Massively OP’s Best of 2017 Awards: Most Underrated MMO of 2017

Welcome one and all to Massively Overpowered’s end-of-the-year 2017 awards series.

Every year, we poll our writers about the best and worst MMOs, stories, studios, and trends and assign awards to the winners (or losers, as the case may be). For the last three years, we’ve been splitting our awards into smaller categories, a format we mean to stick with in 2017 as well. We’ll also continue providing a sampling of our writers’ nominations and rationales from award to award, although this year we debated more to try to reach a consensus before locking in winners, a task at which I think we were pretty successful. And we’ll always include a just-for-fun reader’s poll at the end to see whether you agree with our picks!

Today’s award is for the Most Underrated MMO, which was awarded to Final Fantasy XIV last year. Once again, we’ve opted to include pre-2017 MMOs for many of these awards, including this one, as long as they accomplished something truly notable in this calendar year.

The Massively OP staff pick for the Most Underrated MMO of 2017 is…

TIE: BLACK DESERT & SECRET WORLD LEGENDS

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): I nominated Elite Dangerous, even though I don’t think I lasted 10 hours in the game. I say this as someone who also keeps my eyes and ears open on EVE, another be-the-ship feeling MMO. The Thargoid saga has been fun to listen to from the outside, and the community’s been fairly creative about responding to the situation. Combined with the community events for a game that can be played on and offline, it’s something that sci-fi MMO fans that love vehicles and space should give a shot. My runner-up is Black Desert. It’s still not my ideal PvP game, but if my friends/family invited me to play it, I think I’d be fine with the way Kakao keeps trying to tackle PvP for the masses.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna): I threw my lot to Black Desert. It took home MMO of the year from us last year, but this year I think its more subdued mainstream presence kept it out of the limelight of other titles, and yet MMO players have been watching it pump out new content left and right. It definitely fits the underrated category for me, and I expect big things out of it and Kakao next year too. That said, I could easily see it going to Secret World Legends too. I have my grumps over what Funcom did to it, but taken just on its own merits without the drama and business issues, SWL is good enough to have convinced loyal players to restart and keep playing. That alone says a lot about the quality, even if the game stays a permanent underdog.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre): I have no idea how fun Elite Dangerous actually is to play in the Thargoid playground, but I’ll be damned if it hasn’t produced some hellishly entertaining stuff from the other side. And it’s a remarkably robust title in other ways, as well; it has lots of stuff going on, extensive options for players, and a continual rolling series of updates that just keep expanding and improving the gameplay. It’s basically what Star Citizen keeps promising to eventually be, only live and slowly updating along the way. It deserves more love than it gets.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster): Secret World Legends. I could probably nominate this every year, but it honestly deserves it. Even with the success of the reboot, this game still doesn’t get enough credit for the ingenuity of its mission design, the terrific voice acting, the deep world building, and killer bunnies.

Larry Everett (@Shaddoe): Atlas Reactor got a bit a press this year because of its launch and additions, but it’s really not received a lot of traction. I really wish more people would play the game, and understand how interesting and unique the game really is. It’s a turn-based battle arena and no one else is doing it. If you don’t know what Atlas Reactor is, perhaps you should find out.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie): Although I know some people weren’t ecstatic about the need to reroll and start over, the fact that Secret World Legends found a way to continue on with its life and storytelling instead of being closed down is awesome in my book. Also, while playing through I’ve come to appreciate that you needed to start over due to the changes. And these changes are things that have made the game even more accessible for more people. So you’ve got the awesome story and ambiance now available to more people, with the new story coming really soon. Still, the game is a hidden gem, but I think we will see that shifting more thanks to better accessibility.

