The Daily Grind: Are you looking forward or backward with your MMO picks?

    
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We do find ourselves in a very strange time to be MMO players. While there are plenty of titles in development and early access, we’ve been suffering a drought of full-fledged MMORPG releases over the past couple of years. The effect of this is that MMO players are either turning forward or backward in time for their gaming hope.

By “backward” I don’t mean regressing into an unhelpful state; I simply refer to jumping back into old favorites or well-established MMORPGs that seem interesting, healthy, or a combination of the two. We all have our comfort MMOs, and this lull has also prompted many of us to re-evaluate older games that we might have passed over.

Then again, there’s always the future — and the promise of titles coming down the pike. For some players, the hope of titles like Pantheon, Ship of Heroes, or Ashes of Creation might be enough to keep them engaged in the MMO community and playing test versions.

So looking at your current focus, are you looking forward or backward with your MMO picks?

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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Maggie May

I am moving forward, in a backwards kind of way, LOTRO and ESO. There is method in my madness though, old computer plays well on these games, other games I’ve tried in recent years …. not so much.

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Anstalt

I havent played an MMO for more than a few days (beta testing) since I left SW:TOR at the start of 2013.

I look back to the games I played to figure out what it was I enjoyed and what I didn’t, but then I look to the future and apply those lessons when making a game choice.

So, for example, looking back I know that I hate action combat. It’s too basic for me, after a few hours I’m just bored when in combat. How can you get satisfaction with only a few skills to chose from?! Every fight is the same, monotonous crap. So, when I then evaluate a new MMO, if it has action combat then I’m out. Same thing for games without PvP. I’ve played them in the past but always find myself drifting away from them quite quickly.

The reason I don’t go back to old games that I used to enjoy is that, for the most part, they don’t exist anymore. I could play an SWG emulator and get to enjoy the mechanics (and I have done this) but the community isn’t there which changes the entire dynamic of the game. I could go back to play LotRO again, Shadows of Angmar was my favourite time in an MMO. But, LotRO has changed beyond my recognition, it’s been dumbed down so much and had so much focus on the solo story player that I cannot find any fun in it at all.

Looking forwards to what in development, the only game I’m excited for is Camelot Unchained. It meets my criteria (open world objective based pvp, horizontal progression, deep combat mechanics and a strong IP) which no other game has managed in years. Beyond that, I’m not expecting a good AAA MMO until at least 2025. I think all these indie MMOs need to release first and for a few of them to get some stuff right before the AAA devs will return to take their ideas and give them a AAA finish.

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Shannon Giblett

I’m holding off on really playing any MMORPGs at the moment until Bless Unleashed comes out.

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K38FishTacos

Gees, I don’t know. There are so many great ffa pvp gankboxes out and coming out, what drought?

/sarcasm

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packagegrope

playing ffxiv retail and ffxi on a private server (neat server that has exp on a slightly accelerated curve at a 75 cap and you get 2/3 your level as your subjob instead of 1/2… makes really fun combos).

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Anton Mochalin

There are very good MMOs which have proven themselves to be good and most people just play them and they’re not particularly old or new – is Guild Wars 2 new or old game? Or Elder Scrolls Online? Or Warframe (not very much of an MMO but still mentioned a lot on this website)? I have heard about GW2 for at least 5 years before starting playing it a couple of months ago. So why bother about finding an MMO which has just released? It’s just not a necessity. Well for journalists they are the source of news but at the end of the day players are looking for good games, not for newsmakers. There’s actually no such thing as “drought” you mention.

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hurbster

Unless Blizzard/Activision stop me I’ll be going back to Southshore…I mean WoW classic.

And until ESO stops being consistently excellent I’ll still be playing that as well.

I’ll try Fallout 76 in a year or so when it’s worth playing, unless there is movement about Fallen Earth. It’ll be FTP by then I reckon.

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Peregrine Falcon

Both, I think.

I’m looking forward to playing Star Citizen, when it finally launches in 2025, and I’m waiting for Ship of Heroes as a replacement for City of Heroes, which I think counts as looking backward.

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Cadaver

I’m playing an old game and looking forward to experiencing re-released content that will be new to me. You can consider that backwards if you like, but it’s nothing negative. As a general rule, I would say that it’s healthier to try to appreciate what you have than to be constantly dissatisfied and always looking to the future. Healthier for the individual I mean, not so much for the economy.

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Mia.

I would like the industry to backtrack and make some different choices for the future, like when you die horribly in a choose-your-own-adventure book and go back to figure out where you made the fatal error(s)… so… both?