The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite and least favorite type of MMO daily?

    
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Over the weekend, Guild Wars 2 players on Reddit opened up a discussion about dailies in the game that spoke to me. I used to be the kind of GW2 player who logged in to do dailies every single day because there were always enough of the type I wanted to do that it was fun and rewarding and didn’t take up my entire play session. I never felt like I had to sideline my desired play to do them.

But over the years, dailies have changed a few times, to the point that now I don’t bother. The Reddit thread touches on why: They’re stuffed with content I don’t want to do or that is a huge hassle or that takes way more time than it’s worth, like event completion in annoying expansion zones (some of which my toons haven’t got), daily adventures, daily bounty hunter. Meh. What hadn’t occurred to me is that players who own both expansions actually have it worse; expansionless peeps at least aren’t stuck being assigned to stuff in Heart of Thorns – or stuff that can’t be soloed.

It’s gratifying to know I’m not alone! Where do you stand on MMO dailies? What’s your favorite and least favorite type?

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mistressbrazen

I only do dailies if I am grinding XP, AP or Black Bullion. If not needed for grinding I really don’t do them, unless it’s some small thing I can do on my way to what I’m really doing. I dislike the whole daily approach to repeat content.

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Veldan

Favourite: “coffee task” type dailies, that you can do solo and relatively quickly, and are relaxing gameplay.

Least favourite: anything that’s annoying or requires a high amount of time and effort. I never want to feel pressure because I might not be able to finish my dailies. When that happens, I usually deinstall a game.

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Robert Mann

Favorite: Log in and do something to progress.

Least Favorite: Some recycled content that is aimed only at artificially limiting progress.

AKA, just let me play the game, give me the content without the daily quest junk, and give me some downtime focused stuff… and we are good.

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Line

Don’t really like them, although the ones with minigames are okay I guess? I didn’t mind too much jumping into a vehicle in WoW.

One thing that I’d like to see more of is the Guild Wars 1 system but with more flexibility: you get double rewards (like loot, faction points, tokens, whatever) or new bonus rewards from just doing content in a specific area/game mode.
The big thing being that it lasts for more than one day.
A week end in GW1 was short, maybe it could prop up a specific thing ever other week? I’d like to see more things like that, such as playing in a zone to get more open world rewards, with double loot in the associated dungeons, and double the PvP tokens in the similarly themed battleground map?
It would rotate and prop up old content every few months, which would help the stale nature of many MMOs.

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Diane Bradley

I like EQ2’s system, which gives you a selection of things you can do to fulfill the daily requirements. You can choose from PVE combat, PVP, crafting, or exploration. Yay for devs who show respect for diverse play styles.

My least favorite is WoW. For starters, there are only a handful of daily quests, so doing them becomes repetitive. A lot of them require just picking stuff up off the ground or in the water. The only challenge there is competing with the other guy trying to get to that apple or cookie or whatever. Boorrring. The others are total time sink — run to the other end of the zone or fly to a nearby zone to catch a fish or two.

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Adri

I don’t like daily quests in general they are carrot and stick things nothing more. I don’t log into a game just to do the daily quests. I log into the game to play with my friends and guild mates.
I also dislike daily tasks who give you currency, materials, points, tokens and other things just because HUZZAH you walked 500m … no thanks. I’d like to get my things because I earned it and not just because I fell asleep on my keyboard. In some games you can’t even avoid those daily tasks.

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rafael12104

Ah, dailies. The love hate relationship in a nutshell.

The worst? That was Makeb in SWTORs early days. It was a series of 3 that unlocked another 3 or 4. That should scare you right there. The locations were spread out over 4 or 5 Mesas. Mesas with no QT in those early days, you should definitely be frightened. And when all of it was complete, the rewards were not commiserate with the work. With yet another trip to your base in space for the final turn in. Horrifying.

The best? Ah, BnS Daily Challenge. You pick 3 from a list of dungeons of varying difficulty. All easy if you are geared and even if you are not as you will be carried. LOL. Instant pops and no travel via group finder. Fun content as you get to glide into battles, embarrass old foes, and get the loot from each dungeon with rare outfits dropping every now and again. And on top of that, upon completion, you get the daily challenge rewards which are relevant and worthy for even the highest level players. YES! That is the way it is supposed to work! And all in about 45 mins depending on your choice of dungeons.

I learn to hate dailies in general. Unless they are done right. It is possible to do them right, you know.

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deekay_000

i think you’re a bit biased in favour of bns, but that’s none of my business :D

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rafael12104

I can not confirm or deny that statement.

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Tobasco da Gama

Kill X of Y is my least favourite anything, but it’s a very popular format for dailies.

The jumping puzzle thing where you climb the tower in LOTRO’s Riders of Rohan endgame ties for both my favourite and least favourite type of daily. I liked that it was something other than just killing stuff, and it wasn’t even that bad as far as jumping puzzles in games that aren’t dedicated platformers go. But it became a chore after the tenth time I did it. Everything becomes a chore if you do it enough times.

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Dragon Whimsy

In GW2 I just do the first 2 PvE dailies and the quickest WvW daily. It takes about 15 mins tops and that’s only if the WvW daily is being annoying. Usually it’s a lot faster. It would be nice if the PvE dailies gave you the option to choose between an entire set of Central Tyria, HoT’s, and PoF dailies though.

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imayb1

Hell, yes. I would love to be able to choose one Core/HoT/PoF region for dailies.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

Dailies..ugh.

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camren_rooke

Could be worse.

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