The Daily Grind: Which MMO do you wish you had come to years ago?

    
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It is really one of the more bittersweet of emotions that a gamer can feel: coming late to the party on something fantastic. On one hand, it’s fantastic to make a discovery that a game you had overlooked — or even actively ignored — actually ends up being a great time. Having that “click” moment is so dang exciting.

On the other hand, you are late. For most games it might not matter so much, but for MMOs, those missed years of play might make up the high points of the game’s profile and popularity. You kind of want to kick yourself that you didn’t get in on this earlier, but there’s nothing to do about that.

Which MMO do you wish you had come to years ago? For a bonus question, if you had started in on this title a while back, what do you envision you would have done with that time?

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Marvel Heroes. Every time they had a promotion for a free hero, I told myself I should try it out, but for various reasons, I never ended up doing so. With how successful the MCU is, it never even occurred to me that the game might shut down.

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Wildstar. The game didn’t “connect” with me on my first playthrough. I saw no reason to stick with it and left.

I returned a few weeks before it shutdown. I wanted to see the game one last time. Only then did the game finally click with me.

Wildstar was one of a few games I’ve played where I had fun working on my avatar’s home. If I started earlier, if I had more time, I would focus most of my energy on home decorating.

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Anstalt

I sometimes wish I had committed to FFXIV 2.0 instead of passing on it.

I beta tested FFXIV, both the original release and the re-release, but both times the game failed to live up to my standards. With the re-release in particular, it was the small zones and vertical progression that put me off.

However…..

there hasn’t been a good MMO released since. FFXIV is the best that we have and is the best we’ve had for many years now. It didn’t meet my standards so I’m sure eventually I would have quit, but I could have had a fun 6-9 months in the game before the issues would have driven me off. The combat system seemed fun and I liked the aesthetics.

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Anton Mochalin

Definitely Guild Wars 2: I don’t even understand why I didn’t start playing when it went F2P. I’d heard about it a thousand times by that moment and as it went F2P there was nothing to lose. I was sort of a shy gamer then.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

And that’s what this game is
you’re inside their thoughts.
Go and make them bigger
and we’ll play a long while.

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David Richmond

Oof. I’d forgotten about this pain. Hello darkness my old friend…. </3

Where the heck is our Glitch private server?? Time to research.

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PanagiotisLial1

Tricky question. The short answer is lots. There are games I started late and would had loved to play at their prime(Anarchy Online, Ultima Online and many others fall into that), games I would have wanted just to play more and more(SotA is a good example) and games I barely tried and cant anymore Or they just shutdown too soon(SWG/AC for the first as example and Marvel Heroes/Stone Age 2/Zero Online good examples on the second). Now all these are just examples I can think easily over 15 games that fall into any of “wish I had come to years ago” category. Its a big topic. It is also not realistic to play every good game that existed at its best times because a person has only have so much free time

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I’d have liked to have been in on EQ2 or GW1 back when they launched, perfectly playable still of course, but to have played when the buzz was at its height would have been great.

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Witches

EQ2 or STO, those games are insanely expensive if you’re getting into them now, i saw all the stuff i had to buy and realized 50€ lightsabers weren’t that expensive after all.

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Sally Bowls

If my time travel self is ever in the neighborhood, I hope they buy a lifetime sub to STO and LotRO.

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Definitely this. I think LotRO’s adherence to Tolkien’s works is a standard that we can only hope that the new Dune MMO looks to mimic. Both of those subs would have been money well spent, especially looking at how much others of lesser standing have taken from the wallet over the years.

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Namtubb

I wish I jumped into Guild Wars 2 earlier than when I actually did. When I jumped in I already missed some of those living world quests, but the problem was that I really wanted to play them. LW1 was summed up but knowing LW2 and after were available for purchase kind of killed it for me; I missed some episodes and already was struggling to get gems for more material vault space *I’m a hoarder yo*. I was logging in just to do dailies for money and stuff in order to get space so I could get more stuff, but I kept myself from advancing in the story until I could afford to buy the LW episodes I missed out on. This ultimately led to me falling out from the game.

Also I wish I jumped on earlier because I recently learned that some good friends of mine were playing the heck out of the game back when I was playing it.

For the bonus question: I imagine I’d be playing GW2 still but more sporadically. I also probably would’ve experimented with less games since GW2 really scratched that itch of letting me do whatever I felt like sans pressure, unlike a sub-based game where I feel like I HAVE to maximize the time received from the $15 or so bucks I’ve spent for the month *I’m not saying that’s a problem with subs, it’s me with the problem*.

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Axetwin .

Final Fantasy 14. For the longest time I refused to touch p2p MMO’s. But getting tired of the constant nickle in diming you see not only in f2p titles, but ones you have to buy too (like GW2 for the first few years of its life), I decided to start subbing. I started with SWTOR on and off for awhile. Then I did WOW for almost a year straight. I’ve recently picked up FF14, and this is the game I wish I had started playing years ago. Being able to switch to any class on a single character is so amazing. I’ve had more fun in the past 6 weeks playing this game than I did during my year of WoW. I’m finding myself going out of my way to run dungeons, and actually having fun running them (as a healer to boot). I know the new expansion is still several months ago, but I wish I had started playing this sooner because I feel like I have too much left to do between then and now.

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John Buczek

This is me too. I tried it back just before Heavensward and the art style turned me off. I don’t like Asian Art styles in video games. I tried once more about a year or so later. Then this year Wow finally imploded for me after so long. FFXIV really clicked with me this time and now I’m loving it.