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I read often and never post but I'm at a crossroads in terms of what I play. I really like MMOs and have been playing since my first taste of Ultima Online when it released so many years ago. I graduated to Everquest after UO. To date those two remain my favourite two MMOs of all time. They had definite risk and reward and I liked the open world feel. They also had their shortcomings but whatever, I liked them best.
After EQ got stale (after Luclin) I played a bunch of games casually until my next big time waster entered the scene, World of Warcraft. WoW is also a ship that sailed for me as it became daily-centric and was the same ol routine. Even with the new content patch that has some fancy island I will not go back to that. I do have some fond memories of WoW's earlier days and I will leave them there, in the early days.
One game that was fairly close to hooking me was EVE Online but at the end of the day I just did not want to pvp all of the time and the options for PvE play in my opinion are less than stellar. Another one that almost had me was Dungeons and Dragons Online. I liked the class customization but in the end what killed it for me was low populations (less so) and Turbines updates which became increasingly more wallet stressful (unnecessary addons/features that you need to buy to play with your peers).
Currently I am playing Rift. When it went F2P I thought I'd give it a try. For its price, its a great game (I paid 5 bucks to unlock some functionality). Beyond that...it is daily quests and raids (again). It is not something I see myself dropping any more money on. It is a decent game but not too much stands out for me.
Maybe I am just an aging gamer and should retire haha. For those who might say "Well go back to UO/EQ then?". I tried! UO is a ghost town even on their Atlantic server (most populated) and pretty much the only people who talk are the gold spammers. As for Everquest, same thing...entire zones and continents are wastelands. I saw no gold spam however.
Now with the influx of new games and the FTP "revolution" there are a lot of options out there. Most of the options in my opinion and personal taste are not that good. Whether it be the gameplay, expensive cash shop, bugs, low populations or a combination of the former, it just sucks. I do not mind paying for a subscription!
I am somewhat interested in the new ESO, FFXIV, EQnext but am still a bit skeptical considering the last games I have tried, some of which were huge hype machines that utterly failed to deliver (again, my opinion only!)
Here is a list of games I have played and why I left them, in rough chronological order:
Ultima Online - Left because of low pop and poor design decisions (Trammel).
Everquest - Left because it got dull and repetitive. Planes of Power I am looking at you!
Anarchy Online - I don't remember much about this game. Probably not a good thing. Sci-fi? Guns? Implants? ...something like that.
Star Wars Galaxies - I don't remember much about this either. I was a creature handler and I left before the NGE changes.
Everquest2 - Left because it just did not interest me too much. I revisited it later on and it was better but still I was left wanting.
World of Warcraft - Left because of burnout. Repetition is ok but not in large doses.
Star Trek Online - Hype machine got me. This game taught me to avoid anything that has the Cryptic Studios name on it. It also taught me to be more wise with my MMO dollar and avoid pre-ordering anything until you know more about the game.
Lord of the Rings Online - Mediocre. Left it because I did not really care about it. Just...MEH!
Star Wars The Old Republic - The stories were interesting and a bit of a breath of fresh air to me after recent MMO "failures". Alas, the honeymoon period did not last long and I found myself wanting for content.
Dungeons and Dragons Online - Too much of a cash grab, to stay ahead of the curve requires I not only pay my sub but use the cash shop as well for functionality. Ill pass on that.
Rift - See WoW. Too much repetition. I do think the FTP model is excellent however. Many casual type MMO players would be happy with this. I fall in between casual and hardcore though in terms of playing time.
I probably forgot some, in fact I know I did but you get the idea. I think I remain partial to UO and EQ because of its open style of play within a large world. No dailies to do, Nothing that you really need to do every day. More like a "ok I will do this today and I will probably have fun doing it". No shortage of people to do it with either (when they both had actual populations).
Anyone else in the same boat as me? Did you find "YOUR" game? If so, what was it and why?