The Daily Grind: Which MMOs are too hard to get into?

    
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It was a thing.

I fully acknowledge and own the fact that I’m far less patient about how much effort it takes today to install and learn a video game than when I was tweaking config.sys and autoexec.bat files while installing 14 floppy discs in the early ’90s. MMOs that either throw up too many obstacles to getting into the game itself or are so complicated that it requires a trip to a wiki or a 10-step video series are ones that provoke me to quickly shout “NOPE!” and move on with my life.

Which is a shame, because I’m sure quite a few of these titles would be worth my time if I could and would push past the difficulty of getting into them. Albion Online, for example, was a dream to boot up for the first time and instantly figure out, while Phantasy Star Online 2’s original installation methods and weirdly named features made it less-than-desirable for a casual gaming outing.

Which MMOs are a little too hard to get into, either from an accessibility angle or a working knowledge one?

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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Bannex

FFXIV. There’s a good game in there somewhere buried underneath needlessly complicated menus, systems and endless boring fucking quests.

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Mia DeSanzo

I had to go find a missing .dll to get Florensia to run when I last installed it. Perhaps that was just me and not a problem everyone has, but it was one more step than I usually prefer in an installation.

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MassivelyMacD

These days the UI and controls of Anarchy:Online seem very awkward to me and I find it challenging to even move and zoom the cam correctly. That and seven gazillion nano programs you don’t know what to do with. And the skill tree. And the implants. And the crafting mechanics. And the tricks by which you could equip lvl 200 equipment at level 75 and use it. It is hard to get into since it is such an anachronism these days.

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Gustav Holst

Wildstar is hard to get into nowadays.

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SmiteDoctor

Damn son that’s cold.

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Fisty

Bravo! Bravo!

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Neurotic

“F”

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Gustav Holst

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NeoWolf

A lot of folks say EVE, but EVE isn’t really difficult to get into, it simply has many many layers of depth to it in order to understand the full scope of what it is capable of that the game itself doesn’t even come close to conveying to its player base. So it’s not really difficult so much as depth.

I don’t really find any MMO difficult to play mechanically, but sometimes some are difficult to play thematically. If the setting doesn’t gel with me then it just doesn’t matter how glorious the game may be I just won’t get into it enough to hold my attention.

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TeoSC2

Perhaps you’re misunderstanding what “difficult to get into” means. It isn’t a question whether the game is difficult in terms of gameplay difficulty, AI difficulty, etc. Your first paragraph explains pretty well that EVE isn’t a game that’s easy to initially get into. There are barriers to entry due to the layers of depth.

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NeoWolf

Not at all, the opposite is literally the point I was making. You can 100% pick up EVE and be playing it within a couple of minutes without any issues. it is not a difficult game to play

BUT it has lots of layers to it as I said, which based on what you want to do and how invested in time and interest you want to be in the game determine how far down the rabbit hole you may want to and CAN go, which “can” make the game exponentially more difficult, but none of that is “necessary” it is all purely choice based and like I said previously is the difference between Difficulty and Depth.

In its base form the game is incredibly simple to play.

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MolleaFauss

Anything that requires too much time to get in, getting older my time is divided on many fronts and I try to make the most of it.
I’ve the same as @emberstar below on Elite Dangerous, it’s a game I think I can definitely LOVE but the entry “curve” it’s actually a manhattan glass skyscraper to climb without any aids.
Any mobile “MMO” – I’ve a phone and a PC and not a tablet, mobile MMOs are dumbed down, grindy boring experiences for limited control scheme (and let’s put aside any excessive monetization). They are actually not “hard” to get into, but utterly boring.

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Demon of Razgriz

1. Anything fantasy related.
2. EVE Online and other similar MMO’s where there’s too much of a gap between new and existing players that can only be overcome with paying for gear from the jump.
3. Anything where the voice/word translation sucks when converted to English.
4. Damn near every mobile MMO that takes the freedom from players to explore.

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Paul

Your point 2 is one of the most frequently repeated misconceptions about Eve-Online – its completely false

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Amadahy

Anything I download and install that then crashes within 5 min because Xincode17 (something, something, or similar product) decides my PC is evil for whatever reason. No, I don’t have malicious software installed, nor to I write remote control blah blah or whatever. I don’t run 10 instances of your game, and my cat isn’t in the corner with a welding mask on (courtesy Richard Jennings, RIP). 🤦‍♀️,🤷‍♀️,uninstall.

Honorable Mention: I tried to start Black Desert a few times. Really like the characters, but then I get bogged down and disinterested in my teens, and not really sure why. Nowadays I have all these emails with free things and have no idea what to keep or throw away, and no bag or bank space to keep any of it. And I get the impression it’ll eventually end up like ArcheAge, where I might be forced to PvP to do anything anyways?

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EmberStar

PSO2, and the “Microsoft Store.” If it ever comes to a platform where I can install the game where I choose without taking a “Hacking for beginners” course to force it to NOT overflow the C: drive SSD, then maybe I’ll take a look. Maybe.

Elite: Dangerous, a game that I think I *should* love and which I can’t even PLAY because the controls seem to be deliberately ten times more complicated than they need to be and the “tutorials” are absolute garbage.

I’m not going to mention any PVP games by name, because “it’s my choice” that I don’t enjoy anything about PVP. At all. But yes, there are a couple PVP games where I’m intrigued by something (setting, genre, artwork, races) enough that I keep looking… but which I will NEVER attempt to play.

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MassivelyMacD

Let’s ignore the current stories about the latest expansion, but E:D is better than you think. Three days ago I thought to myself that I should revive my years-old account, which I had only played for a few weeks back when it was published, so I decided to scrap my progress and do a clean start.

Tutorials have improved quite a bit and with a bit of reading and experimentation it is actually quite entertaining to play.

The prob is that on PC a lot of key binds you might need are unassigned, potentially due to a migration issue when Horizons was released, so you have to find out about that yourself. It bites you when you want to use the full-spectrum scanner for exploration, but there are plenty of explanatory videos out who do a good job at making clear how it all works.

Give it a go. It looks like a mountain, but it is only a small hill, and I for myself are having quite some fun with the game. But then again, I only play solo… :)