If you’ve ever been to generalist gaming Reddits, you know one of the most common threads is the “what should I play” thread, which is as tiresome to answer as it must be to ask. But it’s much rarer that such a question comes from a gamer who’s never played an MMORPG before. And one of those did indeed pop up a few weeks back, from a brand-new would-be MMO player who was debating what to try first (and in so doing made the bold decision to suggest WoW Classic looked “clunky,” hah!).
The responses included everything from Guild Wars 2 and Final Fantasy XIV to “why not try everything,” which isn’t really super helpful. What would you recommend for a true MMO newbie right now? What’s the best introduction to MMOs in general? Should someone start at the beginning of the genre? The middle? Or something from the last few years? Should such a player aim for accessibility, community, or longevity?