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Post Reply what happened to MMOs? MMO 2015?
Posted 1/23/15

tuhbakee wrote:

My issue is finding a quality free-to-play MMO with a vibrant community and accessibility to beginners. I haven't touched an MMO for numerous years since playing Runescape as a kid. I also have a lower-end gaming PC from 2012 so there's the issue of performance as well, I suppose.


Not to be offended but your only issue is that you won't give developers your money which is why you won't see any "quality" you talked about. I have played many free-to-play MMOs and I didn't like them compared to pay-to-play FFXI and FFXIV. You might want to check out SWTOR.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is the only pay-to-play MMO I enjoy with full content at the moment. Plus it is also on the PS3 which allows you to play with PS4 and PC players on the same servers. :)

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Posted 1/23/15 , edited 1/23/15
Well, Dota LoL and Hearthstone aren't MMOs, and back then there weren't that many options to choose from, nowadays MMO populations die faster and are more scarce because there is a lot of MMOs to choose from and a LOOOOOOOOOOOT of people jump ship every few months, whether is lack of content or just following their friends/clan/guild or they reached a point where they have to pay to play and what not, the problem with MMOs in itself is that in this current state, it takes years for it to reach a point where longevity isn't a problem and it manages to maintain a steady playerbase at endgame, but the problem is that within months there's already a new MMO, so people end up forgetting about the old MMOs and jump ship to the new ones, i came back to SWTOR (Star Wars Old Republic) few weeks ago and now there's so much stuff to do, but a lot of people won't bother going back to it, people also say ESO improved a lot, but yeah, i don't think there ever will be the perfect MMO that pleases everyone and just has a ridiculous playerbase and fame like WoW had back in the day just for the simple fact that there is too many options nowadays and people can please their own specific tastes in MMOs which makes the playerbase spread out instead of concentrate in one MMO.
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Posted 1/23/15 , edited 1/23/15
After a while, MMO's just became boring, bad publishers not knowing how to bring updates. Games being ruined 2 weeks into release because of a pay2win cash shop. Random MMO's being pumped out but they're all just clones of each other.

However among the already popular MMO's (WoW, GW2) and that's about it, all others are garbage, Black Desert Online comes out this year. It's going to be the next big thing. No pay2win cash shop, the Publishers are the original Makers of the game as they couldn't 'find' a suitable Publisher, and I don't blame them. It also looks amazing, the graphics are stunning, it's action oriented and the combat is fluid. It has the best character creation in any, ANY, game. And lots of features, little things like your character/armor gets wet when going in water, also weather changes and the environment has a wet look when it's rained. Grass interacts with your character as your walking through (you can even crawl, a function that isn't even possible in like every mmorpg), it's pretty sandbox to where you can interact with a lot of stuff. Lots of little things like that, that really make a difference when put all together.

Think of the attention to detail a really good single player RPG has, MMO's just don't have that. But this game does.

It will be the greatest free to play mmorpg ever released.
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Posted 6/1/15
I completely agree, I actually really enjoyed MS back in the day. Played the hell out of it when I was a kid, now it's soooooo dead.

There just isn't any oomph in gaming as there used to be lol. Played TERA for awhile, that was pretty fun, found a decent guild to be a part of. Played regularly with about 10 other people in TERA, damn those were good times. But then time passed and everyone moved on.

Since then I've dabbled in many other MMO's any they just dont have the same pull to them as they used to. I think it's partly because most people are used to the traditional MMO feel, and most newer MMO's haven't really deviated from that.

