The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG offered the best PvE experience in 2018?

    
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Yesterday, we asked you to examine the best PvP experience of 2018, having noted we won’t be giving an award for it this year. And while we’ll be doing an award for a few specific types of core MMO-centric content, we’re not doling out one for PvE specifically either.

And yet, as we noted with some amusement on last week’s podcast, PvE combat content is the backbone of both the traditional and the modern MMORPG. Games without it are few and far between. Let’s face it, MMO players are murderhobos most of the time. It’s what we do. It’s what they make us do.

So for today’s Daily Grind, set aside content like building and crafting for a moment and focus on PvE and PvM content specifically. Which MMORPG offered the best PvE experience in 2018?

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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Goettel

For casual PvE: GW2, no competition.

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MilitiaMasterV

Couldn’t say, only been playing older games for the past 4-5 years.

Can’t really recommend the game I was playing for 4 of those years because they allow corrupt moderators to stick around, even after loyal players provide proof of misdeeds, and they month-long ban you from posting to their forums for bringing it to their attention. (Hence why I finally just up and left and took my money elsewhere.)

I did have a stint on FFXIV and that was OK/a decent time for a bit (Albeit too much back and forth on the same map and barely any added on the expansions, and I personally am someone who leaves when you’re forced to start long term daily grinding gear for raids…but the content that is there is pretty fun/keeps you entertained for a good while.), so I will give that a nod here.

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Vincer Kaden

SWG Legends

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rawhunger

/run to the middle of the room

/yell “WORLD OF WARCRAFT!!”

/run out of the room before /pummel starts

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Alex Js.

I didn’t play much of those games but I’d have to say it’s FFXIV – the in-game world is pretty beautiful (yes, BDO has even more beautiful lighting, textures and more detailed models but constant object pop-ups during travel im BDO is just awful and I could never tolerate it for long), the cosmetic system is still pretty meaningful and desirable by many players (since the game has beautiful visuals/graphics unlike games such as ESO or LOTRO), the overall story and its presentation (including soundtrack) is still the best compared to any other current MMO (I like it much more than any nonsense that WoW turned into after WotLK), the ability to level up all your classes and instantly switch to any class without logging off is still amazing (and something that should be present in any other class-based MMO) and the community is still extremely friendly, with lots of people socializing with each other outside of dungeons/PvP (and other boring loot-grinding or rank-grinding activities), at least on servers like Faerie and Mateus (other servers might have worse people but I don’t care since I don’t play there).

Only major drawbacks I can see are that the storyline content is not being released fast enough (but honestly this is a flaw of every PvE-oriented game) and there aren’t enough social systems to encourage more social interaction, things like player music system (LOTRO still beats it because it’s easier to sync your music playback with other players and easier to convert .midi files into in-game music) or more character emotes (to enhance RP and eRP – plenty of adults play this game, nothing is wrong with allowing them to do more adult stuff in private quarters as long as they don’t bother anyone else). But even with these drawbacks it’s still the only PvE-oriented game that I’d gladly pay monthly fee for.

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Dean Greenhoe

ESO

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Nick Smith

1. Elder Scrolls Online.
2. Trove.
3. Project Gorgon.

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agemyth 😩

I’m not sure if I spent a significant amount of time in a MMO other than a month of WoW around BfA’s launch. I enjoyed my time with it, but I guess this has been a low year for me in MMOs.

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Tandor

ESO for me, hands down. A proven IP, solid gameworld, regular additional content, and from a PvE perspective a smooth performance. Moreover, looking at the competition, ESO is a substantial MMORPG suitable for all playstyles unlike GW2 which is MMO-lite and FFXIV which is forced grouping and raids etc. I still enjoy LoTRO but it hardly compares to the current market leaders, and performance is sluggish at best.

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Michael18

Not saying it was objectively the best, but for me personally it was LOTRO with its Northern Mirkwood update. I enjoyed the new zones and quests a lot.

Other than that, I haven’t really played any MMO, iirc.