The Daily Grind: Which MMO boasts the best console experience?

    
20
The Daily Grind: Which MMO boasts the best console experience?

2019 has been an amazing year for MMOs on console, with Black Desert paving the way to become only the second MMORPG in the “big five” to arrive on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Heck, just a month ago we learned Final Fantasy XIV might soon be joining BDO and Elder Scrolls Online in that category. And that’s without counting all the other titles that have set up shop for sofa gamers, like Star Trek Online, DC Universe Online, TERA, and Neverwinter. It’s actually a little overwhelming trying to keep track of all of their many updates for each platform!

My only current-gen console is a Switch, so I don’t feel qualified in saying which MMORPG has the best console experience, but I know a lot of people in our audience are all about that couch-gaming life. Which MMO boasts the best console experience as of the end of 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!

No posts to display

newest oldest most liked
Subscribe to:
Reader
Robert Mann

Much like many of those here, I must confess utter ignorance. I simply haven’t owned a console in… oh bother. I did buy a PS3 way back when simply for videos as I didn’t bother putting an optical drive in my build. Anymore though I just usually have them online, so it’s just sitting there as a dust magnet.

Reader
rafael12104

Hmm. MMO? Yup, like Arktouros, IMO, Destiny 2 provides the best experience. It is bullet proof when it comes to the gaming experience.

As for MMORPG? ESO. It doesn’t even feel like a port.

Honorable mention, Warframe on the Switch!

Reader
rafael12104

Oh yes. The Switch is solid. Warframe plays wonderfully on that platform. In fact, I don’t know why we wouldn’t expect the same from any MMO/MMORPG on the switch.

Reader
Arktouros

Only game that’s gotten me to consider playing on a console would be Destiny 2 because of it’s new Cross Save feature. Would be pretty nice sometimes to just couch potato out without having to hook a PC up to the TV or setup the Steam box.

Reader
rafael12104

Destiny 2 plays well on all platforms. I prefer the PC for my looter shooters but playing it on consoles is seamless.

Reader
Robert Mann

Screensharing and a good wireless controller/Kb&M is perfect for such things, imo. If you don’t have good results, then something else, sure.

Reader
Frank White

Just feel compelled to point out that I also sometimes play my PC version of ESO on a couch, and sometimes even on my bed – on a 55-inch 4K TV – so you don’t necessarily need a console if you want to be a “couch potato.” You just need the right setup. ;)

Mordyjuice
Reader
Mordyjuice

.

laughs-in-pc-5b39b4.jpg
Reader
Kvarin Sunermidst

Problem with many of the console editions is that they clutter the screen with UI elements even though consoles have locked resolutions. BDO is the worst offender.

ESO is the best imo, in terms of controls and responsiveness but it’s not the best looking and has a fair amount of pop-in.

Neverwinter actually surprised me quite a bit with how great the game plays with a gamepad. With FFXIV, and ESO, it rounds out the top 3 for me.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Loyal Patron
Jack Pipsam

Having played/tried a few of them on the Xbox One, I believe Elder Scrolls Online has the best overall experience on the console. It really doesn’t ‘feel’ like a port, it feels natively made for the platform with only a few little hold-overs, I’ve always been impressed by how it looks, how it runs and it how it plays. To the point where I just enjoying ESO far more on a TV now than I ever could trying to go back to the PC version.

Others, you can feel it. Neverwinter, Star Trek Online, TERA etc all have a bit to a lot of jank in how it controls personally, stuff like how the text is tiny to read, controlling zoom from an UI menu etc. It works, you can play it, but I don’t think it should be the first port of call necessarily. Neverwinter probably is adapted the best out of those three, but the optimisation is a problem.
Black Desert I only tried a little, it worked, but that’s all I can really say for it.

One thing which surprised me was how janky/laggy DCUO felt, considering it was made with console in mind. I don’t know if the game really doesn’t like the latency, but something to me felt way off about it.

Reader
rafael12104

Yup. ESO doesn’t feel like a port no matter what platform you are playing on.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Pandalulz

I applaud FFXIV time and again for it’s ability to take hot bar combat and apply it to a controller, but honestly, something like Neverwinter probably is better just because it was designed with a limited control scheme from the ground up. I’m starting to get to the point on my WHM where there just aren’t enough hot bars in controller mode and shuffling through them in combat gets me finger tied. I feel like it’s more a problem with the job than the control scheme though as playing other jobs isn’t nearly as much a chore.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Ken from Chicago

I wouldn’t know. I don’t have a console. I play on a PC.

Reader
Utakata

…not gonna get much direction from me either. :(

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Patreon Donor
Loyal Patron
BalsBigBrother

Geralt of Nvidia?

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Ken from Chicago

Bravo!

Reader
rafael12104

Nvidia! Lol!