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Massive Multiplayer Online games take a massive amount of people to play. Are you one of them? If not, what would it take to get you into this massive online world?
I wouldn't say that I play MMOs, but I've dabbled. In fact, I'd really like to get into an MMO, but it's never worked out. I played a bit of EverQuest back during the height of its power, but my interest in the game only lasted about a week. When World of Warcraft release I tried again, but I only made it to about level 30 before abandoning my quest. Star Wars The Old Republic was another game that I wanted to dig into, but a few months after the games release I realized that I was paying for a game that I never played.
It's not that I don't think these games were good, or even that I didn't like what I played. In fact, I remember enjoying each one when I first played them. The problem is that I'm a terrible monogamist (monogamerist?). MMOs are a massive time sink and I really don't have the time to pour into them. I really love to play every game I can. I love RPGs, and shooters, and platformers, and strategy titles, and etc. So the idea of being tied to one game while a new BioShock, or Mario, or Assassin's Creed is releasing starts to make me feel a little tense.
Does anyone else feel like this? Do you play MMOs? What kinds do you prefer? Do you play free-to-play MMOs or do you think subscriptions games are better?
If you don't play, what's holing you back, and what would it take to get you into an MMO?
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I play Guild Wars sometimes, but my anti-social ways don't really mesh with a game based on socializing. And my internet is really unreliable.
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I have been a WoW player since launch and probably won't quit until Blizzard stops making new content for it. I'm a raider when I play MMOs and no other MMO has really caught my attention with it's endgame PVE. Rift had some fantastic dungeon and encounter design, but not the community, but other than that no recent MMO has really caught my attention at all. Games like SWTOR and GW2 showed potential before launch but ultimately disappointed. Right now Wildstar and Elder Scrolls look promising. Personally I don't mind paying a subscription 15$ a month really isn't that much money to me and it is well worth the ridiculous amount of play time and fun WoW has given me. If another MMO came out that hooked my like WoW did I would have no problems paying a sub for it, but the days of sub MMOs are probably over and while WoW is far from dead I think it will go F2P before it dips under 5 mil subs.
no I don't. make one based on something I care about, with more than passable graphics, and CUSTOMIZATION and ease of play
Nope, don't play them. As a console gamer I don't think there is anything that could really get me hugely into the genre. Final Fantasy 14 is coming out for PS3 soon, so we'll see if it's possible.
I play a LOT of MMOs. but I don't KEEP playing them.
I think the biggest problem, is what I'd call MMO BLOAT.
it's so fun to play the game, alone or with friends, up until the final levels of the game. or the "end game" as some like to call it.
but, by then, they've added so many features and reputation grinds and daily quests and special tokens you have to collect and trade in for other tokens.. it's just really overwhelming. and most of the time, nothing in the game actually explains this to you. you have to spam chat "where to I buy Justice gear?" or search forums.
some like it this way, and that's fine. my main point is that by the time I get to the "end game" I'm actually playing something completely DIFFERENT then the game I started playing. you know, the FUN parts that I really liked and made me play the game in the first place.
I play Rift for an hour or two a day. Maybe more if there's something interesting going on in-game.
I want to yet my computer is very slow.
I love MMO's I just cant find one lately that I enjoy. GW2 got boring really fast. Playing Warframe now and I'm waiting on Wildstar, Elder scrolls, and FFXIV.
I don't have a good enough PC to play decent MMOs. However, when the Elder Scrolls: Online come's out for the Xbox One, I'll jump on it.
I have never played any single MMO for more then an hour. Can't afford a subscription (wouldn't if I could) my computer can't handle anything worth playing,and I have never seen or heard of any gameplay that seemed compelling to me.
Guild wars 2 sounded cool, but the videos looked meh. Guess I'll stick with co-op.
I too can never get over the boring monotonous nature of MMOs. So there's no way in hell I even look at them. Closest thing I've ever come to it is the Diablo series and I stopped playing that at DII.
The time-sink is the other thing I don't like. Which is weird as I've spent thousands of hours in other games. I think it's because I don't see anythin competitive in them. Regardless if that have PVP or not.
I do play MMO's, and I've found a few very worth my time. I think it's a genre that definitely has a lot to offer, but each MMO is different and some will suit you more than others. A lot of them are big into grinding, which can get boring even for those of us who like it. I remember leveling so slowly in FFXI I wanted to die. For me, my biggest MMO's are SWTOR and Guild Wars 2. I play SWTOR for the story line, nothing more, nothing less. Even if it's not the greatest. Guild Wars 2 absolutely broke the mold for me. It's a completely different MMO experience. No more grinding, kill-this-and-come-back quests, etc. You just go out, explore, help this village against a centaur attack, and actually see things change in the world based on your actions and the actions of other players. Not to mention they're now released new content every two weeks to keep things new and keep us coming back. However, with MMOS it's the same case as everything else: to each his own. You can't convince me to play Call of Duty no matter how hard you try, and I'm sure there are people who would be just as difficult to convince to play Final Fantasy or Guild Wars 2.
I tried to get into SWTOR as well. Though My mmo experiance was limited to Runescape, I'm a sucker for anything from Bioware and wanted to continue KOTOR's story. Even though I found the class stories extremely interesting, the increasing need to grind to progress made me give up the game entirely.
MMO's are great during the summer drought if your caught up on all the games you want to play. An MMO that is easy to level in and you can play casually would be right up your alley, Ben.
Personally I'm looking forward to Wildstar. It seems to be thinking outside the box a bit on some of its approach and I'm interested to see how it pans out. The idea of being an explorer or settler to gain bonus experience and approach things differently intrigues me.