The Daily Grind: What MMO is theoretically perfect but fails to click with you?

Let’s talk about Final Fantasy XIV for a minute. This game really frustrates me because, on paper, it has so much of what I’m looking for in an MMORPG. It’s a polished and popular title with tons of story, player housing, swappable classes, incredible music, gorgeous visuals, and plenty of solo and grouping content. Yet every time I’ve made an honest effort to get into the game, I can only last about a month before I give up and head elsewhere.

I think it’s one of those cases of a game where the parts come together to make an objectively great product that doesn’t click with me personally. I’m routinely bored by the story and the slow pace, not to mention put off by the clunky controls and UI. I wish I could love it more, but I just don’t.

I’ve heard many of you say something similar about various games. There are titles that should be great for you, but so far, every time you try them, they don’t click. There’s something about these MMOs that keep them from being as fun for you as they might otherwise be. Which games are like this for you and why do you think this is the case?

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Zariarn
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Zariarn

I to have tried to get into FFXIV. Game is beautiful and the story is ok. My biggest gripe about the game is the environment itself. There’s far to many invisible walls blocking beautiful scenery. Gridania for example has areas that cannot be accessed due to invisible walls. These walls kill my immersion in the game. The game needs to be opened up more in my opinion. I also think they zoning is bad too. To many loading screens between areas. What’s the deal with loading screen zoning in the major towns?

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Louie

I definitely understand that. Unfortunately the early areas of XIV were designed to be so small because of the strict requirements of the PS3 (mainly 500MB of RAM). The expansion areas are much, much larger, but probably still not enough of a difference to change your mind about the invisible walls.

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Justin Bania

FFXIV for sure. The visuals are great and I like the feel of the slower combat. But the game just misses a bit on everything else. Story-driven is great but not if the story is mediocre. There are tons of activities to do but little guidance in those things. I had no idea what the land of the dead thing was and its system is a bit awkward. In act the UI as a whole a very awkward. Menus in menus in menus. Also, the crafting is involved and useful on paper but it is tedious and boring in action. There is more but I don’t want this to feel like an attack on the game. I want to love it I just can’t in its current state.

All in all, FFXIV is the MMO that I wish would really buckle down and polish itself but. It should be my favorite game by miles but I just can not get into it.

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Tithian

FF14 mostly because the endgame becomes too ‘twitch’ based. Learning the patterns and dodging attacks perfectly, that come every 5 seconds, is something that started with WoW raids and I’ve hated it ever since. I’m way more interested in traditional fights, where you need to time cooldowns and debuffs to survive (rather than ‘dodge or wipe’) and where the fights are slower and more tactical (burn adds, kite shit around, tank swap etc.)

I also wanted to love EVE, but the FFA aspect and the lack of real avatars killed it for me. I loved the lore and the setting, pretty much hated the ‘community’ besides a few good people mostly in the RP scene.

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Veldan

None. I almost was going to post about a few, but honestly, I’m experienced enough to recognize what I might like and not like about a game in advance, and there’s no such thing as “theoretically perfect’.

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Tiresias

FFXIV, and I can tell you the specific reason why:

The global cooldown.

Combat is important to MMOs. Yes, all the other ancillary systems are important as well, but combat is of TANTAMOUNT importance. Unfortunately, the combat in FFXIV is so slow and plodding because of the 2.5s global cooldown. You take an action and your character will literally be standing there for a second doing nothing while an incredibly long animation plays out.

It drives me nuts! I just want to be able to do my things!

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Castagere Shaikura

Yeah i lasted i day in FFX1V because of this.

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Swifty

World of Warcraft. Never got past 20…

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Loyheta

FFXIV: One of my favorite mmos that I just can’t be bothered with. I love the crafting, I love the ability to play everything with one character, I love the housing…. and yet the world and story is so painfully linear and confining. I just don’t enjoy my time in the world… shame.

GW2: Fun combat, fun atmosphere, fun world, but painfully bad crafting and economy. I played everything there was to play, got my ‘been there, done that’ then started crafting… maxed out half the crafts and did nothing with them. Hated the fractals, hated the game balance (lack of trinity)… I just hit cap, capped out a couple more toons and just uninstalled. There was nothing for me to do but go glass cannon and do fractals or roll alts. The legendary grind was painful, the gold cost was silly, and the cap-content was a bore.

WoW: I love the game but I’m tired of being force-fed faction warfare. I’ve killed Sargeras yet I’m suppose to believe that I am just suppose to forget the void lords and the old gods and go back to my faction B.S.? Yeah I’m over it. Just axe the factions and be creative for once… Plus, give me housing ffs. Okay, this one totally clicks with me I’m just so close to yelling “screw it” and going back to single player games.

Rift, TERA, and LotRo are honorable mentions. So much good and so much bad/boring that I couldn’t stick it out.

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Duane_Does_not_check_email

DDO : regardless of the character and selection I grind my way thru the same content for 30-60 days and then throw away the subscription on the last month because I wander away. So many options but kinda feels the same old when I pick it up again. I want to love the game but longest stint Is 6 months in last 5 years generally starting around Halloween.

ESO: just irritated me.if there is a bug I will find it and be unable to finish a quest or task. Teaming is hell and I get my hand slapped too much for stealing.,,, maybe I will dig this one out this fall and try again.

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zoward

ESO. I’m a HUGE fan of the Elder Scrolls RPG’s. I tried it on PC, and later on Xbox One, and just couldn’t get into it. I’m not even really sure why.

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Rolan Storm

EVE. Being starship captain? Great! Being EVE pilot? Meh. Yeah, yeah. But meh.

GW2. My guildies play it and have ton of fun. I don’t get the game, I just don’t feel it.

FFXIV. I even got to Heavensward story and I was thoroughly impressed by ‘from-basic-to-expansion-storyline’, yet I gave up. At some point I might scratch FFXIV off the list, but not just yet.