Tina Lauro Pollock (@purpletinabeans): Black Desert has a fantastically rich set of mechanics folded into a compelling world, and I have been known to gravitate to it when thinking out potential MMO Mechanics articles, but I’m totally guilty of underrating the game myself and not giving it the discussion space it deserves. Must try harder in 2018! It’s one of the most-feature complete MMOs in terms of covering the gameplay cornerstones of the genre, despite having a heavy PvP reliance, and I don’t feel that it gets enough credit for this. It’s not my type of MMO, but it is super consistent and largely succeeds at keeping its fans happy, without the fanfare given to other titles that give less.

Black Desert and Secret World Legends tied for our award for Most Underrated MMO of 2017. What’s your pick?

Reader poll: What was the most underrated MMORPG of 2017?

  • Black Desert (11%, 147 Votes)
  • Secret World Legends (14%, 186 Votes)
  • Elite Dangerous (5%, 65 Votes)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (3%, 46 Votes)
  • SWTOR (2%, 23 Votes)
  • Elder Scrolls Online (6%, 81 Votes)
  • World of Warcraft (3%, 38 Votes)
  • Guild Wars 2 (8%, 108 Votes)
  • Albion Online (1%, 13 Votes)
  • EVE Online (2%, 30 Votes)
  • Revelation Online (0%, 3 Votes)
  • ArcheAge (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Path of Exile (2%, 28 Votes)
  • Atlas Reactor (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Skyforge (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Blade and Soul (2%, 21 Votes)
  • TERA (1%, 10 Votes)
  • RIFT (1%, 9 Votes)
  • Lord of the Rings Online (5%, 66 Votes)
  • Star Trek Online (2%, 24 Votes)
  • Riders of Icarus (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Neverwinter (1%, 20 Votes)
  • WildStar (5%, 68 Votes)
  • DC Universe Online (1%, 8 Votes)
  • RuneScape (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Dungeons and Dragons Online (10%, 137 Votes)
  • Warframe (6%, 82 Votes)
  • Aion (1%, 7 Votes)
  • EverQuest II (1%, 13 Votes)
  • Trove (1%, 12 Votes)
  • Nothing (5%, 73 Votes)
  • Something else (tell us in the comments) (2%, 30 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,377

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Dobablo

Does Lineage 2 Revolution qualify?

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athiev

So Secret World: Legends is underrated, but a game with the same exact stuff in it wasn’t the most underrated a year ago? A strange award to me, especially given that SW:L has very convincingly burned off its player base and from publicly available statistics now has a smaller audience than pre-reboot TSW ever did.

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Nemui Byakko

Wakfu. Really unique, one-of-a-kind MMO in many ways. They do develop it, and it is really worth more attention.

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Jonny Sage

Elite is not an MMO. Heck, you can play it solo, and I dont think Ive ever actually seen evidence of another player when I play it online.

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Thomas

Hmmm… I picked Neverwinter. Though there’s a lot I’d like to “fix” with Neverwinter right now (Sheesh, no Forge quests available? Really?).

Neverwinter is pleasantly diverting, the F2P setup is reasonable, and the game seems well balanced for solo/casual play, which suits me fine. Compared to the punishing curb stompings I was regularly receiving recently in GW2’s missions, Neverwinter’s eminently soloable missions are a pleasant diversion.

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PhoenixDfire

Surprise, Surprise, it’s still Elite:Dangerous for me. It keeps me coming back again and again. It can go content dry from time to time but the community makes up for it. Not since MXO have I found such a dedicated bunch of Space Nutters and still at least another year of Free content (if you’ve bought Horizons).

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drivendawn

Project Gorgon for me. It is in alpha but anyone can play it and it already has a full game worth of content.

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Jason Clearwater

Dungeons and Dragons Online…by a mile.

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xpsync

Secret World Legends

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costanius

Worlds Adrift!
Why is Worlds Adrift not on this list? Its a special, unique and creative MMO and one of the first MMOs using the new SpatialOS technology!

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Zen Dadaist

Well… I didn’t play either this year. My short exposure to BDO was shortly after its release and it wasn’t for me. My feelings on what happened to TSW in being turned into SWL, particularly its monetisation scheme, can best be summed up as “I refuse to even keep it installed”. So, uh, yeah.

