The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG offered the best PvP experience in 2019?

    
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You might recall that in 2018, we swapped out our award for best PvP MMORPG. Neither our writers nor our readers in the years leading up to then seemed all that taken with it, so we dropped it in favor of something else. PvP, as we saw it, had been relegated to a side game in most MMOs, and the award was a challenging one to debate. “How exactly do you compare arena PvP and battleground PvP and guild warfare to battle royale modes and survival sims and free-for-all gankfests?” Do EVE Online, Black Desert, and Albion Online really compare?

But since then, we’ve finagled a few more PvP-centric writers, including the helm of our Fight or Kite column, and PvP in MMOs seems to be picking up a bit of steam as more and more of those lingering-in-test-mode Kickstarter sandboxes finally inch toward playable states. So maybe the award will return next year with a worthy winner.

In the meantime, we’re turning the question over to you: Which MMORPG offered the best PvP experience in 2019?

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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Izanagi

Certain moments of ESO have been great PVP wise but overall the performance issues and lack of Dev support for any of the PVP features (more elements of PVP have been removed than added in their openworld PVP zone). Compared to 2014 ESO, 2019 ESO is a poor substitute and I very much doubt 2020 will see any improvement based on the last few years of development focus.

Unfortunately there haven’t really been any viable alternatives for that type of PVP. I was once hopeful for CU’s release but its progress has also been hugely disappointing so far.

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Ragemaster9999

I’m a huge pvp addict. Grew up playing everquest on rallos zek back in the day pre velious and never looked back to blue servers. Spent many years in eve online before finally getting bored of the stale alliance meta and countless blunders by ccp. Also eve is a huge time sink. Helping run a small to medium size alliance, it’s a thankless job organising content for other people. Nothing worse then spending hours setting up for a timer fight pinging for max dudes only to have the enemy stand down at the last minute for whatever reason. 95 percent of eve is getting ready to pvp and about 5 percent is actually on grid shooting other players.

Since quitting eve I have found a new gem to play. Albion online! It has alot of similarities to eve with a whole lot less time sink. Initially i passed on the game due to the art style, but once I gave it a go I was hooked. Here is a game I could get into and pvp relatively quickly without a ton of grinding or setting up. Within a month of playing I had close to 300 kills from pvp. Albion has a breadth of content with everything from small scale solo or small group ganking,to the big zerg vs zerg fights over mage towers and castles and outposts that guilds contest for season points. Theres also competitive 5v5 guild v guild pvp for people wanting a more controlled environment. I tend to favor open world pvp and Albion delivers in spades. Also worth noting the community is extremely less toxic and bipolar then eve. Everything I learned about running a group in eve I found to not be as important in albion as it’s way less cutthroat. Its refreshing to not have to play the counter esponaige game that is eve anymore and constantly weed out the spies trying to join the guild.

At this point I’m rambling, but yeah my vote for best pvp game of 2019 goes to Albion online.

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Solaris

Archeage Unchained

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budtoker420

There hasn’t been a good PvP MMORPG since pre-ToA DAoC.

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Skoryy

I think I just laughed up a lung. XD

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Utakata

That looked painful. :(

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jay

i would have to say ESO, but even that is kind of Meh when it comes to pvp this past year. Only because Zenimax has no clue how to properly balance their game, and they keep removing/changing features that work fine in an effort to balance things, just to make things worse.

You would think it wouldn’t be hard to invite the major pvp streamers into a focus group, get them all together and talk things over and figure out what needs to be kept, changed, balanced, and added. Instead ZM is either trying to cater to every single squeaky wheel on the forums, or some unknown internal direction that they decided based on metrics and some big wig upstairs “formula” for success.

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Chosenxeno .

Tekken 7 and Streetfighter 5. No MMORPGs have good PVP. Just cowards who can’t play fighting games. Good luck getting your Rogue buddy to peel my Blanka off of you.

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Sam Kash

Some of them have good combat, but the implementation and ultimate support is always terrible.

Did you ever play Absolver? Now that is a true fighting game with no equal.

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Bruno Brito

Don’t put SFV on the same sentence as T7. Please.

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aleccia_rosewater

does arguing on a game forum count

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Sam Kash

Yes. Did you win?

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laelgon

For the kind of PvP I enjoy? I guess Life is Feudal, because I like that there are things of consequence to fight over. And that’s not high praise for LiF, it’s got so many problems that I quit after a few months, but it was the closest to the sandbox experience I’m looking for.

Not a fan of battlegrounds and other instanced PvP in most MMOs, I’d rather play Apex or Battlefield if I’m looking for drop-in drop-out competition, where it’s not a test of whether you’ve got the current meta build.

Cautiously optimistic that New World will be the PvP sandbox I’m looking for.