The Daily Grind: What’s the most chill MMO for when you want to relax?

    
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Even as the video game industry keeps trying to go bigger, more epic, and more bombastic in its games, I’ve noticed that there’s this counter-trend of creating titles that feature a more relaxed pace and serene atmosphere. In our space, this might include titles like Palia, Book of Travels, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, where picking flowers or choosing wallpaper for your home is about as thrilling of an activity as you’re likely to get during a play session.

Because sometimes we need to relax, don’t we? It’s the end of a day or a stressful week and we wouldn’t mind downshifting into a mellow space. This is why I usually end my day playing LOTRO, because even with combat, it always feels more of a chill and laid-back experience than other MMOs.

Where do you go for a calming MMO experience when you want to relax?

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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Neurotic

I can’t think of an MMO that I feel particularly chill in. I mean, WoW is quite relaxing if you’re just hanging around in a city, crafting or organizing bank space. Neverwinter the same, fooling around with the stones and upgrades can pass lots of time in a quiet way.

I think it’s more to do with the type of activity than the overall game, although doing any kind of maintenance or tidying chores in GW2 does cause me major anxiety because of the 400 Kg of new crap that I find in my inventory every time I log in. đŸ˜„

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Castagere Shaikura

Mine used to be Free Realms. One of the most laid-back MMOs I ever played and what a colorful world to explore. The game was pure joy.

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Bruno Brito

I was enjoying LoTRO when playing but i gotta be honest here, playing a soloing completionist Minstrel was the worst ideal i could ever had.

Wish this game had druids/shamans/etc.

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EmberStar

The most “multiplayer” game I play just to relax is probably Ark. Which I only find relaxing because I play it in single player mode, and therefore most likely doesn’t count based on the spirit of the question.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Definitely LOTRO. Possibly the most chill game ever made.

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Rndomuser

Back when I played EVE Online – I spent time relaxing by sitting at the gate in nullsec space and talking to corp members who were guarding it and occasionally battling random people who were not supposed to be jumping through that gate. Or doing mindless shopping/transporting runs for corp members in a hauler if anyone needed that. Or doing random probe scanning of specific systems and WH spaces to see what kind of valuable stuff someone might have abandoned at some deep safespot. What I really loved about EVE is that there was always a variety of things to do even if you didn’t want to actively play it and just wanted to do some activity not requiring a lot of attention.

After that it’s FFXIV that was most relaxing – I have one of characters on Balmung so it’s pretty relaxing to sit at Quicksand tavern at Ul’dah and and just observing dozens of other players socializing through their avatars and text chat and also occasionally participating in this socialization if I don’t feel too tired. That was more relaxing and more entertaining than bashing dumb AI in duties/trials/PotD/HoH (where most people just want to silently finish those as fast as possible) or repeatedly pressing crafting/gathering macro shortcuts.

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Peregrine Falcon

City of Heroes. Whenever my friends and I just want to have a few beers and relax and run around mindlessly lighting bad guys on fire it’s gotta be City of Heroes.

In fact, one of the biggest complaints on the Homecoming forums is that the game is too easy. Fortunately, the devs have announced that a new “Hard Mode” is coming Soon(tm).

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treehuggerhannah

ESO. When I’m in the mood to chill, I just pick a zone and head off in a random direction. There’s always something to see or do with no pressure or stress.

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Gamhuin

EverQuest 2

Because of it’s superb housing. I can go home and be surrounded by my things, my trophies, my mementos, my art and decorations, memories and history of my journey and adventures in Norrath and beyond.

I can go to my guildhall, and see the tale of my guild and our accomplishments together.

I can visit the little pet-filled apartment I still maintain that had belonged to my late partner, eternally preserved as he had left it decorated for Frostfell.

EverQuest 2 doesn’t just provide housing like many mmorpg’s do, it provides a home.

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Michelle Barnes

LotRO. Have a hard day? Go deliver some pies and mail in the Shire.

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BalsBigBrother

But what if your day job is delivering pies through the mail? Hehe