Last week, there was a thread on the MMORPG subreddit that struck a chord with me. Author SaintNutella rattles off a list of some of the larger MMOs in our genre and their very best points… and then the one thing that renders the others moot.
For example, Elder Scrolls Online? “Great story, huge world, good quality” – but clunky combat. Black Desert and Blade and Soul? That pesky RNG gets in the way of awesome combat. Guild Wars 2? It’s cheap and it’s got awesome combat, but a lot of content is abandoned and the dev communication is, as the author puts it, “questionable.” I bet “FFA PvP” accounts for a lot of rationale behind not hopping into many titles nowadays too.
I know sometimes when you’re grumpy with a genre you can start looking for reasons to skip a game. But other times, you’re willing to put up with some specific dopey element because something else in the game sets your heart on fire. Somewhere in the middle are those games you’re just sad about because of that one hang-up you have that keeps you out of it.
Which MMOs is so close to being perfect for you – but just misses the mark? And why?