The Daily Grind: Which MMO have you returned to the most?

    
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While I’m always up for trying out new MMOs and crossing my fingers that a future title will click with me, I do so with the calm assurance of knowing that I have my fallback MMORPGs to keep me occupied no matter what. I’ve grown very comfortable leaving and returning to certain game worlds over the years, knowing that when I depart, it’s only for a little while.

For me, the MMO that I’ve come back to the most is most definitely Lord of the Rings Online. The other day I was embarking on yet another new character’s journey and trying to analyze just what it is about this game that makes it such a welcoming experience when I come back to it. Familiarity and a deep sense of world is part of it, as is the sanguine pace and the tone.

Which MMO have you returned to the most over the years? Which game have you said farewell to… only to say hello, over and over again?

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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MasterOfPuppets
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Returning out of love, and nostalgia? A toss up with Ultima Online, and City of Heroes, because of the depth of memories and community found there. They’re both flawed games as games, for the exact same reason of age and timing in history that they both appeared, but the core product is still enjoyable and you can’t beat the value of personal attachment.

Originally I would have said UO over CoH, especially as NCSoft shut down the entire CoH community overnight, which left everyone unable to officially return; but the disgust generated by burning decades of good will from Garriot’s dishonesty and support for community toxicity over at SotA, the slow nickle and diming being resorted too to keep UO alive, and the discovery and so far, tacit tolerance of private CoH servers has flipped that feeling completely. I still log into CoH occasionally today, but I think my time with UO is probably over for good now. Nostalgia isn’t infinite.

Which leads into what I’d also add as the main game I keep coming back too; Star Trek Online. It’s janky as all heck. It’s got absolutely awful lootbox mechanics in there. But what it absolutely gets right is that it’s truly Leap In, Leap Out; You can do any of the PvE content with just the PvE rewards. Everything is instanced so you lose nothing by taking breaks. It makes it really, really easy to sign up for Team content or just wander around doing what ever you feel like at any time. It’s absolutely a casuals dream, and in that sense, it’s ideally placed to just be there when you fancy some mindless FREEEMing at space ships.

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Brown Jenkin

GW2.

Frankly if the combat was better it’d probably be my forever game. GW2 is brilliant and hits all the points I really *need* in an MMO to enjoy it. Sadly the hybrid combat just doesn’t cut it for me.

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SW:TOR is the one I’ve gone back to most often although the last return was more of a “return”. I needed a break from FF:XIV and there was one class romance I wanted to do. The sad thing is that the combat there is fun. Could be nostalgia but I much prefer how classes feel in TOR than I do in XIV.

But at the end of the day Bioware is still one of the more incompetent studios and EA is one of the greediest of publishers. That game has been running on fumes since RotHC. Even if it were good, one and done story content is not enough to keep an MMO population. Consequently I’ve noticed that most of their White Knights no longer grace the forums.

The whole Valkorian melodrama pretty much skewered any interest I had in the later stories and there’s not much left prior to that I haven’t done. Outside of some nostalgia there’s not a whole lot left to draw me back in. There’s nothing there worth paying for so any return is destined to last a week at best before the Preferred restrictions become too annoying.

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I don’t tend to go back. Only done it a couple times recently, and only because I can’t find anything else to go to.

Went back to Runescape a couple times, LOTRO a few times, SWTOR once, and technically took breaks and went back and forth to the one I played for 4 years which I try and avoid giving any business to (Hence why I won’t say their name).

Recently went back to ESO, but it may be a very short stint as I’m playing F2P with no craft bag and they are making it nigh impossible to play, and I’m not paying them for that crap. I don’t support that kind of behavior/monetization crap. It’s about as bad as lockboxes. That + their ‘character specific’ stable and achievements so they could milk you with a store, all while providing horrid load screens/stumble mechanics/other obstacles to waste your time makes it not worthwhile to fund anymore. (Not that I can’t, it’s that I won’t, unless they start listening to people/improving these things I have a gripe with.)

Often, I play until I’m ‘done’/satisfied/bored with a game and wander off, never to return again. So yeah, if you want my money, entertain me well, and keep my attention…

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Vunak

Between FFXI, TERA and BDO I would say, in that order.

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Saluka

LotRO community calls the bruh crowd little squeakers. Insta like for that reason even if the game sucked which it doesn’t. Great setting.

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jealouspirate

WoW is my usual “go to” MMO, but I always check in on LOTRO & GW2 a few times a year and catch up with those a bit. Also since it launched, WoW Classic. If I want the ultimate “MMO warm blanket/comfort food” I will create a new character in Classic and go through the starting experience.

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ashiru_1978

LOTRO, SWG, Vanilla WoW, Forsaken World, the rest just don’t click with me.

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Castagere Shaikura

For me, it was ESO because of the combat and guild AH system. But I decided to just let it go and I’m enjoying the game more.

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Stormsong Minstrel

Lotro. No matter how hard I try to find something else aside – almost always return to sweet warm atmosphere of Lotro.
Where I would like to return to? Istaria, if developers ease unwise restrictions.

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Castagere Shaikura

I miss my Dragon character.