Leaderboard: What was the most overrated MMO of 2020?


Longtime readers will know we’ve been granting an official end-of-the-year award for the most underrated MMO for several years now. But it comes along with another tradition: There’s always that one guy who comes into the comments to argue that our most underrated is the most overrated, actually.

My dude, today’s poll was made for you.

What was the most overrated MMO of 2020? What MMO just doesn’t deserve the praise that we or other gamers give it? To stop this poll from punching down, we’re just gonna limit it to some of the bigger MMOs playable in the west currently, but you can pick three!

Leaderboard: What was the most overrated MMO of 2020?

  • World of Warcraft (24%, 104 Votes)
  • Elder Scrolls Online (9%, 40 Votes)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (13%, 58 Votes)
  • Guild Wars 2 (5%, 20 Votes)
  • Black Desert (10%, 43 Votes)
  • EVE Online (3%, 12 Votes)
  • Star Wars The Old Republic (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Lord of the Rings Online (2%, 7 Votes)
  • RuneScape (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Star Citizen (12%, 51 Votes)
  • ArcheAge (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Star Trek Online (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Blade and Soul (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Neverwinter (0%, 1 Votes)
  • DC Universe Online (0%, 1 Votes)
  • EverQuest II (0%, 1 Votes)
  • TERA (0%, 0 Votes)
  • City of Heroes (2%, 7 Votes)
  • Secret World Legends (0%, 0 Votes)
  • No Man's Sky (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Torchlight III (2%, 10 Votes)
  • Elite Dangerous (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Dungeons and Dragons Online (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Albion Online (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Destiny 2 (3%, 11 Votes)
  • Project Gorgon (1%, 3 Votes)
  • New World (6%, 25 Votes)
  • Nothing (3%, 11 Votes)
  • Something else (hit the comments!) (1%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 302

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David Goodman

Star Citizen and New World. Way too much hype for this. I don’t play FF14 so I can’t say on it, and I haven’t played ESO in so long that any knowledge I have is outdated and not relevant.

I do play WoW, and i wouldn’t say overhyped – it has pretty much exactly the level of hype it’s earned. Some people don’t like Shadowlands, some people do, it’s pretty much right on the ‘average’ side of things as far as Hype goes. In fact, the only real “hype” i ever even heard about WoW Shadowlands was “hope it’s not as bad as BFA”

If that’s someone’s idea of overhyped then I don’t think a conversation is possible with that person.

Star Citizen though? How can that NOT be at the top of everyone’s list, even unreleased? And New World has been heralded as the Second Coming of MMOs because of… what, Amazon? How anyone could come to a conclusion that a company not known for video games at all is suddenly going to push any kind of quality product based on focus groups is beyond me.

The rest of the games on the list, I do not know that they ever received any hype to even measure, and some i am surprised are on the list – not because I contest they are MMOs, but because…nobody ever talks about them, what hype is there to judge?


I would say Barbie Doll online is the one that gets the most undeserved attention on this site.


I wish it went back online :c


I think you misunderstood :) Barbie Doll online = Black Desert online. It is a far out sarcastic comment about that game being a representative of the “dress up” type of mmo.

Vincent Clark

It’s not surprising to see WoW and FFXIV at the top of the list since they are–arguably–the top two MMORPGs on the market (more specifically, the top two subscription based MMORPGs).

I’ve played both. And while WoW isn’t for me, I wouldn’t call it overrated, and I think people tend to not get what that word actually means (again, no surprise there).

As for FFXIV, I can’t wrap my head around anyone calling the level of content (in quality and quantity) that we get year after year as “mediocre”. But, different strokes for different folks.


Oleg Chebeneev

Doesnt matter if new content is good if game is flawed at its core

Bruno Brito

I’ll bite. What are your issues with FF14.

Oleg Chebeneev

Slow dull combat, boring quests, instances everywhere, nothing special visuals, boring gameplay. Should I continue?

Vincent Clark

All this tells me is that you have never got a job/class to level cap (combat is far from slow and dull), and “special visuals” don’t count for shit if it’s a shallow gaming experience. I think it does just fine with it’s current engine and it’s quite obvious when they try to push things and not rest on their laurels.

If the game simply isn’t for you, I get it. I feel the same about WoW. Difference is I’m not going to argue in bad faith about it being overrated.

Oleg Chebeneev

>”Difference is I’m not going to argue in bad faith about it being overrated”.

Where else to argue about FF14 being overrated if not in topic asking what is the most overrated MMO?

Bruno Brito

Please, indulge me.

I’ll agree on the slow combat. I don’t know how long is the GCD, but i feel like i can make coffee before i finish casting a skill.

But boring gameplay and slow dull combat are basically the same thing. Instances everywhere is basically WoW’s endgame, so…

I can agree with visuals.


ESO, purely for the drop in quality and stupid design decisions last year.

Oh, and it was the ‘year of performance’ as well, lol.

Bruno Brito

Don’t remind me.


I like WoW but even I had to pick it FFS, I also went with GW2, and BDO.


I’m surprised SC isn’t getting more votes.


It hasn’t released yet (and may never) so I didn’t consider it for the vote.


Same. I’m only voting on a finished game.


I had to go with nothing. WoW never really clicked for me, but I don’t think however many millions of people enjoying it are wrong. To say something is overrated, I feel like you have to have put in the time to get most of the experience, and then form your opinion. I won’t put hours and hours into a game that I’m not immediately enjoying to see how it turns out later. With a movie, I’ll kill two hours watching something that ends up being worse than the hype made it seem, but a few hours in an MMO gives just a tiny fraction of the whole experience.

Cody S

Hands down, Final Fantasy XIV. What a letdown. What was all the fuss about? It’s just WoW-lite and caters entirely to casual players.

I felt like this game was designed by butt hurt WoW players that were removed from groups for just straight up sucking. They made a game so easy and basic you can literally battle res your way through content and everything gets handed to you, even if you can’t.

Bruno Brito

Uh…WoW also caters to casual players.


This is how MMOs should be, not fing e-sports! That competitive nonsense has been a straight cancer for MMOs.


I’m going to give everything a pass this year due to this COVID hell we have all been living through. Nothing will replace working as a team in a team environment while I understand a lot of games can be made remotely its just not the same when all the team can get together share a laugh, a company lunch, and shoot the shit face to face.


So, so many MMOs overrated on the site.

But of all the MMOs that the staff here lavishes on praise for, World of Warcraft Retail has to be the most egregious and not understandable one.

Eliot really hit the nail on the head with his piece on the dreadful story line that started in BfA and is about to get 1000 times worse in SL.

But from the shallow game play, the endless grind, the focus on Elite M+/M+R players, the continued destruction and deprecation of the ‘old world’, and worst of all the codification of the Borrowed Power design . . . it all just sucks what life this game had out into the void.

We need a new direction in MMOs, and we need it badly.


I wouldn’t say WoW is “not understandable” – plenty of people who enjoy mindless grind of dumb AI and who do not care about story still enjoy WoW and the familiar and new ways of grinding dumb AI it brings with Shadowlands. Nothing is really wrong with that, even if others dislike it. WoW was always like that as far as I can remember it (I have retail box with CDs which I got in 2004) and still is, and while I do agree than there needs to be better MMORPGs with more gameplay variety – I wouldn’t say WoW is “overrated” and I see why many people continue enjoying and praising it.