The Daily Grind: Which MMORPGs have you played most excessively?


I saw a fun thread on Reddit a while back I thought would be fun to pitch to our community too. The question asked which MMORPGs you’ve put more than 400 hours into. That’s only around 16 or 17 days, so it’s not really that much time, and yet it still seems like a lot – and it seems like a reasonable measurement for determining which games really made their mark on you.

For me, I know it’d include Ultima Online, EverQuest, Star Wars Galaxies, World of Warcraft, Guild Wars, City of Heroes, Lord of the Rings Online, and Guild Wars 2. I’m less certain about other titles, but I can think of three or four more that I probably sank that kind of time into, but I’m not positive without checking, and some of them no longer exist anymore to check!

Which MMORPGs have you played most excessively? Which ones make the 400-hour mark?

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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Top of the list: EverQuest, EverQuest 2 and World of Warcraft. I have spent several thousands of hours playing each of these.

I’ve spent a lot (but not as many) hours playing GW2, ESO, FFXIV and SWTOR.

Vanguard, LotRO, CoH and Wildstar get honorable mentions because I played quite a bit of them, but never hit the cumulative thousand hour mark on any of them.
Although CoH might come close given how many times we went back to it.

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I have 400+ hours in:
City of Heroes, Dungeon Runners, Elder Scrolls Online, Guild Wars 2, Star Trek Online, Star Wars The Old Republic

I have 200-ish hours in:
Black Desert Online, Elite Dangerous, Free Realms, Lord Of The Rings Online, Neverwinter, The Secret World, World of Warcraft


EQ is probably still the winner for me with thousands of hours clocked on that one.
EQ2 of course
The Secret World
ESO and WoW & Warhammer would all be close to 400 if not over
Black Desert Online
GW2 is currently climbing fast and I expect it to be one of my most played games over the next 6 months.
I think that about wraps it up for the MMO category
I would like to give special mention to a non-mmo ->> 7 Days to Die which shocked the crap outta me. A highly engrossing game. I put in about 600 hours in 6 months during my pandemic lockdown and am eagerly awaiting the next patch this Fall from them.
Also, Landmark kept me busy for thousands of hours but it wasn’t an MMO

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UO, EQ, EQ2, WoW, TSW?, Albion Online. There are likely several others if it’s a matter of 400 hours played, but those are the MMO’s I have spent the most time in.


> 400: Lotro, UO, Lineage2, Darkfall(s) and Wow.
< 400: ESO, TSW, AoC, GW2, FFXIV, BDO

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Only three;-

  1. Matrix Online – about 500 hours
  2. SWOTOR – about 700 hours
  3. Elite Dangerous – Across all three accounts – 2200 hours

In approximate order of playtime.

World of Warcraft
Warhammer Online
Guild Wars 2
Planetside 2
Lord of the Rings Online
Star Wars the Old Republic
Black Desert Online
Star Wars Galaxies
Planetside 1
Final Fantasy XIV
The Secret World
Elder Scrolls Online
Anarchy Online
Age of Conan

I am pretty sure I have over 400 hours into each of these, I’ve tried a load more but I definitely played all of these solidly for at least a few months. I might have hit that threshold in RF Online, Fallen Earth and Blade & Soul too but not sure, so leaving them off.

The top 6 represent more sunk hours than I care to think about though – I am pretty sure I’ve put more time into Eve than some real life jobs I’ve had.

Edit: Forgot Age of Conan :)


I’ve played LOTRO a lot during the years. And not just clearing content but also just screwing around in Bree with the RP community.

But most recently I’ve been pouring hours upon hours into ESO, so much that I’ve had to actively try to stop playing because I have a backlog of games I have to get to.
Initially I was pretty meh with ESO because I was so used to the single player Elder scroll games and really didn’t know what to expect or how to reconcile both concepts. But there was a point, when I got to the final area of the main story quest in the base game that the game just clicked for me and it’s just a blast to play. Probably spent more money on it than I should’ve but oh well.

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EQ1, vanguard, lotro, wow, PG probably


I’ve played ESO the most, but nowhere near 400 hours.