The Daily Grind: Do you find some MMOs more relaxing to play solo?

    
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Stepping back across time.

You know, folks, I am all about getting my dungeon ride on in Final Fantasy XIV. I’m a roleplayer, to boot. I like being social in my games. And yet when I find myself playing World of Warcraft, I find myself actively preferring a bit of solitude far more often than I’d expect. This isn’t meant as a commentary on that game’s player culture or anything of the sort; I just like to have more stretches of not doing dungeons, just quietly doing my own thing and playing out the events in my character’s head.

It’s not a question of game design, either; I was almost constantly roleplaying and running with people in Star Wars: The Old Republic while it was part of my main rotation. Some games just seem to be relaxing to play solo, either because you’re doing solo tasks and chatting or even because you find them almost meditative. So what about you, dear readers? Do you find some games more relaxing to play solo?

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xagarelic
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xagarelic

Anything with a good soloable story mission I guess (I enjoyed WOW, RIFT, and TSW) but recently I came back to FFXIV and all of my friends are having hardcore parties in the final coil I decided to make a project to determine how soloable the relic weapons quests are (plus queueing solo on DFs :D) after a month I got into novus and realized that it was pretty relaxing since I played it along with my patch 2.3-2.5 story quests

Zennie
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Zennie

mysecretid mascotte Mo :-O

direpath
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direpath

I can get into solo play in any MMO that boasts a good story and lots of achievements that the solo player can chase. Right now it’s SWTOR. I can happily plug away on my own but the small crew of guildies from other games is making it happen for me. We are having a blast running FPs and doing bounties (except for an exceptionally buggy one we did last night on Coruscant).

TSW, WoW, SWTOR…these all fit the bill for me.

Fazmandoo
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Fazmandoo

Generally speaking, I find that I prefer to solo quest as much as possible.  I get more done, and I am not tied to someone else’s bathroom breaks, meal times, bed times, etc. if I am grouping with strangers.  I also have no feelings of guilt if I have been playing with friends and want to level past where we left off.  Does this mean that sometimes I skip a group quest in SWTOR?  Sure, but that’s fine.  I get to play at my pace, and enjoy myself in my own way.  When I want to group, there are instances or PvP that allow me to enjoy group dynamics in a more limited, controlled setting that has a distinct beginning and end.

bunglerm00se
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bunglerm00se

StClair KiwiRed I’m glad I’m not the only one that does that. In Skyrim, for example, I didn’t think it made thematic sense for the leader of the Companions to also be a Dark Brotherhood member or a Thieves Guild luminary. So I made a warrior-type for the main quest and the Companions and a sneaky, nightblade type for the Thieves Guild/Dark Brotherhood-type things.

bunglerm00se
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bunglerm00se

When it comes to soloing-versus-grouping, I go through stages. Most of the time, I prefer to solo; I find negotiating the various personality types of pick-up-groups to be exhausting. The last guild I was active in pretty much imploded in a dramatic crunch of personal conflicts and stupidity, so I’m still a little burnt out on being in a guild. During the last few years, though, I’ve cultivated a real-life group of friends and fellow gamers, and I’ve become enamored of the group dynamic again. Some of us recently re-subbed to World of Warcraft (I know, I know, but I was outvoted) and we’ve been having a blast with newbie characters, working our way through the group content.

SurrenStarr
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SurrenStarr

Like a lot of people, I tend to spend most of my time playing solo because I like to live in my own little bubble and stroll through the plots in peace.
I find that a lot of group activities turn out to be a little bit too stressful, especially dungeons and boss fights. Mostly because everyone tends to think they know best and start yelling at the other players with what they want them to do.
Even worse is when you’re a part of a clan/faction and you’re trying to accomplish something on your own when the leaders start demanding that you come and join for group activities, the moment that happens the game start to feel a bit like a job.

I quite like things like trade runs and construction/crafting projects with a group, you can always get a good laugh from that.
It’s often fun when you’re with a group that arranges fun community nights with obscure games as well.

Tithian
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Tithian

I’m mostly a s olo player, but I really like it when groups form up organically, i.e. when you meet someone out in the wild doing the same quests and you decide to stick together. It’s not about the interaction with the other person either, it just makes the world feel alive.

Aries62
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Aries62

For the most part, I like to solo. I have been in guilds that are very active and require you to participate in all guild activities, which after awhile got old. I would rather ride around and explore, UO was my first mmo, and I found it to be extremely relaxing. Good music and simple things like fishing make it for me.

Wodenir
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Wodenir

JonBuck Wodenir And the crafting is really neat in ffxiv to boot.