Global Chat: Which MMO has the least annoying inventory system?

    
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Global Chat: Which MMO has the least annoying inventory system?

Inventory is something we have to deal with in, oh, pretty much every MMO that we play. Some games are far more generous with space and offer better sorting options, while others give you a shoebox and expect you to store your horse, armor, and sword inside of it.

So which MMO is the best in this regard? For a fresh take on that, we turn to MMO blogger Creeping.

“Inventory management has always been an issue for me and I despise it in every game except for Warframe,” she writes. “For some reason this is the only game I’m playing at the moment that just has one big pot for all of the craftables and stuff.”

Player Versus Developer: The challenging DDO/LOTRO re-onboarding process

“Turbine’s Patcher may not be any better or worse than any other patcher, but the game makes it looks like their file structure is such that it needs to manually and painfully update tens of thousands of files, even on a clean download. (Maybe everyone else does the same thing but just doesn’t provide as much detail.)

Altar of Gaming: How to get max inventory and storage space in Elder Scrolls Online

“One of the biggest issues new ESO players face is inventory management. The game is designed to ‘force’ you into getting a subscription, but fear not! Through this guide, you will learn everything you need to know in order to be efficient with your inventory space, and never have to stop every five minutes to sell, discard or salvage stuff!”

Endgame Viable: New World unimpresses

“I’m not going to dwell on this very much, because everyone else seems to be enjoying it, but just for the record, I didn’t care for the New World beta very much. I was ready to give up on it after a half hour, but I recognize that MMOs tend to start slow. So I persevered for a little over two hours and by the end I felt it to be repetitive and unrewarding. I feel like two hours is plenty of time for any game to make their case for why I should continue playing.”

Many Welps: Heading back to RuneScape

“The year is 2007. I’m in 7th grade and all my friends and classmates are abuzz with some game called RuneScape. It’s this game you play online with other people and there’s so much to do!”

24 Hours In: Star Wars the Old Republic

“This is why nothing ever changes in the Star Wars universe. SWTOR, like KOTOR before it, is set a thousand years or more prior to the film series, but you’d never know that from looking at it. Oh I get why – set a prequel far enough back and nothing you do will directly contradict the later continuity because there’s a thousand years or more in between for things to sync up in, assuming you don’t blow up a planet ahead of schedule.”

MMO Juggler: FFXIV and friendliness

“We did win and the way the entire group was so helpful when I couldn’t figure out where they went, without being elitist or condescending, really left me with a positive impression. It’s minor, I’m sure out of millions of players there will be jerks, but this was a very nice experience.”

Every day there are tons of terrific, insightful, and unusual articles posted across the MMO gaming blogosphere — and every day, Justin reads as many as he can. Global Chat is a sampling of noteworthy essays, rants, and guides from the past few weeks of MMO discourse.

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K8 D

Retail WoW hands down. Though, that should be expected with a subscription based game. Only thing it’s missing is the QoL feature of depositing materials into the material bank from anywhere like you can in GW2. GW2 would be so good if they didn’t throw so much stuff at you that you need to save for later.

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Neurotic

Guild Wars 2’s inventory management gives me psychic damage every time I open my bags. It looks lovely and the icon art is beautiful, but what kills me is the sheer mind-boggling amount of stuff that is in there. I took a break a few years ago and when I came back, I couldn’t handle all the crap that exploded out of my bags. So I left again, and every now and then I’ll go back and struggle with the overflowing towers of stuff that Anet keep handing out. Seriously, I need to get Marie Kondo in there.

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Bruno Brito

The least annoying? I like GW2’s altho they still fill your inv with crap.

The one i hate the most is ESO, for sure. That fucking game…

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Paragon Lost

GW2 and then WoW Retail.

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Chosenxeno .

WoW because it had Amazing Addons for Inventory.

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Dankey Kang

GW2 easily. The layout is simple if you pick the one bag option, you can easily sort things (and send mats to their own seperate inventory) and nuking items is quick and simple. Auto loot grabs things for you to keep downtime to a minimum, it just all works.

When you play a game with a bad inventory system, like FF14 or No Man’s Sky; it really makes you appreciate a good one.

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Louie

For me, I think any game that has varying bag sizes is automatically exempt from having the least annoying inventory system. But I honestly don’t think any game handles it particularly well to the point where I would think “wow, this is a great inventory system and isn’t annoying in any way.”

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traja

That is a good point. For some reason MMO developers keep intentionally designing inventory management to be an obstacle. As if sorting your bags was ever a fun problem to solve.

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traja

WoW I guess but only because of addons. I can’t stand the default multi-bag UI. With addons though you can get so many quality of life features. For example when you are crafting you can see what materials all of your characters have.

BDO was the absolute worst for me. The amount of junk that you find is absurd.

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Bannex

They all suck. Every last one of them. If I had to pick a winner I’d say WoW and that’s only because expanding it isn’t ridiculously hard or costs real money.

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MilitiaMasterV

The ones that don’t limit what you can store/have ‘unlimited’ crafting storage that doesn’t require you to keep paying something for it. (I’m looking at you ESO.)

Of course those games don’t exist.

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Vlad

GW2 doesn’t have “unlimited” crafting storage, but the limit is on how many of each item you can have.
Material storage starts that at 250, which is the stack size for most things, and it’s there so people don’t accidentally hoard everything.

You can also purchase storage expansion to expand by 250 for about 8€, up to a stack of 2000. It’s much better than ESO, where you’re forced to pay 13€ to get the storage for a month.
250 is more than enough for most people, 500 is more than enough for hardcore crafters, and anything above is just for hoarding. After 4 years of playing, I purchased a storage expansion (250->500) just because I had some gems lying around.

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losludvig

250 is enough for every mat ever, except for those stupid base mats for ascended crafting. I doubt even 2500 is enough for those.