The Daily Grind: Which MMO offered the best PvE experience in 2019?

    
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The Daily Grind: Which MMO offered the best PvE experience in 2019?

PvE content is pretty much considered a given in MMORPGs: Even games without virtual combat usually pit the player against something environmental, whether it’s weather and terrain, health and stamina, a crafting clock or movement timer, or even the player’s own mental memory and quickness.

All the same, when “best PvE” is an “official” award, people’s minds go for the “top five” MMOs as we consider the volume of PvE combat content on offer, and suddenly we’re judging combat and not the base of broader PvE. I want to avoid that pitfall today and ruminate on which MMOs out there actually offered some sort of PvE that wasn’t just More Combat and More Dungeons this year.

Which MMO offered the best PvE experience in 2019?

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sirradoria

FFXIV: Shadowbringers

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memitim

Mine is Monster Hunter: World, which is sad because it isn’t even an MMO though you’d be hard pressed to tell considering what passes for an MMO these days.

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Castagere Shaikura

For me, the only MMO I’ve been playing lately is a little old game on a private server called Eden Eternal. It’s an old anima style game where your one character can play all the classes and you can switch up on the fly. I found a really good guild of players and we have a blast. The classes I’m leveling up are the Mage, Hunter, and Engineer. There are many more classes I have even played yet. The game hubs are always packed with players too.

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Mallus

ESO

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rafael12104

Hmm. Well, there is no single game. I just lump them all together and voila! I have the best experience.

For PvE?

Blade and Soul: The dungeons and raids are excellent. Crafting is subpar and there is no housing. And yet, this title often thought of as a PvP game has incredible PvE and great combat.

I like ESO for the housing and the crafting.

And I choose BDO and Anthem for the best PvE environments. The scenery in these two games is superb.

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Sorenthaz

FFXIV but I imagine WoW and ESO delivered too for those into them.

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Mordyjuice

I’ve got a BDO question, does the Explorer pack come with the game or do I have to buy that separately?

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Natalyia

It comes with the game – I don’t believe there’s any way to buy BDO without getting the game. That’s what I bought lo those many moons ago, and I’ve most certainly got the game, and nineteen alts to show for it. :)

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Robert Mann

Honestly… I think the most fun I have had out of the actual content part of things was grouped together doing wacky building things and making odd contests for each other. Which was best done outside the normal ‘PvE’ bounds, as combat was the farthest thing from any of that.

There’s a few games that support that, but not many. Sadly, the MMOs which do just aren’t worth the effort given that we can run our own little server without the people who make it a pain.

None of them. They were beaten by their own offline variants. That’s sad, pathetic, and entirely a statement on the direction MMOs have gone.

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memitim

When you turn your MMO into a single-player game all that happens is you get your ass kicked by single-player games.

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Robert Mann

That’s… the genre at this point. :(

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Sleepy

I’ll go with GW2 too, even though I’ve tended to bash it recently. If you’re starting from scratch, there’s an absolute ton of content and variety before you hit the cap and things start to get…complicated.

It’s also still drop-dead gorgeous, even though it’s getting on in years.

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John Artemus

FFXIV and it’s not even close. Title of the article should have been, “How great was Shadowbringers’ story?”

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JonBuck

The road that we walk is lost in the flood…

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Random MMO fan

Yea pretty much. FFXIV has many flaws but the story writing is still unbeatable by any other MMO, same goes for all supporting mechanics like cutscenes, music and the way story guides you through the zones. Or the way the story makes YOU a main point of it all, even the trailers show YOU being a badass hero instead of focusing too much on some random villain or random hero who are either mass murdering opposing faction or mass healing own faction’s dudes ;-)

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As great as the ShB story is… I divorce that from other PvE content since it’s pretty much one-and-done.