(Warframe was underrated until suddenly it got all the attention. That’s my pick. We’ll see if DE can continue its momentum next year.)

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Veldan

Many are underrated tbh. A few that I feel I should mention:

– ArcheAge (yes, we all know the screwups and bad Trion PR, but at its core lies still a very good game)
– Aion (I’d still play if unresolved technical issues didn’t prevent me)
– RIFT (same as AA really, people love to talk about all the crap but forget about the great core game)

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Chosenxeno .

I will never let them forget that Rift kick’s ass at it’s core. Shame about the monetization though.

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Aaron Weddle

Istaria needs your love you can play as dragons or christ sakes

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Crowe

Underrated? Nah. Overrated? Yes, I could agree with that. I kept trying to play it but it was just so boring.

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pepperzine

In my opinion dcuo is the most underrated. It’s no where near the best game available but it doesn’t deserve 90% of the shade it gets because it’s not as similar to a dearly departed title as some would like. Constant updates, reasonable prices and subscription, fun gameplay, win in my book.

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Bruno Brito

Not a bad game for sure, but the devs completely butchered pvp, their f2p model is still bad, their treatment of premium players is disgraceful.

DCUO is a great game. The company that runs it, not so much.

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pepperzine

I don’t think their f2p is a disgraceful at all. Pay a sub and get access to all of the dlc. Don’t want to pay a sub, can pick and choose the dlc you want to play. Besides that, it’s a pretty standard cash shop that can be completely ignored without having consequences on the gameplay.

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Pandalulz

I dunno, the only games I really played this year were pretty overrated. Badumpsh or something. But really, it feels like all I did was putter around in WoW and FFXIV, with a brief stint in Destiny 2. I can’t really call any of those underrated, so eh?

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Chosenxeno .

Almost level 50 in SWL. It’s a decent game. I love how quests are delivered. I usually do all the side stuff first in a Area then I do the main chain. Helps to keep me in the story. The other thing I like is the simplicity of the upgrading and skill tress. I feel like I could leave the game for bit and not be lost(something I also about WIZARD 101 and PIRATE 101. I don’t care if it costs me nerd cred! I’m a grown ass man that loves these games! lol).

People raged about SWL but it’s winning the poll so far:). If I hit the level cap in it, it’s probably good. I have a lot of level 10s lying around in a lot of MMORPGs(most recent is Savage Hunt. High Ping. Bloated Cash Shop.)

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Bruno Brito

The delivery of the quests is from TSW. Nothing new.

I didn’t rage about SWL, but it is a shallow version of TSW. It wasn’t a improvement on the older version of the game.

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Chosenxeno .

Just hit 100 hours! WOO HOO!!!!!Sorry. You’re not gonna poo poo the game for me:)

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Dušan Frolkovič

Well, all i can tell you is that i personally belong to the minority that prefers SWL to TSW. I played TSW for its story and quest design and despite the rest of its systems.

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Chosenxeno .

I’m coming in fresh. I did not play TSW. SOME of the TSW loyalists seem to want to taint it for everyone else but it’s not working. SWL is a great game. I’m 100 hours in officially. Looking forward to being done with the desert in a few days.

P.S. it’s CRUSHING everything else in the poll haha.

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styopa

Is Ever, Jane out yet?

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holyavengerone

Every time I read that games name I chuckle (in a good, proper courtisan-like/socialite manner, mind you :P)

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gelfred

Voted for DDO, even though not much content this year. The expansion is really fun, some nice ideas for quests and the outside zone is huge (though most just wolves and floating vampire heads with wings..).
Could probably have voted for Lotro but havent got to Mordor, and personally after shunning WoW for so long I tried it and found it a improved game, though I think legion was well received.
SWL was bad compared to SW for me, and GW2 expansion was awful compared to HoT and I would say is overrated.

