The Daily Grind: Which MMO have you bought and barely played?

There was a time when any new MMO was only open to you if you bought it, and that made for an interesting situation. I bought a copy of Lineage II with every intent of playing it, and within a week, I found myself… logging into Final Fantasy XI, because for all its faults it was closer to what I wanted. I think my total play time in the game was something like 15 hours, tops.

At this point, you rarely need to buy an MMO, but you still might wind up having a game you bought a limited edition pack for and barely used. Or you might have an old title you bought and barely played, even though it’s free now. So how about it, dear readers? Which MMO have you bought and barely played? Is it an old game you expected to love but didn’t, a recent game you had high hopes for, or just a title that somehow kept getting pushed back on your schedule?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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Rolan Storm

Quite a few. The one I really want to – I know about others I don’t care for them – is Shroud of the Avatar. I tell myself I don’t have window big enough to get into it for real (which is true), but to be honest I just don’t have time at all.

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Ben Stone

Pretty much all of them, I can’t help myself. I like to try them for myself even if I know they are going to be trainwrecks.

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koolthulu

I bought Black Desert Online some time ago when it was on sale for like $5. I’ve tried to play it a few times since then, but I just couldn’t make it more than an hour each time.

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qweazdak

Elder Scrolls Online … bought it on sale, had other games to play at the time

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starbuck1771

Black Gold Online

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Stormwaltz

One I seriously tried and dropped?

EVE Online. Tried it twice, bounced off it twice. The usual reasons apply, no need to rehash.

Age of Conan. It wasn’t bad, I remember that the stealth felt like stealth, at least in PvE. Overall, though, just not a world I wanted to spend time in. It wanted to be edgy, and that fits the source material. It just doesn’t make for a world I’m interested in living in. Once I got out of Tortage, I never bothered to go back.

Guild Wars 2. I had high hopes based on the pre-launch dev interviews touting its reactivity, immersion, and customization. After all the lead-up hype, it didn’t meet my standards on any of them. Not too far in, I got completely blocked by a mandatory-solo personal quest that I just could not complete despite trying a dozen times with various skills sets, equipment, and approaches. After banging my head against it for days, I quit. I tried to go back once, but it didn’t stick.

The Secret World. I liked the mood and story, but the way to create a character with skills that could survive post-newbie content was completely opaque to me. Once I got to Blue Mountains, I was spending half my play time running from things I was incapable of killing. The redesign of Legends didn’t appeal, so that’s it.

Tera. Combat was memorably fun, but the gratuitous fanservice ruined it for me. I got far enough to fight a BAM, and quit.

Wildstar. I started in after the big relaunch, and found it somewhat enjoyable, but I was driven away by the content design — too much constant distraction, too much sensory overload. It was impossible to get any one thing done without two more things popping up along the way. I got as far as the “scappy good guys'” capital city and logged out.

Skyforge. I played for a couple of hours in open beta. I was bored the entire time – I can remember nothing aside from being dropped on a small, empty island with a few random spawns post-tutorial. Never went back.

Ones I bought and never tried?

Too many, lately — Project Gorgon, Shroud of the Avatar, Elite.

I think I still have a copy of EQ2 kicking around that I never cracked. :/

I also Kickstarted The Repopulation, but never played it before it was stolen from the creators through legal chicanery – now it’s firmly off my list.

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Paragon Lost

ESO and to a lesser extent GW2. Both just never really clicked for me for various reasons. I even buy the expansion and still don’t really play them.

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Alli

LOTRO (did I buy that? I think I did, back in the day), ESO, and Wildstar. Looking back, I’m not really sure why I didn’t play Wildstar more.

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Mr Poolaty

Conan Exiles… Just never played after the first day… Same with Ark

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hurbster

Black Desert Online, played for a few hours and never played it again. Everything just felt…wrong.

Oh and Archeage, 15 minutes trying to find the invert mouse control and the giving up. Also the beards were crap.

Wildstar, yeah no. I ain’t no cupcake.

Well, I bought TSW so I guess the new version counts. Just can’t face Eqypt again, just can’t do it. I’d rather go through Vash’yr again.