The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG offers the best subscriber rewards?

    
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Subscriber rewards are one of those little things that I always like to see. I pretty much always subscribe to a game if it’s an option and I plan to play it, because… well, that’s how I’m wired, and it also means that there are at least even odds that I’ll be committed for a bit. But some games offer better subscriber rewards than others, and I’m not just talking about features that are enhanced or enabled only as a subscriber.

I still think City of Heroes had the gold standard here: subscribing earned points, points unlocked rewards along the subscription track, with varying tiers of stuff. WildStar seems to have stolen that set of mechanics, which makes me happy. Games like Final Fantasy XIV have a much more straightforward set of rewards for subscribing for a certain number of months, while Star Wars: The Old Republic has perhaps the worst I’ve seen – subscribe by a certain day and you get a little thing, nothing more.

Of course, everyone has different opinions about what subscriber rewards feel, well, rewarding. So what do you think? Which game offers the best subscriber rewards on a whole?

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Robert80
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molleafauss Robert80  True, LOTRO only does the original content as subscriber unlocks.  ESO actually gives you the DLCs so long as you remain subscribed.  You can just go, without buying from the store.  If the subscription ends, so does the access, of course.
I was probably over-kinda to LOTRO, but I do think they have a generally decent setup compared to many.
ESO definitely meets what I said.  Not experiences with DCUniverse… but if they run it that way I’ll gladly give them a ‘cool.’

Polyanna
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The only subscriber reward that matters: Make a good game and update it often.

It’s damn simple really, but so many companies spend so much time and money trying to figure some way around it. Put all that into making the game instead. If it’s good, people will pay you to play it. That’s all the reward that is needed.

Estranged
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Dnote Estranged

I’m so tired of mincing words on this website.  Shit.   

The ones I received for buying the box?  

What else are they?  You don’t get them unless you sub, which makes you a veteran of the game.  

Semantics.  

Also, David Bowie is dead, so I don’t give a shit.  Good day.

blueimpact
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blueimpact

I’ve just returned from a terror stint in SWTOR. Preordered and wandered off after launch, then raged at the F2P system.

It’s still just as infuriating, and subscribing just makes me feel less angry, but ripped off. 

My vote for best goes to Rift because reasons. Also scratch off game.

Dnote
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Dnote

Estranged The cartel coins aren’t veteran rewards, they are a by-product of the game going free to play. The veteran rewards are things like the 12x xp, the HK-55 unlock, HK-55 chapter, etc.

Ceder
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Ceder

City of heroes veteran ranks system from subbing was one of the worst ideas because it discouraged so many people when they realized it would take years to earn some of the perks. Perks for a sub should be just to keep the game updated not a carrot to dangle out of monetary desperation guised as “we want to give our subscribers X as a thank you”.

Lhumierre
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Lhumierre

World of Warcraft. You pay monthly and play. no fucking nonsense.

Veldan
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Veldan

RuneScape! The only F2P game in which I spent most of my time subbed.

Estranged
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Estranged

Pandalulz Estranged Fair enough, I was salty when I came in from a long drive today.  LOL

Pandalulz
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Pandalulz

Estranged Pandalulz To be fair, I don’t really know what all you do or don’t get from subscribing, as I only really played for the most part with the sub, but having to pay for task bars instantly got me to sub just so I didn’t have to deal with any other ridiculousness like that if it came up.  Granted, I think part of their sub that’s pretty fair, is that once you sub once, a lot of the issues go away, even if you turn the sub back off.