The Daily Grind: When was the last time somebody recommended an MMO you actually wound up liking?

Across the MMORPG universe, gamers are always asking, what should I play? It’s in our comments, on Reddit, in every guild and global chat channel, and surely in every Discord chat that’s ever seen the letters “MMO” uttered. We get so many podcast emails asking for advice on what to play that I fear we’re repeating ourselves.

I’ve always kind of suspected that most of the time, when we get to the point that we’re asking strangers what to play, we already know there isn’t anything we haven’t already tried and we’re just casting about in hope and desperation. But I know it’s not true; sometimes, other people can point you back to a game you’d dismissed, giving you a new perspective or forcing you to rethink the one you formed ages ago. For example, reader recommendations that I give Trove another try got me back in there and loving it.

On the other hand, I wonder how many times I’ve recommended something only to have the person try it and hate it. I know I got a few people back into Ultima Online for F2P, for example, but I also know some folks who now think I am nuts, in spite of my million caveats. When was the last time somebody recommended an MMO to you that you actually wound up liking?

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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21 Comments on "The Daily Grind: When was the last time somebody recommended an MMO you actually wound up liking?"

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Zen Dadaist

That would be Warframe. As is usually the case, I got dragged in by some friends; hated the first few minutes, was persuaded to stick with it, and here I am over 2000 in-mission hours later…

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plasmajohn

My buddy at work recommended SW:TOR when it went F2P. We both wound up subscribing. He wandered off eventually and I stuck around because I got into raiding.

SW:TOR was in the throes of the pre-SoR content drought when Wildstar was tossing out CBT invites like candy. Some of my guildies took a peek and dragged the rest of us into the next CBT’s.

Since then I’ve more or less made my own way. My SW:TOR guild left Wildstar for WoW. I lasted about 3mo. but it just didn’t do it for me. Eventually found a raid guild in Wildstar unfortunately a bunch of us burnt out at the same time and it pretty much imploded so we kinda scattered.

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Peregrine Falcon

City of Heroes. No, seriously.

I tried WoW. It was ok, but I’d played so many fantasy genre video games and table-top RPGs, that I was just burnt out on fantasy. So I asked the guys in my RPG group if they knew of a good sci-fi MMO that I could play. I even asked them “how about that Star Wars game you guys play, maybe I should get that one?” First they told me all about the NGE and then explained that I should try this other MMO they’d just gotten into, City of Heroes.

Since then, I’ve always been the one that reads MMO news, tries out new MMOs, and recommends them to my friends.

Silly as it sounds, City of Heroes back in 2005, literally was the last time someone recommend an MMO to me that I ended up liking.

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Bruno Brito

Really don’t recall. While i do discover MMOs through here nowadays, it’s really not by recomendation.

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Pandalulz

I’m pretty much a lone MMO player. I can recommend them to friends all day long who blow me off, and since they don’t play them, they don’t recommend them. I feel like I spend more time reading about games than actually playing them, so that’s where I come across most of my info.

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ghostlight

It was Massively’s heavy coverage of Secret World Legends that got me to try it. To their credit I mostly enjoyed the game, making it all the way to the mid-quests of the Tokyo Kaidan district. The only slight negative I would mention is that I haven’t felt in the mood to return to it in a while, though I’m hoping that will change at some point. My player avatar there was very cool and I kind of miss it.

On the flip side, Massively’s coverage of Star Citizen with the divisive and sometimes mean-spirited debates in the comments have convinced me to steer well clear of that game. ;-)

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Castagere Shaikura

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Anarchy Online and Earth & Beyond. A bunch of us recommended Auto Assault to each other though. My all time favorite mmo’s in those glory days of the genre.

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Minimalistway

Well, Massively and MJ’s streams is like one big MMO recommending machine :-D

Apart from WoW and Maplestory, all other MMOs i learned about from you guys, in the old website, MOP and commenters, so thank you … i played and enjoyed GW2, Trove, Revelation Online, Villagers & Heroes, Age of Wushu.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Probably never. Its usually I recommend MMOs

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rafael12104

Hmm. Well, it depends on how you look at it. My answer could be many times or none at all. Lol.

So, if someone recommends an MMO to me I always do a little diligence. You know: a google, a forum, and a vid. I rarely go in carte blanche. Even back in the old days, I could always get a look and a review before I jumped in.

UO, Everquest, WoW, SWTOR, BDO, and a few others weren’t unknown to me and were all recommended. I suppose it helps when I hang out in places like MOP.

Nope. I’ve only gone in totally without sight or sound once in recent memory and it wasn’t based on a recommendation. I was just bored and needed a fix. Lol.