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Bruno Brito

> GW2 expansion was awful compared to HoT and I would say is overrated.

Wat.

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gelfred

Well my reasoning is that there is very little to do, it did not embrace the only thing GW2 does well/uniquely which is open world events. Step back with hearts returning, story is still like a young childs cartoon, oversaturation of effects on characters, and more I could list. It had some good parts, but HoT had 2 masterpiece zones and brought with it more content for all gamemodes.

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KatsPurr

Chose “something else” as we all know where my heart lies: Wurm Online <3

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John Mynard

Gave my vote to Warframe after the screw job they got at the “official” Video Game Ads…er, Awards show.

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bb8888888

> Elite Dangerous …. a game that can be played on and offline

Andrew, you’re about 4 years behind on the news. Elite Dangerous CANNOT be played offline.
Braben reneged on the offline version of Elite Dangerous that Kickstarter backers paid him for. He never delivered it, or the approximately £1m in pledge refunds he still owes.

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Andrew Ross

WOOPS! I forgot my PS4’s connection is always on, so I totally didn’t realize this!

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bb8888888

Yeah, easy mistake to make. By the way Frontier are now scamming console players too on ED offline mode. Frontier is selling a new disc edition for Xbox and PS4 as a regular console game with a single player mode having no stated online requirement. But when you load up the game, you find single player mode won’t run unless you have a continuous internet connection to Frontier’s server, Dishonest always-on DRM, plain and simple.

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Schmidt.Capela

Which is why to this day I still do my best to prevent anyone I know in real life from purchasing that game or anything else developed or published by Frontier.

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sirsam

World’s Adrift.

Technically and graphically awesome? Check
Low playerbase because the majority of steam gamers are impatient? Check
Fun? Check.
Diegetic UI? Check

Sure its got bugs but its in alpha. Astounding scale. Something like 1000km2. Full physics.

Technically marvel.

Also FFXIV….Really? Theres a ton of love for that game. Underrated my ass.

The majority of the mmos on that list are trash.

Level Based.
Mobs standing in fields.
Raids.
Zoned.
Level segregation.
Gear segregation.
Stuck the ground.

UTTER TRASH.

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peor togs

Really, though, Worlds Adrift is not released yet.

Is it even in Beta?

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gelfred

Yeah, its not very developed. So not sure how the idea of steam users being impatient by waiting for a games release comes along!

An alpha should have low population to focus testing and development efforts.

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Alex Willis

Dude, chill. They listed a bunch of mainstream, big-league ones up there. It’s an opinion poll. And you have given us yours…about the entire MMO genre, apparently.

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sirsam

I was chill when I wrote that, and I’m chill now.

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Bruno Brito

Wildstar. People say it’s dead, but it’s been here for what now, three years? It’s completely casual nowadays, and great fun. I recommend.

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Doctor Sweers

Went with Wildstar on this one. The game is fun and doesn’t get the love it deserves. Albion Online is another game that I could have easily voted for. I can’t say I’d vote for Black Desert. I think the game is great with lots of things to do and it still seems to be popular. Either way, I am hoping this is the only tie we see with the awards this year;)

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peor togs

Wrong post

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Paul

I’ve got to wonder if I played the same game as you guys (BDO) – I thought it was one of the very worst games I ever wasted bandwidth downloading…. GFX – awful oversaturated mess, combat mechanics – worse, UI design – really have to try hard to get this bad

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Nick

I tried BDO – bored me to death. Can’t underrate a game I didn’t like.

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Chosenxeno .

BDO = Bored to Death Online:)

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Thomas Zervogiannis

It really depends on your preferences I guess. They got quite a few things right as well. I always thought that BDO was the game that got many things perfect and horribly wrong in every aspect of the game at the same time (amazing graphics, horrible pop-in, amazing combat, brain dead mobs, desync and gear disparity imbalances, amazing worker system, horrible AFK needing your PC on all the time, amazing world building and immersion, horrible voice overs and translations). Which I believe is why it is so polarizing.

