The lights are on
Rocky MMO launches are nothing new, from the prehistoric days of Ultima Online through World
of Warcraft and the present day. Long wait times, bugs, and
glitches tend to expose themselves when the masses finally step into these vast
worlds. As much as developers try to anticipate and prevent any mishaps,
perfection is near impossible. We’re
seeing that right now with Defiance. If you’ve read our early impressions, Trion's shooter has run into a fair amount of issues – particularly on Xbox 360. Thankfully, the developers have
finally acknowledged these problems and are working on patches to hopefully smooth out the rough edges.
With so many MMO launches going awry, it made us wonder if
you cautiously wait or dive right in. Being queued for hours to access games
isn’t exactly everyone’s cup for tea, but maybe it’s worth it just to see a world you’ve been reading about for months. So, readers, do you play MMOs at launch or
wait to avoid any frustrations? Have you ever regretted playing an MMO at
launch, or has it been worth any early hiccups?
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I don't like to play in first days after release. I only did it once or twice. BF3 release was a complete disaster, both beta and actual release. From this day I'd rather wait few days, free of stress and frustration than endlessly wait for connection, have three-digit pings and lose my progress because of server crashes. Plus, it's risky to buy the game because of good trailers, hype and devs' game footage. We all know how it was with Colonial Marines and some games before it.
But still, it's tempting to experience the game as one of the first and I'll try to play The Elder Scrolls Online as soon as it will be possible.
I don't play MMOs at all.
I have never played a MMO. Maybe some day.
I generally hold off for a couple of weeks until a couple patches are released then I dive in.
I always do. Even if the game isn't the best, I still find a heck of a lot of enjoyment in exploring the world with others on day 1. My ideal circumstance is to take the day off from work and wake up early. Grab some coffee, feed the dog, and then enter the world of <insert MMO title here.> I'll usually know within the first couple hours if it'll last me a long time. The last time I was able to actually take off a wholy day off work and enjoy an MMO was Guild Wars 2 (which I'm still playing.) But I do check out the others when they release, but I just can't give it the attention of a full day of play until the weekend.
Last MMO I played at launch was WoW. It's not that I am holding off it's that the guys I play with tend to get into a game after launch. I've never been a solo player for MMO's and tend to hop on their bandwagon.
No, I don't, because I need to be able to try an MMO before I know if I'll play it. If they just made their betas open a few days before launch, maybe I'd have reason to consider, but I hate most "standard" MMO play.
I don't play MMO's at all. I have always had a problem with subscription-based gaming. That said, with the trend heading towards free-to play after retail purchase, I am intrigued by some. I might try one if it really catches my interest, but I'd probably wait for issues to stabilize first.
I'm not really big on MMO's to begin with,but I can see people not wanting to play something that doesn't work.
You are an idiot if you expect an MMO based game to be perfect from the start. It is simply impossible. If the game looks good enough to play I just deal with it as it isn't that big of a deal unless it really is "game breaking". However I have never run into something that bad.
I try to play MMO's at launch. When I had a better computer setup, I did. And I honestly never regretted doing so, even when a few of them had server problems and other huge bugs.
no i never really play MMO'S at all
I wait to play mmo's, I find if I play the first day I get a sour taste because of bugs, and crashes. Also its so difficult the first 2-3 weeks because EVERYONE is in the starting areas and I just don't like having to fight people for my objectives.
Defiance is the first MMO I've played at launch and I can why one would wait a little while. When it's working, it's a really fun game though.
Nah... I don't play MMOs at launch...