We are a long way removed from the days of Final Fantasy XI, a game where you would not even consider leveling if you didn’t have at least three hours of free time… and probably more if you weren’t trying to level a tank or healer. Now, these days MMOs are far more speedy and efficient, with the overall design goal shifting to letting you get in, get something worthwhile, and get out.
This is not a bad thing, but it does raise the question of which games offer the best experience on limited schedules. Sure, I can do quite a bit with just an hour a day in Final Fantasy XIV or World of Warcraft, but those are also games I know very well. And they’re going to demand at least that hour, more if I want to really make progress.
By contrast, I know I can get some mission progress made in Star Trek Online with about half an hour… but that’s just storyline missions. And games like Kritika Online seem tailor-made to drop in and drop out, but is that worth it? Tell us, dear readers, which MMO gives the best experience with the least time to play?