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[Column] General: 5 MMOs to Play with Non-MMO Players

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,622MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

By design, MMOs are more fun to play with your friends. Most of them encourage or even require grouping for a lot of the best and most rewarding content, which necessitates either being social in the game world, or coming into the experience with a pre-determined group of friends to play with. Sometimes though, it can be hard to find people. Not everyone that plays MMOs hang out with others that play MMOs. Maybe your group of friends sticks to the latest shooters and single player RPGs, or maybe your significant other just doesn’t pick up the controller or keyboard to game very often. Whatever the case may be, every MMO player wishes X friend would play in their favorite virtual worlds with them.

Read more of David Jagneaux's The List: 5 MMOs to Play with Non-MMO Players.

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  • blubstererblubsterer Hamburg, ALPosts: 88Member
    In my opinion "The Secret World" is missing. Good story, perfect business model for people that don't play very much and enough room to grow ingame if you choose to ...
     
    Personally I wouldn't recommend subscription MMOs to people that normally don't play MMOs. Too much Investment (first buy the game and then pay to play) to find out if it's your cup of tea.
  • KarazulKarazul Sao PauloPosts: 39Member
    Originally posted by blubsterer
    In my opinion "The Secret World" is missing. Good story, perfect business model for people that don't play very much and enough room to grow ingame if you choose to ...

    I second that.

  • MMORPGtesterMMORPGtester Home, PAPosts: 76Member
    Your #3) guild wars. is not a MMO in my eyes.
    to me MMO is:
    A massively multiplayer online game (also called MMO and MMOG) is a multiplayer video game which is capable of supporting large numbers of players simultaneously. By necessity, they are played on the Internet. MMOs usually have at least one persistent world.

    Guild wars only massively player area is there town, the rest is all instances.
  • BroodwichBroodwich White Plains, NYPosts: 65Member
    Why isn't Planetside 2 on this list? If I were to try to get my FPS friends to see what's possible with many people that would be my go to. 
  • KnaveSkyeKnaveSkye Chula Vista, CAPosts: 83Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by MMORPGtester
    Your #3) guild wars. is not a MMO in my eyes.
    to me MMO is:
    A massively multiplayer online game (also called MMO and MMOG) is a multiplayer video game which is capable of supporting large numbers of players simultaneously. By necessity, they are played on the Internet. MMOs usually have at least one persistent world.

    Guild wars only massively player area is there town, the rest is all instances.

    You do realize its Guild Wars 2 right? Have you played 2?

  • HaralinHaralin KölnPosts: 110Member
    cannot believe the author mentioned TESO cause this is a game you hardly can play with a friend cause phasing destroyed it totally.
     
    Change TESO with TSW cause solving riddles together is a blast.
  • handlewithcarehandlewithcare hartenbosPosts: 322Member

    lotro has cash walls and eso every one just quest grinds no one plays together unfortunately and the game feels the same from level one upwards,i stopped at level 30 with lots of characters and everything felt the same.

    maybe the witcher 3 will be the next elders scrolls type game I wanted,unfortunately no co-op.

  • ReizlaReizla AlkmaarPosts: 3,301Member Uncommon
    It's only a list of 5 titles, but basically almost every MMO released after (or had a major overhaul) 2006 can be put on this list... I do agree with the titles listed as ones that really DO NOT have the need for multi-player because of it's design/story.

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  • CrusadesCrusades Columbus, OHPosts: 480Member
    Planetside 2 - it's a shooter and it's target rich and people that play cod and have never played planetside 2 would probably shit themselves in a big boy war.
  • ShodanasShodanas PatrasPosts: 896Member Uncommon
    Star Wars The Old Republic should be on the list. I know more than a dozen people who do not play MMO's but they all play Bioware's game. 
  • AeonbladesAeonblades Home, GAPosts: 2,083Member
    I do believe that WoW, ESO, GW2 and DC Universe are great titles to get non-mmo gamers into the MMO genre. I would replace LotRO with SWtoR (due to ToR having a mostly single player/small group story mode and very little beyond end game and UI elements that lend it to a traditional game play style)

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  • DMKanoDMKano Gamercentral, AKPosts: 8,544Member Uncommon
    Defiance.
  • tawesstawess LkpgPosts: 2,536Member Uncommon

    I agree on Lotr:o Mostly because of the many things you can do that is not directly progression oriented and DCUO because it has a very easy curve with the game all the way up to 30 in essence being a long tutorial making for fast and fun play with little grind.

