so before it really grabbed me.

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Kevin Cowart

I got sucked into Legion and still enjoy it everyday.

Gawd I’m so mainstream.

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Fisty

Last week with the massive world in Life is Feudal and the nations that have already sprung up.

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Toy Clown

FFXIV is the latest one to do that. I’ve tried playing it 5 times since release, all at the urging of friends, only to shut down the sub before a week was out. I just didn’t get the appeal of the game and didn’t care much for the aesthetics. Balmung had been shut down for transfers and the other RP communities that cropped up weren’t that appealing, so I left. Again!

September rolled around and my friends left BDO enmasse, heading for Mateus on FFXIV where a strong RP community cropped up. I wasn’t interested in much of anything, so tried it again after reading there were some changes to the multi-classing thing.

That time it stuck. I’m pretty sure it was due to having friends there that urged me along. Once I got passed the dreaded hump of “ugh, forced group content”, I was hooked. Bad experiences with forced grouped content in other games drove me away from game content and I was content to play solo, or just RP and decorate housing.

I’m happy to say that the anxiety that developed around playing with others has largely gone away over the past few months. The people that play FFXIV, at least on my server / cluster leave the RPers alone, so there’s no griefers, and the people I come across in dungeons are either friendly and helpful, or just silent and don’t talk. I’ve only had one person be rude to me in a dungeon, and ironically they were from my server. I got to have say in them joining my friend’s RP guild that they applied to, and that felt good when they rejected her app over her rudeness to me in a dungeon. I did have the foresight to take a screenie of the altercation.

Now I’m happily digging into most of FFXIV’s content and nearing 70 of my first class with no signs of slowing down.

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Boom

Customary Age Of Conan post

Been a long time for me, nothing has come close to Hyboria, it had a grip on me like a dodgy partner I couldnt say no to & despite dipping my toe in every MMO I can get my teeth into none have given me that same feeling.

Although im enjoying Rift again at the mo

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life_isnt_just_dank_memes

BDO. I take extended breaks but riding a horse through that world is tops for me. The wilderness is second to none. The design of the wilderness itself doesn’t feel game-y.

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Schmidt.Capela

Depends on how intense you mean it.

WotLK just after LFD was added marks the time I got more enthused with any MMO, perhaps with any game. It allowed me to do group content without having to deal with all the group assembling and/or manually looking for a group that I hate, and the difficulty ranged from somewhat on the easy side but still enjoyable (most dungeons) to just the right spot (the Icecrown Citadel 5-man instances). I never found so pleasant an experience within a MMO before or after, so much I was doing a couple dozen dungeon runs per week from the day LFD was added to the day Cataclysm’s pre-patch dropped (WoW completely ruined that experience for me with Cataclysm).

(Caveat: I don’t (and can’t) schedule time for dungeon running, so I have no way to do them with a regular group. Thus, all my dungeon running is done exclusively in PUGs. Cataclysm instances might have been just fine for premade groups with good coordination, but they were an utter mess with PUGs, so frustrating they weren’t worth the time wasted banging our heads on the progression wall.)

More recently there was LotRO (I only started playing after it went F2P), TSW, DCUO, and a few others, but they all followed the same pattern: I would do all content that is accessible for solo players (though joining groups for it as often as I could) and then leave the game when progression started to require grouping. I will gladly do group content when it’s an option to progress, but when it’s the only venue for progression (or the only one that makes reasonable demands on the player), I will drop the game instead. Cataclysm might have made me unwilling to progress exclusively through group content, the same way raiding in WotLK guaranteed I never again want to even try a raid.

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Castagere Shaikura

Two mmo’s have me hooked now. Rift because of the 20 dollar Ascended pack sale on steam giving me every soul in the game. And Blade & Soul because of the changes made to getting weapon upgrades now by just questing. And the December 6 update coming giving a level 50 boost and new content.

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Rumm

Is that weapon upgrade change already in the game? You can get the higher up orange weapons just by questing?

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Castagere Shaikura

So i did find out you do get a legendary orange weapon in the act 7 quest line.

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Castagere Shaikura

My character is lvl 25 but i have got orange weapon upgrades as rewards that will work on lvl 50 weapons. I do know that just playing the game people that have went through the old system are mad because they can’t go back and get these weapons. Or they might be selling for a ton on the AH. I’m not an expert so you should ask of their forums.

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Probably XIV, to be honest. I’m currently getting the MMO bug again but no games are really doing it for me. XIV is the only one I can consistently go back to and enjoy right now.

ESO, I love the world but the combat is too shallow and gets so boring so fast. BDO seems like it demands an EVE level of time investment from you, and is far too single player for my tastes. WoW is WoW. I love it but the love never lasts more than three months anymore, at most.

I’ve been considering popping back into LOTRO after all these years and seeing how it is now that the War of the Ring is effectively over. I haven’t played since…well, vanilla honestly.

The only recent MMO to really click with me before XIV was Wildstar, but my burnout from the earliest incarnation of it’s endgame was so massive that it to this day prevents me from reinstalling.

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Duane Does not check email

Ddo has moments that the game clicks and does not for me. The good outweighs the bad and glad I tried it out Christmas time a couple years ago.

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Ravven

The most recent one was Black Desert. I went in expecting another pretty but ultimately shallow MMO and really fell in love with the world. There are MMOS that I’ve loved much longer such as FFXIV and WoW, but that was the last one.

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Knox Harrington

2008. Wrath of the Lich King. That boat ride from Menethil Harbor into the Howling Fjord sucked me in. That expansion was the high water mark for the industry. Everything since then has been a continuous string of disappointments. There have been a few flickers of decency here and there, but they’ve been sporadic at best and never managed to escape the stormy cloud of a rapidly fluctuating market and unscrupulous business models. With few exceptions, the genre feels all but dead.

What’s emerging from the ruins are games with far less content than we’ve grown accustom to, placing multiplayer competition at the forefront, and requiring less development and investment while still charging a premium price. MMORPG’s helped pioneer online gaming, but they’ve grown obsolete and very few future MMO’s will be qualified to put the “RPG” on the end.

Those of us who make their living off this genre via sites like this are already trying to broaden the scope of the labels they use just to compensate for the fact that true AAA MMORPG’s are going the way of the dodo bird. They simply no longer make enough money to justify the investment cost. The fact that studios have had to turn to crowdsourcing is proof enough of the industry’s gradual decline over the last decade. What’s going to happen when Star Citizen inevitably ends up disappointing its over-hyped playerbase who are also its financial backers? How can they get sucked in if they feel suckered in?

We might want to learn to start liking games like Destiny 2 because such bare bones experiences are the closest we’re going to get to the AAA MMORPG experience of old. When the only uptick in the downward trend has been games that aren’t even truly MMORPG’s, it’s a sign of the times. You better welcome your shallow online multiplayer game overlords. It looks like they’re here to stay.

/endrant

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Michael18

Just this August, with LOTRO’s Mordor.

Before that, I’d have to go back many years, except I count pservers, where I leveled a mage in vanilla WoW not too long ago and was sucked in almost like in the olden days.

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deekay_plus

archeage fresh start servers late last year/early this year. although it only lasted us a couple months i was quite into it. if not for them adding pay2win elements into the cash shop sooner than they had advertised i may have stayed longer.

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xanadox

I agree with you.
But not only pay2win elements, but bots.
Cheating in a MMO is the worst thing you can find.

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deekay_plus

Wasnt too many obvious bots on the fs server i was on. Was alot worse at og launch

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