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General: 2010 Awards: Most Improved

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,572MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

In today's round of voting in the 2010 Reader's Choice awards here at MMORPG.com, we invite you to check out this year's nominees for the Most Improved game of the year. These are the games that got off to a rocky start but made steady and wanted improvements due to the diligence of the development team. Check out the choices, cast your vote and let us know why you chose as you did!

This year, our categories are: Game of the Year, New Game of the Year, Most Innovative, Most Improved, Best F2P, Favorite Company, Biggest News Story, Most Anticipated, and the newest, and most dubious, addition to our prizes, Biggest Disappointment.

Read up on and vote for the 2010 Awards: Most Improved.


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  • cosycosy ColentinaPosts: 3,304Member
    WoW,they remade allot of old content

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  • AnubisanAnubisan Boulder, COPosts: 1,801Member

    I think WoW definitely deserves this reward. Not only did they add a ton of new content for the top-level players, but they also completely re-did the 1-60 experience as well. That is a HUGE change to the game and I have to say that the new content in that early level range is really cool. I'm finally enjoying re-rolling low level toons again!

  • WhiteLanternWhiteLantern Nevada, MOPosts: 2,732Member

    I'm going with COX here. The ability to RP moral decisions leading to downfall or redemption is a true gamechanger here.

    I want a mmorpg where people have gone through misery, have gone through school stuff and actually have had sex even. -sagil

  • radwan666radwan666 BogotPosts: 31Member

    Definitely WoW. The people of Blizzard is doing very well after six years and still have surprises for us. Cataclysm is a proof that developers can do things to make players happy.

    Carpe Diem

  • Rebn77Rebn77 Somewhere, OHPosts: 321Member

    WTF?

     

    Wheres Darkfall?

  • Einherjar_LCEinherjar_LC MelfiPosts: 1,055Member

    I voted AoC.

     

    That game is leaps and bounds better than it was at release.

     

    Too bad it's a couple years too late, it's a pretty decent game now.

    Einherjar_LC says: WTB the true successor to UO or Asheron's Call pst!

  • OzmodanOzmodan Hilliard, OHPosts: 7,181Member Uncommon

    It is sad when such a list inspires little interest in voting for a category.  A lot of us don't play the hero games so that kind of hurts COH as many of us know nothing of the game.  I did not think Eve has done much lately either, but if walking in stations ever arrives they will carry this category.  I think Aion's expansion was more a disaster than an improvement.  Funcom has a loyal following, the problem they have is that they irked far too many people with the early release of AoC to ever get them back.

    I got a chuckle out of the Darkfall comment, but until they implement skill caps in that game it will continue to be a very niche product.

  • booskAbooskA easton, MDPosts: 79Member

    I am surprised to eve see WoW on the list. A couple of my friends are barely able to play because of something Blizzard did to the network code. They have cancelled their accounts, since the game has been unplayable for them for months. There are plenty of others on the boards complaining about the same thing. The amazing thing is that some of them have already purchased race changes and such, even though they are currently unable to play.

  • spookydomspookydom BristolPosts: 1,782Member Uncommon

    Dont know who to vote for here. The only expacs I have sampled in this category are Rise of the godslayer and Tyrannis. Wasn't to impressed with either to be honest.

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  • TheMaelstromTheMaelstrom Knoxville, TNPosts: 393Member

    Where's Global Agenda? They launched and have since put out several major patches, introduced raids, increased the number of maps, added lots of new equipment/pets/etc. They also overhauled the AvA, which was the flagship portion of their title - all to appease their fans. They actually LISTEN to their community.

    WoW? Really? Sorry, but I think that's a pretty weird one to have on the list. The game has been out for 6 years, and they keep messing with EVERYTHING. Not only that... but they went cross-faction with Paladins and Shaman, and now they're removing race/class restrictions. And to make matters worse, they've introduced ONE frigging new class in SIX YEARS.

    I just don't get it. In my opinion WoW has not improved, it's just rehashed and upped the ante on gear grinding.

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  • SarrSarr WarsawPosts: 474Member

    I vode D&D Online - too bad it's not on the list. This game changed MMO market once and for all and was very significantly improved. This MMO is still showing new ways of how MMO games could be approached and developed, and is more and more successful it seems.

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  • SarrSarr WarsawPosts: 474Member

    *vote, sorry

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  • KorithianKorithian IpswichPosts: 243Member

     AoC has to be the most improved for me. While its fair to say WoW will win and have added a significant ammount of content the improvements to AoC are by far the most impressive. It is a shame that the game remains so hardcore that it scares off a lot of casual gamers but it really is worth giving a second try to.

