Massively OP’s Best of 2015 Awards: MMO of the Year

Massively OP’s end-of-the-year awards conclude today with our award for MMO of the Year.

In 2014, we couldn’t reach consensus on an MMO of the year. In fact, enough of us voted “nothing” that “nothing” is exactly what won, which was a depressing way to end the year. I’m pleased to say that this year, the choices were a bit easier, in part because we took readers’ advice and opened this category up to all MMOs, provided they did something noteworthy this year.

All of our writers were invited to cast a vote, but not all of them chose to do so for this category. Don’t forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end, and congratulations to all of this year’s nominees and winners.

The Massively OP staff pick for MMO of the Year is…

Final Fantasy XIV

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Brendan Drain (@nyphur): Guild Wars 2. Guild Wars 2 became a very different game this year with the release of the Heart of Thorns expansion, and releasing the base game for free has brought in tons of new players. Several of my friends have picked the game up since it went free to play, and showing them everything in the game has really made it fresh again. It feels like that moment when everyone in your circle of friends finally gave in and bought World of Warcraft except this time it’s free and a lot more casual.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Final Fantasy XIV is not a game I play, but it’s the only major MMORPG that didn’t spend at least part of this year mired in some sort of PR mess. And it managed to deliver a massive expansion in the classic style that somehow always manages to be a pure crowd-pleaser. The fact that it’s done so well post-relaunch is just icing on the cake.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Final Fantasy XIV. Easy nod for me, and one that I don’t expect to get the win, but a game that deserves it. The game’s content updates roll out like clockwork, the systems are polished, the graphics are gorgeous, the community is happy, the whole thing hums along marvelously. The relaunch is an indisputable success story, it just keeps getting better, and the quality of life keeps improving with each patch – the most recent patch includes such off-the-wall features as an elaborate system for roommates, a new style of outdoor content as an experiment, and an entire RTS as a bonus feature. It’s going to take a lot to dethrone this one as an unsung hero.

Jef Reahard (@jefreahard): Again, no vote. Wake me up when Star Citizen, Camelot Unchained, and some of these other in-development virtual worlds actually launch.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): WildStar. Last year I wanted to put WildStar, but I held off because it hadn’t earned it yet. This year I strongly feel that Carbine has taken an ill-fitting business model, some development missteps, and a truly fun MMO and addressed the first two issues while boosting the latter. WildStar got great this year and hopefully will continue that trend into the next.

Larry Everett (@Shaddoe, blog): How can I not give it to Star Wars: The Old Republic? This is the year of Star Wars, and SWTOR launched an expansion that blew me out of the water. It added features that have drown me back to older content. And it continues to draw me back even when I should just walk away.

Matt Daniel (@Matt_DanielMVOP): Tough call, but it’s gonna hafta be Final Fantasy XIV for me. It is the one game in which I’ve spent the most time this year, by a significant margin, and I honestly feel that FFXIV continues to provide one of the more unique experiences currently available on the MMO market. Yeah, sure, on the surface it’s kind of a run-of-the-mill themepark RPG, but the deep gathering and crafting systems, the wide array of classes available, and the kind of storyline that only a Final Fantasy game can provide all combine to make a game that keeps me coming back.

Tina Lauro (@purpletinabeans): Can I possibly say anything other than Guild Wars 2? Nope! I adore the game, obviously, and this year was smashing. HoT is such a promising expansion, and there’s so much more to come. The excitement surrounding the title right now is undeniable, and I’m enjoying myself even more than I always did!

Final Fantasy XIV won our MMO of the Year for 2015. What’s your pick?

What was the best MMO of 2015?

  • Final Fantasy XIV (16%, 426 Votes)
  • Guild Wars 2 (10%, 255 Votes)
  • WildStar (2%, 61 Votes)
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic (7%, 188 Votes)
  • World of Warcraft (4%, 97 Votes)
  • The Elder Scrolls Online (39%, 1,022 Votes)
  • The Secret World (2%, 50 Votes)
  • ArcheAge (1%, 14 Votes)
  • EVE Online (1%, 36 Votes)
  • Skyforge (1%, 14 Votes)
  • Neverwinter (0%, 9 Votes)
  • Trove (1%, 19 Votes)
  • EverQuest II (1%, 16 Votes)
  • Landmark (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Star Trek Online (1%, 18 Votes)
  • Elite: Dangerous (1%, 33 Votes)
  • RIFT (1%, 16 Votes)
  • Marvel Heroes (4%, 112 Votes)
  • TERA (1%, 17 Votes)
  • World of Tanks (0%, 5 Votes)
  • DC Universe Online (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Wander (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Devilian (0%, 5 Votes)
  • World of Warships (0%, 9 Votes)
  • RuneScape (1%, 19 Votes)
  • Otherland (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Cabal 2 (0%, 1 Votes)
  • The Crew (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Nothing (4%, 115 Votes)
  • Something else -- please post in the comments! (1%, 23 Votes)
  • Lord of the Rings Online (1%, 35 Votes)
  • Dungeons and Dragons Online (0%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,634

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Poll options include all games nominated, all major MMOs that launched in 2015, and several major MMOs from the last few years.

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MattyTock
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Despair MattyTock Marelius Planetside 2 regularly does way more than anything ESO has to offer in terms of player size, and that game is 3 years old now.

Marelius
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Marelius

Despair Marelius LOL wow you just pull those numbers out like it is gospel. Can’t believe a word you say and don’t be shocked when ESO cuts back even more because of low pops.

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MattyTock Despair Marelius Technically ESO supports up to 600 vs 600 vs 600, however most players don’t have such a good PC to participate in that. EVE might be able to compete with that, but EVE is much more basic anyways. The amount of spells going on in ESO PvP would crash EVE servers with just 100 vs 100, probably even less.

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Despair Marelius TFW people honestly believe 200 v 200 is a lot

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Marelius Despair With the team they have? ESO team hasn’t changed at all, they didn’t lose any important devs. Lag is only in PvP when there is 200 vs 200 player battles. FFXIV’s servers can’t handle 1/10 of that (but that’s pretty normal, no other MMO has such huge PvP battles), that’s why it’s not surprising that devs never bothered with FFXIV’s PvP. As for the bugs, ESO doesn’t have any more bugs than FFXIV does, even though it’s using much more modern complicated systems. 

Besides ESO’s Cons are only with the technical problems. The game is in a superb state. It might not be for you as it’s actually for adults, compared to FFXIV, WoW and 95% of other MMOs on the market.

As for WoW they didn’t even have 2mil subs in the West (Q3), considering ESO’s optional subscription has been on top of PS4 “best selling DLC”, it’s fair to say ESO has at least 2 mil subs across all platforms, with active playerbase much higher.

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Despair Marelius LOL go on keep dreaming. But I agree if they make major changes with developers and more so on bring someone in that can fix the lag and other major bugs then yeah they could over take WoW but right now with the team they have, forget it.

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Marelius Lol ESO is by far superior game to FFXIV, it’s also doing much better. It’s only a matter of time before it overtakes WoW. And with Thieves Guild and Dark Brotherhood releasing next year Q1 and Q2, you can be sure it’s gonna keep on growing.

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I agree with the editors. While SWTOR and ESO both had solid years, FFXIV has been killing it since it relaunched, and Heavensward continued that trend. It’s the only MMORPG I’ve played since City of Heroes where my subscription is pretty much always active.

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I had to agree and go with FFXIV. Shocked so many are going for ESO.
The game just has so many bugs and issues and support over all is super
bad. I really don’t see the game lasting another year. Unless of course
they change some people that have a better vision for the game. But to
each there own! :-D

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Lotro because of Minas Tirith