Leaderboard: What was the most overrated MMO of 2018?


Every year for the last many years, we’ve done some sort of award for the most underrated MMO, or even the year’s sleeper hit. It’s one of my favorites because it always bypasses the big games that win everything and allow some smaller games or older games the space to win. Ours was a tie between LOTRO and MapleStory 2 this year.

And every year, no matter what we choose, someone will pipe up and say that it’s actually highly overrated. But is it really? We’re gonna find out: Let’s take it to the polls to determine just what was the most overrated MMO of 2018!

Leaderboard: What was the most overrated MMO of 2018?

  • World of Warcraft (31%, 243 Votes)
  • Elder Scrolls Online (9%, 68 Votes)
  • Black Desert (11%, 83 Votes)
  • Guild Wars 2 (5%, 39 Votes)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (5%, 42 Votes)
  • Star Wars The Old Republic (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Lord of the Rings Online (3%, 23 Votes)
  • EVE Online (1%, 8 Votes)
  • ArcheAge (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Path of Exile (1%, 11 Votes)
  • Warframe (3%, 24 Votes)
  • Blade and Soul (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Elite Dangerous (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Star Trek Online (0%, 3 Votes)
  • TERA (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Neverwinter (1%, 4 Votes)
  • DC Universe Online (0%, 1 Votes)
  • RuneScape (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Star Citizen (15%, 115 Votes)
  • Project Gorgon (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Destiny 2 (4%, 32 Votes)
  • Secret World Legends (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Worlds Adrift (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Nothing (2%, 17 Votes)
  • Something else (tell us in the comments!) (2%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 652

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Melissa McDonald

funny how the community and authors completely disagree.

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Despite all the faults I find in many MMOs I have to say Star Citizen takes the cake in this one.

Die hard supporters constantly spew about how it’s the second coming of Christ, but until they stop milking $ and actually release the game it will get my vote.

Tuor of Gondolin

I didn’t vote for Star Citizen because it isn’t an MMO right now. It isn’t anything, really, except unfinished. IMO, a game needs to be released before it can be called “overrated”.

Bruno Brito

Honestly between SC and WoW. WoW is a pretty mediocre game for it’s success, and it’s riding on it’s “lightning in a bottle” fame for a long time. It’s not bad, but it’s not great either.

SC is a overfinanced tech demo with several limitations. The sky is the limit for dreams, but just maybe, you sometimes have to stop dreaming and deliver on those dreams, and this game is already 6 years in development with a budget to rival movies and triple A games.

Yet, no triple A content in the foreseeable future.

Waiting for Oleg and Leth to come here to disagree with me full of white space powder on their noses.

Ben Stone

FFXIV. Aside from the IP I just dont see the reason it is so popular. Every time I have tried its been a massive snoozefest.

Roger Melly

In development ,I would say Star Citizen is very overrated at the moment because it’s not really a functional game yet and it may never be .

In terms of a new game definitely Bless .

And as for an established game WoW has gone down the drain at an astonishing rate this year .

It has got to be WoW overall though . Just one disappointment after another from Blizzard theses days .

Robert Mann

^. I got nothing to say beyond that.

Tyler F.M. Edwards
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Tyler F.M. Edwards

As always my vote goes to FFXIV. It’s not a bad game exactly. It’s fine for what it is. But I am eternally perplexed for why it gets so much love when it is so terribly generic. Aside from the franchise pedigree, there’s nothing to distinguish it from any number of other PvE themepark MMOs.

I also threw a vote to Warframe. Again, a decent game, but not as good as people make it out to be. It’s more original than FFXIV, so I’ll give it that, at least, but I still don’t see it as particularly special in the greater scheme of things.

Star Citizen is a tempting choice, but I’d say public opinion of it is pretty low by now outside of the whales, so I’m not sure how overrated it can be, and perhaps more importantly, voting for it would be to acknowledge it’s actually a real game and not just a monetization strategy that sprouted legs and achieved a grim semblance of sentience.

I don’t understand why WoW is winning. Not because I think it’s doing well at the moment, but precisely because it isn’t. People have been (justifiably) dog-piling on BfA since it launched. How can it still be overrated? I’d say the community’s opinion is exactly where it should be.


I’m a FF diehard and a longterm FFXIV player… but most of the time, I would rather be playing FFXI. They’ve painted themselves into a corner with dull quest design, decreasing patch content, and stale combat that is way too reliant on DPS zerging and dodging red AOEs in a circular arena. I used to subscribe for maybe 8 months out of the year, taking a break for 4. Now it’s the opposite.

And when they do try something new – man, does it fall flat (Eureka). But when you do have something new and fresh (Deep Dungeon), it just highlights how limited and dull the combat system is.

I suspect I won’t resub until just before 5.0 lands, to catch up on the patches. And then be done with it by the end of summer. It just doesn’t have the staying power. This isn’t all bad, though! It used to take up a lot of my gaming time – now I finally have the time to work through a massive backlog…

Bryan Correll

City of Heroes. It gets so much coverage, but their damn servers are down all the time.


lol :)

Demon of Razgriz
Demon of Razgriz

I’ve only played two on this list: Star Trek Online and DC Universe Online. And they are both disappointing in my opinion. However, STO has disappointed this whole year in my opinion. From minuscule game improvements to weak storylines, it’s gone from a game with promise to a game I’ve put down since September. The ship combat is ok but that’s about it. And with the push to make Star Trek: Discovery relevant, it’s basically pushed me away. I’ll wait til one of those COH successors to hit the market.


*Pigtails hops on soap box*

For me WoW (and most other MMO’s presented) are what they should be at currently. That is, taking in all their issues and strengths, there is no real intention they are thought of as better than anyone else…outside of marketing, of course. Love or hate them, folks mostly know what they’re about. And the games don’t hold any real pretentions that say other wise.

…the only one I find is the exception to this would be Star Citizen. A game seems to be in a state of perpetual state of alpha build, milking its customers for future things to come and stringing them along with it to ad infinity and ad nauseam. To me, I want to see a working released game instead of components made of lofty promises, pay wall concepts and feature creeps. Like you know, with most of the other games listed for this article. Short of that, CiG is blowing their own highly glossed invisible horn. Just saying.

*Pigtails quietly hops off of soapbox*