The Daily Grind: What’s the worst MMO you’ve ever played?

    
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The Daily Grind: What’s the worst MMO you’ve ever played?

Earlier this month, I first heard about Josh Strife Hayes, a YouTuber doing noble work by playing his way through a pile of unloved and distressingly terrible MMOs in order to find the worst one ever.

To be fair, some of the games he’s tried really aren’t that bad. But I’m having Scarlet Blade flashbacks right now. We once sent a straight guy, a gay guy, and a bi guy into Scarlet Blade to check it out, and literally nobody had a good time. Nobody.

Alas, Scarlet Blade sunsetted – I know you’re shocked – so we won’t see Hayes trawl those waters. But our audience has played so many games that I’m sure you can propose something truly awful for him to try next. (And maybe get it out of your system here instead of forcing our own Chris into this fate in Choose My Adventure.)

I’m not aiming to be pointlessly mean here or bash any devs – look, the devs know better than anyone when their game is bad, and it’s probably not even their fault. And yes, we know you think you’re super hilarious to pick a super popular MMO and call it the worst ever, but you know it’s really not. No trolling allowed: What’s the worst MMO you’ve ever played, and maybe more importantly, what’s so bad about it?

PS: I picked TUG as the header pic because it’s an inaccessible shady Kickstarter scam and deserves scorn, and so that I haven’t accidentally influenced anyone. :D

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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Andy Turner

Mabinogi takes the worst cake.

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kjempff

And yes, we know you think you’re super hilarious to pick a super popular MMO and call it the worst ever

So, You are asking, but I am not allowed to answer, because it is trolling to not like a popular mmo.

The reasons why it would end up being a popular mmo for me, is first of all just because a game label itself a mmo doesn’t make it one (that limits the selection a lot).
Secondly I am not a game journalist so I don’t have to play all sorts of obscure or smaller mmos, or mmos clearly not my taste (such is pvp based mmos). I do not have to try League of Angels or Scarlet Boobies, I can tell from the presentation or in cases of doubt 10 minutes on youtube will do it.

A mmo must also have some weight behind it before I am going to spend time with it, as mmos for me are special games that needs exceptional depth, longevity and a lot of content. This is not an expectation I put on other genres or mmo-lite types like lobby games, arpg, rpg, etc.

But anyways, that means I actually only really play the bigger ones, and the rest never makes it to the install. With a tight definition of what games are actual mmos and which of those I have installed and played, we are down to under 20 to choose from.

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RoarAshley

I really struggled with DC universe online. I like the concept, just struggled to maintain interest.

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Armsman

Hands down – Anarchy Online. From closed Beta and then especially at launch, it was just hot garbage.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Mortal Online. At launch it was a buggy ugly mess. Not even a real game, just an engine with almost nothing to do and the worst Unreal Engine graphics Ive ever seen.

“Honorable” mention:
Metin 2 – was probably the worst example of pure asian grinder.
Fury – not a real MMO, more like arena game. And I love those types of games. But Fury was just horrible.

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Noyjitat

I said dcuo somewhere already but it would actually have to be eve online. Having to wait real time on skills to train was a huge turn off. I should be able to grind skills in a reasonable amount of time and not be held back by dumbass “you’re going to fast timers”

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Anstalt

A lot of the worst candidates aren’t actually massively multiplayer, even though they get labeled as mmorpgs by some. Does that mean they’re so bad they’ve fallen out of the genre?!?

Out of the mmos ive played, auto assault is probably the worst. Admittedly, i picked it up without knowing anything about it, I was hoping for a single player carmageddon type game based on the box. But, gameplay was just a mess, especially to someone who didn’t know much about mmos back then.

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Stormwaltz

Of the ones I’ve actually played, I’d have to go with poor, unloved Auto Assault (Netdevil, 2006). I recall the vehicular combat being okay, but the on-foot sections were very “tacked-on,” with slow and floaty movement.

Comparing it to Cryptic’s STO (another game blending vehicle vs character content), my admittedly hazy memories cast AA in a pretty poor light.

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treehuggerhannah

I don’t think I’ve ever played one that was objectively bad. I’ve certainly played games that were not to my taste, but I’m sure they’re someone else’s favorite.

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Paul

Hmm, the one I’ve played for the least time is BDO – my wife and I picked it up in a steam sale and some way through the first evening we looked at each other “You enjoying this at all”, “no”, “lets go play something else”, “ok”.

A number where we’ve not made it through the first month of a sub, but BDO is the shortest by far. I don’t think I had a single positive impression. (the real killer was when I realised they wanted us to memorise key combinations to fire off skills – lol)

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Giggilybits

Not even the graphics?

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Paul

My main recollections about the GFX was very oversaturated colours and even with AA turned on the aliasing was horrible – I do remember wondering what everyone was talking about them being great heh (My PC wasn’t as high end then as it it these days but it was certainly up to playing it on pretty high settings)

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Noyjitat

Its too bad you quit so early because it really is a great game. The combos aren’t as bad as you think. Its literally this on every character: shift left click, shift right click, f, s, q. Shift q, forward left click, back left click, forward f, back s. With some skills with extra hits requiring you to hit space bar or backward F. And you dont need every skill. Plus most abilities make sense on the buttons with how your character moves. Light forward right click is a teleport forward and attack for a sorceress.

Just something new to get used to. This is also one of the few games where you dont need stats to dodge and you die of your too lazy to move out of that death circle.

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Paul

“shift left click, shift right click, f, s, q. Shift q, forward left click, back left click, forward f, back s” yeah I’ve lost the will to live before I’m half way through that. GUIs were invented quite some time ago with good reason ;) It reminds me of the old Wordperfect for DOS days, where someone who could memorise and use all the key combinations could command a good salary doing so, then Word came along with a nice simple GUI and suddenly everyone could operate a word processor.

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Lily Cheng

And yes, we know you think you’re super hilarious to pick a super popular MMO and call it the worst ever

I think you forgot to read this part of the article, read it again a few times to etch it into your mind.

I’m just imaginging the hilarity of you trying to play street fighter and going “WHAT? I NEED TO PRESS DOWN FORWARD PUNCH TO USE A SKILL?” and then promptly uninstalling because you couldn’t beat the game rolling your face across 1,2,3,4,5 on your keyboard lol

Now I think about it, it would actually be hilarious to watch people playing a fighting game but only needing to press 1,2,3,4,5 and seeing how quickly they lose their fanbase.