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

    
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I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m primarily a PC gamer. When I was a kid, my family couldn’t afford the endless parade of consoles other folks had, so outside of playing on those devices at friends’ houses, I basically jumped from our raggedy old Atari straight to the desktop PC. And I’m pretty comfortable here. Sure, I’ve gamed a bit on console; we have a PS3 and a Wii kicking around, and there’s a Switch wrapped up for Christmas stashed away in my house right now too. But PC gaming is where 99.9% of my expertise lies. I have a feeling I know which MMOs will come out on top with a question like this, but I don’t presume to preach to you.

So let’s put it to you folks: Which MMORPG offers the best console 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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Chosenxeno .

None. Filthy peasants don’t deserve MMORPGs. they should be stuck with FPSes and Platformers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Suikoden

LMAO

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Bruno Brito

lolololol, you talk like MMOs are some kind of top tier playing experience.

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Alex Js.

FFXIV, I tried it on PS4, it ran pretty well and the controls were also done well.

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Castagere Shaikura

ESO since it was made for the console in the first place.

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rafael12104

Hmm. Two come to mind. There is Warframe on the Switch. It’s like butter.

Oh, what I said below stands, I prefer a keyboard and mouse, but if I’m on the go? Foggedaboutit.

Divinity Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition on the Xbox-One.

Doesn’t feel like a port, doesn’t act like a port, it’s not a port as far as I’m concerned. The controls are pretty damn good, for a console. Heh.

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touchofkiel

I’m primarily a console player. We don’t have a ton of choices for MMOs, but we do have the two big ones – FFXIV and ESO, both of which I play on and off.

FFXIV has fantastic console support and should be the template for anyone looking to put an MMO on a console, both in terms of controls, UI, and support. One minor complaint: it’s on PS4, so give us some trophies. Only 2.0 had trophies, for some reason. Obviously, being cross-play forces them to keep it on par with the PC release, unlike…

ESO. It plays and runs fine on console, but you’re stuck with very lousy interface, occasionally awkward controls, and slightly delayed content releases. Still a fine time to be had. It’s hard to judge server population because of the megaservers, but most areas seem populated like they always did. Can’t speak for the PVP scene, though.

Others I’ve tried – Neverwinter. What a junk game. MMOs are like comfort food… like a hot dog. Neverwinter is the vienna sausage of the MMO world. It’s barely a real MMO. The most braindead, unimaginative MMO I’ve ever played. I have no idea how it is on PC, but on consoles: almost NO UI customization, poor framerate (especially in town), bad interface, bad sound, and strangely touchy controls when navigating the menus (especially on the PS4’s touchpad, which activates at the slightest touch).

I haven’t put a lot of time into TERA or Star Trek. I’m not a Trek fan at all, and Tera seems wholly unremarkable, so I can’t speak for those. As a PS4 player, I’m definitely looking forward to an eventual BDO release. DCU Online still has life in it, I guess. I don’t really keep up with the other MMO-adjacent games, like Warframe, etc.

Clear winner: FFXIV. It’s a console franchise, after all…

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Utakata

I am tempted to post something snarky about consoles…

…but in the end, because it’s not my platform I chose to play MMO’s on, doesn’t mean others should not be using it. If it floats their boats, more power to them.

Meanwhile, I have nothing more to add because I don’t use a console so I can’t give an informed anecdotal on. I’ve heard TERA was pretty good though. :)

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BalsBigBrother

Surprised that no one has mentioned FFXIV. That game has been on consoles for years and does quite well as far as I know.

While I don’t play on a console I do take advantage of the console control options on the PC so I can play it using a controller (for hand health reasons.) The controller integration is flawless and the best natively implemented set of options that I have personally used in any mmo.

So while I don’t game on a console I would still toss a vote towards FFXIV.

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Michael18

Other than an Atari 2600 in the early 80ies, I never owned a console.

I think I’d get a PS4 if I could play the games I buy now also on the upcoming next-gen PlayStation. But the prospect of losing an entire library of games in 1-2 years when the updated hardware comes out is not very enticing.

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Schmidt.Capela

This is one of the main reasons I mostly stick to the PC. I have PC games from the 80s running perfectly well on my current-gen PC (though using emulation); on the PC I have a good enough assurance I will still be able to run the game a decade or two in the future (and even better in my case because, for offline games, I flat out refuse to purchase any game whose DRM hasn’t yet been cracked).

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Robert Mann

No clue, PC only. No console. No phone (for games, anyway).

I’m relatively certain that the console experiences tend to be pretty similar, as most MMOs are not exactly the height of graphics and CPU usage. Controls on some might be an odd little issue, but most anything since 2012 or so seems to have been designed with that in mind.

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starbuck1771

Conan Exiles

BTW don’t you miss arcades Bree? Video games that got kids out of the house to socialize with their peers. This generation needs it badly. They spend too much time on the 📱

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Schmidt.Capela

Where I live arcades mostly got teenagers and were almost universally seen as problematic spots by parents. Besides, I would rather save my quarters for a console game — that I would then be able to trade with friends and neighbors, greatly extending the fun from a single cartridge purchase — than spend them on arcades.

Caveat: back when I was a kid there were no official releases of consoles and console games where I lived. My parents could get them either as very expensive gray market imports, as bootleg releases (as in, piracy by big companies instead of individuals), or for just the games as pirate cartridges.

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starbuck1771

Well I was three when the first official video game Pong came out in bars. Then my father got me a pong console when I was five. I have had many consoles and pc’s since. I even had a Nintendo virtual boy at one point. 😎

However the point of arcades now would be to get kids out of the house to help fight the obesity epidemic that’s going around.

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Hirku

Best time in my life was when I lived a short walk from a shopping center with a huge Chuck E. Cheese, a 7-11, and a comic book store.

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starbuck1771

I predate Chuck E. Cheeses by a long time. I remember when they were Showbiz Pizza Place. Anyways I grew up in the 1970’s & 80’s when arcades were popular and even convenience stores had arcade games in them.

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Hirku

My CEC time was 83-84, sixth grade. It was a huge building with the full animatronic show in the dining area. I totally get the Five Nights at Freddy’s thing because I lived that horror in real life.

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Chosenxeno .

Fat Kid?

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Hirku

Haha, quite the opposite. I inhaled food and was always thin.

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butterpanda888

I’m twenty-One and I love arcades. There is a retro arcade near-ish to where I live, and several roller-rinks have them. I even like taking my little brother to Chuck E. Cheese. Games like Pac-Man, Galaga, Did Dug, and my personal Top Three: Frogger, Bosconian, and best of all, Rampage. Pizza, Nachos, Fruit Punch, and Candy. Air Hockey and Occasionally Ski Ball. I just love it!

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Bruno Brito

Video games that got kids out of the house to socialize with their peers. This generation needs it badly. They spend too much time on the 📱

No. It’s a huge fallacy to pretend that all out-of-home social interactions would be good ones. Mine were terrible, i don’t miss one arcade interaction i had in my entire life, and i had a lot.