The Daily Grind: If you could reboot any currently operating MMO, which one would you pick?

    
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Technically by this point we're talking Ninja, but let's not quibble.

It probably won’t surprise you to know that we spend a lot of time in work chat behind the scenes of Massively Overpowered discussing MMOs. Larry and I were talking the other day about Secret World Legends and comparing it to Final Fantasy XIV‘s wildly successful reboot, and that got me to thinking: are there other games out there with a need for that sort of reboot? But rather than just speculating about it privately, why not turn it over to the community?

That’s your exercise for today. If you could reboot any currently operating MMO, which one would you pick? Choose a game out there that is currently running in an official capacity (so that rules out games like Tabula Rasa or City of Heroes) and assume you have unlimited budget and rights. Reboot the game from the ground up. What would you change? What would you keep the same? And while we’re on the topic, why that game instead of any other?

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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mysecretid

Star Wars: The Old Republic? There’s a lot of good there, but a lot of extraneous stuff has crept in …

I think it may need to focus more on Star Wars and story, and leave the other game element options more in the background.

My opinions, anyway,

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Pedge Jameson

Wow needs a reboot, lose all the silliness. It’s a circus now, I remember feeling real dread walking around, now I’m running into pointing arrows in the forest with big light bulbs and springs like it’s Bugs Bunny.

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Melissa McDonald

We honestly need a new, improved, and AAA class EverQuest game. Losing that franchise was kind of hard to believe.

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xpsync

The Secret World! oh wait nm.
I logged into TSW during SWL downtime, omg is SWL so much better, even my character which i thought was pretty decent looking looked like crap compared to SWL.

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Anstalt

SW:TOR

Endless bad design decisions in that game. I’d change everything about it, except the setting. Would pretty much just make it SWG 2.0 to be honest (obviously addressing the balance issues, and lack of content issues of original SWG).

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MesaSage

I’m late to the party, my computer having been taken out by lightning on Friday. Now I’m back to using a tired old laptop.

Obligatory Glitch mention. Glitch in 3D would make me very happy, once I can afford to replace my computer, of course.

I’d also go along with a Lotro reboot, taking out some of the unloved features like essence armor and LI’s. Making it more about exploration and world immersion. Less lag, more housing.

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Pedge Jameson

You didn’t have a surge protector?

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MesaSage

Yes, I have a surge protector, but the lightning came through the coax, killed the modem and terminated in my Ethernet connected computer. And yes, I’m aware you can plug cable into surge protectors, but not having anything remotely close to having this happen in 30+ years of computing makes one complacent. I take the blame, but my provider should have better grounding. It happened to hundreds (if not thousands) of users in my town that day.

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Pedge Jameson

Wow, did you take a look at what could be fired? And what the hell kinda storm was it? Was it some wacky climate change kinda stuff? Or just some freak occurrence?

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MesaSage

I’m hoping I can replace the MOBO and that my memory and HD can be salvaged. It was a very strange storm. Never heard thunder like that. The lightning was all around us. I don’t know if it’s freak because it’s my first summer here in FL.

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Woetoo

SWTOR.

Which is pretty much the same answer I would have given by about patch 1.2.
Even it’s it’s perpetual abysmal state, people are still willing to pay them money.
Just imagine what they could do with a descent engine and a singular philosophy.

Nope… I take it back. I think the companies involved have learned all the wrong lessons from SWTOR’s failures. A reboot could be SO much worse.

Unless someone can convince CD Projekt to do a Star Wars MMO and that counted. That would be a reboot to end all reboots.

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Nater

There are quite a few games that could stand a reboot in my book. However, two stand out at the forefront. First, I would love to see Arenanet go back to GW1 and recapture that magic and put it in GW2. The game needs a fresh start.

Second would be WoW. I can clearly see they are taking strides towards creating a more sandbox centric game, but I’d love to see a WoW2 with a complete overhaul. Graphics and all.

It’s funny. I used to hate WoW and love GW and now the roles are reversed. I’m not playing WoW at the moment, but I definitely keep my eye on it. I’ve also engrossed myself heavily in the lore and had a fairly good time doing so.

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biophazer242

Fallen Earth. I loved the various ‘factions’ and how open the map was. Crafting also was really cool in that it was one of the few games to really put a real world time on crafting large projects. I remember how long it took me to craft my first true vehicle and key. . such a great feeling to finally complete that project.

The problem with the game was that it was of course very laggy and the combat was sub par.

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Ben Stone

Everquest, Vanguard or WoW.