Massively OP’s Best of 2017 Awards: Best MMO Holiday of 2017


Massively Overpowered’s end-of-the-year 2017 awards continue today with our award for Best MMO Holiday Event, which was awarded to The Secret World last year. This award is meant for the MMORPG with the best holiday-themed event that took place during 2017 specifically, regardless of when the game itself was launched. Don’t forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end!

The Massively OP staff pick for Best MMO Holiday of 2017 is…


Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Pokemon Go’s Halloween event. As a major critic of the game, I was surprised that the combination of double candy (grind currency) and new Pokemon (largely fluff) paired with a sale on raid passes (think quarters for RL arcade play) would hype the community so well, but it did. Add in the remixed Lavender Town theme… man, it really set the mood, both in game and real life. I could go on and on about the good experiences I had IRL during the event but instead, I’ll just cast my vote. Runner-up: Still WoW Brewfest. It’s probably one of the few things that ever tempts to into going back to the game. Ram/kodo racing was always fun as heck. Hey, when’s Blizzard working on a kart racer, anyway?

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna): Lord of the Rings Online’s anniversary events this year were a spectacle that was even enjoyable from the sidelines. SSG really went all out for the 10th anniversary with a holiday that wasn’t just cribbed from real-life; it was brand-new, fitting for the game, and apparently creative to boot. Great to see in a genre full of rehashes of snowballs and batwings.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre): World of Warcraft’s Silithus event. One of the things that I like about MMOs is that they can produce culture and touchstones separate from the in-game lore and the surrounding real-world history. The opening of Ahn-Qiraj deserve a holiday to commemorate the event, and the funny thing is that it manages to be a nice nostalgia trip for players and the sort of even that Azeroth’s residents would also want to connect with. Runner-up: FFXIV’s Anniversary dungeon.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster): LOTRO 10th Anniversary events really rocked our socks off this year. I mean, 30 new quests that had us spanning all over Middle-earth in a variety of activities, from following in the footsteps of main characters to spotting wildlife to pub crawls? It reminded us of how special this game world is and why we love it.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie): LOTRO’s Fall Festival. As much as I love The Secret World’s Samhain event, there was too little of it in Secret World Legends to win this year. My vote goes to LOTRO’s Fall Festival thanks to the new quest of spooky stories, but more so for the tease that something will happen in a year! I am eagerly looking forward to seeing if that plays out.

Tina Lauro Pollock (@purpletinabeans): Allowing the new mounts within the usual Guild Wars 2 Mad King mix this Halloween was very refreshing indeed: I feel as though it encouraged high populations on sack runs and also added a bit more maddening flair to the usual seasonal happenings.

Lord of the Rings Online won our award for Best MMO Holiday of 2017. What’s your pick?

Reader poll: Which MMORPG had the best holiday event in 2017?

  • Lord of the Rings Online (46%, 196 Votes)
  • World of Warcraft (5%, 23 Votes)
  • Guild Wars 2 (19%, 80 Votes)
  • Pokemon Go (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (3%, 14 Votes)
  • Secret World Legends (2%, 9 Votes)
  • Black Desert (2%, 9 Votes)
  • Elder Scrolls Online (7%, 29 Votes)
  • ArcheAge (1%, 3 Votes)
  • WildStar (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Trove (0%, 1 Votes)
  • DC Universe Online (0%, 0 Votes)
  • RuneScape (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Star Trek Online (3%, 11 Votes)
  • RIFT (0%, 2 Votes)
  • TERA (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Revelation Online (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Neverwinter (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Nothing (8%, 32 Votes)
  • Something else (tell us in the comments) (1%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 422

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Poll options include all games nominated plus other games we thought would be worthy.


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Oleg Chebeneev

I like WoW’s holidays

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Ugh, fuck MMO holiday events.


For me, because it’s time-limited content with exclusive rewards. I hate time-limited content; the very reason I chose games as my main source of entertainment is because I can experience again any content I enjoyed, something that isn’t possible with time-limited content.

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Didn’t we do this on a Daily Grind recently as I seem to remember saying lotro for it or is my slightly inebriated mind playing tricks on me again.

Oh well Cherry Mristmas folks hope you all had a wonderful day. Right, off to watch Doctor Strange which I got for a present while I finish off this bottle of wine

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I voted “Something Else”. EQ2 has the best holiday event schedule of any MMO I play, or indeed have ever played. It’s not just quantity either – the quality is stellar. What’s more, even with the current, reduced dev team and resources, they manage to add something new to pretty much every event, every year. This year’s new Public Quest for Tinkerfest was particularly impressive.

Compared with, for example, the trivial, minimal additions ANet manage to make to their meager holiday offering with probably two orders of magnitude more resource power to draw on, EQ2’s holiday offer is amazing.


While Star Trek’s semiannual account-wide T6 ship giveaways are the best reward in MMO Festival Land (and key to making the game actually free to play), the activities for getting them are not exactly… fun. Summer jetpacking is a rote grind, and the ice race can be actively frustrating. Lord of the Rings, on the other hand, has festivals that are fun, quirky, endearing, and absurd, and I love them.

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I never get tired of the LotRO holidays … except the Spring Festival. I also really like both the Hallowe’en and Lunar Festival holidays in WoW.


Still love running around towns in Black Desert Online chasing Grandpa Cron to get his gifts he drops out of his sleigh while he flies around and it snows.