The Daily Grind: When’s the last time you got absolutely sucked into an MMO?

    
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I both love and hate those periods of time when I get sucked into an MMORPG. Usually this comes when a game first launches, or an expansion rolls out, or I “rediscover” the title. In any case, it’s a giddy rush to want to pour every gaming minute into it, eager to return to it after I left.

On the other hand, I know this is a fleeting period that disrupts the helpful routine that I normally establish and can even flip from “obsession” to “burnout” very quickly if I’m not careful. So while it’s fun to have those periods, I don’t want to stay in them for too long.

When is the last time you got absolutely sucked into an MMO, wanting to play it as much as possible? Tell us your tales and we’ll tell you ours!

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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Xell

Star Wars Old Republic

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Sashaa

This summer SWTOR double xp/rewards event was brutal.
I still haven’t recovered…

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Oleg Chebeneev

When I returned to WoW custom server Project Ascension after 8 months break and started playing a new build (passive healing bear with massive amount of AP). It was really fun to learn new things in PvP since my build was pretty unique.

Other than WoW, I enjoyed TESO for abit when played it with Reshade.

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Zero_1_Zerum

Lord of the Rings online sucked me in for a good long while. They did an amazing capturing the spirit of Middle Earth, the world of the game is amazing. But, I guess I burned out on the game parts, and got so bored I couldn’t get myself to play it again.

That ever happened to anyone else?

I mean, you loved the setting of the game, and/or the story, but the way they gamified it was something you hated.

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Toy Clown

BDO sucked me in pretty good at release. I was absolutely enthralled with exploration and just doing /everything/ non-combat wise.

Before that, I had a blast with ArcheAge through alpha and a little after. This gets a mention only because Unchained is releasing soon and I hope to recapture the fun I had with it. It’s a thinking person’s game and I’m already getting sucked in with research and planning for the game going live.

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strangesands

The Secret World. Not Legends, though. Sigh.

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NeoWolf

SWTORS release.

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Brazen Bondar

Without any question at all, it was The Secret World. Everything about that first play through of the game was captivating. After launch I actually purchased a new computer so I could enjoy the game more. My favorite memory from then was in Kingsmouth. A group of zombies were running down the street and I was desperately looking for a “crouch” function so I could hide behind a car. LOL ah…that game was the best. Even though I enjoyed the original class stories in SWTOR, nothing I’ve played beats that overall immersion and fascination I felt in TSW.

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Oleg Chebeneev

I knew so little about TSW prior to playing and everything about it was one heck of pleasant surprise. Shame that it got abandoned.

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Neurotic

WoW, with which I’m usually a ‘Play the new expansion to death then quit again’ kind of player.
Rift also quite recently, with a ‘rediscovery’ after years away from the game.
Neverwinter always sucks me in, but I expect it to and I play it regularly.

But the thing that most sucked me in in the last 12 months is not solely an MMO — Conan Exiles, which I have had to force myself to stop playing because I was playing it so much it was negatively impacting real life. :D I know that it, like Morrowind and Fallout: Tactics and the Avernum games, will just devour my time and attention in very unhealthy ways. :D

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Anstalt

First few weeks of SWTOR, before it became obvious how poorly designed it was.

Before that, most of my time in LotRO was like this. The systems they had were amazing and the combat was the deepest of any game I’ve ever played. Combined with an amazing guild and community, it had pretty much everything I wanted. It was only during content lulls that my passion would waver.

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Castagere Shaikura

Auto Assult was the last MMO I was really hyped for when it was in testing and beta. It just seemed like a really unique game with a mad max feel. Also, I will add Firefall to the list.