     

    Once you hit 30 you better hope your non-mmo friends have become MMO friends... because beyond 30 the game is really ugly with the worst of grinds you will run in to this side of a eastern grinder... Unless you happen to be 8 people of diverse class and powerset... Then it will be peachy. =P

  • DamarusofktDamarusofkt viroqua, WIPosts: 73Member
    Originally posted by MMORPGtester
    Your #3) guild wars. is not a MMO in my eyes.
    to me MMO is:
    A massively multiplayer online game (also called MMO and MMOG) is a multiplayer video game which is capable of supporting large numbers of players simultaneously. By necessity, they are played on the Internet. MMOs usually have at least one persistent world.

    Guild wars only massively player area is there town, the rest is all instances.

    He did put '2' in there - which is a vastly different game than 1... (even though i would argue 1 was also an mmo, but not the place to talk about that I suppose.)  

    None of what you said is accurate for #3 :)

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  • MysteryBMysteryB Midland, TXPosts: 290Member Uncommon
    Vindictus is also a great game for non MMO players

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  • SkuallSkuall UnknowPosts: 1,285Member Uncommon
    Tera could be added too :P
     
  • TorvalTorval Oregon CountryPosts: 7,214Member Uncommon

    Guild Wars 2 and LotRO are good candidates for the list. WoW is not and the others I'm not so sure about.

    TSW should have been on that list and TOR and Neverwinter might not be bad candidates either.

    In order for an mmo to be a good fit for a non-mmo player the game needs to shield players from all those traditional mmo social rules while out playing. Things like node looting, mob tapping, game chat, formal grouping and trading, among many others, all have their somewhat odd rules and mores that really only belong to the mmo community. I think many players who aren't taken with mmos find those can be off-putting or at least strange and uncomfortable. So, for an mmo to be a good member of this list it needs to do those rules differently, allow the player to ignore them to an extent, or shield them in some other way from the traditional mmo social hierarchy.

  • ReklawReklaw Am.Posts: 6,478Member Uncommon
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    Because?

    Just curious as to why you would say such a thing among gamers with all sorts of different interest.

    On topic I have few gamers friends in real life, most friends like other things, the few that do like games play mostly singleplayer games and every now and then we jump into a multiplayer games, I tried to get them into MMORPG but they never lasted more then a few day's, just not their type of game.

  • LanthirLanthir Port St. Luice, FLPosts: 217Member
    good thing then  that he was talking about GW2 and not GW :)

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  • GrinnzGrinnz Utica, NYPosts: 310Member Uncommon
    Think people are missing the point of this article....

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  • PioneerStewPioneerStew londonPosts: 874Member
    Originally posted by Grinnz
    Think people are missing the point of this article....

    The article has a point?  I think someone just put a shout out around the mmorpg.com office-

    'I've got to do this bloody list article, any ideas?' 

    'Five mmo's that... erm... people who don't play mmo's... erm ... might play'.  

    'Finished' 

  • KalferKalfer HappylandPosts: 779Member
    SWTOR has a great story to capture the interest of players. It's too bad it's wathered down by so many ininteresting quests. 
  • ScotScot UKPosts: 5,769Member Uncommon

    "MMOs are more fun to play with your friends. Most of them encourage or even require grouping for a lot of the best and most rewarding content, which necessitates either being social in the game world, or coming into the experience with a pre-determined group of friends to play with."

    Ten years ago they did, we are all non-MMO players now. You have about as much contact with other players as you have with commuters going into work. You are all on the same transport system but that's your only connection.

  • MrMelGibsonMrMelGibson USAPosts: 835Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by DMKano
    Defiance.

    Only if I want my friends to hate mmos ;-)

  • AkashicRecordsAkashicRecords Lehigh Acres, FLPosts: 6Member
    Hate to break it to you but they stated Guild Wars 2 which is open world and the world is not instanced. Guild Wars 1 was like that they changed that in Guild Wars 2 because they wanted a living wold
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