The Daily Grind: List your favorite expansion to every MMO you’ve played

    
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Lists — we’re doing one today. And it has the potential to be a really fun one!

The challenge is fairly simple: Make a list of all of the MMOs that you played for any good length of time (i.e., not ones you tried for about six seconds before your morning coffee that one time). And then pick one — and only one — expansion as the one that you consider to be the best, most fun, and most engaging that you experienced.

My own list may be too long to easily post here, so I’ll go with three of my most-played MMOs: Lord of the Rings Online (Riders of Rohan), World of Warcraft (Wrath of the Lich King), and Star Wars: The Old Republic (Shadow of Revan).

Let’s see your list in the comments!

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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Gamhuin

EQ – Ruins of Kunark
EQ2 – Rise of Kunark
WoW – Legion
FFXIV – Shadowbringers
ESO – Morrowind (although the Thieves Guild DLC is the BEST)
GW2 – Path of Fire (although some Living World chapters are my favorite)
LotRO – Mines of Moria
Rift – Nightmare Tide
AO – Shadowlands
Destiny 2 – Forsaken
SWTOR – Knights of the Fallen Empire

And if you want to count it; Fallout 76 – Wastelanders

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styopa

Lotro Rohan over Moria?
Bold call, man.

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Brazen Bondar

For sure in SWTOR it was Shadow of Revan – the story was interesting and the tension with having to work with a group you hate was well played.

I don’t know if it was considered an expansion, but in TSW I loved Tokyo. Yeah, I get it others didn’t. But, I did. Thought it was challenging on combat and the story was sooo good.

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Darkedone02

Final Fantasy XIV – Stormblood. FFXIV has always been my main go-to mmo due to it’s content

WoW – Mist of Pandaria. It was a toss up to either cata or MoP, I had bad experiences overall with the game to be honest, and It didn’t hold my attention for long.

ESO – Summerset. That expansion has been the longest that I have played ESO, and enjoyed it, although I never did a single trail, nor did I do much but questing and map completion… it eventually got too repetitive for me to the point where I no longer really enjoyed the game in general.

I’ve played alot more mmo’s though but have a hard time getting into it. Everquest 2, Star Wars Galaxies, SWTOR, GW2, you name it… I might have played it and dropped it less then a week or 2, it didn’t grab my interest by content alone. I gave some of these games second chances, and they only gone so far but… they all feel lacking in certain fields.

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Hurbster

ESO – Wrothgar. Made a nice change to have a political story.
WoW – WOTLK. The best expansion by a country mile. Downhill after this one.
Guild Wars – Factions. Cantha was fascinating.

Many of the games I played had either no expansions (Ryzom, Wildstar) or had terrible ones (LOTRO, SWTOR), DCUO had tiny updates.

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SmiteDoctor

Wrothgar the unofficial first Chapter.

I liked Summerset since it finished a storyline that spanned 2 Chapters and 1 DLC.

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Jokerchyld

EQ1 – House of Thule. I didnt play this live, but when I got to this expansion I actually loved it. The whole haunted house theme the new way of getting gear. The progression from the yard to the house to the library.

WoW – Legion. This expansion was awesome. I loved the freedom to do whatever zone I wanted. I love the Artifact weapon. I loved the AP endless grind (so I had something to do at max level). I enjoyed it so much this was the first expansion I tried raiding. Started with LFR but eventually made it up to Heroic. I love crafting, first time I maxed out crafting. I loved the scrap machine to get currency to upgrade gear. I enjoyed my rogue story. This was the most I ever played WoW consectively which was everyday for 2 years.

ESO – Summerset. This zone was gorgeous, fun to explore and gave a nice challenge with the geysers.

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somber_bliss

WoW – MoP – Now hear me out…the rep system for alts was great. Scenarios were fun as I could play them with any friends I had kicking around online and felt less gogogogo than IE.

The entire expansion from start to finish held up amazing for story and theme. We got farmville which I enjoyed far far more than mission boards. You got teleports for all the dungeons if you did the CM – which I did on my lock and loved how it looked. Green fire questline…

Isle of Thunder was fun even on alts…was just good times. Fishing reps via anglers…I vould go on.

Ff14 – shadowbringers – the music alone is worth playing. But everything was great except what they did to my sch healing. Plus the main bad guy was my favorite to date of any game. No spoilers but he is just so darn likable and you see his side far more. Story can’t be beat.

Rest I’ve tried i dont usually make it to an expansion if I’m being honest.

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Jeremy Barnes

FFXIV – Shadowbringers
WoW – Shadowbringers
EQ – The Ruins of Kunark
EQ2 – Desert of Flames
UO – N/A
AC – Dark Majesty
AO – Shadowlands
DAOC – Shrouded Isles
FFXI – N/A
SWTOR – N/A
SWG – Jump to Lightspeed
LOTRO – Mines of Moria
AoC – Rise of the Godslayers
Marvel Heroes – N/A

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Jokerchyld

This guy MMOs

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EmberStar

I’ve played too many games, and I’ve ended up in “bitter ex syndrome” with most of the online ones. I’m only going to list games I’m still interested in or actively playing:

Dyson Sphere Program – Early access, no expansions yet. The update that added the ability to save blueprints was nice though, it made duplicating a smelter or storage array something that can be done in seconds instead of hours. (Design the thing, build the thing once, blueprint the thing, and then just paste in a copy that the character’s construction drones will build automatically as long as everything is in your inventory.

Warframe – “The Second Dream” and “The Sacrifice” story updates.

Star Trek Online – Legacy of Romulous

Ark: Survival Evolved – Aberration

Kerbal Space Program – the big science update that made it much more interesting to explore the other planets because now there’s actually stuff to find and research. Previously science was more milestone based – reach the surface of Duna, get X thousand science points to spend on unlocking new parts.

Space Engineers – the Decorative DLC 1 and 2, since those are actually the non-vanilla parts I end up using the most often.

Fallout 4 – Automatron (I love building the robots.)

No Man’s Sky – the Living Ship update

Astroneer – looking forward to the upcoming update, just because I’m curious to see if the cute snail thing from the trailer ends up in the game (and how they do it, if it’s the first ambient wildlife or if it’s a pet you can purchase during an event.)

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Ryan Allgood

FFXI – Rhapsodies of Vana’Diel (kind of more of an update, but I loved it)

WoW – Wrath of the Lich King (I miss badges…)

FFXIV – Shadowbringers (no surprise)

GW1 – Factions

GW2 – Vanilla (Path of Fire looked good, but I didn’t play it enough)

SWTOR – Knights of the Fallen Empire (technically didn’t play others, but I thought the story in the one was great)