The Daily Grind: What’s the best MMORPG for obsessive completionists?

    
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I have been a lot of things in MMORPGs over the years. Raider. Roleplayer. Cat-herder. Merchant. Even killer. But one thing I’ve never really been is a completionist, somebody absolutely obsessed with doing it all, or doing all of something. Even in real life, I don’t ever try to collect all of something – only those very specific things that I want.

City of Heroes, however, has been threatening to suck me into the completionist lifestyle. In that game, there’s a whole class of players known as “badgers” – that is, people who go around the game and attempt to collect all the badges, essentially achievements for all kinds of activities, from exploration and selling stuff to killing dudes and even healing friends. My favorite bit is that a lot of these badges come with titles that you can wear under your name, which I personally consider just as important as my costume and name.

What would you say is the best MMORPG for obsessive completionists?

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Malcolm Swoboda

Yeahhh this depends on the game. In RIFT I wanted to complete, but the systems became increasingly grindy, obtuse, or broken. In SWTOR I wanted to complete, but they had bugged achievements/codex for YEARS. In Secret World I wanted to complete, but only in SWL did I get ahead enough to say I’ve made good progress (easier combat, nerfed missions, etc).

I haven’t cared about completionism lately, but one of the better ones appears to be ESO. When I eventually get there, I have some faith that I’ll know the directions to go to ‘complete’ the game. The opposite is Warframe, which only confuses me (or EVE I guess).

I’m somewhat completionist in mobile games but not in the full sense, just in the wanting to do everything in an area/field/ranking/etc before moving on.

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meltwithyou

ESO – most of their achievements are pretty easy to get, most of the MSQs for the zone are pretty rewarding, furniture unlocks for zone/achievement completion, dye unlocks for achievement completion, housing items for collectible completion, fairly easy stuff to unlock, some are kind of grindy but sort of a passive grindy (farm 10,000 resource nodes – stuff that will eventually just unlock over time). I’ve never really cared about the titles, just give me the stuffs, especially the stuffs i can stuff in my house.

I like GW2’s achievement system, but I usually only care about the stuff I don’t have to put much effort into, zone completion stuff and maybe a few other things is pretty much where I stop.

WoWs system will mostly reward you with cool stuff that >1% will ever complete, so I dont care.

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Malcolm Swoboda

I barely play it, but yeah ESO’s system on its face, shows a very ‘achievable’ set of goals.

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Bruno Brito

GW2. Not because it’s the best game or all that crap but because the achievement system is great to track your completionism. You also get a crapload of rewards, and can even get rich by being a completionist.

I think an decent achievement system is a must for a completionist game. Hence why i’m not going to recommend WoW.

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Bryan Correll

Make sure you work on getting the Field Crafter Badge. I won’t ever go for it again, but it’s a must have for the discerning badger.

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Alistair DragonHeart

Albion Online is an excellent game for being able to do EVERYTHING on one character if you wanted too.

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Neurotic

EQ2 is the king of them all when it comes to ob-comming shinies. I would say Neverwinter does a pretty good job too, with its endless refining chores.

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Fervor Bliss

EQ2 have not played it in years but TONS of Stuff. Might be wrong I do not recall them ever editing it down.

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MagmaFist

I mainly did badging in CoH for the accolades, i.e. permanent buffs. Right now, I will have plenty just getting a complete set of purples let alone Incarnate content. When the game was live and you had to worry about Prestige and monthly ‘rent’, it was then tricking out your base as a solo player. Who has time to badge with all that?

Edit: Not to mention heavy alt-itis and trying as many powersets and powerset combos as possible.

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Demon of Razgriz

CoH was the only game that I felt I HAD to try to get as many badges as possible. It gave you something to do instead of just simply standing around in Peregrine Island or Atlas Park LFT’ing. In DCUO and STO the achievements didn’t matter at all (neither had the games but that’s another story).

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Sorenthaz

Depends I guess.

Games like FFXIV and Runescape let you do everything on one character and there’s a buttload of stuff to do and collect. Warframe I guess can also fall into this category.

Games like ESO, WoW, and GW2 encourage multiple characters and there’s a lot to do in each zone on top of everything else from collecting cosmetics and pets to all other sorts of achievements and vanity stuff.