I know it’s cool to hate on battlegrounds in MMOs, but I kinda don’t. I cut my teeth on scrappy open-world gankbox PvP, and then eventually migrated through an RvR phase and TEF PvP before landing on a PvP server for that big game everyone played. And… well open PvP there sucked; it was basically highbies tormenting lowbies until the battlegrounds rolled out, and I freakin’ loved battlegrounds. Alterac Valley was my favorite in its earliest forms. I just really preferred more structure to the fighting. It wasn’t balanced, but it was far closer to balanced than roving gangs picking off noobs.
That said, most PvP battlegrounds in MMOs are bad, in my experience, so I feel like I’m always looking for one that will hook me in like WoW’s oldest batch. How about you? Do you like PvP battlegrounds in MMOs? What’s your favorite?