Another important achievement is how it managed to structure its PvE and PvP to appeal to certain categories of both PVE’ers and PvP’ers at the same time, managing to put them in the same game world.

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syberghost

Marvel Heroes

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Thomas Zervogiannis

I voted for Albion Online, even though it is on its death spiral at the moment. In its core it was a fun game because it managed to be similar to EVE online, being more accessible and way less complicated but at the same time retaining the complexity of the player dynamics and interactions, and all the fun and drama that comes with them, resulting in a core player base that love it to an insane level. And the MOBA-like ZvZ’s were lots of fun (when not lagging – lots of horror stories about that can be found online, especially after the territory resets this weekend) for those who wanted a fantasy EVE-online with more actioney combat. I hope someone can succeed where they failed. Hopefully CU (or maybe Crowfall…)

There were many horrible design and management decisions that completely botched the game, with very little hope of recovery at this point (horrible performance, world layout and making Caerleon the only viable city, instant travel portals killing trade, paid-by-players referral, horrible community management, messing up the economy with broken mechanics such as focus, workers among others, possibly the worst launch in the history of MMO’s in terms of performance, lack of clear direction in the last Beta and after launch by introducing instanced content) but at its core the game was really promising.

I consider E:D and BDO overrated and not underrated – although I still have some interest in both games and follow their news closely. They both have some elements that are the best in the genre (which is I believe how they attracted their player base – those who like these elements and can ignore their disadvantages obviously will fall in love with those games as happens with pretty much every game out there) but I was always surprised with how their player bases sometimes defended some issues with these games. My favorite example is with BDO and having to keep your PC open 24/7 to have purely AFK procedures like workers working constantly, regenerating energy faster and processing, even when you are away from your pc and out of home!! And yes, you will find many players actually defending (as opposed to just shrugging it off) this design, which I still cannot stomach.

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TomTurtle

I’m biased so I went with Trove. Yeah, it’s not putting out a great deal overall, as per usual, but I have a soft spot for it. I do feel that it’s a pretty good MMO that not many give much attention to.

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Jacobin GW

Funny that BDO and TSWL are getting props when they are both blatant P2W garbage. The ‘content’ in BDO is just new mobs to farm for 100000 hours in order to take another roll in the crafting casino.

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Justin Olivetti

How can you pay to win in SWL? Just curious.

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Jacobin GW

Can you convert cash into large vertical stat gains? Yes.

I don’t remember the name of the item but the catalyst that makes it unnecessary to level a second item is pure P2W.

MMOs with 10+ item tiers and +99 upgrades are completely built for P2W by allowing for paid ‘fast lanes’ that allow the whale to skip ahead while the legit players are second class plebs who flounder forever in an arbitrary grind.

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connor_jones

I mostly like SWL, but now that you mention it, it is my understanding that the only way to improve the number of stars on a weapon is by buying an item in the cash shop. That is clearly P2W.

On a related note, speaking of second class plebs, that’s how I feel now since griffons were introduced in GW2. The ‘haves’ own griffon mounts, and the ‘have nots’ don’t. Of course, like I said in another thread, GW2 has always been about keeping up with the Joneses, more so than any mmo I’ve played. Come to think of it, I also see a bit of this in SWL with the fancy/faster mounts.

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Bruno Brito

If i well recall, you can also convert Aurum to currency in-game.

Since most of the 3-pip items are a 10%+ status increase, and they cost like a kidney to buy, Swipers can acquire those faster.

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Alex Willis

Or, for that matter, BDO…

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Jacobin GW

BDO is all about the number of rolls you get per day in the crafting casino. More $ = more currency = more rolls.

It is purely an online casino with constant notifications about rare item jackpots. Most people realize its an endless slot machine but the graphics get a lot of people in the door.

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cryinglightning39

Does E:D qualify as an MMORPG these days? I thought it wasn’t a full blow one. I voted for Blade and Soul. Don’t think BD is underrated, it’s just not WoW or FFXIV.