I think MMO's need a fresh innovation to kick them back to where they need to be. We watch all these anime that put you on the ground with the characters and it feels real and relatable. (SAO, Log Horizon, Is It Wrong to blah blah.) We need something like that to add immersion into the experience and until then, I think MMO gaming is gonna be pretty much what we have so far for the near future.
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Posted 6/1/15
The only time on an MMO I had fun is when a random person asked me for help and we became friends. Doing every quest together until we hit one that we couldn't do with just the 2 of us. We ran around a town nearby asking people to join a group and we found a very small guild of 4 people who joined us to fight in a instance. After the fight they asked us if we wanted to join their guild but so we did some thinking and we decided to join up. So now it was just the 6 of us in a guild together always doing dungeons, quests, events. It was the best time I ever had in an online game. No one talks to people anymore and it is disappointing that is how you make MMOs fun by making connections, sometimes the connections last for the rest of your life. My friend from work met his wife playing WoW and she moved across the country to live with him. It is really insane what can happen if you type "hey do you need help?" or running up to a random downed player and reviving him/her but no, people ignore each other with the mentality of "If I get to the end game then I can have fun" but to me it is all about the journey.
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Posted 6/1/15 , edited 6/4/15
There's at least going to be the FFXIV expansion as well as Blade and Souls and potentially GW2: Heart of Thorns. So yeah... it's a pretty quiet for year for new MMO IP's, but there's still going to be plenty to go around if you're an FFXIV/GW2 fan.
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Posted 6/2/15
FFXIV has a decent community, my free company is rather nice and friendly
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Posted 6/4/15
Mainly the MMORPG hype is concentrated on a game called Black-Desert. Which is entering NA CBT Q1 2016. All the major gaming media outlets are literally reporting on this game. As it seems a massive success in the Far East.
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Posted 6/4/15
A lot of that feeling has to do with the way MapleStory was organized.

I've thought about this a lot too, and I'm really sad too that things aren't like they used to be.

Because of WoW, most games use things like cross-realm dungeon finder so the majority of the people playing the game never see each other or ever have to talk to each other, especially since questing is so solo based.

MapleStory very much encouraged you to meet new people to train together, do quests together, and do PQs together.
Games now encourage you to B-line it to endgame where you queue for dungeons with people you'll never see again or ever have to talk to since the strategies implemented in dungeons are so set in stone.

So even though MapleStory probably had a lower population than games like World of Warcraft, the population felt bigger because people are constantly interacting with each other.

Hopefully someone will make a non-quest based MMO without a dungeon finder.

Trust me, I feel your pain.
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Posted 6/4/15 , edited 6/4/15
I"ve been trying really hard to find an MMO I liked.

I played Eden Eternal over the summer of last year and loved it, but that died off as I got busy.

So far, in the past month or so, I've tried Eden again, Aeon, WoW, and EOS

The eden community is pretty dead, of my friends that are left, they're all level capped and won't do anything with me until I'm level capped with them. They offered to power level me - but what fun is that?

Tried Aeon for a few days. Leveled up to lvl 20 and was bored by the lack of community. No one ever talked. I tried partying with a few random people when I first started just to try and find someone to play with, but time and time again, they'd just steal loot and run off :(

Installed WoW around the same time and didn't like the character options. I tend to like to my characters cute. So that was a bust for me.

Most recently I tried EOS which I installed last night. I got into a guild rather quickly and they were nice. The game just started open beta last week so everyone's pretty new still - though a ton of people raced to the level cap. So far I liked it . However, everyone's saying the economy is screwed and the game is already flooded with gold sellers - sigh.
The game also dies and kicks me out often - It kicked me out twice during the hour or two I played yesterday.
If I can get EOS to stop kicking me out, I may stick with it. With everyone being new, there's a community for even low level slow players like myself. It's very obvious it's P2W, but I think I'm going to keep trying to go with this one and see where I end up.


My friends all play FF and keep trying to talk me into joining, but I'm such a flighty gamer, I don't want to buy a subscription and then play for a week then get bored.
My friends have also been playing for a long time and I really don't want them to try and Power level me up to their level and then I miss the whole game - but playing without them seemed pointless as well decisions, decisions
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Posted 6/4/15
I'm waiting on The Division. It won't be your typical MMO, but it looks fun.
Posted 6/4/15
Lotta upcoming MMOs seem to suck.
The only one I'm waiting for is Peria Chronicles.
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Posted 6/4/15

dotsforlife wrote:

I'm waiting on The Division. It won't be your typical MMO, but it looks fun.


Yeah, the more I see of The Division, the more I'm interested in it. I'm hoping we'll see more details on it at E3 but I'm definitely leaning towards giving it a real shot already.

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