The Daily Grind: What’s the grindiest MMORPG still alive in 2021?

    
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On last week’s podcast, I joked that Albion Online’s grind is deceptively short because once you get to what appears to be the outer rings of skills, you realize that the skills have another hundred levels apiece. I expect it to take several months of dedicated play to reach those upper echelons. Actually, let’s be real, I expect I’ll never get there at all and will content to merely muddle along at my own pace! I might be stretching myself thin in too many sandboxes already!

But it definitely made me think about grind and perceived grind in MMOs. I mean, this is a genre where a game like Neverwinter just shortened its leveling curve such that you can basically get to the top in an easy weekend. In World of Warcraft, people are still able to zip to the level cap in a couple of days if they know how to power through it. Sure, there’s a lot more to do in those games than just hit the caps, but it changes how “grindy” I perceive those games to be.

What do you think – what’s the grindiest MMO still alive as of 2021?

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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Charlie November

Lineage 2
Black desert online

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EsT ViikinG

I’d say runescape is the mother of grinding. Takes years to get completionist cape and its constantly growing and getting new content and ooh and skills do have lvl cap but no xp cap or if there is its massive. And some skills are also timed like you have to wait for it to get the xp like farming for example you gotta wait untill plants grow untill you can harvest xp. But its fun grind, there are dozens of skills, hundreds of quests, loads of minigames and what not to grind on

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Brian Johnson

I’ve been playing ESO on and off since launch and I can’t seem to get anywhere in that game.

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Out of the ones that I played the most:

– Perfect World
– Talisman Online
– Twelve Sky 2

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Cope Hayden

Nexus: The Kingdom of the Wind

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Paragon Lost

Life.

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The board game or the inescapable suffering and illusion of existence?

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Lol!!! Both! 😜 Thanks BTW, needed that. 🤙

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PanagiotisLial1

Naturally it should be mmos without level limit(anymore) since the grinding can be infinite if you choose to, so I will include Tibia and Lineage 2

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Adam Russell

Project Gorgon is pretty grindy, but its a fun grind.

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MesaSage

Each one I’ve played has had grind times, whether it’s deeds in Lotro or crafting in Villagers and Heroes. I don’t mind it sometimes when I’m just relaxing, but it’s more often a nuisance to get me to buy convenience.

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Narficus

what’s the grindiest MMO still alive as of 2021?

Well, DUH