The Daily Grind: What PvP MMO would you play if it were PvE only?

Depending on where you’re sitting, we are either in an age of PvP sandboxes everywhere or starving for games with well-organized and meaningful PvP experiences. Maybe both? It’s a weird era.

I am not a PvP type of gamer. I’ve tasted it, I’ve tried it, and I have never found it to my liking. I don’t begrudge those who do, of course, but I do suspect there’s an Illuminati-level conspiracy about the purpose of it. Anyway! One thought that occasionally crosses my mind is that there are some PvP-centric MMOs that — PvP aside — look kind of cool and have interesting mechanics. And that I wouldn’t mind playing them, you know, if the player population wasn’t out to murder my face.

I’ve heard all of the arguments about how some of these games wouldn’t hold up if you removed the PvP portion, but even so… what PvP MMO would you play if it were PvE only?

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Ernost

EVE, Archeage, Crowfall, and Albion.

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Godiva

ArcheAge would probably be more pleasant if they made a PvE server. Without PVP there’d be no incentive to pay 2 win, as gear would be mostly meaningless since there’s very little dungeons or mob grinding content. 2 birds 1 stone.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Whats there to do on Archeage PvE server? Leveling is boring af, quests are primitive, dungeons are a snoozefest. Whole leveling and PvE in Archeage is just for checklist. The game can be called PvP focused MMO, but I honestly cant imagine where is the fun if PvP is removed. Maybe only to explore pretty world and travel the seas.

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Chris Mc

Probably Archeage.

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johnwillo

I think that the worst thing about games that allow both types of game on one server is the PERPETUAL rebalancing of classes that impacts both PvP and PvE players to try and balance PvP. I’m looking at you, WoW.

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odin valhalla

Add ESO to that list. Great point that cant be said enough. These balance issues create a lot of chaos in games and inevitably split communities.

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Carebear

EVE and Archeage :P

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mysecretid

Crowfall. I wouldn’t expect it to go PvP Only — but a PvE server on the side would probably see me giving the game a go.

I used to play on the Dark Age Of Camelot PvE server, and had a lot of fun there.

Also, Warhammer Online‘s idea of having the PvP and PvE activity tracks run parallel to one another in the game world was brilliant, in my opinion. The ongoing, daily PvP “war” became the backdrop for my own story-driven PvE adventures, and really contributed to the atmosphere of the game.

Also, you could “listen in” to the chat window “war updates” chat channel while you played, which gave updates on how the day’s conflicts were progressing: “The High Elves have taken BlahBlahBlah zone from the Dark Elves”, which also fed into the notion of playing through a fantasy world at war.

My opinions, anyway,

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Chris Mc

Greatly miss WHO. So much innovation there.

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NeoWolf

EVE online, I think a PVE only version of it would be very enjoyable especially with them now making PVE enemies smarter. If they had a PVE server I’d definitely go back to that game.

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Robert Mann

Crowfall, maybe?

It seems like the one with the most interest for me, that doesn’t really have good mitigations in any form for the PvP gank gameplay that is what I despise. I’m cool with actual battles, although I find them silly in MMOs with classes and stat-gear.

Everything else that I have actual interest in for other systems has at least some mitigation of bad behavior. Some of them have other problems… but for the PvP issues alone Crowfall is my current pick.

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Fervor Bliss

Black Desert Online.

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Paul

Too many to list :)