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Jack Kerras

Sure! It just has an offline mode so that you can play on your own if you wish. Its main ‘gametype’ is a persistent shared universe.

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Schmidt.Capela

It has no offline mode. What it has is a solo mode, which is online and identical to the normal mode except that the game is telling the servers to make sure all instances you end in have only a single player, you.

In solo mode you are in the same shared universe, influenced by it like any other player, and likewise able to influence it just like those playing in the normal mode.

(Ironically, if ED had an offline mode I would be promoting the game to friends and family.)

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Jack Kerras

Oh yeah? Okay, my mistake! It’s been a while since I played, and my Internet isn’t down a lot. :)

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Larry Everett

I’m surprised to see Warframe being on so many people’s underrated list. I mean, it’s a good game, but I’m not sure that I would call it underrated. It just seems to get quite a bit of buzz. Just one man’s opinion; don’t kill me for it. :-)

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Armsbend

Here is how I see underrated on MOP. You guys post an article and it gets less than 10 comments on a regular basis. That tells me no one really cares. Only recently did Warframe start breaking my 10 comment rule of thumb – after they “went” MMO on us and the fact that the majority of companies are lousy at making games.

I call it underrated because it didn’t get a ton of feedback here for the past few years.

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Alex Willis

Yeah, I agree, it’s not a perfect fit for “underrated”, but it more or less meets the criteria in terms of attention/coverage. (None of which is a criticism of MOP — I’d say this site gives it as much attention as anywhere else, and that nobody really knew how to classify it before.)

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Alex Willis

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connor_jones

Ah, the good old Dreyfus Affair. :D

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jay

Warframe pumps out more free content, with the best buisness model I’ve seen in a long while, all the while getting almost zero hype or press coverage.

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Something screwy with those bars.

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squidgod2000

If you don’t know what Atlas Reactor is, perhaps you should find out.

I know it’s a Trion game, and that’s all I need to know. Never forgive; never forget.

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miol

I just needed to know that’s not an MMORPG, far from being even a hybrid like SWL… ;P

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Bruno Brito

It’s a really fun game.

But yeah, Trion. Don’t expect much.

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rafael12104

So, I’m biased. I’ll just state that right off the top. But the most underrated MMO is Blade and Soul. Given everything they have done over the past year and the latest expansion, IMO you would be hard pressed to find a more underrated MMORPG.

Being as objective as I can be, I don’t know of an MMO in recent memory that has done more for its player base. They have revamped their quest rewards, weapons upgrades, dungeons accessibility, and leveling experience based on player feedback minimizing the grind associated with Korean games. And the addition of the Gunner in combination with all this expac offers, is essentially a reboot of sorts. Getting into this game is easy and a hell of a lot of fun.

But it is a different game than BDO and Secret World Legends. It is a game focused on, PvE content progression based on dungeons/raids and a stellar PvP system that is a successful E-sport venture world wide.

And I think that is where I’ll leave this. It is not my intent to argue about games, actually. Tastes vary.

But given BDOs server problems, and SWL search for a new audience, I would argue that Blade and Soul is a much better value that is vastly underappreciated.

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xpsync

Blade and Soul hooked me damn good for quite awhile.

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rafael12104

Lots of fun. :) Even if just in chunks. Lol

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Zora

B&S primarily cast me off because the control scheme really forces me to retrain my brain patterns too much, other than that I have been tempted to try it more than once.

Sheesh I even would have a load of NCoins to invest since all the bits earned in wildstar’s early days got converted into ncsoft’s generic currency and I never invested them back anywhere. Too bad, too bad…

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rafael12104

Oh yeah. I had a little NC-coin windfall from Wildstar too. Lol. Hey it pays to play, sort of.

Well, I would say that some classes are different than others in terms of brain patterns. You might try a Gunslinger and see how that fits you.

