Global Chat: Which MMO has the best Halloween?

    
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Global Chat: Which MMO has the best Halloween?

That’s a really good question! While pretty much every MMO has some sort of autumn/harvest/Halloween event going on this month, there are a few standouts from the pack.

MMO blog Nerdy Bookahs rendered this judgment: “It is actually a tie between LOTRO’s Haunted Burrow and Guild Wars 2 with all activities taken together. LOTRO finds this sweet balance between giving us Halloween and doing something that works really well in this world […] Guild Wars 2, on the other hand, has a much bigger event.”

Read on for more player essays, including a guide to Balance Druids in Shadowlands, an examination of the lack of challenge in No Man’s Sky, and more!

This is really what you're going with, huh.

Tales of the Aggronaut: Warcraft makeover edition

“The highlight of this patch however is the new character models and as a result the only thing I actually did last night was log in a bunch of characters and head to the barber shop.”

Gnomecore: How to play a Balance Druid in Shadowlands

“I was surprised not to find any comprehensive explanation how Balance Druid now works in 9.0 pre-patch and on – not even Icy Veins or Wowhead were able to help me! Half an hour of reading abilities explanation, whatever ‘guides’ were available and trying it on a dummy resulted in an understanding. I’m saving you from my pain now.”

24 Hours In: Killing time and dungeon bosses

“There’s actually not a lot to do in Secret World Legends outside of the main story. At least while levelling. As I said a couple of days ago I’ve been running out the clock on this run of Secret World Legends, because while I was hanging around to pick up a few shinies from the Halloween event I didn’t want to start on the next zone of the main story in Egypt with only a few hours to go. So instead I’ve been looking around for other things to do and finding… not much actually.”

In An Age: Still No Man’s Sky

“It’s still missing something. And it might be something dumb like ‘challenge.’ Some games are not meant to be challenging. No one is going to play My Time at Portia while looking for a Dark Souls experience. In this regard, No Man’s Sky is very obviously tilted towards a chill, Explorer player-type. ”

Contains Moderate Peril: LOTRO — even more community management problems

“If this were any other developer I would’ve been surprised by such a response but after years of such indifferences from SSG, I simply shrugged. They’ve always been shocking at marketing their own content.”

GamingSF: Solo vs. multiplayer in MMORPGs

“Solo gaming in the MMORPG genre isn’t new to me at all. I’ve documented countless times on this blog about playing many different online games as a solo activity. Although the genre is named for its multiplayer aspect, there are other reasons for wanting to play these games solo – for instance their open-ended, ever-changing nature.”

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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Apridise
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I still miss the FFXI back in the day when it was popular, they still have the Halloween event but it’s not the same with so few people participating. But ESO does a really good job of trying to do the same thing with the community working together during Halloween. GW2 does a good job getting everyone in on the theme of the holiday with their free food and costumes. But the Halloween recipes in ESO can be used all year long.

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Toy Clown

I’m enjoying the heck out of the Witch’s Festival in The Elder Scrolls, and gets a huge thumbs-up from me as I love fluff earning. I’m close to earning a coven house through the holiday achievements, the daily event tickets earned are going toward grab bags that drop the previous year’s event items and won’t give you duplicates, there are several outfit styles and motifs to earn, an experience buff that’s great for leveling alts, several spooky mementos, and spooky-themed furniture drops in the skulls you can loot.

I haven’t been this immersed in a Halloween-themed holiday since I stopped playing The Secret World and I love the “ka-ching” feeling of all the loot.

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Hikari Kenzaki

“There’s actually not a lot to do in Secret World Legends outside of the main story”

Looks at my year of streams where I did almost no MSQ missions

Huh

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I’m not sure what you’re getting at, Hikari. For the record I include side missions in my definition of ‘main story’ because they’re the best source of XP to make up the gaps in the main story. If there’s much else out there other than what I discuss in the blog post… do tell.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Well, I did go back and read a few earlier posts. You do seem to indicate having difficulty locating mission givers.

There are 84 non-MSQ, non-side missions on Solomon Island. A few you do as part of the story quest, but most are missed by the streamlined story pathing of SWL. No way to really know how many of those you did.

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Where do I indicate that? Seeing as every mission giver and side mission in SWL is marked right there on the map the moment I enter a zone there’s no difficulty in finding them. The only ‘difficulty’ is in finding enough XP in the zone I’m in to make up the level gaps in between main story missions. Those gaps were substantial in Blue Mountain, and led to me doing just about every mission available in that zone.

I stress ‘the zone I’m in’ because I’ve no interest in going back and mopping up missions in prior zones that are now 10 levels or more below me.

None of which really relates to my original point, which was that if you step off the levelling treadmill in SWL (i.e. the adventure zones) there’s not much else going on; and my second point, which was that the main story is so good that ultimately it doesn’t really matter that there’s not much else going on, at least not while levelling.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Enjoy your time in the game.

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K8 D

Agreed. Gw2 and lotro give me the perfect festive spirit, though if i had to pick one, it would be lotro even though i no longer play. It’s so cozy and fun to run around in the haunted burrow.
I also really loved the wildstar one where we were all lost in the dark with a flashlight. Those 3 games, top tier Halloween.

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Fisty

WoW will always get me to resubscribe during the holiday months. Hallow’s End always makes me happy. Maybe not the best, but the best for me.

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Lethia Myune

Even after all this time i’m still a fan of the way Halloween was made in Wildstar. A creepy instance, great looking, thematic and relatively easy to obtain items. It was scary-goofy decor everywhere and you really did feel the season coming. Aww now i made myself sad reminiscing lol

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iMissedMyExit

I still think Wildstar had the best Halloween event.

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I might be biased, but Trick or Treating in City of Heroes is a ton of fun.

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IronSalamander8 .

EQ2, even though it’s been awhile since I’ve played.

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EQ2 definitely had the best jump scare with that damn skeleton popping out of the corner of the screen.

Totally got me the first time.

Also in a Halloweeny vein, I highly recommend ‘Haunting of Bly Manor’ on Netflix. Less jump scares than Haunting of Hill House, tighter story, still scary and creepy but just a better story.

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Toy Clown

I just finished Haunting of Bly Manor and while it took a couple of episodes to fully grab me, by the end of the series I was thoroughly immersed in the story. I love walking away from watching something and playing things over in my head, feeling story clicks go off. Really good!