The Daily Grind: What’s the best older MMO for players to try out?

It’s funny to think that World of Warcraft is over a decade old, because it doesn’t feel like an older MMO, due in no small part to the fact that it keeps reinventing itself from the ground up. You can argue that’s to the game’s detriment (which is definitely true in some aspects), but it does mean that the game feels more recent than its age. No, if you really want to feel like you’re playing an older MMO, you have to go back to titles like Final Fantasy XI, EverQuest, or the venerable Ultima Online.

Of course, all of these titles have a certain amount of baked-in interface oddity, strange game mechanics, slower and more sprawling systems, and so forth. They’ve all got a steep learning curve. But the best of the batch are games that show off why MMOs have changed over the years while still being lots of fun to play as they are now. So let’s have a thought exercise. What’s the best older MMO for players to try out for the first time? If you had a friend asking to try something older, which still-running game would you recommend?

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jay

LotRO without a doubt. The graphics and systems have held up to the test of time well, and the story is excellent.

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kjempff

If you got the time and persistence and have friends that play or are good at making them in game, one of the eq emus (p1999 if you are seriously masochist or others if less) or latest official progression server (which is the easiest and pretty good/fun unless you listen to the purists).
If you can’t play for longer sessions (hours at a time) or want an easier experience, of course a wow emu progression server or simply one that is locked at wotlk or bc, is a good choice.
DaOC emu if you are a pvp head.

If you don’t have the stamina and ready to forgive the flaws and some annoying old school mechanics and graphics, in exchange of a longer lasting deeper experience than all the new sh..ehm mmos – Then just stay away, you will never “get it” anyways and it will be wasted time for you :D

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Melissa McDonald

LOTRO, GW2, EQ2 would be my picks. They have classic systems, years worth of content to consume, and run well on older machines. EQ2 doesn’t look as nice as GW2 or LOTRO but it has SO much content.

Been playing LOTRO with an online friend of mine who has never played an MMO before and although he struggled at first, at this point he’s gained a fair amount of skill and understanding, and I can tell he’s hooked. I’ve given him a new hobby and I can tell it’s given him something to look forward to each night.

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malrats

For truly old games, you really can’t go wrong with EverQuest or DAoC.

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Project Gorgon

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Nick Smith

My vote as well. Original EQ type of feeling jazzed up!

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Tamanous

Correct … Wow isn’t an older mmo. Vanilla through Wotlk is an older mmo. One can wait until official Classic perhaps or simply play on a private server and enjoy Wow with thousands who understand how much better the older version is.

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Heliton B. Amorim

I never thought I would do it in my entire life, but for this question, I do recommend World of Warcraft…

But who is looking for old MMOs? Cmon guys it is nearly 2018, look forward, not backward.

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ernost

But who is looking for old MMOs? Cmon guys it is nearly 2018, look forward, not backward.

Not everyone has an awesome system capable of handling the latest games. Mine cannot handle anything released after 2014.

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Maggie May

I feel ya, though mine plays ESO. Which is pretty much the only newer MmO which plays half decently. Also explains why I have been playing retro type games like Terraria or Stardew Valley.

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butterpanda888

Everquest, Everquest II, Return of Reckoning (WAR private server), WoW, LotRO, DAoC.

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Sorenthaz

Phantasy Star Online (only available via private servers though) or a Vanilla WoW emulator.

I guess if we’re not including private servers then Dark Age of Camelot, Ultima Online, or Everquest probably.

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MesaSage

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