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Bruno Brito

If B&S wasn’t so themepark-ish, i would play. I don’t even feel the illusion i’m on a world where i can choose what to do, at least while questing.

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Castagere Shaikura

Yeah i would pick this over those two games too. They totally changed how this game works and MOP has never wrote anything about that turn around that i can see.

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MJ Guthrie

I will poke in and see how it is now, but B&S has been one of my least favorite games that I really cannot stand playing. If they’ve made such a turn around I may have to check it out.

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Arktouros

I always get a bit of a chuckle when I read about how much of a PvP MMO Black Desert is. Having played Black Desert from launch gotta say that on average you’re probably going to spend 90% of your time actually doing PvE in the game on the whole if not more. In fact most PvP erupts over PvE content such as grinding spots which with 40 channels and innumerable amount of grind locations is incredibly easy to avoid. Even when it is unavoidable, the penalties for PKing in the game are so harsh that virtually almost every player refuses to go Red (maximum negative karma) because it not only takes 8+ hours of grinding to reset but the penalties for dying (to PvP or PvE at that point) are absurdly harsh that just coming back to a spot over and over is viewed upon by PKers as griefing them.

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gelfred

Yeah, its less PvP than a WoW PvP server nowadays, and fighting is severely lacking there.

You might get killed every now and then, but unless you are well geared, its not often a fight and mostly just dropping dead.

BDO has some really fun parts, and some really awful. I played quite a lot but after a while it drives me away, an excellent game to try if you like exploring, crafting and similar.

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borghive

BDO for me was a very isolating experience. I never saw any PVP action either, this game is pretty much a single player online game with a chat box. I surprised to see it win any MMO reward really.

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For people who want to check the game out on the cheap, the $60 package I told my friend to use was wait till the game goes on sale and buy the Explorer’s Package for $25. That will get you a pet (get a dog), horse whistle, horse, some furniture (get a bed). and 60 days of the value pack. If you throw down $30 on top of that you should be able to get 3 pets on the cheap (there’s usually coupons for starting an account for discounts)(get 1 fox, other 2 up to you) and an item brand. Item brand goes for a Balenos/Epheria Fishing Rod which is permanent and can be upgraded to last longer. You will have 4 pets for grinding and you’ll have a good fishing Rod for AFK fishing (which is pretty profitable AFK activity) which covers the basics. That will give you 2 months to see if you like the game and if you want to continue with it.

I recommend buying the game through the BDO website. There are some weird advantages to doing so over Steam but then you lose access to the Steam Wallet.

Generally speaking I recommend focusing on leveling to 50, doing all black spirit quests, then press onward to leveling to 56. 56 Unlocks your Awakening which is a big transition for how your character will really end up playing in the end. If you don’t like it, can always shift gear to a new character and level it up instead during the initial 30 day Olvia (XP boost) channel access. Once you find a character you like, then slow down, explore what the game has to offer! My bud hit 56 basically and hasn’t stopped farming/cooking/fishing since haha.

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I voted for FFXIV. I just got back into the game with the free trial, and it’s such a wonderful MMO. I was surprised when I read that most of the MassivelyOP staff isn’t into it.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Funny. Id vote for it in “what is the most overrated MMO” poll

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Michael18

It is a wonderful MMO. But is it underrated?

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I underrated it this year. I trade lots of games since leaving a year ago, including BDO (bored me to tears) and am just getting back into it only because a free trial was waved in front me. Having a blast.

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Lately, I’d say yeah. It was heavily promoted and talked about back during its initial relaunch and perhaps even its first expansion, but these days…. Any news story about it here on MOP is lucky to gain even 10 comments, from what I’ve seen *shrug*

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I voted for Black Desert even though I don’t play it. I surely did not want Funcom to get any kudos or that wretched mess of a relaunch that is SWL. Final Fantasy is not under rated. SWTOR does not deserve any mention and I don’t play any of the others.

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Paragon Lost

Pretty much nailed my thoughts on each of those mmorpgs that you mentioned.

