The Daily Grind: What’s the best MMO for duoing in 2020?

    
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Appropriate topic for Valentine’s Day, right? I mean, sure, you could go get reservations and pay through the nose for expensive dinner along with a bajillion other people on the year when V-Day hits on a Friday. But you could also go play MMOs together!

MOP’s Sam reminded me we haven’t touched on this topic in a very long time – 2015, to be exact, in the very first Massively Overthinking we did after going indie. So we thought it was due for a refresh, especially since looking it over reminded me that not I not only did this but admitted it in public:

“I actually built a motorcycle in World of Warcraft a few years ago and gifted it to [my husband] for Christmas as a joke-but-not-really to make our duoing easier (it’s got a sidecar! Vroooom!).”

True love. What’s the best MMO for duoing in 2020, and what exactly makes it work so well?

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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Ben Stone

Actually had a lot of fun duoing with my partner in DDO for Valentine’s Day. Variable difficulty and scaling content, people can jump in or drop out of dungeons as they please, you can supplement the group with hirelings. Seems perfectly designed for variable group size and ability, at least at low levels.

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Mewmew

This is a nice question to ponder. Duoing is pretty popular, even though for a lot of people they just take the duo and join bigger teams or guilds together, looking at what MMOs are best for the duo is interesting.

The new Pokemon-esque MMO “Temtem” (in Early Access) is actually pretty decent for duos. You can partner up with someone in the first town and play through the entire game together. It’s cute and fun for all ages and genders. It definitely has a more family-friendly theme, some people may find that to feel too young for them.

I know that there are people who feel the mobile game “Ragnarok M: Eternal Love” works for duos. I’ve been told that there are special marriage systems, bonuses and skills for two people playing together.

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FFXIV. This is a fact, not an opinion. First of all, it is more beautiful than most other MMORPGs (GW2 and BDO are also just as beautiful) so if your partner likes beautiful outfits and decorating housing with beautiful cosmetics – this is the game to play. It also has beautiful wedding ceremony that no garbage games like ESO can compare to:

Second of all, there is this mount:

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ichi sakari

we had a blast as a pair in path of exile, ESO, GTAO, and RDRO

yesterday mrs ichi and i we spent all day teamed up in star citizen, we did some missions then went caving then spent the last half hour practicing our grenadiering and meleeing on some random landing zone out in space, it got to the point where we were both incapacitated by laughter and couldn’t stab any more

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Gamhuin

Elder Scrolls Online (but not the original story line) – ESO is great to duo. Two people can do the majority of the game, even the public dungeons and some group dungeons. The original story content is frustrating to duo, because the main scenario quests often force you into solo-only instances. But they thankfully got away from that with the DLC/Expansions.

SWTOR is amazing for duo and they don’t force you to solo story instances.

EverQuest II has some great duo class combinations that are very effective together.

DDO and LotRO are very fun to duo, but there is still a good bit of content that is designed with a small group of three in mind that may prove a bit too difficult to tackle with just two.

Secret World – Aye, I guess it should be mentioned. I played SWL with my husband. It was fun, until it wasn’t. That game has it’s [many, many] issues, but it did handle a duo well.

City of Heroes – Dynamic Duo FTW! :D

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Michael18

Original EQ (on Project 1999) has some good classes for duoing. For example, Enchanter/Cleric is a pretty good combo.

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Kanbe

ESO gets my vote. The level scaling helps and there are few issues trying to duo any of the stuff I’ve seen so far. The only thing to watch for is not having one person do the quest previously. My wife and I would just pick the expansion zones as our duo spots and the original world was a free for all.

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Malcolm Swoboda

SWTOR is one of the better, except:

  • the starting areas are really more for solo in almost all of it
  • so much of the game has been nerfed into even being possible with a companion attacking alone.. (or close to it)
  • later story doesn’t seem to care about the group conversation mechanic

Its still one of the better for duos to enjoy a journey together, especially as they can fill in group slots with 2 companions.

Another to try is Secret World, where you can be each other’s company through investigations, messing up on sabotages, and take on zone bosses together.

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Mordyjuice

Secret World Legends would be a good idea for duoing, all the group content is small any way, the open world is soloable, and the investigation missions would be more fun with 2 people puzzling them out.

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Demon of Razgriz

CoX gets my vote for one of the best MMO’s to duo in.

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Mordyjuice

I suggest an ARPG, they’re better for duoing.