The Daily Grind: Have you ever had to try an MMO multiple times before getting into it?

    
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I have literally lost count at this point of how many times I’ve seen posts on the Final Fantasy XIV subreddit from someone saying that they tried the game X times before it finally “clicked” for them. Part of the reason for that is that I wasn’t trying to keep count in the first place, but the other part is that… well, it’s a common sentiment! I see it a lot of the time, and every time it’s a matter of trying a different class or just getting far enough along in the story when suddenly everything changed and the author was like “oh, this is actually awesome.”

This is one of those things I can’t really relate to from personal experience; the games I enjoy have usually clicked with me early enough that it hasn’t required multiple attempts to finally get into them, with the possible exception of The Elder Scrolls Online (and that was the difference between beta and the much-improved well-after-launch version). But what about you? Have you ever had to try an MMO multiple times before getting into it?

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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Crowe

In general, no. My first play of WoW went on for about a year and was fun but no return since has lasted longer than a month. I’ve tried ESO and FFXIV several times and it hasn’t taken even a month to lost interest. Actually, I can’t think of any MMO I tried but didn’t catch on to initially that I later went back to and say “oh yeah, this is my jam now.”

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chamllw

FFXIV
I like and love a lot about this game. The story, the world, NPCs and the game systems. I just find that the trial instances and some dungeons that I have to do to progress in the story have a high level of difficulty that I find stressful. It seems specially unforgiving for anyone with higher than average latency connections.

I have tried multiple times to get comfortable with this but I end up leaving when I have to do a specially difficult trial. For example Titan hard mode or Bismark. Maybe one day I can finally get a decent connection and try again.

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Gamhuin

FFXIV
It wasn’t until my third return to FFXIV, when I finally overcame the Realm Reborn storyline and moved into Heavensward that I can say I actually became a fan.
ARR was a slog. O_o

Warframe
Warframe took a couple stabs before I found my graceful footing. It just throws a LOT at you once you escape the tutorial and it can be overwhelming for a new player. And the different frames play SO differently, you just need to find the one that suits you. Also – space puppies make everything better.

Lord of the Rings Online
It took a decade and about four characters that were all abandoned at the Forsaken Inn in Lord of the Rings Online. I LOATHE the leveling experience and regions of the Lone Lands. A few years ago, I finally managed to get through it.
To this day, I claim that all of my abandoned characters, regardless of what game it is, sit around drinking and reminiscing about their glory days at the Forsaken Inn.

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Connor Knoch

i’ve always followed my instinct so they either click instantly for me or i throw em away. sadly i throw away 99% of my games and am stuck with stuff like rush royale, chess rush and kaion tale. seem to find no good mmorpgs, going through playstore daily. maybe giving games a second try will help me here but it just feels wrong to do.. biggest missing things r joystick+open world feature as most of them r shit like rucoy online which is a open world .. click rpg? hell no delete it pls i dont even care for graphics XD

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EmberStar

Have I ever played an MMO (or any game really) multiple times before “getting into it?” No. No I have not. My favorite games are functionally “endless” single player games, along with Warframe. (I have no idea how I managed to get past the learning curve in Warframe, since it seems to be near insurmountable for new players now. :( ) If I find myself not enjoying a game after an hour or so, then I tend to exit and not come back. Because I’m not good at money, I tend to buy games on sale and then not play them for a long time, so I don’t usually get the option to use a Steam Refund.

Why would I want to spend my limited free time bludgeoning myself against a game that isn’t fun, when I have many (way, way too many, darn you Steam Sales!) games that I haven’t tried, along with a handful of games that I know I will probably still enjoy after throwing a few hundred MORE hours at them?

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Bryan Correll

If I don’t like a game the first time I’m probably never going to give it a second time. Maybe if a friend loves it and wants me to have another go, but otherwise there are other games (and non-gaming activities for that matter) that would like my attention.

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Rndomuser

FFXIV was the only one like that for me. I tried it right when it was released in its original flawed form, didn’t really like the interface in it (all those weird fonts and message boxes which felt like I was playing some JRPG and not an MMOPRG) or the aesthetics of the characters. Then I tried it again when ARR released and actually liked the game, especially after meeting many friendly people in game.

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Castagere Shaikura

No this never has been a problem for me. I know right away if I’m going to like a game.

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IronSalamander8 .

Oh for sure. Most of them honestly. The only MMO that I almost immediately enjoyed and stuck with was CoH. The others I may have liked or grown to like, but I have to revisit them at least once to get into them and stick with them for a time.

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Paragon Lost

ESO is mine. Took me multiple attempts from it’s launch until last year before I finally got into it.