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Tobasco da Gama

I assume Project: Gorgon didn’t make the big list only because it’s still in Alpha?

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Tossed my vote in for Warframe. After Plains of Eidolon came out the main response I saw from almost everyone was “Why did no one tell me about this game and how the hell is this free?!” Warframe has consistently flown under the radar for years despite having a large player base and staying in the top 10 on Steam. That seems to be changing this year and getting far more coverage which makes me quite happy to see. I still feel that it’s underrated for how good it is.

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Warframe! I have a feeling that it won’t be “underrated” next year, as it really seems to be picking up steam (thanks in part to an exodus of disgruntled Destiny 2 players, I think). Warframe seems to receive very, very little press outside of gamer buzz. The only reason I started playing it at all was because of a rare, spoiler-heavy story on this site that talked about recent developments in the lore. I read through that story, thinking, “what’s the harm in spoilers, I’m never going to buy this game!” How wrong I was — not only in how interested I would be, but also in everything about the game. Like, how I didn’t need to “buy” anything in the first place. I’m not shocked that I avoided the game up until this point, but it being “underrated” and under-discussed until late this year definitely contributed to me not knowing much about it.

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BDO apart from being extremely pretty never really got its claws into me at all and didn’t give me any reason to want to play it long term.

SWL will probably be in a tie with another game for the most disappointing mmo experience of 2017 at least for me personally. Though I still hold out a faint hope that it might make some sort of a resurgence with me when Funcom actually put out some new content instead of rehashing the old stuff only with a new combat interface.

I went with Warframe they are one of those games that quietly beaver away tweaking, improving and adding things that over time vastly improve the fun of the players. It ain’t perfect by any means and in particular it needs to step up its game imo when it comes to explaining mechanics to players but otherwise it is a very enjoyable experience.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Age of Wushu in the west. Since its not on the poll, voted for EVE ONline

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Zora

I cannot say swtor because it hardly provided proof of being alive this year, if I say wildstar the situation would look only look marginally better… its award should certainly be “most stubborn” mmorpg which is a feat in itself in a year that is ridden with premature demises.

I believe I do agree with SWL as it is a wee pearl destined to remain in the dark due to poor support and a very unconventional setting. It was born to be underrated, hard to beat it at its own game…

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Jack Kerras

‘Most Likely to be Shitcanned By NCSoft 36 Months Running Award’

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Sally Bowls

Although it had an unfair advantage, already being nominated at least a year prior to its launch.

Although, somewhere, MxM is weeping at being outlasted by Wildstar.

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Zora

I know rite?

It’s incredible what some titles can survive, we should check its DNA and see what’s the development gene responsible for this unnatural endurance nodnod

EDIT – nevermind, I found it… alien cat girls

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Darthbawl

Can’t wait for the Biggest PR Blunder/Fiasco of 2017! :P

OOO, I finally see my Kickstarter Donor badge! Thanks Bree/MOP! :P

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Armsbend

Impossible to pick one. All votes are null and void. Full recount. Supreme court is deadlocked.

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Yay! MOP Awards season! Love this stuff!

I disagree with Black Desert only because it is so popular on Steam. It never really leaves the top ten in sales space. So many people defo know about it and play it.

I voted Warframe because it seems to really be picking up some traction as a good alternative to all of the bs we’ve been putting up with lately from developers in the game space. And now it’s really an MMO. (but it’s popular too so maybe I’m hypocritical. wouldnt be the first time).

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warframe is probably more deserving than the two picked but i don’t consider it underrated. it seems to be well liked by all those who talk about it in recent years. don’t remember the last time i saw qq about it really.

plenty of qq about the two picked. espcially swl. maybe that’s what makes them underrated? meh, underrated assumes they’re good despite small followings. that’s not true about swl and bdo is quite popular.

i voted for nothing. becuase this year has been a wasteland for all but pseudo mmo’s, ampongst those that have launched.

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