The Daily Grind: Are there MMOs you love on one platform but hate on another?

    
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At the boondocks.

I know, I know, PC master race and all that. I’m guessing most old-school MMORPG players think of themselves as PC players because that’s where all the original MMORPGs are. Globally, however, that doesn’t seem to be the case – one glance at the quarterlies from many South Korean MMO companies always makes that clear. But even still, there are MMOs on multiple platforms, and we have more choices now. Are we always choosing PC when we have that option? Or are we letting quality and fun decide?

MOP reader James recently wrote to us on this topic. “I just started playing Black Desert Mobile, and that got me to re-install Black Desert on PC,” he says. “But guess what? I like the mobile version way more than the PC version.” We thought it was provocative: Are there MMOs you love on one platform but hate on another? Why so?

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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Zero_1_Zerum

I’m currently stuck on my Android phone because my PC broke, so I haven’t been able to try the PC versions of the MMORPGs I’ve played. But, I’m longing for being able to play on a PC. Once I get the money to buy a new PC, I’ll probably never play a MMORPG on mobile ever again.

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Zero_1_Zerum

Scratch that. I don’t play MMORPGs on mobile anymore. I tried VoH and Adventure Quest 3D, and both had timers on crafting, unless I spent money to speed them up. I’m happy supporting devs by buying cosmetics. But, I can’t in good conscience support greedy devs who deliberately slow down game mechanics, so they can hold my free time hostage, unless I give them money. My time is precious, I can’t get it back, and they shouldn’t be having any mechanics designed to waste it.

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Vunak

Love PC – hate anything else.

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mysecretid

Back when it was on super-deep sale for the PS4, I tried the console version of Elder Scrolls Online, figuring that I certainly enjoyed Skyrim on console.

Unfortunately, the user-interface — and particularly the way menus were handled in the PS4 version of ESO — felt way too counter-intuitive and inconvenient to me, so I let the game go.

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Witches

DCUO on console is not a vomit inducer and everything is free.

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Paul

Hmm, only plaform of any note is PC of course – trying to suggest there might be others? ;)

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Robert Mann

No.

I might give a little “I’m not playing that game on X when it looks so much better on the PC I already have”… but the game is the game. OR in the case of James and BDO it isn’t quite the same game, which is another question entirely.

I do have an aside, which is that PC versions that have to be reduced in controls, or otherwise altered to fit another platform, are something that does upset me. That, however, merely makes me like the game less, or dislike it more.

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Sleepy

MMOs are pretty much the only reason I keep up a gaming PC.

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Demon of Razgriz

I tried PC versions of DCUO and STO and I prefer the console versions. Just seems like the controls fit better.

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Armsbend

The only MMO I enjoyed on a console was FFXI.

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Schmidt.Capela

I can only stand playing MMOs on the PC, because:
– I refuse to use voice chat, so if I’m to talk to other players I need a keyboard.
– My PC has much better specs than any current console.
– Two screens. First, because it makes downtime far more bearable; second, because I love having all the info about the game at my fingertips. While I could potentially use a portable device for both purposes, the second screen is faster and more practical.
– Choice of input device. While I don’t find KB+Mouse better for everything, on the PC I can also use whichever other devices I damn please, including gamepads from the last few generations of all main console manufacturers, a joystick, a wheel with force-feedback, and a few other more unorthodox devices. For some games I even swap input devices on the fly.
– No generational compatibility issues. I can play games a few decades old on my PC, whereas on consoles for a long lived game I would either be stuck with previous generation consoles (if it’s not ported) or be forced to re-purchase the game (if it’s ported).