While it’s not utterly necessary, an MMORPG that lets my character be very mobile and agile is a delight to experience. So many MMOs, your character is a rock that can jump stiffly about three inches into the air while flailing arms like a bewildered starfish. But once in a while, we get games where the animation and movement is far more fluid.
Two that come to mind are WildStar and Guild Wars 2. The former had the best animation I’ve ever seen in an MMO, from running to double-jumping to zooming around on a hoverboard, and I miss it dearly. I’m getting a bit of that experience in Guild Wars 2 these days, however, when I factor in mounts and jump-gliding (I do love me some jump-gliding). City of Heroes’ super-jump was also pretty amazing, come to think of it.
Is this freedom of movement important to you? If so, which MMOs have given you a nice range of fluid animations and ways to parkour your way across the world?