Let’s give credit where credit is due: Just because we dislike a game doesn’t mean we dislike every last thing in it. Most of the time, there’s just a preponderance of annoyances that move an MMO from our “maybe” pile to the one labeled “never again.”
I have a whole list of things I wish I could port from games I don’t love so much to games I do. I loved World of Warcraft’s Pandaria farms. Why don’t more MMOs steal Champions Online’s asymmetric costume bits, or Warhammer Online’s cool trinkets? I’d give anything to port Lord of the Rings Online’s farming system out of old Turbine’s jank. Anarchy Online’s in-city apartments were smart! I don’t “hate” most of these games, but dang, I wish I could rescue their best features.
Is there a thing you secretly love in an MMO you hate – or at least in an MMO you are done with?