Leaderboard: What was the most overrated MMO of 2017?


Every year for the last many years, we’ve done some sort of award for the most underrated MMO, or even the year’s sleeper hit. And every year, someone points at our pick and says that it’s actually highly overrated. Like clockwork, that’s exactly what happened this year when we chose Black Desert and Secret World Legends as our most underrated.

So for our 300th poll since the start of the new site (wheeee!), let’s hash it out and figure out just what was the most overrated MMO of 2017!

Leaderboard: What was the most overrated MMO of 2017?

  • Black Desert (22%, 259 Votes)
  • Secret Worlds Legends (5%, 61 Votes)
  • World of Warcraft (16%, 182 Votes)
  • Guild Wars 2 (11%, 133 Votes)
  • Elder Scrolls Online (8%, 88 Votes)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (6%, 74 Votes)
  • Star Wars The Old Republic (4%, 49 Votes)
  • EVE Online (3%, 31 Votes)
  • ArcheAge (3%, 30 Votes)
  • Path of Exile (1%, 13 Votes)
  • Warframe (2%, 19 Votes)
  • RIFT (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Blade and Soul (1%, 17 Votes)
  • Elite Dangerous (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Revelation Online (3%, 40 Votes)
  • Skyforge (1%, 11 Votes)
  • Lord of the Rings Online (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Albion Online (3%, 33 Votes)
  • Star Trek Online (0%, 5 Votes)
  • TERA (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Riders of Icarus (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Neverwinter (0%, 4 Votes)
  • WildStar (1%, 14 Votes)
  • DC Universe Online (1%, 6 Votes)
  • RuneScape (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Dungeons and Dragons Online (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Aion (0%, 2 Votes)
  • EverQuest II (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Nothing (3%, 38 Votes)
  • Something else (tell us in the comments). (2%, 22 Votes)

Total Voters: 990

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Nothing is more overrated than the word ‘overrated.’

Jeffery Witman

As much as I enjoy the setting and characters, at the end of the day SWL is just a dumbed down money grab version of TSW. It was hyped as a totally renewed game, so much so that they had to have everyone start over. It didn’t deliver even a little. The combat system is definitely different, but I wouldn’t say it’s better. There’s now a bunch of missing dungeons and a heavily segmented, grindy system for elite dungeons and lairs. The addition of gamble boxes, cash currencies for advancement, and heavily punishing free players just combine to make it the most disappointing and overrated game this year.


Does Destiny 2 count?

Because as much as I’m enjoying the game, it sure has a lot of problems.

Robert Mann

The most overrated? Hmmm, tough call. I think it’s also far too subjective, as people will inevitably have different opinions on what is good in these games.

I selected something else, because of those issues, but if I had to pick likely it would be BDO or SWL. BDO for lacking so much of the interaction with others outside PvP (still) despite being okay in most other areas (if a little boring to actually play rather than afk if you are life-skill focused much of the time) and SWL for… being it’s own clone. Seriously, SW was decent, SWL lacks enough to make it worth caring much about that wasn’t just as well served via an alt.

*There’s plenty of other candidates I don’t particularly go for, but trying to apply logic those are the choices I feel fit best.*

Loyal Patron

Voted Nothing. I’ve only played 1/3rd of the games on that list and the only ones I spent time on in 2017 were GW2 and SWL. Both are decent enough games but not keepers for me. Both are rated highly by players who appreciate what they offer. Neither was a disappointment nor a revelation.

Grave Knight

You know what, I’m going with Path of Exiles. Everyone telling me how great it is how wonderful and refreshing it is. I got to mid tier before I started feeling like I’m repetitively smashing my face into a wall because I decided to make a light melee fighter who would die if they weren’t constantly killing stuff with the only abilities with life steal.


FFXIV for me. Stories are kind of okay, but not engrossing at all. The requirement to complete the quest lines means they must have a lot of pride in it, but the lack of any voice acting in most of the game and the poor animations for those cutscenes is terribly disappointing. FF games used to be the standard for killer cutscenes and great stories.

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I bought the hype on WildStar only to be disappointed in the end.


Should rename this poll to how much shade can we cast at one MMO.

Joe Seabreeze

I’m not sure this poll even makes sense. Most of the good ones (the few) have already had their heyday a long time ago. The few new ones are the same ol’ grindy boring games that have been stagnating the genre for years. So I guess they’re all overrated since the few old but good ones are what’s keeping the genre from falling apart completely.