  • erictlewiserictlewis Cottondale, ALPosts: 3,026Member Uncommon

    Wow what a terible list to be quite honest.

    I voted for AOC even though I am not playing it now for many reasons.  In my thoughts they did a lot to make the game better, however the game is just not for me.  The other games  meh well really did nothing much other than wow,  and the only reason why wow did that is folks were getting board, and they are hoping to hold onto that 12 million accounts.

    Oh well.

  • fconcertofconcerto Lansing, MIPosts: 3Member

    So we're assuming (those of you who vote for WoW) that it needed improving before hand? Why... was it unplayable, did you not have fun? Were things buggy, was the gameplay horrible, perhaps lack of content, or is the freshness of it what constitutes an improvement?

    It's not as if what was there before was recognized as an issue that needed rectifying, so having it on the list seems more for garnering attention for this event than to actually promote recognition for those games that are making honest strides in creating "a significant contribution to improving the experience..."

    I mean, FFXIV wiped their development team in order to better improve the experience of playing their game. That seems a greater contribution than what is suppose to be considered an expansion. How do two new races and new quests constitute an improvement? Limited race selection was never an issue, and neither were the quests. We have five options and there was really nothing else besides WoW to put on the list?

  • DaSpackDaSpack BrightonPosts: 583Member

    This one was easy for me. AoC, Rise of the Godslayer has so much content it's not funny even. Also PvP addition that is plugged in these days will add a tremendous improvement to the game.

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  • ZeroxinZeroxin LondonPosts: 2,521Member Uncommon

    Ah they said Tyrannis, I had Incursion in my mind when I picked Eve. If they put Incursion in there instead of Tyra it would definitely be Eve, Incursion has brought a lot of fixes that people have wanted for a while and those little things have made the game better. But yea, its not incursion so I guess WoW wins this one.

    This is not a game.

  • TymoraTymora Manorville, NYPosts: 1,312Member

    My vote is for Word of Warcraft: Cataclysm.  I haven't played the other games for a while, but the scope of Cataclysm is far beyond what any of these other mmos have done, and having played Catalysm, it is extremey re-freshing and fun.

  • XTC2XTC2 Riverside, CAPosts: 30Member

    As long as Aion is forced PvP with no PvE server option it is a FAIL!  Gankfests need not apply for my dollar. 

  • NeoPlasmaXNeoPlasmaX Dallas, TXPosts: 79Member

    Originally posted by XTC2



    As long as Aion is forced PvP with no PvE server option it is a FAIL!  Gankfests need not apply for my dollar. 


     

    Aion originally is a PvP game.  It won't ever stray too far from that.  What they trying to do is westernize it.  I played it in China before it added all the new content dungeons and armor and it was 100x more fun than in the NA/EU release. 

  • DrakynnDrakynn The Pas, MBPosts: 2,030Member

    Originally posted by Rebn77

    WTF?

     

    Wheres Darkfall?

    I'm not a fan of the game but would agree that it at least deserves a nomination as Aventurine has put a lto of effor tinto improving the game this year.

  • ParadoxyParadoxy New York, ALPosts: 786Member

    AOC has improved by leap and bounds too bad players will never give it a second chance. First impression counts a lot in MMOS.

    Who could have thought that WOW could bring super power like USA to its knees?


    Originally posted by Arcken

    To put it in a nutshell, our society is about to hit the fan, grades are dropping, obesity is going up,childhood the USA is going to lose its super power status before too long, but hey, as long as we have a cheap method to babysit our kids, all will be well no?
    Im picking on WoW btw because its the beast that made all of this possible

  • luciusETRURluciusETRUR Lewisville, TXPosts: 442Member

    I voted AoC. While, I will most likely never play again, I did play the expansion and it's far better than launch was. It's far better than it was last year. Rise of the Godslayer was only good for the game's quality, it just took a different path than I would have liked.

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  • VesaviusVesavius BristolPosts: 7,635Member Uncommon

    AoC here, bang for bang the biggest improvment.

  • astoriaastoria Silver Spring, MDPosts: 1,681Member

    Was torn between AoC and CoH. While AoC did make a drastic improvement imo, it had farther to go, but CoH really I think added more with their ex-pac than anyone else given that I've played it a lot and still haven't touched half of it.

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