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I need help…I have been a MMO vagabond for the last two years drifting between WoW, Rift, Lord of the Rings, Warhammer, AoC, and Tera. I played WoW for several years and really enjoyed my time there. Then when Cataclysm hit I just didn't like it like I use to, so I quit. Not sure if it was burn out, not enjoying Cataclysm, or some combination of both.
I went to Rift and maxed out a character and then the guild I was in seemed to self imploded and I just decided to step back and take a break from the game. At that point I played LotRO for several months and tried out Warhammer and Tera briefly. I enjoy MMOs and I want to commit to one, so I feel connected to the world I play in, but I am having a hard time doing so. I also really need to find a good guild that fits my play style and interests.
I am what you would call a casual player. Real life limits my playing time to 1-2 hours most week nights and then maybe 3-4 hours a day on Fridays-Sundays. I have never been a part of what I would call a good guild that seemed to have a sense of community and met my play style, so that might be part of my problem.
At this point I would say I am deciding between WoW, Rift, and LotRo. I have tried our GW2 and I will drop in it from time to time, but it is just not my cup of tea.
Below are my Pros and Cons for each game.
I enjoy questing, holiday events, and lore. I don't mind kill ten of these and come back quests, but I like a story that seems to be building to something also. I love a large open world feel that I can explorer and all three of these seems to have that in common.
1. WoW and LotRO - Too close to call
I enjoy playing the auction house. When it came to that WoW and LotRO seemed to be the best. Maybe it was my shard, but Rift seemed very hard to make consistent money off the auction house and the economy just seemed stagnant.
1. LotRO - Just a slight edge over WoW
I like to run dungeons, but I know I am no better than a average player. I'm "old" and don't have the greatest reactions times. But I do like to understand whatever I am playing and know what I should be doing, so I seem to be able to make out fine in regular mode dungeons and run then with LFG in most games I play. I did enjoy how easy it was to run dungeons in LFG in WoW. Rift has LFG, but it seems harder to get a group for the lower dungeons if you are doing alts. I admit I would never be in a progression raiding group I don't have the skill and I would not enjoy the pressure, but the WoW raider finder does look like something I might at least try. I have have never even run a LotRO dungeon and it doesn't even concern me for some reason.
1. WoW - Love things like Scholomance and Stratholme style dungeons and getting into a group so quickly most of the time
2. Rift - Really enjoyed their dungeons, but I seemed to be only able to run one a night if I was lucky
3. LotRO - Never used their LFG tool or ran a dungeon
I do enjoy PVP in battlegrounds, but like I said above being "old" my reflexes aren't the best, so I take a more causal approach. I have good games and bad games in PVP, but usually I finish somewhere in the middle of the pack. I really enjoyed PVP in Rift and that was before 3 fractions which I haven't tried. I did enjoy PVP in WoW as well, but monster play in LotRO didn't really do it for me.
1. Rift - Enjoyed their PVP the most and it helped offset the long wait times I had for LFG. Haven't had a chance to try 3 factions.
2. WoW - I enjoyed their PVP, but not as much as Rift
Rift - Love the graphics, soul system, PVP, and the feel of their combat. I enjoyed the many different zones and adding two new continents in the expansion will only add to that. Only two starting zones and two very small capital cities was a downside when it came to alts. They seem to have a lot of things to do after you are level cap. I really like things like the Chronicles for a non-raider. The frequent updates are great also.
WoW - Loved the amount of content having started during WotLK. I loved how they had so many different feeling zones (though some I hated and others I hated what Cataclysm did to them), capital cities, and starting areas. Enjoy the story and lore. Also enjoy the PVP and Dungeons as well. Really was into the the economy and auction house and they have great add-ons for that. Big plus is the larger selection of races and classes for playing alts. Content updates though were slow, so once I go to level cap not being a raider seemed to slow things down for me with mostly auction house, PVP, and alts left for me.
LotRO - Loved the story and most of the questing in there with things like the epic quests. Really enjoyed many of the zones and having multiple starting areas and cities. The economy and auction house were also very good. The community is great and I enjoyed things like their music and housing system.
I guess at this point I am looking for free therapy from fellow gamers willing to help me pick the right place to make my permanent home.