MMO fan creates an infographic to help you choose a game

    
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MMO fan creates an infographic to help you choose a game

With such a wide field of MMORPGs out there, it may be pretty daunting to figure out where to start — or where to go next. One Reddit user decided to help fellow gamers by creating a guide to the 10 most actively populated MMORPGs, complete with population numbers and a handy flow chart to guide your decision.

It’s an interesting chart that’s probably more helpful for newbies than anyone who’s been around the MMO block. We have no idea where this author was getting these population numbers, and it should be noted that some games (such as Path of Exile, Old School RuneScape, Warframe, Star Citizen, and Neverwinter) are missing when they should probably be present.

Looking for alternative guides to help you find a good MMO home? Check out Massively OP’s lists of the healthiest MMOs, best value MMOs, top MMOs of all time, and the best MMOs of last year.

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kjempff
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kjempff

Do you want to pay ?
No: Go find a stick in the woods, totally free, mmos however.
Yes: Ignore this chart, it will tell you nothing.

latorn
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latorn

Cool idea but I have to disagree with most things in the flowchart… Having played and enjoyed both ESO and GW2 I would say GW2 feels like it has greater freedom, and WoW… challenging? Lol, even FFXIV is more challenging than WoW.

Additionally would love to see the source for active populations. I was under the impression ESO was much larger since it has both consoles as seperate communities.

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Ben Stone

Yeah those are definitely the wrong way around, aside from the core levelling where ESO is a bit more free than GW2 (zones have minimum levels). Once you reach the level cap, GW2 is total freedom, ESO has very clear progression.

WoW definitely has more challenging content than FFXIV, I suspect it is talking about top end challenge, rather than casual play challenge.

latorn
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latorn

To be fair, I haven’t experienced the latest savage or ultimate raids in FFXIV to compare them to WoW’s current mythic stuff, so I’m not up to date on what’s more challenging. FFXIV just made me fall in love with PvE again after leaving WoW, aside from the ezmode level grind that plague both games.

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James Balmer

ESO has much more freedom than GW2, you can design your character exactly how you like (unlike GW2) and level in whatever area whenever and with whoever you want, regardless of level. There are also just more ways to play ESO than GW2, you can become a thief for example and steal from NPC’s, or go to jail for murder, etc. While they’re both themeparks, I think GW2 is a cookie cutter themepark, unlike GW2.

That said, I agree that WoW is not as difficult as FFXIV, every game on the list is more difficult than 99% of WoW.

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Bruno Brito

I think GW2 is a cookie cutter themepark, unlike GW2.

wat

latorn
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latorn

Solid points! ESO does have a lot of mechanics that allow the player greater choice of activities and freedom.

Though the one place I think GW2 is more free than ESO though is definitely on zone exploration/design. In GW2 I’ve always felt like I can go almost anywhere, and when they added gliders/mounts it even increased that feeling of freedom during exploration. I think this is the only area where ESO lags behind GW2 in terms of freedom. Too often (especially on the original vanilla maps) the player is contained to certain areas within maps, as it’s a struggle to climb even small slopes. The new maps from each chapter definitely handle this better, but there’s still giant mountains/unreachable regions within Vvardenfell, Summerset and Elsweyr.

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Random MMO fan

Thanks for the laugh with this hilariously bad chart. Especially after seeing a co-op FPS game in it, or “full freedom to do anything” description for ESO. Not to mention that NO ONE should EVER use any “charts” or subjective opinions about any game and instead should try the game themselves and form their own opinion.

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Sorenthaz

Nice idea but that’s so hilariously basic with very minimal effort. “Don’t care about graphics? Play Runescape!” …What? Also saying FFXIV is all story and no challenge? Again, what? Not to mention there’s no source for those population numbers.

I get the concept of it but this was just too low effort to even attempt to take it seriously. Back up those population numbers with sources, and don’t do the bare minimum when it comes to flowchart decisions.

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Saxon Myers

I don’t see Star Trek Online in that chart

Purewitz
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Purewitz

The Star Trek Discovery storylines scared everyone away from Star Trek Online. That’s why.

Strykerx88
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Strykerx88

This is far too simple.

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Fisty

It’s biggest problem is it’s limited to those ten games. Lots of other options to fit into those same categories.

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Syran

“Do you want to pay” is a very strange way to ask that question. Almost no one really wants to pay, after all.

Apart from that, it doesn’t seem very helpful to me overall. I prefer fast-paced action, yet I wouldn’t choose Black Desert over FFXIV or Wow. I like a challenge, yet I prefer playing FFXIV over WoW. I’d take freedom rather than clear goals, yet I had more fun with Guild Wars 2 than with Elder Scrolls Online.

Clearly those aspects are not at all what make or break a game, at least not for me.

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Crowe

Hmmm… this infographic either puts me into WoW or Destiny 2. I’ve played and moved on from both. Destiny 2 definitely wasn’t a MMO. And WoW was… well, WoW. The “challenge” part is trying to keep interest in leveling to cap through all the expansions with the new-at-the-time systems that get ignored in the next expansions. And then the dailies are super-boring. I haven’t really read about things in either that are changing so I think this infographic really misses the mark.

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Kinya

Nice idea, but it is missing some vital points and choices.

For example FFXIV is great also for those who loves challenge :)