The Daily Grind: Are there MMOs you love to look at but hate to play?

So close, and yet...

For those of you who have forgotten my experiences with DC Universe Online, I found it one of the most obnoxious and unpleasant games to actually play that I’ve ever wound up covering while working here… but darn, I love that game’s aesthetic. It’s seductive. I keep looking at it and thinking that maybe if I give it another shot, this time I’ll enjoy it, only to find myself reminded again that I really don’t enjoy the actual game despite my best efforts. I want to like it because it looks pretty.

I know that this is not the only game where the art style makes me want to like the game but the actual game itself turns me off. Heck, I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person who looks at a game and wants to love the art style even as I dislike the actual gameplay. There are a lot of games out there with a distinct visual style that may not wind up married to compelling gameplay (Gigantic, looking sadly in your direction). So are there MMOs you love to look at but hate to play?

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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Paulo Monte

Allods Online… love the graphics, textures, Russian aesthetics, architecture. But I don’t need to talk about why I don’t play it.

Robert Mann

Many MMOs look pretty but have the virtual world depth of frost on a window. All of these things make this list for me to some extent, although with the right people I don’t mind just mindlessly bashing things. For a short while. Occasionally. In other words, the people I am with become the actual content focus for me, and the game itself doesn’t matter short term… but outside that? Yeah, all these games leave me wishing for something slower, deeper, and more like an actual world than a repetitive puppet show.


ArcheAge! I choose you!

Don’t think it ever won your worst business model, but this game has several business models all of them terrible, probably not the best way to stand out but still kind of an achievement.

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Ken from Chicago


It’s so pretty–to watch others play it (possibly having edited out the game crashing bugs). Or watch others make music videos, trailers, machinima, pvp. But downloading the latest update. Knowing it’s over year before they even begin optimizing it … yeah. Sigh.


It’s pretty but I don’t hate the gameplay but it’s so tiring. I’m constantly using the mouse to aim or dodge or block attacks. I’m physically winded after an hour or so.


Yes there are. The names of them are irrelevant because even if I won’t like them – someone else will, and nobody should be making decision whether to play some game or not based on subjective opinions.

Does not check email

Black Desert. I just want to dress the characters. I go into the game and it is one endless grinding spam fest. Beautiful scenery too. The other players get in the way


EVE Online and Black Desert Online.

I wouldn’t say that I “hate” to play either, but both are definitely games where I enjoy the “idea” of them more than actually playing them.

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Peregrine Falcon

Black Desert Online.

Loved the look. Loved the non-combat systems. Even loved playing the game, briefly.

But it was sooooo grindy, and had no story. It was great for a few hours and then I was done.

Reginald Atkins

BDO, beautiful game… boring AF PVE and I’m not into PVP.
EVE Online, I’m just not back-stabby enough to even think on a level necessary to play that one and there’s the PVP thing.

Ben Stone

FFXIV and ESO. Both look great and appeal to my lore / questing side, but the combat bores me super fast and I barely make it a month whenever I return.