The Daily Grind: What’s the best MMORPG for a trio?

I’ve been considering this question ever since my husband and I upgraded our six-year-old’s Guild Wars 2 account with Path of Fire and we found that trioing there is actually quite a lot of fun (and frustrating because again, six-year-old, but also fun!). That got me to wondering which other MMOs we might consider once he’s a bit older and doesn’t need games that are quite as visually gore-free as GW2.

We’ve talked about great MMOs for duos before – along with the worst. Most MMOs with level or zone scaling are going to work, as will some MMOs with a sidekicking feature. On the other hand, some MMOs really don’t scale up to “one more person” particularly well; they have grouping systems where a trio is still one body short of the “real” content, offer sidekicking systems that work only for pairs, or limit rewards for doing regular game content with multiple people. Some are just a challenge to coordinate more bodies: I’ve really struggled playing Trove with him, for example, because it seems so hard to team up effectively and stay together in basic content there.

What’s the best MMORPG for a trio? Can you think of any MMOs that are particularly suited to trios over duos or groups of four or more?

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Paragon Lost

LotRO.

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Estranged

Destiny 2 dungeon groups are tuned for 3 players. Public events also need around 3 average players to complete on heroic.

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jay

IMHO GW2 makes a great game for trio’s. Trio’s can do almost 100% of the content outside raids. A close second would be ESO; but, and this just my opinion, GW2 is a better game with more content & fun.

If you are into shooters, The Division is a really fun and enjoyable game, which is on a meteoric 2nd rise after Destiny 2’s blunders…

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harbinger_kyleran

Clearly EVE is the answer. The six year old can start off easy, running a salvaging ship or even a mining barge at first lock target, tractor beam or mining laser on, off, rinse and repeat.

When full haul all the loot and ore back to station.

As he grows up he can graduate to dozens of activities, all of which he can do solo while you both work or take care of life making you all loads of ISK, and will keep him off of the streets.

Besides, he’ll get excellent training in spreadsheets, maybe even web design and other user created tools.

How could you go wrong? ;)

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Duey Bear

Skyforge is built around 3 man groups, and is actually pretty fun to run stuff together.

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A Dad Supreme

What’s the best MMORPG for a trio? Can you think of any MMOs that are particularly suited to trios over duos or groups of four or more?

The Division. (no surprise from me)

Each squad, no matter what level content, is maxed to 4 people. Right off the bat, that fills three of the most needed slots any core trio of friends would need, especially with the various amounts of gearsets: Tank, healer, and DPS.

The fourth guy (random PUG) can be anything they want unlike most MMOs where you automatically have to add a DPS.

In The Division, and extra healer or Tank (shield player) won’t hurt you at all and in many cases is actually welcome because it allows you to split your team of four into two teams of two to outflank opponents.

Most other forms of “modern” MMOs make you field teams larger than six just to finish content or do the highest levels possible in the game. A standard team with a solid core of three players can add one more of any class to finish every single thread of Legendary content in the game.

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deekay_plus

did they actually make the shield worthwhile beyond exploits?

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Greaterdivinity

I mean, any game with trinity is solid. I’ve trio’d with friends back when I used to have a group that would play MMO’s with me and we’d always end up running as tank/healer/dps. Made finding groups super easy and taking on challenging content out in the world a cakewalk. Spent many a time doing public dungeons or bosses intended for 5 players with just us 3, was always good fun.

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Alex Malone

LotRO is definitely first game that comes to mind. There are quite a lot of instances that were originally built for a trio, plus when they introduced the skirmish system and started destroying old instances, they added options to do them as a trio. On top of that, they dumbed the game down so much that it should be suitable for a young player. Even back when it was harder, we had an 8 year old in our guild who was able to start raiding with us once he reached 10 or 11. If you go this route, combine the game with reading the books if you haven’t already.

SW:TOR is another, just because of the companion system.

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LotRO is the first game that comes to mind and is excellent for a trio.
SWTOR works quite well and similarly to GW2 never forces you into solo content (you even get to see each other in cutscenes and play tug-a-war with conversation options).
Much of EQ2, Rift and WoW can be tackled with a trio, though you’d need more levels or more people to delve into dungeons.

Avoid FFXIV and Elder Scrolls. While these are wonderful games, they are constantly forcing you into solo instances with no option to remain grouped if you want to pursue the story.

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MesaSage

There are quite a few instances in LOTRO where 3 is the magic number.